Our little baby boy has been in the NICU for the past 8 days and should be released in a less than a week. He was born 6 weeks early and before we had bought anything (even a car seat) so we're rushing to prepare for his imminent arrival. We came up with a few questions while shopping for baby stuff...
1) My mother in law got us this Pack n Play
. What's the different between a Pack n Play, bassinet, and crib? Can a newborn sleep in a Pack n Play? Can it be his primary bed? It has a "removable, full-size bassinet" which looks pretty sturdy and appears to meet the SIDS guidelines of a "firm mattress" -- even though it's not really a mattress. My impression is that we can save a few bucks by just having a Pack N Play which he'll be able to use even after he gets too big for the bassinet (which we'll remove once he can push himself up).
2) I've really gotten to like the heartbeat and breathing monitor they have him hooked up to in the NICU, watching those lines on the screen puts my mind at ease. I've also read that preemies have a somewhat higher risk of SIDS. I'm thinking of getting one of the Angelcare movement monitors, what do you guys think of it? I can only find one real mention of them on MeFi and it's negative
. We're taking the baby CPR class the hospital tonight and we know all the back to sleep stuff.
3) Are European car seats really safer than American car seats? My wife's cousin swears by Maxi Cosi car seats and she told us that American car seats are less safe because they use more plastic parts, while European ones use more metal.
4) Am I being overly paranoid by wanting to use only glass bottles? I know that pretty much all the plastic baby bottles out there are BPA-free but I'd still prefer to avoid plastic. Does anyone else use glass bottles?