One of the major tasks that you should complete before baby comes home from the hospital is to set up a nursery. This means you have to shop for decorations, toys, and of course furniture. You'll probably want a chest of drawers for baby's clothes, a night table for a monitor and bottles, and a crib or bassinet. Furniture items that will last a long time usually cost a lot of money, so it would be best to do as much research as you can about any purchases you intend to make. Many future parents spend hours and hours examining baby furniture and comparison shopping. But it's all worth it in the end, especially if you end up with furniture that makes your life easier. That's exactly what happened to me when I purchased the Graco Lauren Quilted Pack 'n' Play.
This Graco Pack 'n' Play is actually three different items in one. First, it has a full-sized bassinet that is suitable for newborns and infants up to about 15lbs. The bassinet comes with a quilted bumper pad that is relatively soft, while providing excellent support. I used an additional thinner mattress pad (that I purchased separately) in the bassinet as extra cushioning for my baby. Then, there is also a very convenient changing table that you can use when changing both diapers and clothes. The ends of the changing table fit securely over the edges of the Pack 'n' Play, and it is easily removed when you are finished with it. Finally, when you take out the changing table and the bassinet, you'll have a play yard for your baby. The play yard area also comes with a quilted mattress pad, which makes it an ideal place for naps, or even night time sleeping. In addition, this particular Pack 'n' Play model features a wind-up mobile that is perfect for entertaining baby during her waking hours or for soothing her to sleep.
The best part about the Pack 'n' Play is its portability. It folds up at the push of buttons, and has a carrying bag for even more convenience. This is great because you can bring the Pack 'n' Play wherever you travel and can set it up in a few minutes. We've used it in hotel rooms, at grandma's house, and even just when visiting friends for a few hours. Baby will feel more secure in a familiar environment, which makes having something like the Pack 'n' Play even more important.
As I said at the beginning of this article, the Pack 'n' Play has made my life with baby a whole lot easier. This was definitely one of the smartest purchases I've ever made. Not only did I get my Pack 'n' Play for less than $120, I was also able to use it for more than 2 years (since my son is a bit on the small side). Graco offers several different Pack 'n' Play models, all at varying prices. You can check out many of the models right here at BabyProductDepot.com.