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

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!