K.K. asks from San Diego, CA on May 08, 2010
I bought my son a playpen two months ago, he hated it... doesn't like being there. He is now six months and still hates it. He can't sit up yet on his own so i'm kinda hoping when he's able to do that he will like playing there. My question is.. how old do babies stop playing in playpens. is it depending on weight or age? thank you.
M.V. answers from Phoenix on May 09, 2010
M.K. answers from Stationed Overseas on May 09, 2010
My daughter is 18months and we still use it. She goes in it when I take a shower and plays by herself. We also use it for when we go out of town and she needs a place to sleep. When she was little and couldn't sit up on her own I would put her in it propped up on the boppy or had her in a bouncy seat.
L.C. answers from Raleigh on May 08, 2010
if he hates it now, he'll hate it later....play yard panels worked better for my boys.
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H.W. answers from Albuquerque on May 11, 2010
Very few babies like being penned up. Reserve the playpen for traveling needs or short moments when you need baby safely secured. Otherwise, a baby proofed room is nicer and more developmentally appropriate so the baby can learn and interact.
Have you tried other baby favorites? At that age, my daughter loved her bouncer, jumperoo, exersaucers, and swing.
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K.F. answers from Los Angeles on May 08, 2010
I've used mine since my son was born. He is now 22 months old and still goes in there and plays with his toys, only when I am taking a shower though, any longer than that and he will climb out. He still sleeps in it when he stays overnight at my moms house as well. My nephew used his until he was 2 and could climb out. My friends with little ones seem to never use theirs because their babies have always hated them, so I guess it depends on the child..
V.F. answers from Santa Fe on May 09, 2010
I babyproofed the room, and had gates on the doors. That worked for a place to play. My kids slept in one for the first year or so, as it fit in our bedroom (and a crib would not have).
The best use for one though was when my #2 was big enough to bug my #1, I told #1 that it was 'her' space - she could get in and out on her own, and it gave her a place to play that he could not get to. (He is 2 years younger - so she found it useful right around age 3.)
A.M. answers from College Station on May 08, 2010
I used it for my oldest to sleep in bc we didn't have a crib until she was a year where my MIL finally got the crib to us lol! My youngest sleep in it right now bc we are transitioning my oldest into a toddler bed soon, they are only 13 months apart... My SIL used it for similar usuage till her daughter learned to climb out now she uses it for her son... Also we can't fit a crib into our bed room...
L.O. answers from Detroit on May 08, 2010
we never used a playpen.
we childproofed one room as best we could and gated the room.. so the baby had the entire room that was pretty safe.
now we never really left them alone in the room.. but I thought this was better than putting htem in a pen.
at 6 months your baby is barely moving so you probably dont even need a playppen yet..
K.D. answers from Dallas on May 08, 2010
As soon as my daughter could sit up, we used the playpen everyday for an hour or two while I got things done around the house. Honestly, I think that its a learned behavior to be happy with being in the playpen. I used to give my daughter toys and alternate them when she got bored. She did just fine. This hour or two each day actually taught her to play independently and now she is a happy well adjusted 3 year old. We also used it for travel for her to sleep in and that always worked well.
S.R. answers from San Francisco on May 08, 2010
Both of mine only used it to sleep in when we travel or in the beginning as a changing station. We also bought the outdoor gates that are quite big when set up. It gavet them lots of room to play w/out confinement and they were fine with it for the first year or so. At the lake we would set it up by the water with the fake grass for our son to use and play in the dirt and water edge without being free on the beach. He used it that way until he was almost 2.