We've already covered BATHING, and so today we'll focus on sleeping.
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- crib mattress
- mattress pad x2
- crib sheet x2
- swaddle wrap x2
This has been such a valuable piece of baby gear! We've used a fancy style and a basic style, and have found the basic one best. It's much easier to store and use, in our opinion.
We use a pack n' play for two purposes. First, it serves as an initial bed. Our babies sleep in our room until they are able to sleep through the night (I don't care for walking the hallway between rooms throughout the night). We originally had a moses basket bassinet for them, but they would outgrow it before being ready to move into the crib in the other room. A pack n' play accommodates them from newborn through the first year.
We also use a pack n' play for a playpen. It's very useful for containing little ones once they are mobile. We have one set up downstairs, and Tennyson has "pack n' play time" after each meal which allows me to clean the kitchen and dining room back up uninterrupted.
- pack n' play sheets x2
- Nice to have: crib mobile or something for them to look at while in the crib
Things we didn't need: bed bumpers, bedding (other than sheets)
There has never been a need for crib bumpers. On two occasions, Tennyson managed to get his little feet outside the crib slats but was never hurt or even bothered by it.
We've also skipped purchasing any crib bedding besides bed sheets. We've chosen to dress our babies warmly instead of providing a blanket. I prefer the cribs to not have a bedskirt because it's much easier to keep those areas clean if I can see underneath it at all times.