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First time mom here. I am 10 weeks pregnant, and due in February. I am sure it is way too early to be thinking about buying baby stuff, but I am starting to get a list together of things we need to buy. I would like your input on bassinets. I have already determined that we will need a crib, but it sounds like a bassinet may also be useful in the beginning. What are your thoughts, have you owned one before? Did you use it? Was it a waste, or was it very helpful?
Its recommended that baby sleeps in the same room as you until he/she is 4-6 months old so moving a crib from room to room could prove problematical! We will be using a moses basket that can be carried around the house until he is 4 months old - thats when they start moving around more and are able to bang their arms off the sides - then he is moving into his cot bed in own room. Babies that are allowed to get used to a cot from the very beginning really dont have an issue when the time comes to move them full time. I will be putting my lil Noah into his cot for a quiet kick about/tummy time every day whilst i get his clothes/bath ready so he will be well used to it when the time comes for him to sleep there permanently.
We are using the newborn napped on our Pack N Play for the first few months. I think a bassinet is a great choice before using the crib because it is more portable. I also feel it will make baby sleep better because it is more snuggled as opposed to sleeping in a huge crib!
I plan on using a bassinet for the first few months because its portable and all babies do is sleep and eat.. once she's able to start rolling over, I will look into a crib.. this is my first but from watching all my friends, the baby likes to sleep in a "cozy" place at first, until they get bigger. Im in no rush to get a crib.
Elliott did not like his bassinet that much. He napped in it a few times. Our room was small and his room was built into our room by adding a wall (why our room is now smaller). He mainly slept in his swing and we moved him to his crib at about 4 weeks old. It's really up to you, if you plan on having him next to you all night or not.
DH wants the baby in our room for the first few months, if not longer, so I plan on getting a bassinet for that, since our bedroom is small. Then, when the baby is sleeping a bit better, we will move him or her into their room right next to ours and be in a crib.
We used a Pack and Play with the bassinet insert in our room for the first few months. Both boys were nursing and it was easy to get up and feed them in the middle of the night with them in our room. It took Matt (my oldest) a long time to transition to his crib, though - he hated it. And Nolan stayed in our room for a long time (severe apnea) - we sold the crib when Nolan was about 2.
If we manage to get a sticky bean soon, I'll get another Pack and Play and use the bassinet feature in our room again.
Leah, Mom to Matthew (12/22/05) and Nolan (08/27/07)
My chart: My Ovulation Chart September 27, 2012: 5 weeks, 4 days. November 20, 2012: Ruptured ectopic.
I used a bassinet for the first couple of months and it was right beside my side of the bed. It was the best for the space and Jackson seemed to enjoy it a lot. He had no problems going to his crib when he was 4 months and has been a good sleeper ever since. He is now 18 months and is almost ready for a big boy bed!
I should also add that the big boy bed is going to be a fisher price car bed
I think just a crib is enough as you are first time mom so you are so much worried.Before purchasing you should consult someone who is having a baby you may not be able to understand what are useful and what are useless .