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The lowdown on Moses baskets

An ideal first bed for a newborn, here’s what you need to know about Moses baskets

What to look for when choosing a Moses basket

If you want a Moses basket for when your baby arrives, here are some important things to look for

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Using a Moses basket is a good option for your baby’s first bed, as it will make them feel cosy and safe as it’s more ‘womblike’ than a larger cot or cotbed.
Its compact size allows you to follow advice for newborns to sleep next to your bed, even if space is limited in your bedroom.

What to look for when choosing a Moses basket

Usually Moses baskets are made from maize, palm or wicker. Wicker can be the most expensive option, but tends to be longer lasting.

There’s also a new type of synthetic baskets, which are more easily wipe-cleaned and hypoallergenic.

Moses baskets also often have useful carrying handles for easier transportation, so your baby can nap in whichever room you’re in.

They often come with a separate stand so you can place the basket at the same height as your bed, and you can also buy rocking stands to help settle baby at bedtime.

Mattresses are often included in the price. Check that it feels firm, yet comfortable, and fits snugly. Always buy a new mattress if you’ve been given a second-hand Moses basket.

Need to know about Moses baskets

Prices range from basic models at around £20, to luxuriously dressed baskets up to £100. Check that any fabrics can be machine-washed.

It’s important for safety reasons to stop using a Moses basket once your baby can roll over or pull themselves up.

A Moses basket is not completely essential, as your baby could sleep in a cot from birth if you have space in your bedroom, but their smaller size does help make very young babies feel more secure.

Checklist

  • Choose either a palm, maize, wicker or synthetic basket
  • Look for carry handles, washable fabrics and a firm mattress
  • Think about how much money to spend as a Moses basket only has a limited lifespan

The lowdown on Moses baskets