So, my daughter is 16 months old.
Whenever we needed to get her corralled somewhere (like when we're vacuuming or moving furniture and don't want her to be underfoot), or when I just needed a break; needed to put her somewhere so I can start cleaning up the mess in the living room without having her follow me making the same messes all over again in my wake, etc....we would just put her on the couch. She didn't know how to get off, so it was great. Sometimes we'd throw a toy up there and she'd get along just fine. Sometimes she'd fall right asleep.
Anyhow, over the past couple weeks she's learned that the couch is actually very low to the ground and she can get off easily by turning over onto her belly and sliding herself off of it backwards. We knew that day would come eventually lol. So, I got out the pack n' play to see what would happen.
Now, I had tried to use the pack n' play months earlier (when my bb was a crawler, not a walker yet) and she HATED it. She screamed when I put her in it to the point where it sounded like she was having a panic attack. :( So we were like, ok, no pack n' play for her. Now that she's older, we decided to try it again and omg.....she actually seems to like it. (!!)
So, anyhow....I was guessing that a lot of moms here don't use playpens or might even be anti-playpen. But for those who aren't, or who have ever used one successfully, can you share any of your tips? I'm afraid that she might just like it now only because it's "new" to her, and once the novelty is gone, she'll hate it again. We have some toys that we're ONLY keeping in the playpen, and that seems to do the ticket. Also, where it's positioned in the living room, she can see me if I'm anywhere in the LR or in the kitchen. She plays with her toys in there, sometimes falls asleep, plays peek-a-boo with us over the railing, etc. We only put her in it when we need to not have her underfoot or when I need a break, and never for longer than 15-20ish minutes at the most at a time (unless she falls asleep, in which case we leave her to nap.) It's working out so beautifully and making life in our tiny apartment SO MUCH easier, that we just don't want this to end, you know? LOL So, please share your pack n/ play success stories if you have any.