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Playard vs Crib vs Bassinet

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Playard vs Crib vs Bassinet

We are confused about what to purchase and what might be convenient.
We are considering the following:

Playard - Graco Pack and play quick connect (200$) or Ingenuity smart and simple (230$)
We heard that these will be portable, but we don't travel that much. We are thinking that we might use it in the living room if possible later.
Also if it comes with a bassinet and changing station, then will be very useful.

Crib - already ordered on Amazon - Da vinci kalani 4 in one 270$ and safety first mattress for 70$
Thinking whether to cancel it. But heard it is good for the long run.

Bassinet - Halo bassinest Essentia or Primera series (200$ and 250$ respectively).
Hey expensive for just a few months use, but might be very convenient. But if we get that playard with bassinet, this might not be needed.

And thoughts? First time parents! So researching a lot!

So which one/ones would be better?
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Mar 24, 2015
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Ottawa, ON
I had a crib in my bedroom for sleeping/nap time and a pack and play in the living room, mostly used when I had to put them somewhere when I had to do chores, etc, and was useful too for playtime when the could sit by themselves. I only used the pack and play for sleeping when we travelled.

The crib I bought was a convertible one, now used as a double bed for my 7 year old.
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Jan 3, 2018
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I have all 3. The bassinet was great for the first 3 months because that's what they slept in while in my room.
The crib was always in their room and is the most useful one in my opinion. My 2 year old still sleeps in it.
The playpen is the least useful for me. It's a portable one and it sits at my parents's home so the kids could sleep it in during visits. Both of my kids refused to be in it once they turned 8 months.

If you can only get one, my vote is for the crib. They can sleep in it in your room and you can easily move the crib into their room when you are ready to transition them to their own room.

The playpen is only useful for traveling. Feels like I wasted my money on that one. My experience of course.
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Sep 20, 2012
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Crib is essential, ours was set up in baby’s room from day 1 although they didn’t take so in it at the beginning (basinette in our room first). For pack n play we just picked one up second hand and just use for travel, my son is almost 3 and still happily sleeps in it!
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We have all of them.

The bassinet is used so they can sleep in your room instead of co-sleeping or something. It's great. Obviously if you have a large room where a crib would fit you could use a crib inside your room.

The crib is what they will sleep and nap in for months / years. Depending on when your child out grows it, they could easily be in it until 3 years of age. You can also get convertible cribs that will convert to toddler beds and single beds.

We have a play pen - but without the change table (which looks like it adds a huge amount since ours was $50 brand new). We only use the play pen when we bring our child over to be watched by someone else - in these cases he naps / sleeps in it. We also take it traveling with us IF we are traveling by car. Otherwise if we are flying we just use the hotel one.


If you can only afford to get one, obviously the crib is the way to go. They each have their own use, but I cannot imagine picking anything other than a crib from the list of three.
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Nov 25, 2016
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We used our playpen quite a bit after baby could sit independently - somewhere safe to put the baby while you do chores / use the washroom. You can also roll it from room to room within the house if your doors are wide enough. Eventually baby will get more mobile and a gated area works better. There isn't a gateable area around our kitchen, so the playpen was useful while cooking (not safe for a roaming baby). We didn't like the change table and bassinet in application (they got in the way), so they were put back in the box pretty quickly. Could have saved a lot of money if we only got the basic one.


Crib would be the most important. After baby learns to climb (but before learning the importance of safety), you'll have the comfort of knowing he/she is safe the whole night.
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Aug 10, 2004
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playard we bought for $100 at best buy. we used it in our room for baby to sleep in for the first few months until we transitioned him to the crib. it was more convenient than having to go to his room to feed every other hour. we've left it at my parents place now so baby can nap there occasionally. he slips in the crib now.

never had the bassinet. I've seen ppl use it with their strollers... it was a nice to have. when i took baby out for walks when he was younger, he was in the car seat using the stroller frame. he had to be fully strapped in. A bassinet may be more comfortable for baby to nap in when you're walking around... but i think it's okay to go without one but that's just based on my experience.
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LivHorton wrote:
Jan 11th, 2018 8:51 pm
I have all 3. The bassinet was great for the first 3 months because that's what they slept in while in my room.
The crib was always in their room and is the most useful one in my opinion. My 2 year old still sleeps in it.
The playpen is the least useful for me. It's a portable one and it sits at my parents's home so the kids could sleep it in during visits. Both of my kids refused to be in it once they turned 8 months.

If you can only get one, my vote is for the crib. They can sleep in it in your room and you can easily move the crib into their room when you are ready to transition them to their own room.

The playpen is only useful for traveling. Feels like I wasted my money on that one. My experience of course.
Summed it up well. My 4 yr old still sleeps in her crib with one side open. Pack n Play still used when we travel. Although this yr, 4 yr old likely won't sleep in it. 2 yr old definitely will. Bassinet used a shorter while (1st kid, slept till 5 month, 2nd kid barely passed 2 months) but found it essential since you're lifting the baby up a lot during this time so access is important.
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We have all three with our little guy who's 9 months now...
Playard - still in box, waste of space imo, would not buy if it were me. We just letting him nap on top of a soft blanket with playmats underneath which he liked for awhile.
crib - best option for sleeping and sleep training, you want to get them sleeping in a crib as early and as much as possible.
bassinet - son is a tall baby and grew out of it after 3 months but he slept well in it. It was a hand me down. I would not buy.

Haven't seen this mentioned but my son preferred to nap in his infant carseat but has grown out of it at 8 months. Basically we really just needed a crib and infant carseat.

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