A pack n play is a godsend for parents. It gives them a breather while their baby is happily occupied playing in a safe, restricted environment.
But you might wonder, what exactly is a pack n play, do you need it and is it safe for your baby? I’m here to tell you that you need it and it certainly is safe up to a certain age. Let’s look into the specifics.
What is a pack n play?
A pack n play is a small, enclosed area fitted with a mattress where your child can sleep and play. Some have a wooden frame and others have a metal frame with mesh walls.
This enclosed environment is not the same as a playpen. Playpens don’t usually come with a mattress; it’s just a fence that’s put directly on the floor.
It is also not the same as a bassinet. Bassinets are small beds especially for newborns and babies up to 3 – 4 months.
Pack n plays can be folded and taken with you easily when travelling. Pack n plays are perfect for babies and toddlers.
Most pack n plays have a weight limit of 30 lbs but it will vary from model to model.
Can a baby sleep in a pack n play?
Yes, babies can sleep in a pack n play but there are different ways to approach it depending on his age. It is not recommended that newborns sleep in the bottom of a pack n play, but there are other ways to use your pack n play with your infant baby. Most pack n plays come with a newborn bassinet attachment s that is made specifically for newborns under 15 lbs.
The newborn bassinet attachment to the pack n play is perfect for putting your little one down for naps during the day where you can still see him.
For older babies that are able to roll over on their own, a pack n play is perfectly safe for sleep.
Is it safe for a baby to sleep in a pack n play every night?
Pack n play are safe for sleep as long as all other safety guidelines are being followed – period. Whether you use it once in a while or every night does not matter as long as you are following all other sleep safety guidelines already mentioned here.
You should however keep in mind that pack n plays are not meant to be used every single night, they are meant for travel and daytime play. With the added usage your pack n play may start showing signs of age quicker than expected. With this in mins, check for the structural integrity of your pack n play regularly to ensure the utmost safety of your baby.
A pack n play is a safe place for baby sleep and play. With a bassinet attached, it can be used from the first day your newborn baby comes home up to about 3 years old.
When fitted with a firm mattress and a tight-fitting sheet, most pack n’ plays meet all safety requirements of the AAP.
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