So my mom bought us a PnP as a gift for us and I am thinking of using it in our bedroom for our daughter to sleep in at night for the first couple of months. I assembled the PnP today and I'm having second thoughts. She bought a model that says it's made for infant use, but it doesn't have a curved bassinet attachment. Instead you can take the pad that is meant to sit on the bottom of the PnP and raise it higher for the infant to sleep on. It is similar to this...
I put it together today and I'm just not sure how sturdy this model is. To me the mattress feels flimsy and soft and when I push down on the mattress it squeaks and sinks in a little. Not too impressed... but I am a FTM and have no idea about this. Has anyone used this type of PnP for their infant to sleep in every night?
My other option is to use our Uppababy Vista bassinet attachment in our bedroom instead of the PnP for nightly use.
This is normal PnP setup. FYI babies are supposed to sleep on a firm, FLAT surface. Those soft cradling infant nappers are not recommended by safety experts for sleep, although some PnP include those in their design.
The PnP also has mesh wall to allow air to circulate to prevent babies from rebreathing in carbon dioxide and prevent overheating, which are SIDS risks.
The PnP construction varies from model to model and some are flimsier than others. Because the mattress board is made of 3 pieces, when you push on one spot, especially at the seam, it may shift and buckle, but imagine the weight of an 8 lb baby spread out evenly and it will probably do better. The upper basinette is typically rated to 15 lbs and it will offer more support once placed on the bottom. Check out other models in the store and see if they feel more supportive and sturdier than the one you have.
Our baby slept in the RnP and the flat PnP basinette for about 6 months (we eventually had to shift the mattress to the bottom to comply with weight restrictions) Beyond that we just use when traveling.