Many different kinds of Pack n Play are available nowadays in the market, like Pack N Play with a bassinet, Pack n Play with changing station, travel-friendly, etc.

All these Pack n Plays are safe to use because manufacture follows the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) guidelines [1]. But here the question is, “Is a Pack n Play Bassinet Safe for Sleeping?”

What about the air circulation & temperature inside it, Can my baby easily breathe in it?

All these questions are essential to ask yourself before going on because every year, many infants die due to Suffocation & SIDS [2].

Is a Pack n Play Bassinet Safe for Sleeping

According to the APP policy explained by “HealthyChildren.Org” [3], Newborn babies should sleep on a separate flat surface like in a Bassinet, Crib, Pack n Play but in the same room to reduce the risk of SIDS in an infant.

Place your baby’s crib, bassinet, portable crib, or play yard ( pack n play) in your bedroom, close to your bed. The AAP recommends room-sharing because it can decrease the risk of SIDS by as much as 50% and is much safer than bed-sharing.

Watch this safe sleep guideline by CDC to lower SIDS.

So, it’s clear that both are safe to use for infants, but again the question is,” Is a Pack n Play Bassinet Safe for Sleeping?”

Absolutely Yes, Pack n Play Bassinet is totally safe for Sleeping. It acts like a regular bassinet, has a flat surface, and has all the necessary features that babies need for healthy & sound sleep. So, placing it over the pack n play does not affect credibility.

Is a Pack n Play Bassinet Safe for Sleeping

Just to help you, to make a quicker decision, I think in terms of cost. The bassinet is much cheaper than pack n play; you can purchase a bassinet under $70, whereas the Pack n Play With Bassinet costs you more than $100.

On the other hand, Pack n Play has the feature of a napper changer. It offers much larger storage when compared to the Bassinet, but due to its large size, they occupy ample space in the room.

Parents who are living in a small apartment will face a problem when trying to manage it,

Note: I strongly recommend reading the difference between both of them before moving next; Pack n Play Vs Bassinet

Now, the next question to understand before buying any one of them is, “Can newborn sleep in pack n play without bassinet” Is it safe, how long can the baby sleep in it.

So, to get answered, stay tuned with me.

Can You Use Pack n Play As Bassinet?

Absolutely yes. Pack n Play is an American Academy of Pediatrics approved baby product for safe sleep. You can use it as a bassinet to sleep as long as your baby is comfortable in it. 

A baby will not suffocate in it until it is not covered or have a Mesh Side.

The mesh side of pack n play provides better airflow that also helps to reduce the temperature in it. You can even let the baby sleep at the bottom of the Pack and Play due to its mesh side.

All the Pack N Play manufacture follow CPSC guidelines [2] & extensive testing to ensure that they are safe and pose no danger to your toddler.

While babies sleeping are playing in it, make sure: a pack’ n play should have mesh sides for breathability & a latching mechanism that is easy to operate but difficult for a child to open/fold from inside accidentally. Its floor has strength so that it does not bend & provide a flat surface to sleep.

That being said, a pack and play seem like the dynamic duo of a crib and Bassinet wrapped into one.

Last, if you ask me which one you buy or go with, I recommend using a Bassinet for infants up to the first 6 months. After that, you can transfer your baby from Bassinet to crib Or Pack N play as per your need.

In the end, the choice is yours. If you have less space in a room or live in a small apartment, then Bassinet is the best option for you due to its size.

Whereas if you want something that you can use for more than 5-7 months, then pack n play is a good option for you.

Can You Buy Just the Bassinet for Pack and Play?

A bassinet is specially designed to provide all the features under the mother’s arms reach. And also have a lot of features like vibration, music, rocking, soothing, nightlight; all these things work together to put your infant back to sleep.

can you use pack n play as bassinet

But you can’t buy just a bassinet for pack n play that you can place over it.

Because all the bassinet has stood, & their size maybe not match your pack n play Or not fix in it.

So, If you really need it, go with Pack n Play which has an inbuild bassinet.

There are no doubts that pack n play offers many features and a much better look than a bassinet.

Still, in terms of safety and suitable health development, the bassinet plays an essential role. Read our guide: Is a bassinet necessary for newborns.

Here is a list of the Top Rated Pack and Play 2021 if you want to explore some options. Now, what next?

Here are a few essential articles that help you to take care of your newborn baby.

  1. How to make pack n play more comfortable?
  2. Can a pack and play be used as a crib?
  3. How to clean a pack and play?
  4. Are pack n play sheets safe?

I hope your like our guide “Is a Pack n Play Bassinet Safe for Sleeping?” & found it informative. Now, put your valuable comment and feedback in the comment box to help other moms like you make a quick decision.

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Dr. Sakshi Patel

Dr. Sakshi Patel

Senior Content Writer

Dr. Sakshi Patel is a housewife who loves to spend most of her time with her Twin daughter. She loves to share her parenting journey with other new parents. She completed her Ph.D. from MP University in HDFS. Her hobbies are internet browsing, doing research on products, reading, and writing.