So i am almost 14w5d pregnant and i keep coming back to this crib debate!
My sister inlaw says i can just use the pack and play i got or put the baby in a bassinet for the first 3 months so at night you're not constantly up and down..
My question is - When did you buy a crib? Did the baby sleep in the crib right away?
I love the idea of the Halo swivel bassinet but for the price you might aswell just get a crib. I know my pack and play says its only good for up to 15 pounds on the infant level insert.
I'm trying to make a list as to what to buy/when to buy them and im feeling lost with this debate!
I am pretty lucky and have inherited a crib from a friend recently. But I don't plan on putting it together any time soon. I have a cradle (also inherited) and plan on getting a co-sleeper attachment for my bed for the baby to sleep in when he/she arrives. The thought of getting in/out of bed every 2 hours (or so) to nurse sounds awful to me. And the bed attachment thing sounds perfect for nighttime... pack and play or cradle for day time.
Depends on your plans. I suggest a convertible/combo crib if you are buying new
As for us: Babies are supposed to regulate their breathing with an adult. So we co-slept until 6 months, had nothing to help us make that safer last time but planning to get a Dock-A-Tot type thing this time. Then we used a crib mattress on the floor (Montessori floor bed) because being trapped in the crib was.... not conducive to sleep. She started sleeping alone on the floor bed for at least 4-6 hrs a night by 9 months old. At 15 months, we have her her own room and re-assembled the crib as a toddler bed with rail, took the rail off at 28 months or so
I agree it depends on space and plans. This is my first and only, so I have no issue spending a bit more for convenience. Thankfully, SO and I both work and make good money and he also believs in spending more for convenience. My mom has called dibs on buying the crib from day one and insists she can get some of her loaded friends to buy other big ticket items. But even if she didn't, I was looking at:
1) A crib for the nursery
2) 2 pack and plays - one for my house and one for my mom's
3) 1 bassinet/changer for my room - would have been two but I decided not to stay at my mom's after birth anymore.
*I buy a lot of doubles because I used to cart my dogs' crap with me to and from my mo's house and buying crates and beds and bowls to just store at my mom's was the best decision I ever made.
Even though we won't be using the crib for a while since it'll be in the other room, I can't imagine not getting it. The way I justified it was I'm getting a convertible crib. The one I want was somewhere in the $100-200 range including toddler rails and the queen conversion kit is an additional $75. So sure it's like $300 upfront BUT this is going to be my kid's bed for life.
Now if I COULD get away with having a crib in my master, I would and just move it later when baby graduates to sleeping in a room by himself. But even though it's a spacious room I have two dog crates, two dressers, two night stands, and a queen sized bed. It just wouldn't work.
If anything, the debate for me is whether the pack and plays are worth it. I was going to use the one at my house as a place to stash baby when I just can't sling him and save myself walking up the stairs to put him down. Now as I say that I realize it is worth it hahah
It will all depend on your individual situation and so hard to say before baby comes. I had a bassinet, crib, pack and play, newborn napper and the only thing I ended up using was the pack and play, and that wasn't until she got older and I needed a safe place to plop her while I went to the bathroom or something. She cried continuously in the bassinet and never went in the crib. I used it to store clothes LOL We ended up cosleeping; best thing ever! I did convert the crib to a full size bed when she was 18 months, and she still uses it now at 3, so it wasn't a complete waste.
It's not something you need right away though since baby should stay in with you for the first year. If i had it to do again, I'd get a co sleeper that attaches to the bed. Even though I followed the safe co sleeping guidelines, I'd feel even better with a co sleeper made to attach to the bed to give the baby their own space.
I have enough room in our bedroom to put a crib, i was going to grab a convertible one (roughly $250 here) and keep it semi close to our bed. I'm not sure i'm comfortable with co sleeping, my OH and i move around a lot in our sleep so id be too nervous. I havent seen anywhere that sells the attachments.
My pack and play easily folds up so you can take it with you, my inlaws already have a crib at their home but id bring the pack and play just incase its needed.
I dont hate the idea of a bassinet i just can't justify spending $150-$200 on one when a crib is $250.
That's what i'm worried about - transition. With the space i have it would be a quick step out of bed to pick the baby up so its not too bad.
I have a large dog aswell thats almost a year old so gladly we have an SUV that we can easily fit them both :P If we had a car it wouldnt happen...
I'm interested to see how the cats will take to a crib...they were in and out of the pack and play quite a bit so i took it down. I think they might be afraid to go near the baby for a while.
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