16/01/2014 at 09:20
16/01/2014 at 09:49
Glad you've asked as we need something too and unsure what to get!
16/01/2014 at 10:06
For your purpose I'd go with a playpen...especially as,the one you describe has dual purpose for once he's pulling up/walking as you can then use to section off bits you don't watching getting to. We've never used one with O but I wouldn't have hesitated if we'd needed to.
16/01/2014 at 10:51
We use the travel cot and he loves it in there lol
16/01/2014 at 11:00
We couldn't have managed without our playpen! We put toys in there and it meant that he could play safely whilst I did things such as cook dinner, pop to the loo, etc. It sounds like a PP might be better suited for your needs.
16/01/2014 at 11:43
We've just been given a playpen by a friend (its one of those hexagonal ones, which can also open out to be a room divider). We've found it really useful to keep her safe (she's been crawling since she was 6 months old) as she is always into everything if you don't watch her like a hawk!!! It is really sturdy too, so she can't pull it over when she stands up and pulls on it!
16/01/2014 at 13:34
Great, thanks everyone. Sounds like PP is the right move, glad yours was of good use Weather Girl.
Alocin, I think the one I'm looking at sounds very similar - it looks pretty big and convert to a room divider. And wow at E crawling by 6 months, exciting but exhausting?!
TP - I wondered about the TC but don't really want it stinking of garlic! It would save buying something else though, although as this one is multi use I'm thinking I can justify it!
Smarties - This one is on offer in Kiddicare atm, I reckon we will get a fair bit of use out of it as I think will need dividers and guards etc. for a while?!
16/01/2014 at 13:46
We used a travel cot wih see brought sides as playlen and as with most things he's gets bored quickly. Major successes here are the Jumparoo in the adjoining room but I can see him from kitchen. and walker which we leave in kitchen
18/01/2014 at 14:23
We use a travel cot with mesh sides, works brilliantly! We can put some toys in and she's happy in there even now at 16 months!
18/01/2014 at 17:33
We've a play pen and ball pit. The ball pit doesn't contain her and the balls get thrown everywhere. She likes the playpen, but we've ended up using it as more of a toy box, so she enjoys going in and emptying it. I intended to use it as a room divider and bought the extra kits, but it's so difficult to take apart it wasn't used as we'd expected. It's also very heavy, so really they're not very portable and take up a lot of space. You'd prob get more use out of a travel cot and they're cheaper. I can also highly recommend a jumperoo. X
19/01/2014 at 16:24
We've just baby proofed the lounge/kitchen/everywhere. E will not be confined without a fight and so we've stopped fighting and let her lose. I'd love a playpen, so I could hide in it away from E while I drink just one hot cuppa. That said it totally depends on your LOs nature, if you left in the cot what would he do? That is what tells me it's not for E. We did use one over early summer, but as soon as she could crawl at 19 weeks ish it was game over and now since she walked she'd have just climbed out.. she can climb her cot on lowest setting.. that said I know many people find them awesome!
20/01/2014 at 10:24
Thanks all. Maybe I will try the travel cot then, we already have it so I might as well before forking out! I guess if we just use the padded base, not the separate mattress, it doesn't really matter if it ends up smelling of food a bit!
We have a jumperoo in the living room, but he doesn't like it atm when I leave the room for more than 25 seconds!!
LWO - That's really useful to know about your experiences with both. I think we will definitely leave the ball pit then, and maybe the divider isn't for us either as thinking about it, I'd use it, if anywhere, in the dining area of the kitchen, to keep him away from cooking, but wouldn't be keen on drilling into the cupboard which is on one side, so I shouldn't really let that sway me to buy that particular one!
LM - He's more than happy playing in his cot, so long as he can see me!
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