Tips for Helping Your Co-Sleeping Baby Nap in a Pack ‘n Play

Posted on September 18, 2017 in Ambassador/ Tips

Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Graco Canada. I am a Generation Graco Ambassador. As always, opinions are all mine.

For the last many, many years my babies (when two and under) have always been co-sleepers. Not only has this been a lifesaver for us parents, but it helps gives our babies the much-needed rest they need! Hanna hasn’t been much of a napper since she was born, but she’s now 13-months-old and recently started taking naps for up to 2 hours instead of her usual 15-20 minute cat naps.

Usually, my husband has to go lay down with her, because if I do she wants to nurse and play the whole time. With him, she will cuddle and fall fast asleep. This week, when we put Hanna in the Graco Pack ‘n Play Quick Connect with Portable Bouncer Playard instead, she eventually started laying down and taking a little nap on her own!

When I need to sweep or mop, Hanna goes into the Graco Pack ‘n Play so she’s safely out of the way, and will sit and play with her toys, or stand and watch me get what needs to be done, done.

She will eventually lay down, and if I wander off into the kitchen (right beside the living room where we have the Pack ‘n Play set up where we can see it), it’s guaranteed at this time she will lay down and nap! Over the past few months, it hasn’t been an easy road getting Hanna to nap – often ending with her screaming and me having to cut what I’m doing short to snuggle with her – so having the Pack ‘n Play the past few days has made an incredible difference!

Here are a few tips we’ve been able to use to help get our Co-Sleeping Baby to Nap in a Pack ‘n Play

  1. Ease into it, before you expect any comfort or napping to take place. Co-Sleeping babies are used to sleeping close-by their parents, so giving them lots of time to play in the Pack ‘n Play first is ideal. That way that get used to being in the playard, and even start enjoying it.
  2. Keep the Pack ‘n Play close. I find my babies always want to see me – it brings them comfort. I keep our Pack ‘n Play in the corner of the living room so Hanna can have her eyes on me at all times, if she wants to, and she feels safe.
  3. Keep a couple of toys in the Pack ‘n Play. Sometimes my other kids throw in a few more toys than is needed, but keeping a favourite toy in there will help comfort baby!
  4. Don’t expect them to adjust instantly, It will take time. Most kids that aren’t used to a crib, bassinet or playard will take a bit of time to get used to it. Hanna is still in the adjustment phase, but I know the transition will happen eventually. Patience is key. 

Parenting is tough, and I know naptime can be overwhelming if your baby won’t sleep anywhere but beside you in bed, but you can do it! Even if it’s only to play for now, and napping later down the road, getting your baby adjusted to the Pack ‘n Play sooner rather than later will be well worth the wait and effort.

Isn’t she just so sweet? I am glad I have a safe place to put Hanna when I need to focus on cleaning or other chores. A Graco Pack ‘n Play Quick Connect with Portable Bouncer Playard is a must on my list for any parents, even co-sleeping parents! Be sure to try out these tips and see if they work for you!


  • Reply robin rue September 18, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Love this. My kids went into their own cribs in their own rooms from day one, so I never had any issues getting them to nap in their pack and play in the afternoons :)

  • Reply Arlene September 18, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    What a cutie! My kids slept pretty great in the crib but when we travel they sleep in the pack and play. These are good tips.

  • Reply Heather September 18, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    The pack and play was a huge part of all three of our kids’ early years! I wish that I could still use it! It was incredibly convenient. Now we use ours for our youngest niece when she visits. It is a miracle worker in our home!

  • Reply Lori Geurin September 18, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    She is sweet! Pack ‘n Plays are so convenient. I remember taking ours with us on trips when our kids were babies.

  • Reply Jessica Joachim September 18, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I love this! I cosleep with my son and sometimes it can be hard to get him to nap somewhere other than with me. I have found that putting my dockatot in the pack n play helps a lot!

  • Reply Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh September 18, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    These are all great tips. We were very lucky with both of our girls. They co slept at night, but during the day would obviously nap alone…they would always nap in their cribs without any trouble.

  • Reply Beth Davidson September 18, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    I have a Pack ‘n Play upstairs and downstairs for my 2 month old. She sleeps next to our bed at night and then takes her naps in one during the day. Hopefully she will transition from that to the crib easier than her brother!

  • Reply Cassie September 18, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    I’m not a mother yet but I can imagine this would be a lifesaver come nap time when you are out and about! My sister in laws love their baby carriers

  • Reply Karen Morse September 18, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    It sounds like a good investment for parents especially since you can place it anywhere in the house and you’ll know that your baby is safe while playing inside! It’s definitely what you want especially if you have tons of things to do for the day!

  • Reply Nailil September 18, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Sleep! It’s such a topic with little ones. My little must have sleep regression and I wish I could put her back in a pack and play.

  • Reply Rachel September 18, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    My kids did fine in their pack n plays as long as it wasn’t in my house. Its like if they knew I was near, they had to be in bed with me.

  • Reply Shoshana Sue September 19, 2017 at 7:20 am

    I am happy to hear your baby is now able to take the naps on her own. This is a great adjustment and she is awesome to have adapted so fast.

  • Reply AnnMarie John September 19, 2017 at 8:40 am

    This is so convenient! I love having something like this around because you can just leave your baby when you need to get things done in the house. If they’re able to nap, it means it’s really comfy!

  • Reply Misty Nelson September 19, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    This would have been so wonderful to have with my son! He was a fussy little guy and didn’t want to be left alone ever. Would be great gift for new moms

  • Reply Kelly Hutchinson September 19, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    We had a pack n play and the kids napped great. They were co-sleepers as well.

  • Reply Cindy Ingalls September 19, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    What a cutie. She looks so adorable sleeping with her blanket. Nap time can be a challenge for some little ones, but having a pack n’ play can make it easier especially when you are traveling.

  • Reply Shannon Gurnee September 19, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Graco is an awesome brand! I used their products with all of my kids and love to share about Graco, as well as purchase Graco items for friends and family who are expecting or who have kids.

  • Reply Patrice Walker September 19, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Love the Pack and Play. We used it all the time for my daughter and travel with it anytime we know we don’t have access to a crib at our destination. Those things are the best!

  • Reply Shannon // You, Me &DC September 19, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    What a cute baby! I don’t have kids of my own but I know that my brother and sister in law absolutely love their pack and play!

  • Reply Terri Steffes September 19, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Graco was in business when I had my baby over 20 years ago. Good company to work with!

  • Reply Angela Ricardo Bethea September 20, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    The pack n play sounds like a great product and quite handy too. Your baby is so cute and it’s actually quite hard when it comes to nap time with little kids.

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus September 20, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Hanna is beautiful! My foster mum used the baby nap pack and play for my foster sister and it really helped create a routine that worked for them both!

  • Reply Jean September 20, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    This seems so handy! A great place to not only sleep, but keep your little one safe and out of the way whilst you are doing jobs.

  • Reply Heather September 21, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Excellent tips! My youngest daughter is two and started climbing out of her crib at just 13 months. Within a very short amount of time she had it mastered and we couldn’t use a crib anymore. We tried to use Pack N’ Plays on vacation but she never did well there either.

  • Reply Kaity | With Kids and Coffee September 21, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    These are great tips! It can be challenging transitioning a co-sleeping little one, but with patience and persistence—totally possible.

  • Reply Amber Manuel July 9, 2018 at 6:32 am

    Your baby is so cute. The pack n play sounds like a great product and quite handy too. My little must have sleep regression and I wish I could put her back in a pack and play.

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