Should I start with a bassinet rather than a crib?
We know -- you had one when you were little, your mother had one, your mother's mother had one . . . but unless you're getting a hand-me-down, it's probably not worth it since you'll likely only get a few weeks' worth of use out of it before it starts to collect dust in the corner of the room. Try a travel crib or even a play yard (many come with a bassinet option) -- you'll get more use out of them later on. Spend your time now looking for a good, solid crib.
Check out our guidelines for choosing the perfect crib for baby.
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