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What Do You Buy? Crib Or Playpen
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What to Buy? Crib or Playpen?

Being first time parents, you will encounter a lot of problems and challenges. One of the most common if not the most common issue is whether to buy a crib or playpen.  So are you confused? crib or playpen?  Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.  We will try to dissect their pros and cons in 4 criteria. Usability, Portability, Safety, Affordability.

USABILITY

The playpen provides you easier accessibility to the infant. Most playpens come with a removable bassinet which you can have right at your bedside at night.  It will be a lot easier to have your little ones within arms-reach for late-night nursing and diaper changes.

On the other hand, you will have to bend down to take a look at your baby in the middle of the night if you are using a crib.  However, cribs usually go along with baby monitors. These gadgets can monitor the movements and sounds coming from the baby.

Crib or playpen?  For overall usability, the playpen beats out the crib.

PORTABILITY

The bassinet attached to the playpen is really travel-friendly.  You can take the baby to wherever you want using it. The playpen itself is also portable as most playpens usually come with a carry bag.

Unfortunately for the crib, it is not foldable nor is it portable. It would be crazy to take out your crib to a pick-up truck only to use it for a vacation.  The playpen wins this out again. It’s 2-0 for the playpen.

SAFETY

Both the crib and the playpen have guard railings around it. However, most of the guard rails of cribs are adjustable in accordance to the baby’s growth.  You can position the rails higher to prevent your baby from tipping over.  In my opinion, there’s a better chance that your curious toddler would fall over from the playpen rather than the crib. Therefore, the crib takes this one hands down.

AFFORDABILITY

Playpens are generally cheaper than cribs. Some cribs cost twice as much as playpens.  Moreover, playpens serve a dual-purpose for parents during the infant’s early months.  It serves both as a portable carrier and a sleep bed for their baby.  When your infant becomes a toddler, they will still enjoy playing inside the playpen as much as they will do inside the crib.

I have now broken down the pros and cons of each product.  Will you buy the crib or playpen? My final score is 3-1 for the playpen. However, the final decision is still yours.  


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