In the early days of parenthood, thoughts of sleep will likely never be far from your mind: Is your baby getting enough? Are you getting enough? How can you all get more?
In the pursuit of maximizing sleep for everyone, there are a lot of products to consider. That’s because, while everyone shares the same goal, the solution will vary from family to family.
Here’s what you should consider before getting a playard, bassinet or sleeper for your baby.
1. Do you want something multipurpose? When you’re preparing to welcome a baby, the list of things you need is seemingly never-ending. But with a playard that pulls triple duty, you can cross a bunch of items off the list with just one purchase: From a bassinet to a diaper changing station to a large sleeping surface that’s suitable for sleepers up to 30 lbs., a playard can truly serve your family for years to come.
One thing to keep in mind? Although playards can be folded for storage, they aren’t the most compact options when in use—which can be tricky if you plan to keep baby by your bedside in a small room.
2. Do you want something that can be easily moved around and stored? If you want your baby to sleep comfortably without sacrificing a large space in your room, a bassinet may be just the option. Most bassinet are big enough for use up to one year, but small enough to be easily stored away when not in use. Many even come with options to play soothing songs or gently vibrate to maximize the sleepy time cues for baby.
3. Are you looking for a compact sleep and play option for the newborn days? For the ultimate compactability and comfort, automatic rocking sleepers can help lull your baby to dreamland while keeping your hands free. With calming songs, toys to study and soothing vibrations, these also make great options when you’re in a need of a place to put baby down for a few minutes during the day—especially because they can be easily moved about the house.
Although the lifespan of a rocking sleeper ends when baby is able to roll over independently, it’s sure to be one of the most-used baby items in your home until that point.