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This review is based on my personal experience with this basket.
I purchased this when I was pregnant thinking that it would be useful as it was small portable ideal for day naps downstairs and sleeping in our bedroom. However, my daughter would not settle in it! After two weeks of sleepless nights, taking in turns holding the little one so the other could sleep, I gave up & put her down in my bed next to me (and sent the OH to the spare room). And she slept through the night! After the second night attempting to put her down in the basket then giving up and putting her in bed with me (after removing the duvet / pillow / OH) I could see a pattern. The next day I moved her full sized cot into our room, as I was not ready to move her into the nursery on her own at two weeks and she slepts brilliantly ever since.
The issues with the basket are as follows:
- It has a funny smell, the basket has a very pungent smell to it & I did not particularly like sleeping next to it, so I cannot image what it smelt like to her tiny nose inside it!
- The "mattress" if you can call it that is a thin pad of foam, on the hard surface of the bottom I cannot see it would be very comfortable.
- My little one likes to spread out! She would not be swaddled when the midwife did it in hospital and often was drifting off to sleep in the basket, did the falling thing throwing her arms out by her side and woke herself up hitting the side. My little girl was petite when she was born 6lb 10 in early baby grows, but this basket did not give her enough room.
- I bought this with the rocking stand which goes with it, and quite often rocked and woke my baby up when she wriggled.
- Also I dont understand why these baskets come with duvets as all the recommendations I see is that you should not use a duvet until the child is 1 year old & I very much doubt a 1 year old would fit in this!
I would not recommend this at all if you have a similar baby to mine.
I must confess that I'm not a great fan of moses baskets in general, having had less than positive experiences with my first two children. Neither of my oldest boys ever really settled in their moses baskets and I was all set to do without one altogether for the new addition to the family and co-sleep for the first few weeks and then go straight on to a standard cot.
Three weeks before my due date, my husband announced that he thought that we needed a moses basket after all, if only to provide a relatively safe place to put our newborn baby down in the daytime safely out of harm's way from his boisterous siblings. As our baby was expected during the school holidays, I had to concede that he did have a point, as moses baskets do have their uses beyond night time, but remained insistent that I only wanted to buy a basic, cheap basket as I still had very little faith that the basket would get much practical use.
The Clair de Lune palm basket we selected was the cheapest moses basket available from Argos at just £29.99 - complete with a standard foam mattress and waffle effect removable quilt but excluding the stand. We used a standard Mothercare stand with this which fits perfectly. (The basket base measures 74cm x 27cm so should fit most standard sized stands.)
Some Clair de Lune designs can be extremely frilly and feminine which we wanted to avoid as we didn't know the gender of our unborn baby. I was pleasantly surprised by the attractive appearance of this basket, particularly as a 'bottom of the range' affair. It could certainly hold its own against baskets costing twice as much and doesn't scream cheap at all. It's suitably neutral for either boys or girls as it is a simple white waffle design, rather than all frills and bows.
As you'd expect for a product that may be christened by a sickly baby, the basket lining is removable and machine washable. The lining is tied into position securely but it was relatively easy to remove and replace so that we could wash it before our little one's arrival. The fabric survived a 40 degree wash without any problems and still looks beautifully crisp and clean even now. The mattress supplied is just a standard moses basket mattress but this can be wiped clean with a damp cloth if necessary.
Like most moses baskets I've come across in the past, the hood attached is essentially just a decorative feature and doesn't serve any real purpose. Indeed, it doesn't even stay upright for any length of time and is more of an irritation than anything else. We've just kept the hood permanently down since our youngest son has been using the basket. The handles are firmly attached to the basket and seem reassuringly strong and sturdy. I've carried this up and downstairs and feel confident that the handles are strong enough to support the weight of the basket and the baby, if necessary (although I tend to carry them separately anyway.)
The best aspect of this basket, as far as I'm concerned, has been the fact that our youngest baby has actually been sleeping in this at nights, much to my surprise! I certainly can't guarantee that your little one will settle off in one of these baskets but it is the only one that I've ever had such positive results from. Being made from Palm leaves, the basket seems much quieter than the others we've had. I used to find that our boys would wake themselves up due to the creaking and cracking noise of the wicker as they fidgeted in their sleep. My youngest still fidgets and flails about as he drifts in and out of sleep but the basket hardly makes any noise at all and it doesn't seem to disturb him, so he's certainly comfortable in there.
I've also noticed that this basket doesn't have the same distinctive (and slightly unpleasant) aroma as wicker varieties, despite being a brand new basket. Whether these factors make any real difference, or whether it's simply down to my youngest being a very placid baby, I don't know but I'm very pleased with this particular basket and our success story. It's just a shame this will only last us for around three months!
Although sleep success is not guaranteed, I'd certainly recommend this particular budget buy - after all, babies aren't any more likely to sleep in any other basket just because you've spent a small fortune on it.
Argos catalogue number 376/4367
~*~ The Company ~ Clair De Lune ~*~
This company has been in operation since 1943 by Dawson Rodgers. Dawson's father, Mr Harry Rodgers had laid down the firm's foundations ready for when his son Dawson returned from active service in 1945. Together they developed the business, specializing in quality textile products, including household textiles. Then in '64, Dawson's son, John, united in this family enterprise; to this present time directs operations along with his son, Guy. A true family affair with four generations.
~*~ Product under review ~*~
The basket is crafted from strong quality Palm Leaf, one of the most versatile plants known to man. The Palm Basket complies with the British Standards on safety requirements and test methods for carry cots and stands.
This lightweight and portable basket is sturdy with two durable handles for easy lifting and carrying. Unlike some Palm Leaf cheaper versions, this basket has no fraying, probably due to the higher quality leaf amongst other things. My daughter found the basket to be very easy to lift and carry.
To clean the basket, I gently brush, then a blow with a hairdryer to remove loose dust. At this point I wash and sterilize with Milton but ensuring the cleaning cloth is only slightly damp. Finally, I dry through with the hairdryer on medium setting.
The size of the basket is length 76cm and width 29cm and is suitable from birth and up to approximately 3-4mths. I feel that as soon as the baby is able to pull themselves upright, that is a good indicator to change crib designs. The basket was used for the full four months.
The cradle comes with removable 100% cotton lining. The quilt cover is 100% cotton.Both me and my daughter laundered the covers on a delicate cycle, on a 40 degree wash with medium spin speed. Ironed on a cotton steam setting, the covers came up beautiful.
The cradle has an adjustable removable hood. But I do find that constant use tends to weaken the attachment. The drapes are supported by rods for the canopy.
With a wipe clean foam mattress, I found it comes up fresh and clean. I used baby wipes to avoid chemicals for safety of baby. The quilt comes with 100% polyester filling.
This neutral shade of white is ideal for boys or girls. If you fancy a change of colour and/or design in the fabrics, the company also sell the Moses basket dressing from £37.50. The Moses Basket is also sold separately by the company for £13.50, but please check on-line for price changes. As mentioned before, check their site for any price changes. I loved the idea of a rocking stand to keep the cradle off floors and other unsuitable surfaces. These can be purchased from the same firm from £19.50. Various styles, including this basket from Clair De Lune, are available from several outlets, including on-line at varying prices.
Classic Moses, many designs This is the classic Moses basket from the market leaders. If being used with a stand, the base size of the moses basket is approximately 74cm x 27cm.