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Old 01-06-2011, 07:07 AM
 
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I never tried to keep my children contained in anything. I simply blocked off the bathrooms and kitchen with gates. They had free run of the rest of my baby-proofed house.
I did.
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:28 AM
 
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We had a pack and play that we used as a mostly changing station/toy holder in the living room and as a crib when we went on trips. The only time I put my babies in it when I was home with them was when I had to go to the basement to put a load of laundry in the washer or switch one from washer to dryer. Same as Hopes, we just baby proofed the house and let our babies have free range.
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:32 AM
 
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You're probably having a hard time finding a used one because they're not popular.

I got one for my baby shower and I only used it to store toys.

I never put my children in a playpen. Nobody I know used playpens either.
I loved ours. My grandfather built it out of solid hardwood and it's possibly the only twin-proof playpen in existence. It's what allowed me to shower without fear that my son would be hanging from the ceiling fan when I got out, and to cook without worrying about little hands undoing baby latches. For the parent of a toddler hellbent on self-destruction, mayhem, and the collapse of the known world, it's a lifesaver, fashionable or not-- and now, visiting grandchildren sleep in it. I think there are the fang-marks of about fifteen children from three generations on the rails, at this point.
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:38 AM
 
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I never tried to keep my children contained in anything. I simply blocked off the bathrooms and kitchen with gates. They had free run of the rest of my baby-proofed house.
Sometimes it simply was necessary. It's not always an "either/or"; use of a playpen doesn't imply 24 hour incarceration. I had two children who were climbers (one of whom could undo baby latches before he could walk), and another who liked to eat books. With floor-to-ceiling shelves and the architectural quirks of an old house, there was plenty of opportunity for mayhem, and a limited amount that "babyproofing" (we referred to it as "Tim-proofing", which was babyproofing to the Nth power) could help.

As for baby gates, the argument could be made that that's also containment, just in a larger cage. (I used one of those, too, at the top of the stairs. Seemed foolish to let them tumble downstairs if it could be prevented.)

I figure if nothing else the playpen was good practice for when I made them stay in the cart rather than wandering the grocery store or Target.
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Old 01-06-2011, 09:38 AM
 
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We live in a rental so putting up gates and babyproofing everything isn't that simple. I don't mind him going in the pack and play for a few minutes here and there when I'm cleaning or cooking or something. He actually naps in it too during the day.
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Old 01-06-2011, 10:27 AM
 
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Thanks for the info. I couldn't find any on my craigslist. This would be for a dog at night, and I know they can rip or chew the sides. Just wanted to see what was out there. I'll bookmark this!
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Old 01-06-2011, 10:33 AM
 
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Thanks for the info. I couldn't find any on my craigslist. This would be for a dog at night, and I know they can rip or chew the sides. Just wanted to see what was out there. I'll bookmark this!
Guess he/she won't be needing the plastic one with the toddler toys attached then!
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Old 01-06-2011, 11:14 AM
 
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I loved the pack and play, when ever I went travelling, I always took that with me for the baby to sleep in, and be safe, did not want my baby crawling around a hotel room floor...I also used it at the beach, when I went to the park, and the pool, that way the baby was fine, while the other kids played. I used it for all of mine. I did not even buy a crib for the last one, just used the pack and play, and then onto a regular bed when she was 2.5. (she was a "oops" baby!)...
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Old 01-07-2011, 08:57 PM
 
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Thanks for the info. I couldn't find any on my craigslist. This would be for a dog at night, and I know they can rip or chew the sides. Just wanted to see what was out there. I'll bookmark this!
Suggest getting an appropriately sized crate, not a "playpen" for a dog. I picked up a really nice one for less than half-price on Craigslist that was in like new condition. It saved me $60!

Depending on the size of the dog there are small-medium exercise pens that can be set up indoors or out too.
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