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    How long does a baby stay in a cradle?

    Ok I am trying to deside if I should buy a cradle. Did anyone use one? if so how long was the baby in it. The thing is that I will be moving when the baby is about 8 months old, and I want to avoid putting up the crib twice incase it gets damaged. I am wondering how fast a baby out grows the cradle?


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    We had a cradle that we used only briefly with our twins, probably less than a month. It was a family heirloom, so we didn't actually buy it. I always felt just a little less than secure with a baby in it, even though there was no way they could sit up or climb out. I always felt safer with them in a crib.

    If I were you, I would go with just a crib, especially since you will be moving.


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    The shortest one of my children stayed in the cradle was 1 week--he scooted from birth and kept getting stuck in the corner. I had another child that stayed in it for 6 months.


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    We used a pack & play rather than a crib. She slept init in our room for 4 mos before we moved to her to the crib in her room. We then moved it dowstairs and continued to use it for another year or more.


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    We used a cradle until our little ones could pull themselves up by grabbing the sides, about 5-6 months. I have a two story home and that is why I wanted a place in the living room to lay the babies. I put a mobile on the cradle when I had the twins, it would help entertain one of them while we ate our dinner !


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    I think some pack 'n plays have "cradle" attachments, too ... that might be an option for you.


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    I'm assuming that when you say cradle, you mean a crib. Correct me if I'm wrong. Having said that, my boys are almost 2.5 yrs old and still in their cribs...


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    Quote Originally Posted by 2boys4me
    I'm assuming that when you say cradle, you mean a crib. Correct me if I'm wrong. Having said that, my boys are almost 2.5 yrs old and still in their cribs...

    I think she means that she's wondering if she can make due with a cradle till she moves, then put up the crib just once in her new home (which there is no way, an 8 month old could pull up and topple right out of a cradle). If it were me I'd put up the crib and get my baby used to sleeping in it, and avoid trying to switch beds in a new home. I think a lot of little ones would have a hard time adjusting. Taking the crib apart shouldn't be a problem. By the time your baby is 8 months old you will hopefully have him/her in a great sleep routine. I think if you try to go from a pack n play or any other bed to a crib you might run into problems. But you never know, of course! I would just stick with the crib from the start and not worry about moving it.


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    Callum was in his cradle til for about 4 or 5 months. I agree with what Kylie said above, though, in your case, I'd just go with a crib all the way and not buy a cradle.
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    3 months was what we got out of a borrowed cradle...Hardly worth the time and effort of dragging it upstairs
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