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When I found I was expecting my first child, I was very lucky to be given an almost new Mamas & Papas Moses Basket in the Elfie and Mop style, by my cousin who bought it but had a baby who took to his cot so well they barely used it. As such, it was brand new when we got it and we really appreciated being given it as the 'start up' costs of a baby are pretty high!
If you wish to buy a Mamas & Papas Moses Basket however you can do so for £55 which includes the soft foam mattress but not the stand, which needs to be purchased seperately. The stand is white, if you want one in a natural colour to match the wicker, I recommend the Toys R Us moses stand.
The Mamas & Papas Moses Basket is woven from a light wicker and is very sturdy, with two woven handles midway down each side, and a pull up hood. The soft foam mattress fits a standard size moses cover well and all standard size moses blankets, though of course you should never use a pillow in any moses basket or place anything into it to prop baby up or lay them into, as they may roll over and suffocate.
The Mamas & Papas Moses Basket feels well made initially and we did get plenty of use out of it - our little girl was sleeping in it next to our bed up to six months old as she was breast fed and it made for easier night time feeds. However, when she came out of it at six months and went to her cot we noticed that just under the handles were ripped, which means we have had to throw it away because I am too scared to use it with another baby. I know that we were given it second hand but it had been used less than five times and was so new it still had the tags underneath it - surely such damage isn't good for a moses basket.
I've since asked a few friends who have Mamas & Papas Moses Baskets and all of them agree that the handles are pretty much for decoration only. I didn't know this and I'm sure they are intended to be used - and I only used the handles myself to lift my very light baby from the lounge to her nursery - literally, five or six steps as we only lived in a flat at the time. I am a bit dubious now of replacing it with another Mamas & Papas Moses Basket and would probably consider buying our next moses from another retailer, so really I can't recommend it for the money as you can get cheaper moses baskets which I've read good reviews on. The Elfie and Mop brand is lovely, and it would be nice to have a fully matching set (we had the cot blankets, curtains and rug), but I don't think I'd risk re-using this moses basket just to have that matching style, though I could use the bedding minus the hood in another moses if I wanted to, I suppose.
Overall then, appreciating that we didn't buy this from new I will give the Mamas & Papas Moses Basket a generous 3 stars out of 5 (a low 3 at that) because though we did get good use from it and it looks nice and is very comfortable for baby the ripping under the handles that myself and members of my family and friends have experienced is a worrying possible design issue which would put me off recommending it or re buying for any future children.
The "Elfie and Mop" Moses Basket from Mamas and Papas was recently featured in an online sale available at half price costing £49.99 instead of £99.99 and having been previously impressed with the quality of M&P's items I thought this made it a great buy and snapped one up a couple of weeks ago. It was available with free next day delivery and came packaged in a large cardboard box and other than a protective plastic sleeve that covered the basket it was good to go from the moment it was unboxed.
It's a large Moses basket measuring 85cm in length, 45cm in width and 26cm in depth and comes complete with basket hood, foam mattress and bedding. A 2.5 tog quilt is included for the money and the basket is constructed from Maize and is suitable for babies weighing up to 9Kgs. The characters of Elfie and Mop (an Elephant and Mouse) feature on the white fabric dressing and are subtly detailed in embroidery. The hood of the basket is of sufficient rigidity that makes it fully adjustable and you can position it either as a full or part cover that should make your little one feel safe and secure. It's a very well made Moses Basket with a tightly woven construction and the two carry handles feel strong and sturdy making it easy to move around and place in position on a stand. It's designed to fit on any Mamas and Papas stand although I have mine on a Mothercare one and it sits in place without any problems or overlaps on mine and overall I have been very impressed with my purchase and my young son settles and sleeps well in it.
I'd say it was a unisex item, the quilt and hood cover are predominately white with green and orange detailing and in my opinion it always looks fresh and clean. The fabric used in 100% cotton which gives it a cool and smooth feel and its easy to wash and dry. The supplied mattress is foam constructed which feels soft has a slight bounce to it, it's not terribly thick but I didn't expect it to be given it's a Moses basket mattress and generally they are quite thin, you will need a mattress cover though as one isn't supplied but they are readily and cheaply available so finding one shouldn't be a problem.
This is my son's 'other' Moses basket which I bought for my home for him, he already has one at his mummy's house and I got this for him for when he stays at my place rather than having to carry his other one backwards and forwards all the time. Compared to the one he has (a Mothercare basket from a different character range) both me and my partner have commented that this one from Mamas and Papas is a lot nicer and better made, the hood on this one stays in place whereas his other one slips out of position and I think the quality of the fabrics used is a lot better too.
For something that should have cost £100 I'd expect quality though and this basket lived up to my expectations from the moment my son was laid in it, he looks comfortable when he's asleep and seems to settle well on a night time. It looks expensive I have to admit, the fabrics used are high quality and whilst it's only going to be used for a relatively short time I am happy to let my son sleep in this basket until he becomes to big for it.
Being brand new parents we have made some expensive mistakes with some of the items we have bought for our son but I'm happy to say that this Moses basket hasn't been one of them, for a shade under £50.00 as it's priced at now I would say it's a steal and would definitely recommend this one to other parents-to-be. Suitable for either a boy or a girl and beautifully made with some fine detailing the Mamas and Papas "Elfie and Mop" Moses basket gets a perfect five star rating from me. Still available online on the M&P website I'd recommend buying one before they either sell out or discontinue the range, thanks for reading my review.