A Moses basket is only suitable for the first few months of a baby's life. Given the limited use you'll get out of one, is it worth buying one?
If, after reading the pros and cons below, you decide not to buy a Moses basket, check out our guide on . The main advantage of cot beds is that they last such a long time: they can be used as a cot from birth and as a junior bed as your child gets older.
Moses baskets are usually made from strong wicker or maize. Many come with a mattress and fitted sheet, decorative coverlets to keep your baby cosy as well as adjustable hoods.
Your Moses basket should be placed on the floor, on a flat surface. But if you'd prefer your baby to be higher up, you could buy a wooden Moses basket stand for around £20-£30. These are usually foldable and easy to store, and some can be used to create a rocking effect to soothe your baby to sleep.
Moses baskets often come with coverlets, sheets or blankets – but don't use all of them simultaneously. You don't need that much to keep your baby at a comfortable temperature.
The Lullaby Trust additionally has these sleep safety tips for parents:
A Moses basket is usually safe to buy second-hand, but before you do, check that it conforms to the latest safety standard: BS EN 1466:2014.
If you buy your Moses basket second-hand, we’d advise buying a brand new mattress. The Lullaby Trust charity states there's an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) when a second-hand mattress is used. This is because there’s more chance of the mattress sagging or the mattress cover shrinking, which can be hazardous for your baby.
When buying a mattress for your Moses basket:
Depending on its previous use, you may also want to buy new fabric lining for your Moses basket. Where possible, try to buy it from the same brand as your Moses basket, so it’ll fit neatly on to it. The fabric lining should be thin and breathable to allow for air to circulate.