BTDT - Pack and Plays

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BTDT - Pack and Plays
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Tue, 02-16-2010 - 10:41am

Hey ladies, DH and I have started to look at Pack and Plays and I want one that I can use in our room with us for the first few months. but I noticed that a lot of them (Graco, Chicco) say only to use the bassinet for up to 15lbs.

For those that have used the bassinet and the pack and plays does the mattress come up on it? and what brand did you go with?

Thanks in advance.


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Tue, 02-16-2010 - 11:12pm
Thanks Ladies! I really appreciate all the advice...There are so many things out there to choose from, it's nice to know from experience.

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Tue, 02-16-2010 - 8:35pm
We have the graco pack 'n play with the bassinet and changing pad. It was a lifesaver to have in the family room when I was recovering from the c-section.
Here's what the changing area looks like:
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And here's Gideon sitting in the bassinet section (to give you an idea of height)
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A tip though, buy a couple of water proof pads. Put this on the mattress underneath the sheet, so that if there is an accident it won't damage the mattress.

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Tue, 02-16-2010 - 4:47pm

We have a safety 1st brand pack-n-play. It has both the change table and bassinet attachments. We have used it several times overnight. I personally like the change table aspect because I have to bend over so far to change William in the bassinet part. If you are taller, the bassinet and change table are nice features (IMO), since I don't have to lean over quite so far.

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Tue, 02-16-2010 - 11:57am

I have a Graco one as well which I like. With Desmond I used the bassinet up to around 2 1/2 months with him when he outgrew it by weight. With Eloise I never even set up the bassinet piece, I just put her down in the bottom, it was a bit safer that way, even though Desmond could still climb in it. The bassinet feature is nice, I really liked it for diaper changes for Desmond when he was young, but it isn't really necessary, the non-bassinet portion of the pack and play works just as well, just a bit more bending for putting the baby in.

I think I used the changing table piece of my pack and play for a week or two before deciding it was just too much effort and far easier to change Desmond in the bassinet portion.




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Tue, 02-16-2010 - 11:10am
I have a Graco pack n play that we use for travel and then downstairs naps when the baby is little.

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Tue, 02-16-2010 - 11:09am

We have a graco and used the bassinet feature for about 4 months (until Barrett was almost 16 pounds actually but he wasn't close to getting up on hands & knees at that point). The bassinet is basically a mesh sling that you put the pack-n-play mattress in. When the baby is too big for the bassinet, you put the same mattress on the bottom of the pack-n-play. The bassinet feature was really nice when Barrett was little since he had a very hard time being laid down for naps - if you jostled him slightly, he'd wake up and scream at you for daring to think that he would nap anywhere except in your arms :)

Our pack-n-play also came with a changing table, but I found that useful only when Barrett was really young. By the time he was 2 months old, he weighed enough that he caused the changing table to really lean so we just changed him on the mattress (yet another reason the bassinet feature was nice).

My mom got a graco travel-lite for when we visit. It's significantly smaller than a traditional pack-n-play but I think it makes a better bed for newborns since it seems cozier (and Barrett still fit in it at 8 months old). But it doesn't make a great play yard since it's small.

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Tue, 02-16-2010 - 10:52am

Hm, I've never used a pack n play with a bassinet and I don't know about your mattress question. But, I do think that for a lot of babies you wouldn't want them up so high past 15lbs anyway, since they'd be starting to roll and maybe even think about pulling up, so having such a short side would be dangerous, regardless of the weight itself.

Anyway, people seem to love the Graco, and I expect it would work well. We have the "Graco Pack 'n Play Playard in Bugs Quilt" which is a larger size playyard that we use now when we're going someplace not child-proofed or if he's going to be napping at his grandparents' and we like it a lot.

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