Tips – Baby to Sleep in Pack and Play

Getting kids to sleep is a very important task for every parent. They do not sleep fast enough and are vulnerable to waking up early if they feel unsafe. Also, though they are kids, they are smart enough to understand any change in their surroundings instantly.

If you make your baby sleep next to you or on the crib, then switching them to sleep on the pack and play is way too difficult. Kids do not feel safe in changing environment and hence making them sleep in the pack and play is a momentous duty for parents.


The main challenge to put a baby to sleep in the pack and play is the transition or change in habit of baby’s sleeping. If the baby is sleeping constantly with the mother, they get used to it and refuse any transition to their sleep environment.

This challenge is faced by people when they start working and have to leave the kids for baby-sitting. In such cases, child cannot all of a sudden change his habit. So although our baby does not sleep longer in pack and play or does not sleep at all, to start with it would be a good idea to put him in the pack and play for some time till he gets cranky and strives to get out. This would gradually help the child adapt to the pack and play.

Few Intricate Suggestions

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Your Clothes

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We all know that infants can sense their parent’s presence. They can recognize your body odor around them for them to feel safe. In order to settle kids in pack and play, it would be a great idea to stuff some of your soft clothes that have your smell so that they can sense your presence and feel safe. It might not work immediately, but can gradually impact the kids’ behavior.

Put Him In Sleep

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Since kids take time to settle and enjoy being in pack and play, to begin with you could put them in this when they are drowsy or slept as your main agenda is to help the baby sleep in the pack and play comfortably. This would help them accommodate to the pack and play comfort while they are asleep. Once your baby starts getting long and continuous sleep for hours on the pack and play, then you can be assured that now kid is gradually getting accustomed to it.

Comfortable Bedding

The bedding of the pack and play should be extremely comfortable, soft and cozy so that the kids feel safe and comfortable as they feel when they are in bed with you. You could place pillows or cushions on sides for enhancing the feel of safety and also presence of parents.


Along with sleeping in pack and play, if the baby spends his playing time too in it, then they are safe and parents too will not have to worry about their kids. For the baby to spend his playing time in the pack and play, try making its surroundings familiar to what the kid is used to like the music and toys they often play with. Music attracts and engages kids of all ages and is the best tool to keep your kids engaged.

Extra Padding

Extra padding on the sleeping area of the pack and play and its surrounding walls could be a great idea to keep it soft and safe for your kid. This would reduce chances of getting hurt when your baby plays around in the pack and play.


Whenever you buy a pack and play, the size should be sufficient for the kid to fit in and play by legs and hands. This would let them spend time in it safe and sound.


Pack and play if evaluated is very safe and thoughtful equipment for kids’ safety and comfortable sleep. Parents need to put efforts for the kid to adjust in the pack and play environment, but can gradually do so giving relief to the parents and the kid. You just need to do it slowly and gradually as no kid would adjust to this transition in a day.

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Rosie M. Jordan

Hello my name is Rosie. I am a 36-year-old SAHM to an energetic little boy called Andrew. We love reading, Toddler Sense, the library and trips to the park. To get in touch you can email us rosie.babyvenue@gmail.com

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