Having a newborn really puts a dent in the whole sleeping all night thing. Even if the baby sleeps good (meaning for more than two straight hours) I still have to wake up every three hours to pump. While I was pregnant I figured that I would breastfeed and then pump what was left that way if my husband or someone else needed to feed the baby they would be able to. Lucky for me my child had other plans. His first few days in the hospital the nurses were determined to get him to latch, apparently not breastfeeding while in the hospital isn’t an option. His first day he did amazing, second day–not so much. By our third day in the hospital my poor little guy was cranky and hungry. We finally got a nurse that told me to pump and then put whatever I got into a syringe and feed him that way since I wasn’t making enough milk yet to put into a bottle to feed him. Let me tell you, that made a world of difference. My little guy gulped down the little bit of milk I was able to provide him and started searching for more immediately. So now it takes a little longer at night when I wake up to pump because on top of that I have to feed and change the baby as well since he seems to be on my schedule.
For my first two weeks home I slept on the couch so that my husband wouldn’t have to wake up all the time since he had to get up early for work and I didn’t. Our couch is extra deep, I can fit myself, my husband, our eighty pound dog, and our beagle on it laying one in front of the other. It’s great normally, but right after having a C-section it makes getting off the couch a tad more difficult, not to mention sleeping on the couch is never more comfortable than your own bed. Paxton slept in his Pack ‘n Play bassinet right in front of me which was nice and convenient. After a few weeks though I was more than ready for my own bed. Unfortunately our Pack ‘n Play was just a tad to big to fit comfortably in our bedroom.
My husband and I did research and came across the Dream On Me Karley Bassinet. I tend to gravitate towards buying items off of Amazon unless I can find it ridiculously cheaper somewhere else. I have a Prime account so the free two day shipping almost always makes it worth it to purchase from them. Even if I do end up going with a different company to purchase from I have found that reading the reviews on Amazon still helps my decision on whether or not to buy the product. To put it simply, it’s just easier. There are more reviews in one place on Amazon normally than anywhere else, I love that the users can take their own pictures so you can see firsthand what you’re buying.
The Dream On Me Karley Bassinet had 457 reviews when we purchased it, so if you are looking for more reviews than just mine it’s totally worth it to check them out. I did find it cheaper to order from Wal Mart, however the shipping estimate was 5 days out and well…I wanted to sleep in my bed as soon as possible. Amazon had 2 day shipping with Prime and I actually ended up getting my package before the estimated arrival time.
When we received the bassinet we were extremely pleased. We weren’t looking for a nursery feature or anything like that so the simplicity of this bassinet is wonderful. The bassinet top zips together to keep baby fully enclosed so bugs or whatever else you want to protect your little one from will stay out. It took a few times for me to get the fabric on the zipper stretched out enough to be able to zip it without any hesitation from the zipper. I found that leaving it zipped all day for a couple of days while the baby wasn’t in it helped a lot. My zipper now zips without any issues. The reviews I read said that the mattress in it wouldn’t be comfortable, but I thought it was just as, if not more, comfortable than the Pack ‘n Play. There is also a hanging basket on the bottom that is great for storing items in once set up.
Set up itself was very simple. It arrives mostly put together, it took us maybe five minutes to get it out of the box and get everything put together. It is extremely portable so if we want to take it with us when we travel it will be great for hotels or even camping. It folds up pretty flat which makes storage and transportation easy.
Overall, I would highly recommend this product. It’s good quality, very portable, easy to set up and use, and a good investment if you’re looking for something affordable that will last.