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animalcrckr:Like a crib mattress? No, that will not fit in a pack n play.
sweetie645:Do you mean a crib mattress? Then, no. A crib is a different size than a pnp, so the mattress will not fit. A pnp comes with its own pad. I have heard of some people using only a pnp in the beginning, but usually they transition to a crib later on. The pnp pad, even with a padded cover, never seemed that comfortable to me, so I only used it away from home.
But you can buy the Naturepedic Portacrib mattress to use instead or on top of existing pack n play mattress. It is the same dimensions as the pack n play. We use that mattress in our original size Arm's Reach CoSleeper.
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Ditto it won't fit and you don't need a mattress in a pack'n'play. You want the baby on a firm surface to sleep, and the bottom of the pack'n'play is firm enough with a little bit of padding anyway, so a mattress would be kind of redundant.
I wouldn't go trying to find one that fits, either, as it's not designed for that, and could probably create a safety hazard for your baby if the kiddo got wedged between the mattress and the side of the pen somehow.
No. It comes with it's own pad and in my opinion a PNP is not a long term sleeping solution.
This is a very personal decision for you and your family. In the end do what you are most comfortable with and fits your situation.
I used a pack n play as the primary sleeping quarters (aside from my bed) for my daughter from birth until she was ready for a toddler bed. To be honest, I have always found cribs to be a waste of space and money.
I loved the idea of folding up her bed and taking it everywhere I needed to (even flying with them is easy and like the stroller and car seat, they didn't charge for checking it).
It was also convenient to have it in our room at night but move it to her room during the day for naps and such, not to mention transitioning her into her own room when it was time for her big girl bed.
The one I had was adjustable to every age (watch weight limits though!!) and even had a vibration and music feature. It was awesome!! We will be getting one this time around again.