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Pack and Play Verses Crib

Hi there,

Our daughter will be 6 months old in a few days. Since infancy, we've had her sleeping in a pack and play since that came recommended. I've recently been itching to get her a proper crib with a nice firm mattress but my husband things it's a complete waste of money and that she's perfectly fine in the pack and play. He feels we can get several more months use out of it. I guess I can't help but feel she might sleep better (and in longer stretches!!) if she were in a good quality crib. Any thoughts? Also, we still have her in the snap-n-go carseat/stroller frame...and he also feels we can get many more months out of that, but I feel she should have a real stroller at this point...especially since she's almost sitting up. My husband is not cheap by any means...he just doesn't like to have a lot of unnecessary items around the house. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Wow, I didn't even think about bending over...and since I've been having problems with my wrists (I think it's tendonitis from holding the baby), the idea of a crib is even more appealing. I think I'll order her a crib that converts to a toddler bed, so that she'll have it for many years. I found one on Overstock.com for 179 and that seems reasonable. Thank you for all your tips. As far as the stroller, I think she definitely needs a new one...she likes to see the world and she can't do that very well in the snap-n-go. I'm going to check Craigslist/eBay and see if I can hit a good deal. Thanks for all the helpful advice!

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Get a crib, she can use it for another 2 years or more and will sleep better. You can get them anywhere and you dont have to spend a ton if you dont want to. I would get a stroller too. If you dont want to buy new, try craigslist. You can find many strollers (cribs too if you want) for very little money. But definitely get those 2 things. You will use them for a long time and its better for you child.

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Well, as she gets bigger, she'll get heavier and placing a sleeping baby into one of those things can be back breaking. My son grew out of his pack 'n' play before he grew out of his crib. I think you'll have to get one eventually so it may as well be now. Regarding the stroller, same thing. When she's out of the infant seat the snap'n'go will no longer be an option. If cost is an issue (isn't it always) keep your eye on craigslist or go to a used children's store.

Best of luck!

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I'm sure your daughter will sleep better in a crib. She will be in a crib for a long time and get too big for the Pack N' Play. My daughter is just over 30 inches and already does not have a lot of room in the pack N' play.
As for the stroller, I miss the snap and go carseat/ stroller. I miss being able to see her when we are walking.

Buy a crib. My son was in his until her was almost 2 1/2 years old. I will dod the same with my daughter. We also got a crib that changes to a toddler bed and then a full size bed, so you can get your money's worth with one of those. A pack n play is only going to last you so far. Let the child have a bed of their own they can stretch out in. As for the stroller - are you talking about a travel system that comes with the baby carrier and the stroller? If so, we've been using that since my son was a baby. He's now almost 4 and baby number 2 is riding around in it now.

Also, check out napervilleyardsales.com and/or jolietyardsales.com - lots of people sell baby items on there after they are donw using them.

I would spend your money on a nice quality mattress and you can get a least expensive crib. I purchased my crib at Target for $200.


It converts to a toddler bed that my child is currently in. The crib also got a top rating from Consumer Reports. You can get many years in this product and your child will sleep better on a mattress instead of a thin pack-n-play.

The stroller, my child was in the snap-n-go until about 15 months. It is safer rear facing in the car and my child was still in the weight limit. I did get a cheap umbrella stroller at a resale for $5. It was nice to use instead of a bulky stroller.

Dump the pack n play.. it is not a bed! My children both used cribs until almost 3 years old and my oldest would have stayed longer if I didn't need it for my 2nd one. A pack n play has very little support for your child's back compared to a bed. The sooner you get the crib, the easier the transition will be. As for the stroller... if she still fits in it, then fine, keep it until she is too long for it or too heavy. I eventually would use a regular stroller and leave the infant car seat in the car because he was too heavy and not big enough for a larger car seat yet.
Tell your hubby to spend the cash, the regular stroller can be used for years, as well as the crib. Get a decent mattress (you can get a good one for around $100-120 at BBRUS.

I think a crib would be good at this point. Really it's something you'll use a long while especially if you get the kind that can be converted to a toddler bed. So that might be a selling point to your husband that it can turn to a bed that she can then use til she's 7 or 8 years old:)

I agree, we did the same thing and right before my daughter turned 6mth we started putting her in her own bed (crib) in her own room, and she started doing much better through the night, it took a lot of convincing for my husband as well, he thought exactly what your husband is saying. but i just told him that she can't stay in our room forever, so points to push-- she will be sitting up soon and if shes still in the bassinet in the pack and play there is the risk of her pulling herself out and falling. It's going to be best to transition her now because she responds to change easier, it will be more of a fight to transition her later on. she is going to have to go into a crib sooner or later so your not saving any money or space waiting until later. and as far as the stroller its definitely time to turn her around, can you use your stroller as just a stroller with out the carseat, with ours you could snap the carseat on or use it like a normal stroller. hope it helps.

Aside from the necessary relief to your wrists and back, a crib can be used well into your daughter's 3yr year...and you can move directly to a "real bed," instead of buying a toddler bed. That can save you some bucks.

Please do yourself a favor and purchase a stroller that can be used for several more years. You will use it. It is the best way to "secure" your child's safety anywhere you go -- especially after she starts to walk!

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