“ Brand: Ladybird / Type: Moses Basket „
WHAT IS IT?
A Moses basket that is made by the Ladybird brand. The basket is wicker and it has pale pink or pale blue material lining it, whatever colour basket you buy the hood and Moses basket quilt compliment it.
I like this Moses basket because there is a lot of room inside it for my baby to move round and grow. The mattress is quite thick and it is very soft, you can wash it in the washing machine on a warm wash me it doesn't take very long to air dry. I like how the lining and frills will not flop over the basket so there is no danger of my daughter suffocating and the basket always looks neat and tidy. I like the little quilt because it has got a very pretty design that let me get some lovely photographs of my daughter sleeping when she was a very small baby.
WHAT I THINK
I have used 3 Moses baskets with my 3 children but this one is my favourite because of how big it is. My daughter was always comfortable in it and I like the way I could keep the mattress and the lining clean in the washing machine, it is only the fabric on the hood that does not remove from the Moses basket but that is ok because it does not get dirty there. Even though the basket is bigger than the others I have used my old fitted Moses basket sheets still fit on the mattress.
The hood is not very effective and falls down very quickly, my husband kept saying he was going to fix it but he did not ever do it so I left it down most of the time. The handles are very strong and I am never scared that they are going to break even when my daughter was a few months old so a lot heavier to carry round in the basket. The handles are quite wide so when I hold them I have a good grip and they are long so meet in the middle to make the basket easy to balance.
My daughter sleeps very well in this Moses basket and it is stable because of the base being wide.
This Moses basket costs £35 and a stand is available for £21.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
We have actually had this moses basket in blue and pink we had the blue one for my sons and when we found out we were expecting our first little girl we knew which moses basket we wanted and went ahead and purchased it in pink as we so happy with the quality of the first one. Although they are only used for the first few weeks of little ones life I think they are very handy for a newborn baby that likes to nap all the time without the worry of having to move them up and down the stairs every 5 minutes.
The Moses baskets are very well made the base is made out of palm leaves and weaved together making a lovely and strong basket. Then lovely soft material is added over the basket along with a mattress and a quilt to make sure baby can lie very comfy and be safe and sound. The basket is roomy and can be used easily for the first few months of little ones life. The walls are high enough to protect little one from falling out although it can only be used for first few months meaning the baby has no risk of falling out by moving.
The design varies on my sons is a tree but on my daughters is an elephant and some lovely little birds all the detail is sown in and is gorgeous and then there are polka dots over the rest of the basket meaning the whole design is no pretty and perfect. In lovely pastel colours that attracts little ones attention and make the basket stand out from others. All the material on the cot can be taken off and washed which is very handy and practical.
The mattress is nice and thick and provides a lovely soft base for little one to lie on and although there is no padding around the sides there are no sharp edges and as the basket is very well made meaning that the material alone over the main basket keeps little one safe and snug.
The handles are very well made and are easy to carry they are thick so you can get a good grip an as it is a weave of materials it means there is naturally small bumps in them providing grip and also meaning you can carry the basket very easily without it tilting.
My dad purchased a Moses basket for his house and we found every time we put little on in it they would slide to one side as if the basket was poorly made and tilted to one size but we have never had that problem with this one. When it is sitting on a flat surface or on the rocking stand you can put them on we have never had a problem the basket sits sturdy meaning little one can lie flat without a problem.
We brought this moses basket for around £40 which for the quality is perfect although we only got around 5 weeks of use out of this moses basket we still have it and as we recently found out we are having our second baby girl we will get more use out of it which as it already looks brand new and there are no signs of wear it is like brand new.
My only downside is the hood it sits up perfectly when the moses basket is stationary but as soon as you pick the basket up to carry it the hood falls down straight away which can wake baby as the light that was being shielded from there face can be a bit of a shock for them along with the feeling of being moved.
Over all I would highly recommend this moses basket although we did not get as much use out of it as I thought if you are planning on buying one this is a safe bet. It is comfy and safe and looks very pretty. It is suitable from birth and although there is no top age recommendation we got about 6-8 weeks use out of our depending on how fast our babies grew you can soon tell when it is time to put the moses basket away.
When it comes to shopping, my mum (bless her) has the kiss of death. She really has got a heart of gold, but whenever she buys anything for my children she manages to get it wrong. If she buys Alice a pair of shoes in the correct size then Alice will go up a size overnight, clothes for Hollie? Yes, but obviously Hollie will have a growth spurt in between her buying the clothes and physically giving them to me. Which is why I ended up having a baby boy I think, due to my mum purchasing this beautiful PINK Moses Basket as a surprise gift a few weeks into my pregnancy.
The Button Tree Meadow product is a traditional wicker Moses Basket which comes as a complete unit with cover, hood, mattress and small quilt. There is nothing to put together once you've unwrapped everything so it's a simple case of having your baby (ha!) and popping him into his new comfy bed. Unfortunately this basket does not come with a stand, which considering the rather high price is surprising but Moses Basket stands are easy to source and although I ended up buying a new one you can find them second hand on Ebay for less than a fiver.
First things first, let me tell you the size of this basket. I think this is important as although I have four children I've never taken much notice of the dimensions of their Moses Baskets before, although I can see visibly that this is slightly larger than any I've used in the past. At 84cm long there is plenty of room for growth in the basket, this extra bit of length makes the basket surprisingly bulky to carry around and being a short arse I do struggle with carrying it up the stairs now that David has started to put on a bit of weight. It is 27cm wide and 24cm deep, again these measurements are slightly bigger than the norm so you may need to be extra careful when choosing your Moses Basket stand to ensure the basket will fit safely.
Although the design is mainly pink, it's not a particularly girly basket as the polka dot pattern is a nice mix of browns and greens which helps to break up the pinkness. The same basket is also available in blue, which I would have preferred in all honesty but I didn't have the heart to ask my mum to exchange it. It gave the midwife a laugh anyway when she made her first visit on Boxing Day to see David in his pink Moses Basket, especially being as he is so boyish looking! I have personalised it slightly by using blue sheets, but if you know you're having a little boy then I'd definitely suggest you buy the blue version in order to prevent the obvious 'oh, I thought you had a boy' comments when people see you using this basket!
Overall, this Moses Basket has been excellent. David is just over five weeks old now and is as disgusting as any other baby, by this I mean he hasn't learned to control his bodily functions yet so at various times the mattress has been touched by poo, wee and vomit. Thank god it's washable! A quick thirty degree machine wash will get the mattress looking brand new again, it can't be tumble dried but an hour on top of the radiator will dry the airy foam out perfectly which makes light work of keeping the basket in a clean and hygienic condition. I mention this as not all Moses Basket mattresses can be machine washed, particularly those which feature a denser foam or mattresses with large ventilation holes. The covers are also suitable for machine washing and dry within minutes of popping them on a hot radiator, again something which for me is essential as it's so extremely important to keep baby's sleeping area as clean as you possibly can.
The two small niggles I have regarding this Moses Basket are true of every other basket I've ever used (and I've used a few!). The first problem is that the wingnuts which hold the hood in place aren't very reliable, every night I put the hood up so I can have my lamp on without the light shining on David and disturbing him but within a couple of hours the hood has flopped back down and I need to go through the process of screwing the nuts up again. If I can be bothered, more often than not once the hood slips down I leave it where it is. The wicker handles also have very little flexibility when the basket is new, they drop down inside the basket and it's very awkward to push them the other way so that they are outside and away from the sleeping baby. It has taken five weeks for them to gain enough suppleness for me to easily push them outside the basket, typical really now David is almost ready for a cot rather than the Moses Basket!
The mattress could be a little bigger too as there is quite a large gap between this and the sides of the basket, obviously very small babies don't move around enough for this to be a safety issue but small items do tend to drop down the side of the mattress and work their way underneath. His dummy is an excellent example of this and I find myself having to do a sweep of the entire mattress and basket in the night when he wakes just to find it, which isn't ideal when all I want is for him to stop crying and go back to sleep!
Other than this, I love the basket. The design is gorgeous and it has been the perfect bed for David, why Moses Basket manufacturers provide a quilt I don't know as current medical advice is not to use a quilt for very small babies. Mine has actually been used as a changing mat as it's cosier and warmer than the plastic ones I have ready for when David is a bit bigger, and as it's 100% machine washable it doesn't matter if he does one of his huge arcing wees on it. And he usually does!
£42 from Littlewoods.