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Crate vs ex-pen - so confused!!
I need advise. Here's out schedule til now: We've had our Kallie for 3 weeks. She's now 13 wks old. Her ex-pen is set up in our living room. She's been sleeping in a bed inside her ex-pen at night. She hasn't been fond of crates (I know, another subject!!). DH & I both work. DH gets up @ 4:30 AM, gets her out of ex-pen, takes her out to potty, feeds her & then plays. At 5:30 he gets me up & I play with her til around 7:00. She goes out to potty 2-3 times during the morning. She then goes back into her ex-pen while I get ready & go to work. I come home around 11:30 - 12:00 for an hour. It's potty, eat & play time for her again. Then back into the ex-pen til around 4:30 PM when I get home. From that time til around 9:00 PM she's with us playing or resting beside us. 9:00 is then bedtime for her. She's usually falling sleep by then
DH thinks she needs to be sleeping in her wire crate in our bedroom. Eventually she will probably end up in our bed. So in order to get her used to the cage type crate, this morning I put her bed & her in it when I went to work. I then went home @ 11:30, woke her up & did the normal lunch routine. But when I left for work again I put her in her ex-pen. I just hesitated to put her back in the crate again.
So after the long-winded explanation - shall I just use the ex-pen? Or incorporate the crate? Or just the crate? I'm so confused. Or crate @ night & ex-pen during the day? We have 2 crates, 1 is small plastic one, other is larger wire one. She's doing very well with outside potty training. But in the ex-pen I do use pee pads. We have only used the small crate for travel (which after about 20 minutes she throws up).
Opinions from you experts that have gone thru all of this are very welcomed! We're very consistent with her, trying to keep the same routine every day.
Pat - AKA Kallie's & Abby's mom