First time mommy here! My husband and I are making a list of what we really need for baby, and today we were glancing at pack-n-play type portable playyards in the store. They seem so big and pricey, but I know lots of parents swear by them. I hope this isn't a dumb question...what do you usually use pack-n'play's for? Are they useful to have? Does size matter, and at the end of the day, are they something you can't live without for the first few years? Or are they just nice to have? I know that they are used for sleeping and playing in obviously, but how often did/ do you use them with your baby or young child? I know its a silly question but husband and I are totally new to this whole baby world!
Re: What are pack-and-play's used for?
Then, we traveled a fair amount and it was easy to tak ewith us.
But as stated - you don't need anything fancy. We went with the most base model and even that came with a couple attachments (a sound machine and mobile) that we never used.
-Somewhere for the baby to sleep when visiting family or friends overnight (and at one of vacation homes until we recently broke down and purchased crib #3).
-A place for daytime naps(all of our homes have two or more stories)
-A safe place to play when a parent can't be side by side to supervise. Our LO is now at an age where they love to play on the floor and that is great if there is a responsible parent nearby. If I need five or ten minutes to take a shower, start dinner, etc, then I can put them in the pack and play with a few toys and now they are safe (even if not always completely thrilled that they don't have mommy or daddy's undivided attention).
We never did use either the bassinet or changers that came with any of ours. If you can find one without those attachments and it is cheaper then I would definitely save your money. One of the ones we have was a gift, another one my husband purchased before the baby was born (and thought I was being overprotective when I said the changer looked a bit precarious---then our wonderful energetic squirmer came into our lives and he agreed it was precarious) so we didn't do that.
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