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Question #93409 posted on 11/17/2020 1:32 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

New mom question. Many baby pack 'n plays come with an attached bassinet. I was generously given a pack 'n play for free, but it doesn't have the bassinet; anyone know if I can buy a separate bassinet and attach it? I've looked online but can't seem to find any pieces sold separately. Thanks!

-New mom

A:

Dear Mama Bird, 

It depends on the brand, but a simple Google search yielded me lots of options on Ebay for the mesh Graco Pack-n-Play bassinet inserts. That said, the advice Goldie points out below is worth the read. There are a lot of things that people will try to sell you as a new mom that you may not actually need, and if your baby is going to outgrow the bassinet in a very short amount of time, it may not be worth paying money for it. 

Cheers, 

Guesthouse

A:

Dear New Mom,

Not the information you were looking for... but if you are planning on getting the Graco Pack n Play bassinet insert, note that the weight limit is 15 pounds. Babies also usually double their birth weight by 6 months, and a newborn can weigh anywhere between 5 and 10 pounds. Carl Jr. was exactly 7 pounds at birth. It is also recommended that babies are transferred out of their bassinet when they can start to sit up (starting around 6 months) whichever comes first. (Also the AAP recommends having your newborn in your room for 12 months, but many Moms I know [myself included] do not make it that long.) So think of the timeline on where you want to put your newborn after your little one outgrows that bassinet. Do you use the pack n play without the insert? Are you going to transfer your little one to their own room in their crib (if applicable?) Or, does the crib fit in your bedroom? 

To play devil's advocate, we only used a crib when Carl Jr. was a newborn and I honestly hated it. I wish we had a bassinet so I wouldn't have to walk so far (a VERY painful thing after childbirth) to get to the crib. But we were in survival mode and nothing changed. Having him super close would have been really nice considering how often I had to feed him in the middle of the night up until he was 5 months.

Carl Jr. hated the pack n play (without the bassinet) since we never used it until he was six months old to travel.  The "mattress" is A LOT harder than his crib mattress. So I recommend that if you are planning on moving your newborn into their crib after they outgrow the bassinet, to at least use the pack n play sometimes so they get used to it. 

If you have any more new mom questions feel free to ask them here or email me goldie.rose(at)theboard.byu.edu. I'd like to think 10 months under my belt makes me feel somewhat qualified to answer those questions.

Congratulations on the new addition!

-Goldie Rose

posted on 11/18/2020 7:33 p.m.
Bassinet attachments are very useful if you happen to have/need a c-section. Because the baby is lifted up higher (than the regular pack and play setup), you don’t have to bend over as much to put down/pick up the baby. And that is really really helpful if you have a c-section incision that is trying to heal. Even if you don’t deliver via c-section, not having to bend over as much when you’re recovering is better.

If you have a different not-deep place that the baby will sleep (like another bassinet or a crib with a side that lowers easily and silently), then you’ll be okay. But if you will use the pack and play much- if, for instance, you have a small place that won’t fit a crib- a bassinet attachment is very helpful.
posted on 11/18/2020 7:48 p.m.
Just a heads up, drop down cribs (even ones with a mechanism to make them not drop down) are considered illegal. They've been the cause of infant fatalities so they're not encouraged to use anymore.

I also agree bending down was awful, another reason why I wish I had gotten a bassinet.

-Goldie Rose