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Crib vs Bassinet

What is your opinion of putting a baby in a crib instead of bassinet when they come home?  The crib will be in the same room as the parents.

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  • whatever works for you! there is no right or wrong, only what is right for your family!
  • We had DS's full-size crib in our room when he came home, and he slept there just fine.  We also had our playard set up with its bassinet insert in our living room, and he often napped there.

    Sure, he looked tiny in the big crib, but I don't think it bothered him.  I think that the main benefit of a bassinet for most people is that it's easier to move around and easier to fit into their bedrooms. 

    I did like having DS in our room in the early months.  I liked being able to respond quickly when he woke up, before he started really crying.  For the first couple of months, though, I still brought him out to the living room to feed him because he'd be up for an hour or two after he ate.  I watched a lot of TV on mute while he was nursing :)  After a couple of months, he started going back to sleep right after a feeding, and I just fed him in our room (often in our bed, lying down).

    I do think that we kept the crib in our room too long.  (We kept thinking we were going to move and didn't want to give up our office/guest room.)  DS was in our room until he was about eight months old, and none of us was getting good sleep because he was noisy and moving around a lot and would wake up when he saw us.  Looking back, I think that around four months would have been a good time for us to move him to his own room.  (There may be other right times for other people.)

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  • I have to agree with LMH, babies are very very loud sleepers so you may not get very good sleep. I think 4mo is a good time b/c that's the age babies start responding to a routine. Before that, their brains and nervous systems are too immature to do so.

    we moved DD to a crib in her own room at 1mo old, in retrospect - way too young, it took me many months of her crying the moment I started to lower her into the crib (over and over again, hours and hours) before she'd actually fall asleep. I'm not even bothering w/ DS -he's 12w old and still in our room.

  • I agree with pp's. I don't think it's so much what they're in as long as they are in the room with me - but even that is personal preference. One of my best friends had a very loud sleeper from the beginning and he moved into his own room at 1 week and did great. DS stayed with us in the bassinet part of the pack and play until about 8 weeks which worked really well for us.


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  • Whatever they are in that is safe is fine. we had warner is this

    or what we lovingly referred to as "a box on the floor" for the first couple weeks Stick out tongue. Then we moved him into his crib in his own room around 3-4 weeks. Every baby is different, but my son has always slept great in his crib, even at that early age.

  • Whatever works for you.  We had a bassinet in our room because the crib wouldn't fit.

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  • Thank you everyone for this good information.   I was thinking the only reason people put a baby in bassinet/cradle is to have them in the same room.   We are currently living with my boyfriend's parents, I was laid off in May & with the baby coming we need to cut expenses, so we only have have one bedroom for us and the baby.   We plan on moving out next year so my son will definitely have his own room then.
  • Do whatever you want.  We put DS in a pack and play in our room for the first 2-3 weeks that he was home, then decided to move him to his crib in his room.  He was an extremely noisy sleeper and was keeping us up at night. 
  • Its totally up to you. For us, we put DS in his crib from day one being home.  We went on a trip to PA to visit grandparents and he stayed in his pack n play in the room w/ us and we realized we are very thankful he went right into his crib.  He's one loud sleeper and I woke up at every little move, whimper or stretch. 
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  • I'm a true believer that babies (and moms and dads) can get used to anything, so if baby has to be in your room for a few months/year, you'll all learn to sleep through each other's sleeping noises.  I think about my dad growing up in a tiny house with four sisters, where he shared not only a bedroom but a bed with his siblings - they all seemed to survive. 

    If you think your baby will be in the same room as you and your boyfriend for more than a few months, you may consider an actual crib.  Both my kids outgrew the bassinette fairly quickly and we moved them to the crib at 4 weeks and 6 weeks.  If you're cutting back on spending, no need to buy both a bassinette and a crib.  Or you can always borrow one or the other (or both!).  We borrowed a bassinette for both our kids and will do the same with #3.

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  • Thanks again everyone!!!  As you can tell I'm a first time mom and just trying to make sure my DS is safe.   I've been around kids all my life and thought I knew a lot about babies/kids but I'm learning very quickly how I really don't know.  
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