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Can baby sleep in a play yard instead of a crib?
Q: I’m having trouble deciding whether or not to purchase a cot. I know there are play yards that have bassinets, and I’m wondering if there is any problem having the child sleep in the play yard instead of the traditional cot when he has outgrown the bassinet.
A: It’s fine to have a child sleep in a play yard if it meets safety standards for such products. Play yards that comply with standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) are acceptable for sleeping.
Kathleen Alfano Ph.D. Director of Child Research at Fisher-Price®