Just bought a used playpen this morning and it's AWESOME. $100 bucks for a Carter's play yard in good condition ($250 new), that comes with not only the bassinet level, changing table, and organizing shelf, but a bouncer! I didn't even know they manufactured play yards with built-in jumpers! We never bought a playpen for DD, but I really wanted one this time now that I'm wrangling two kids. DD did have a used bouncer she loved though. I just love that I don't have to have space for TWO huge things (or buy two things). The bouncer part is fairly small, and will be easy to stash away when not in use. Actually, for now it's in the bottom of the play yard, below the bassinet level. And it was easy to set up, so that's a plus. We're not setting up a crib for Theo until we move, and have more space. At night, he'll sleep with us in our little "Close and Secure" cosleeper thingy we bought when DD was a newborn.But during the day, I'd rather he be napping out with the family, where I can see him (and where he can learn to sleep through anything, lol). And the colors aren't hideous on the playpen, so that's a bonus. It actually coordinates with our family room pretty well. I'm still going to have to figure out where to squeeze in the swing, but it's also pretty space efficient (the Graco Sweetpeace model), so hopefully we can manage in our little space.
Anyhow, yeah. I'm just excited to have gotten one more thing done (and saved us money to boot)! I was hoping I'd find a good play yard with the bassinet and changing table for $100 or less, but wasn't seeing much that wasn't totally ugly, or at the price I wanted. Now I've done it, AND gotten the bouncer too. I've noticed that used items don't often get sold as cheap here in Canada as they do in the States (or, at least as they do where I grew up in Ohio). So even used, it can be hard to score a good deal. Now we won't have to spend another $50 or more on a jumper once Teddy is bigger. So yes, I'm pretty stoked. :)