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Pack n Play mattresses....
Autumn Pink
thatfleetingirl wrote in parenting101
I need to find a way to make his pack n' play comfortable enough for every night sleep. I looked up pack n play mattress on Amazon and found this. (I wasn't aware there were mattresses for pack n plays somehow...) Do any of you have any experience with these? Mine is an older Graco general sized pack n play that I actually bought for $15 from craigslist and it's been great. It's not fancy but it's nice and it does the trick.

ETA: Right now, the bottom of it is just the thin blue tri-fold thing and I pile blankets on top. There's no real mattress. Maybe it came with it? I don't know. Anyways, hopefully I can find a mattress and a thick mattress cover and sheets so it's as comfy as a "real" bed.


I thought you weren't supposed to use anything other than the mattress which came with it?

Anyway...my son's slept in his pack and play quite a bit since birth (he stays with my mom quite often), and he's never needed any extra padding.

Mine came second hand and with no mattress...since it's the only one I've ever had, I didn't really know they came with mattresses..? I feel kinda dumb for that, haha.

Mine was new and came with the same "tri-fold" thing...I believe that's all ther eis.

...the trifold thing IS the mattress.

what I ended up doing was measuring the inside and getting my aunt (I love her) to sow me some padding.

It was basically 2 pieces of material sown together with some padding in between. The stitching ran sort of criss cross across it to keep the padding in place. I put that on the mattress and fitted a mattress sheet over it. Tucked it in tightly and away we went.

My kids didn't have a crib as we didn't have the room, so this is what we used. It was great as their bed came with us everywhere we went!

Hope this helps!

This worked for us. My daughter absolutely HATES to sleep in her's if it doesn't have some sort of padding...or, unless I (omg) let her have her pillow when napping.

You're not supposed to use a mattress with a packnplay, just the pad that comes with it. That being said if you really felt it wasn;t worthy in some way you could always measure it and have your closest fabric store and have them cut a piece of mattress foam (we did that for a hand made cradle).

Though my oldest slept in a pack n play from 8-14 months without complaint and my youngest has been sleeping in a pack n play since June without a problem.

We bought a quilted playard sheet from Target, I think Eddie Bauer makes them? Gave it a little extra padding, but nothing unsafe.

That is what we did, too. It is Eddie Bauer brand, I know because that is the brand of pack and play we have, both purchased at Target. Its really soft and the baby likes it and at the same time it fits firmly over the tri-fold mattress to be safe.

yep this is what we did. my son has slept in it for a year and still naps in there w/ no issue. I think he likes his crib and mattress but he always sleeps much better in his playard.

The trifold thing is a mattress, and you're not supposed to add fluff because of SIDS. Baby's spines are straight, and not curved, so it doesn't really bother them like it would ou.

He's 2 1/2...he can sleep in a big ole bed if he wants...I just live in an efficiency and need to make a pack n play work.

Ah, yah, he'd probably complain about the mattress then.

I've never heard or used a fancy mattress with the pack n play. The standard hard as a rock, no padding one that came with it always worked fine.

My son sleeps in his for naps and I have a very thick, quilted pack n play mattress pad over the tri-fold thing (my tri-fold thing is slightly padded, idk if yours is or not). On top of the mattress pad I have a very soft velour sheet that adds some extra thickness and fluffyness. When he was tiny, I used to lay down one of those super soft blankets and put him down on that. Seemed to work, and he loves sleeping in it now :)

the trifold mat is the mattress.

you can buy quilted pads for it, so i would maybe do 1-2 of those.

my son wont sleep in his pack n play on the hard board either... what i did (and i know you're NOT supposed to do this)... is folded a blanket up the size of the board... and put the pack and play sheet over it so it was nice and snug... he still didn't sleep as good as he does in his crib (on a very nice mattress i might add)... but he slept better than he did on the hard board

this was my temporary solution for a weeks stay at my moms house while we were visiting her.

I used to work at a daycare center and we used pack and plays for our one year olds. We had mattress for them that fit as tight as a crib but were more comfy. I know our pack n play only came with the non-thick, non comfy mattress, but we only use it on occasion.

You can definitely buy a mattress just for a pnp. Ours is a baby trend and there is a nice mattress that comes with it, and a washable mattress cover for it, etc.

The downside is, the mattress doesn't fold up! So the pnp might go compactly and smoothly into the bag, but the mattress I still need to carry around as-is.

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