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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Bassinet VS Graco Pack n Play

Of course you have to have a crib for your baby, fully equipped with comfortable mattress, crib sheets, bumper pads, crib skirt, quilt and blankets. Depending on how your house is laid out you may not have the baby’s room close to your room (this can be a good thing or a bad thing). My baby’s room is on the opposite side of my house. One of my general council members had her baby’s room upstairs. Can you imagine having to climb stairs at 2 a.m. every night, more than once, on little sleep?! Me either.

So where does the baby sleep when he or she is first born? It is a great option to have the baby in the room with you. This makes it easier for when you have to wake up every 2 hours to feed, change or just appease the little one (Oh the things I have to look forward to!). Many people will suggest a bassinet. These are great because they are small, portable, and precious. These miniature cribs go all the way back to ancient times. I think even Jesus slept in a modified bassinet (the primitive version). A bassinet can be a plain or fully decorated in lace, bows, netting, hoods, some vibrate and play music. The possibilities are endless (depending on how much you want to spend, of course). Some critics say that bassinets are an expensive unnecessary object. Due to it being so shallow it is only recommended for use up until the baby is 4 months.

So what is the other option? A Graco Pack n Play of course! Pack and Plays were originally known as playpens have been around since the turn of the century (the 20th century that is). These portable square baby keepers have transformed from being made of wood to a multi-functional, padded, ready for travel, parents dream. The Graco Pack n Play set up and take down quickly and easily, which makes them easy to move from room to room or to Grandma’s house. They are great because most of them come with a bassinet with mattress and pads as well as a changing table. These can be removed as the baby gets older, which makes this item a better buy. You can purchase a model that plays music and nature sounds, comes with toys attached, and a place for diaper essentials. The Graco Pack and Play is proven safe and comfortable for your sweet baby.

Unless you just want to buy both I suggest (so do 2 out of 3 members on my council) buying the Graco Pack and Play. The average price is between $99 and $150. If you think about how long you can use it versus the bassinet it is a better long term investment. It also has more functions than a bassinet, and travels better. 

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