Autumnengaged, to Billy, SAHM to Audrie (3) and Lily (infant):::
Also once we used it to stick 3 boys under 2 in it while drilling the floor. Safest place where they could all see - but it just turned into a cage match!
handy if the kitchen is on fire... but other than that...
Mother to a wonderful 4 year old boy born March 2007 who was once and still
Starting once more from the beginning and expecting a surprise someone in September
It was useful at times, but it was mostly used as a physical barrier in front of the entertainment center, to keep DD away from the stereo. Looking back I would have survived just fine without one. I had a bouncer I could put her in for a quick minute if needed.
I could see it being more useful if we were away from home alot and DD needed a place to sleep. (we don't co-sleep) We got use out of our pack-n-play for that..but not much.
Unassisted birthing, atheist, poly, bi WOHM to 4 wonderful, smart homeschooling kids Wes (14) Seth (7) Pandora Moonlilly (2) and Nevermore Stargazer (11/2012) Married to awesome SAH DH.
Seems to me that you don't *have* to have one, but surely there will be some occasions when you are doing something that would require you to set the baby down, i.e. vacuuming probably wouldn't be very easy as vacuums are heavy anyway & you probably wouldn't want baby breathing in all the dust. Another example could be if you're sick and you don't want to cough/sneeze/etc on the baby. Also, I can't imagine trying to stoop down to put in/take out dishes from the dishwasher with a baby on you. I'd be afraid of hurting my back, or bumping the baby's head on something, or dropping the dishes. So, while it may not be needed per se, it's probably helpful to have just in case. I would be careful about what you buy though, it seems sooo many playpens are recalled.
Just my thoughts, but I'm sure people who are already moms will have better advice for you.
I never used a playpen. I would have liked to at times, but if my DD wanted down, she wanted down to explore, not to be confined in a playpen. Even with two other kids running around it wasn't at all useful in my case.
In my opinion, there is no saying any baby item is necessary or not, as every mom child & situation is different. With the exception of some out there stuff that I just can't see being useful, most of it might be useful to someone. I don't do product bashing very often.
I do, however, encourage all moms to at least TRY babywearing. We don't do it much anymore but I always have my sling, pouch, etc in the car just in case my daughter asks for it. With pregnancy & back issues we use the stroller or she just walks most of the time. She doesn't want to be UP so much anyway! Can't wait to wear a newborn again!!!!!
Keri ~ Wife to dh Mommy to dd 12 ds 10 dd 7 1/2
I hated confining DS for any other purpose than protecting him, or doing something I absolutely would not have been able to do with him sitting in the middle of it. Like the time he dumped an entire BOX of baking soda all over him and the kitchen floor.....I had to put the gate up in the kitchen doorway, and I felt horrible.
The other day my grandma asked wouldn't he sit in a playpen for an hour or so?
No....he wouldn't....Oh well!