Do I NEED a Pack and Play?

Last Updated on September 3, 2020 by Ines

Do I NEED a Pack 'N Play?

Is a Pack ‘N Play necessary piece of baby equipment? Do you really need it?

No, you don’t need a Pack and Play. You and your baby are going to be just fine without it, but it will help. It will help a lot!

Although it is very useful, a Pack ‘N Play is not a piece of essential baby equipment. But, because it is so versatile, many parents find it essential, and I have to say that I agree with them.

Comparing all the features they can offer to their price, Pack ‘N Plays don’t cost a lot. For instance, most of them own a full-size bassinet, which is a safe substitute for a classic bassinet. Yes, newborn bassinets are cute, but they become useless after 6 months. So, why wouldn’t you use a Pack ‘N Play instead of a classic bassinet? Not only that it costs less, but you can also use it lots longer.

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Graco Playard Nearby Napper with Portable Infant Bassinet

Some Pack ‘N Plays (also called Playards) offers everything you need from a child’s infancy through toddler age. Besides a safe sleeping place and play area, such models possess at least few or even all of the following features:

  • full-size bassinet for a newborn
  • newborn napper
  • portable bouncer
  • soothing devices, like crib mobiles and musical boxes
  • wheels for easy moving around the house
  • changing table
  • storage units
  • one pull folding mechanism
  • carrying bag, backpack, or a suitcase for taking it with you wherever you go

As you can see, a quality Pack ‘N Play can substitute lots of nursery furniture. You can also find them under the name Care Station Playards, and for everything they can offer, I find Graco’s Playards the best. And the best part is, that they are really affordable! Yes, they do not fold up as quick and easy as 4moms Breeze or Lotus crib, and you need a little more time to squeeze them back into the carrying bag, but for the price, you are paying that’s neglectable.

4moms Breeze Playard review - Specifications
4moms Breeze Playard

Some parents even use a Pack ‘N Play instead of the regular crib, but I would never do that! For afternoon naps, occasional sleep, and even longer holidays, I am absolutely for it! But not for every night at home.

When do you need a Pack ‘N Play?

In my opinion, you need it for traveling with a baby. I find it very useful! Because my baby slept in a familiar portable crib, our night away from home was a lot better.

Our Pack ‘N Play also spared my worry of having a proper and safe bed for my baby at the hotel. We had an ultra-light Babybjorn travel crib light for traveling by plane, and a Graco’s Care Station when we went on the vacations by car.

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BabyBjorn travel crib Light

All Pack ‘N Plays, are appropriate for traveling. All models have included carrying bag and can be set up and fold down more or less hassle-free. However, due to the large difference in weight, some are more suitable for carrying around than others.

While the lightest Pack ‘N Plays weight only 13lbs, can some traditional models weight even 30lbs and more. That’s a big difference!

So, for the conclusion. You don’t need a Pack ‘N Play, but it’s very helpful! You can use it in so many ways and for so long, that it is certainly worth your money!
If you want to know more about Pack ‘N Plays, feel free to ask it below or find your answer in our articles about Pack ‘N Plays.

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I am the founder of Baby’s Little Place. I’m a mom to the one-year-old daughter and I know how overwhelming could be when you are looking at things and tips for a new baby, especially if you are a first-time parent. That’s why I set up this site…because I want to do something I am passionate about, as well as I want to help new parents and parents to be.

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