Just want to chime in and mention that some unsafe sleep practices are being mentioned here. Rock n plays, dockatots, "nappers" or inclined surfaces are not safe for babies. Instead look for anything labeled crib, bassinet, or playard/pack n play because those are regulated terms and have to conform to standards. Babies should be put down on a bare flat surface, alone, with nothing in there with them. I know swings and the like make fire easier sleep but I've heard enough horror stories that I had to say something.
@secicc12 DS slept in my room for the first 6/7 months. The only reason I had him in our room was because of the AAP recommendation. It's really just a personal choice. I've heard that some people find that their LO sleeps better in their own room. Newborns are noisy sleepers! The AAP recently came out with an new recommendation that says 6 months - 1 year so I'll probably have LO sleep in our room a little longer this time. Again, this is just my personal choice and no I don't follow all AAP recommendations. https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/american-academy-of-pediatrics-announces-new-safe-sleep-recommendations-to-protect-against-sids.aspx
jaclyngoldman said:Has anyone had experience with double/tandem strollers? I think we want to go with a tandem since DD1 will only be 17 months when this one arrives, but I'm still so unsure. Also I'm worried a double won't fit in the trunk of our car..
Baby #3 on the way due 8/19/17
@megaroo42 We are in a similar area to you it sounds like and got a BOB Revolution used for $170 on a swap page. Everyone says if you truly want all-terrain you go for the BOB. We plan to use it on our dirt bike trails by our house, the grassy muddy dog park, and the beaches.
I also wanted to do strictly a convertible carseat but DH shot that one down. I have a horrible back and can't carry the carrier without a baby in it without hurting myself so I saw no point. He will be doing daycare from 3m-9m though and said he doesn't trust himself to carry in a baby with no neck support and all the bags while it's snowy and icy here in Michigan. So we found out my mom has a 7 year old Peg travel system that was used for 6 months and then stored in the basement for the past 6 years. We plan to use that until LO has neck support and then we will switch to the Graco 4Ever carseat we bought. The box advertises all the features the current infant carriers do (side impact tested, etc) so I am not concerned about using it even though it's expired. I know it was treated well and didn't experience extreme temperature swings (messing with the plastic properties) for the past 7 years.
I have a really silly question for newborns sleeping in a pack-n-play. A lot of the ones I see out there have the bassinet part, plus removable changing table and/or napper and perhaps a rocking seat. I know it's best for newborns to sleep on flat surfaces with no blankets, pillows, etc. So for moms that have used the pack-n-play bassinet part for their newborns, was that ok? I must admit I've never seen a pack-n-play in person and the bassinet part looks like a thin piece of fabric that just gets strung 12" from the top. Is it an actual mattress that is removable when you don't want or need the bassinet anymore? Is it comfy for baby? We're thinking of using this in our bedroom for the first few months, but just wanted to get more STM perspectives on those who have used the bassinet part for nighttime sleeping.