February 08, 2008,
A.K. asks from Idaho Falls, ID on January 30, 2008
Safe to Sleep in Pack and Play?
I currently sleep my almost 6 month old daughter in a pack and play because we don't have a crib. Is is safe for her to sleep in it every night, all night? I am worried that it isn't good for her back or something. Does anyone have any idea? My pack and play has the bassinet that is for 15 lbs and less. Thanks for any advice.
So What Happened?™
Thank you all for responding, I really appreciate all the advice and stories. I am planning on borrowing a crib from my sister-in-law, but until then, the pack n' play has worked well. I tried taking out the bassinet part and sleeping her in the bottom and that didn't work well, it is too low to the ground. Thanks again.
J.T. answers from Omaha on February 05, 2008
My now 16 year old son slept in a pack n play till he could climb out. He is as normal as a 16 yo can be. I didn't even bother with a crib for the next 3 kids.
A.H. answers from Grand Rapids on January 31, 2008
I think that sleeping in the pack and play is fine. As long as the mattress is firm you should have no problems.
S.B. answers from Salt Lake City on February 08, 2008
My first daughter (who is now 8 years old) slept in a fold-n-go play pen until she moved into a regular bed. We did not have a crib nor the room for one. She slept in the bassinet on the desk till she was too big then she slept in the playpen after that. The only thing I did was put a blanket tightly around the bottom for a little added softness and comfort. We are now on our third child (2 months old) and guess what - we bought another play pen/bassinet for her too. I love them and have seen no adverse affects. They loved it. One added benefit we like them for too is no crib rails as our second daughter liked to try to climb out of cribs and between rails. This way she was totally contained. We are expecting to get our next child in June and already are looking at the same thing for him/her as well. Good luck!
L.L. answers from Omaha on January 31, 2008
I'm sure it's fine as long as baby is sleeping comfortably and not waking up in the middle of the night. You can get a crib pretty inexpensively these days if you do want one. They baby will fit in a crib a lot longer than a pack n play.
K.D. answers from Salt Lake City on January 31, 2008
My children both slept in the Pack n Play bassinet until they reached the weight limit (they were about 3-4 months old) and then we just moved them to the crib. At 6-months, you'd at least want to take out the bassinet and let her sleep in the full bottom portion, but I don't think it would be bad for her back.
L.H. answers from Pocatello on January 31, 2008
I kept my daughter in hers till she was over 2-yrs-old. The did wonderfully, until she started climbing out, then it was to a bed. As long as the pack-n-plan is in good shape, you should be fine.
M.H. answers from Lincoln on January 31, 2008
My daughter is 10 months old and has been sleeping in her pack n play since she was about 3 months old. She slept in the bassinet part until one night by suprise she pulled herself up and tried to climb out. So now she's been sleeping in the bottom of it until we move (this coming weekend) and she does fine in it. I don't see why this should be a problem
A.D. answers from Madison on January 30, 2008
My youngest brother never had a crib. All he had was a pack and play (there is an 8 year gap between him and the next youngest)until he grew in to a twin bed at 2 years old. He is now 17 years old and 6'2"! No back problems or any sort of issue from sleeping in a portable crib. There are mattresses you can buy to fit the bottom and make it more comfortable if it makes you feel better. We got ours at Burlington Coat Factory. I don't know if they have those where you are from but I am sure they can send one for you. There are screen sides and if you ask me that is better than a a crib! My son used to need help because his leg would get stuck in between the bars and he was on his tummy trying to roll back over. Not a huge deal but sometimes he woke up because he couldn't move. Not to mention if you travel then she's taking her bed with her everywhere you go! I always thought that was neat.
Hope that helps. Sleep well!
J.H. answers from Bismarck on January 31, 2008
My daughter slept in a pack and play. We folded a thick blanket and wrapped a fitted sheet around the blanket and pack and play bottom. It worked out great! Then if we had to travel somewhere she slept great because she was already used to the pack and play. I'm at a friend's house right now and she said they did the same thing. Neither of our children have back problems and they are now 3 and 4 years old. I loved it because my girls share a room and there wasn't a lot of room for a big crib.
S.W. answers from Lansing on January 31, 2008
We have the samething, a pack and play with a bassinet. When we had our twins, one had colic so she slept in our room in that until she was about 6 months old. Then I took the bassinet part off and she slept in the playpen part for about another month before we got another crib. We haven't had any problems with her and she sleeps in her crib just fine. If the sleep away from home both of them sleep in the pack and play and they don't have any problems with it. They also do make sheets for those things as well! They sell them at Target! But we now have our new 4 month old baby in it and are not sure if we are going to buy another crib or just let her sleep in that until the twins are out of their cribs. (about 6months) But I don't see why your baby shouldn't be able to sleep in it. We haven't had any problems with our kids.