What I Love Wednesday—Pack ‘n Play
This week’s pick came in VERY handy in our travels last weekend.
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.