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What I Love Wednesday—Pack ‘n Play

2011 April 27
by bvoboril

This week’s pick came in VERY handy in our travels last weekend.

Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard with Bassinet in Kensly

Now, to be honest, I didn’t really know why I was registering for this item. I figured it could be used for travel, but I had no idea what to look for in a pack ‘n play! I so just looked for one that had cute, gender-neutral colors and one that had a bassinet. My thought for the bassinet was that if we decided to have Ethan sleep in our room for the first few months (which EVERYONE said we would do…we didn’t) the bassinet would come in handy.

So I happened upon this model on Target.com. It sounded great and wasn’t that expensive! For $74.99 it is steal compared to some other models that go for well over $100. On the registry it went.

Easy Set Up
When we decided to make the trip to Columbus, I immediately pulled out the Pack ‘n Play to see how it worked. We hadn’t even touched it since it arrived as a gift from Patti and Greg (Stu’s dad and step-mom). To my pleasant surprise, it is a snap to set up!

So when we arrived at Stu’s mom’s apartment at 1am last Sunday, it took about two minutes to set up the Pack ‘n Play at the foot of our bed. It was a crib at night and a changing table during the day.

The bassinet is a net-like contraption that hangs on the pack ‘n play edges. You then place the ‘mattress’ piece in the netting and it makes a sleeping area that is suspended above the bottom of the floor of the playard. This is perfect for tiny babies!

Sleeping ‘n Changing
We removed the diapers and wipes at night, but this set up worked out so great for changing Ethan during the day. You can see our wet bag hanging on the side—no smelling stinky diapers! We use Planet Wise Wet Bags and they really hold everything in. I have two and always carry one in the diaper bag. (We brought both on the trip so one could be in the wash while the other was filling up.) I didn’t use cloth wipes this trip, but disposable worked just fine. After using them though, I realized how much I love the cloth ones!

The burp cloth is there to catch all of Ethan’s drool and spit up at night, and you can see his Miracle Blanket hanging on the edge…can’t forget that! It is the key to a good night sleep.

It was quite an experience having Ethan share our room at night…he is such a noisy sleeper! But he was comfy and safe which made us feel good.

Pack ‘n Up
Last but not least, the Pack ‘n Play folds down to a very manageable size and is not too heavy. It fit perfectly in the car and has a handy handle for carrying. It would fit on a plane too!

It’s A Must-Have
There are a million Pack ‘n Plays out there, so make sure you get one before your little person arrives. You never know when you will need it! I’m so glad I didn’t have to rush out and buy one at the last minute.

4 Responses leave one →
  1. Sandy Schon permalink
    April 27, 2011

    The Pack n Play sounds perfect! We used to arrange for people to have play pens for you guys to sleep in when we were away from home unless someone had a crib set up. I’m sure the rails weren’t right and the mattress left a lot to be desired. So glad you have nice and safe baby equipment,

  2. April 27, 2011

    I love our pack n play too (we’ve got a Graco one in the Rittenhouse pattern). And everyone told us Lorelai would be in our room for a few months too — she was in there for about a week before we moved her to her own room. (I was taking her into the nursery to feed her anyway so I wouldn’t wake up my husband, so it’s not like having her in our room saved us any trouble.)

    I too prefer my cloth wipes to the disposables, but I don’t use cloth while I’m out and about. I can’t guarantee that there will be a sink to wet them when there’s a big mess (or that she won’t fall off the changing table while I’m at the sink — why do they always put the changing tables in public restrooms so far away from the sinks and trash cans? I hate having to pull the used disposable wipes out of the wet bag of dirty diapers when I get home.)

    • April 27, 2011

      I always feed and change Ethan in the nursery too…have from the beginning…so it just made sense for him to sleep in there. I couldn’t see waking my husband up so we were BOTH tired every day! It works just fine for us. But everyone has their own system. I know lots of friends who co-sleep and do everything in their room for the first few months (sometimes years!)

      I don’t generally use cloth wipes when I’m out either, but I always carry a few in the dry pocket of my wetbag in case there is water available or to use at ‘pee-pee tee-pees’ because Ethan will hose himself (and me) down if that little things isn’t covered during diaper changes! :)

      Speaking of changing tables being in bad spots…I was traveling last week and used a multiple stall bathroom that had the changing table RIGHT in front of the door. So people were walking in and having to squeeze around me changing a diaper. It was crazy!

  3. April 27, 2011

    This just proves that no one thing is a must have for all mothers, lol! We never ever used ours! Ingrid refused to sleep in it, although we’d tried many times while traveling. She would wake up screaming and end up in our bed anyway, so we just stopped trying…It would be a nice changing table though.

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