Moses' baskets on a budget
Moses' baskets don't have to be a real extravagance, here's some reasonably priced options
Choosing your baby's first bed is a key decision for every parent. Cots and cribs are suitable from birth, but can be a bit vast for a tiny newborn. A Moses basket offers a cosier, more womb-like environment and will make your newborn feel more secure in the early weeks.
They're also compact enough to fit alongside a parent’s bed for nighttime feeds, even in the smallest of bedrooms. They often have carry handles that can be useful for carrying your baby around the house so you can keep an eye on them when they're napping during the day.
What to look for
A Moses basket is often a budget option compared to a wooden crib, which can cost upwards of £100. You can find very basic models for around £25. More luxe versions with drapes and covers can be pricier though. Bear in mind that most babies will outgrow a Moses basket in around 12 weeks, so it’s not a great idea to blow your budget on this one item!
Traditionally Moses baskets are made from natural products like wicker or maize, but you can find more contemporary models made from man-made materials for a more modern look. These tend to be more expensive, but can help with any allergies.
Need to know
Most Moses baskets come with a mattress already. If you need to buy one separately, however, always make sure it fits properly with no large gaps. If in doubt ask the retailers advice.
1. Moses basket, John Lewis, £35
Made from lightweight but durable palm, this classic Moses basket is a good purse-friendly buy, and comes complete with a mattress, hood and a woven waffle cover. The neutral colour way makes it ideal for both boys and girls.
2. Lullaby Moon Moses basket, Mothercare, £55
This attractive maize basket is part of a wider collection of nursery items in the ‘Lullaby Moon’ design - ideal if you want to plan a coordinated room. It comes with a coverlet and hood made from grey and white printed fabric, a mattress, and there’s also a compatible stand available separately.
3. Classic Moses basket, Izziwotnot, £55
Available in a choice of white, grey, dark or light brown wicker, this well-priced model from the Moses basket specialists will tick every parent's box. Each basket is hand woven for an extra special touch. You get a mattress, coverlet and hood, plus a basket liner included, and you can pay extra for sheets and a stand from the wider Izziwotnot range.
4. Little Soldier Moses basket, Babies R Us, £49.99
Gorgeous themed basket from the ‘Little Soldier’ range of nursery items, that comes with a mattress, cover and also a fitted sheet, so you’ll have everything you need for your baby’s first nights at home. Babies R Us also have more gender neutral baskets for a similar price point.
5. Moses basket, Schnuggle, £74.99
This modern-style Moses basket is made from a durable, hypoallergenic material, that’s easy to keep clean and dust-free, ideal if you have an allergy-prone baby. You can choose between three colour ways, white, ivory and grey, and the basket comes with a padded liner, cotton covers, hood and coverlet and also a luxury mattress included.