“ Brand: Mamas & Papas / Type: Moses Baskets „
When my grandson was born he really struggled to sleep. He would sleep quite happily if he was being held but once in his little basket he would kick around and cry. I bought my daughter a rocking stand to help her to settle him and it was such a success that I bought one for at our house too.
I bought it from Mamas and Papas for about £30. My daughter told me off saying that they are cheaper in places like Babies R Us but I like the quality of Mamas and Papas products and the moses basket he was in was from there so I thought they would fit perfectly. It can fit any moses basket though as it's a general size.
The one which I bought was painted white rather than being plain wood, this went better in his nursery and I just thought it looked nicer too.
It was only light so easy to move from one part of the room to another which is important as something like this is likely to be moved. We would sometimes have it in the spare room whilst other times we would want it in the lounge with us.
It has a rocking base so you can rock it gently. This motion really helped my grandson, the movement helped him to settle and it would often help him to go to sleep. This made settling him much easier, it was so much more easy to rock him using this stand than it was to hold him and rock him then try to lower him into the basket. He slept so much better on the rocking base.
My daughter says for about £10 less you can get a cheaper one, I know that over £30 is quite a bit of money to spend but to help get some sleep in those early days I think it is really worth it. The quality is great the wood was painted nicely and it was smooth and can be taken apart so once you have finished using it it's easy to store it. Ours is now in the loft waiting for the next grandchild who may need it!
Whilst preparing for the arrival of Baby Frank, we were delighted to be given a second (or rather fourth) hand Mamas and Papas moses basket with this stand. My review of the basket is in the Dooyoo archives and so this is a review of the stand itself.
This stand is still sold in Mamas and Papas and in their outlets in Mothercare and online. It is currrently priced at £35, which is around £10 more expensive than the other type of stand which does not rock. It is labelled as a 'best seller' on their website and I can see why.
The frame is made from a light coloured wood. I can't find what type of wood it is, but the picture gives a pretty good indictation of colour although I am sure this varies somewhat from stand to stand. The bottom pieces of the stand are slightly curved to enable the basket to be rocked from side to side, but you can also turn some little pieces of wood around on these arcs to stop the rocking motion. The basket itself is placed on top of the stand but does not attach in anyway. It is supported by two natural coloured, sturdy fabric pieces which are at the top of the frame. Extra support is given to the basket by two plastic guides at the top of the frame. When we were given this stand, the previous owners had broken one of these, but upon emailing Mamas and Papas customer services, we were furnished with another (which was easy to fix) within a week.
The frame and basket looked lovely in the nursery, but when we came to put Baby Frank in it, she was not so keen. She seemed completely oblivious to the tiny rocking motion which the stand allowed, and preferred being tapped from underneath! We ended up rotating the pieces of wood on the rockers so she was not rocked at all. I have since found out that babies actually prefer being rocked from front to back rather than side to side and so I think this basket is a bit of a waste of money.
All in all, I am glad we had this stand for our moses basket. It looked good and although Baby Frank did not like (or even notice) the gentle rocking movement, at least we had the opportunity to try it. I can imagine that if we'd gone straight for the stationary stand we would have been blaming that for her not settling in the basket. Unlike the other type of stand, this one does not fold for easy storage, but is relatively easy to dismantle (but keep the screws in a safe place!). However, the moses basket itself cannot be folded and so storage will always be an issue with a moses basket, whether or not you have a rocking stand.
Madeline was born 4 weeks early and was more like a doll than a baby she was so small. So my step father popped into Mamas and papas in Southampton and bought Maddie this beautiful rocking moses basket.
I have to say he did well as he has no children of his own and meet me when I was 7, so he had no experience of baby accessories. This came in a box that was rather small compared to the actual size as its flat packed.
Most babies would get roughly 8-12 weeks in a moses basket until they are ready for their cot or cot bed. Madeline at her smallest was 5lb 4oz and took a while to catch up with her actual size. She was in this basket for 4 months.
I found that a moses basket can be of your choice and is not needed. I just found this easy for me and found it more comforting for Maddie. I could pick it up and pop it in any room. I took it down to my Mums so if she needed a sleep she would be happy and settled.
The quality of the wooden rocker is beautiful and sturdy. It is extremely light and easy to transfer. You have a plastic guard on either side of the rocker so it can be of your choice to have it rocking or still. This will put your mind at rest if you leave the baby asleep or if another child is around. It comes flat packed but is very easy to build that a child wouldn't have difficulty! Once the rocker is up it doesn't go back down and if you did it probably wouldn't go up as strong and sturdy as the first time. The wood is painted cream so would be perfect for either sex or room.
I rarely used the rocker as Maddie was asleep by herself most of the time. I am sure to those parents that did have a baby hard to settle that this would be a pleasure to all of you!
The basket fits nicely into the rocker and is very secure and cosy. It comes with a mattress but is advised that if its passed down that you buy a new one. The basket again is neutral and has pretty zoo animals lightly decorating the material.
The basket itself is weaved and is beautifully made. There is a hood to the basket that you have to put together yourself which again is easy to assemble. I did find the hood never stayed up but didn't bother me as I wanted to watch her all the time. On either side of the basket is straw handles again strong to carry the weight of your baby and makes it easy to move around.
The whole lot is easy to remove for washing which I did every time I lent it to someone. My moses basket has been passed around 5 times to save my friends money and still looks brand new. I can now say its had its money worth! I would of been gutted to have spent this money for only a small amount of time.
They have fitted sheets for standard moses basket mattress's in different colours. We chose yellow as it went well with this basket.
This cost £150 brand new nearly 5 years ago so am not sure that they do this particular model. I am sure if they do it would be a lot cheaper now so look around if planning to buy one.
Mine is now well wrapped in the loft, when its ready to come down all I need to do is pop it into the wash and maybe re-paint the rocker if need be.
I am so impressed with this and would recommend this to any expectant Mums and Dads.
I think that's about it! I do hop you found this of some interest and also helpful. Thank you for reading :-)
The Mamas and Papas Moses Basket stand retails at £35 and comes flat packed in painted white gloss or natural wood and offers a gentle rocking motion to help sooth your baby to sleep. Fully adjustable to take Moses baskets of varying sizes, it enables a cheaper model to be purchased from elsewhere and be used with this stand.
Though relatively straightforward to construct (c.30 minutes and parts included), if purchased directly from the M&P website you might be somewhat shocked when it arrives flat packed as this isn't readily advertised. I think this is pretty poor form, especially for any product likely to be purchased by (heavily?) pregnant women. By the time I received mine I wasn't really capable of contorting myself into the necessary positions for building it.
Functions as intended, allowing you to gently rock your baby to sleep.
The fact that it doesn't fold flat for transport, however, means it's probably only suitable as a second stand for use at home (with any traveling using a folding but non-rocking alternative). I'm not really sure why the decision was made by the manufacturers to construct it in this way - it's perfectly possible to produce a rocking stand that can be folded flat (indeed one came with my pram).
I'm also unconvinced as to the quality of this stand. Two small circular plastic disks can be used to stop the rocking motion (you essentially twist them down). One of mine came ready-cracked meaning that I had to order a replacement. And that's where the real trouble began.....
Mamas and Papas customer service is altogether lacking. Their telephone number, which is an 0845 number accruing quite large charges, leaves you on hold for lengthy periods. Almost every time I've telephoned I've been told that they are 'experiencing an unusually high call volume' and to phone back later. I think, given that I've spoken to the same person on numerous occasions, that they have an 'unusually small number of staff'.
Anyway after 25 minutes on hold I finally got through to someone who told me that as my Mother-in-law had purchased the stand I would either (a) have to get her to phone back (and presumably wait on hold for a further 25 minutes) or (b) pay for the spare part (a plastic disk with a 2cm circumference). To their credit they did eventually manage to get my Mother-in-laws details up and ordered me the part.....
Or so I thought. Around 12 days later an envelope did appear from Mamas and Papas and it said it included the plastic disk, but in fact held no such thing (rather an assortment of completely useless screws. 25 minutes ish more on the phone and much umming and ahhing and the right spares were ordered, taking another 10 days to arrive. Wholly unsatisfactory, but I'd be prepared to put it down as a one off if it were not for the fact that the same thing happened on the only other occasion I've ordered spare parts from them (i.e. completely the wrong thing was sent out).....
==Mamas and Papas Rocking Stand Moses Basket==
When Jack was a new born we had already bought him his cot bed which seemed so big compared to how small he was and he certainly wasn't ready to be put into his big cot bed so as we were told to do by so many people, we bough a Moses basket and it was perfect.
The Mamas and Papas Moses basket was available to purchase with a wooden stand which rocks ever so slightly when pushed. The stand and the basket looked great and came with a whole load of other extras for around the £120 region. I am not too sure where you can get this from now as looking on line there doesn't seem to be many places still selling it but we purchased ours from a store on line a little over 3 years ago now.
The stand of the Moses basket needing only a slight bit of putting together and this was so simple that Himself was able to do it and didn't end up hammering random nails in anywhere (so it must have been very simple). The Moses basket fits into the stand perfectly and the rocking motion of the stand is not too much and just merely a rather gentle motion. The basket doesn't seem to move too much when the baby moves around and needs more of a gentle push by someone to create that soothing rocking rhythm.
The basket comes with a few little items which are needed and a few little items that really were not necessary. I found the hood of the Moses basket to be pretty useless and I never really had it up as it seemed to cause more troubles with it being up than anticipated. It was constantly falling back down and I didn't like the fact that Jacks face was hidden from view so I wasn't able to check his breathing as much as I would have liked (ah remember those first few days at home!).
However the good bits of the Moses basket were the little mattress and most of the bedding such as the mattress covers as these were necessary to have and made little Jack look very comfortable. They also seemed to wash up well time and time again so you could tell that they were made of good quality material and to a high standard.
There was a little sort of duvet that came with the basket but we found we didn't' use this at all as jack was usually swaddled or with nothing on at all as he was born in the summer so it was always rather hot in our flat anyway. However it did made the Moses basket look nice when jack wasn't in it! So I guess for decoration it was a nice piece.
The basket itself was made from a very tough and hard wearing material as it was moved about from room to room rather a lot and squeezed down the side of our bed in the evenings. The outside was tough but the inside was still snug and comfortable for Jack to sleep soundly (which thankfully he did a lot).
All in all I have to say that this was a great purchase and it is in a good condition to use for any other little ones we may have (if I take myself off this blinking site for long enough to get busy!) It is a good quality item made even better by the fact that it can gently rock you baby for an extra help getting of to the beautiful land of nod.
5 out of 5 star rating and a very high recommendation!
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
I bought the ivory version of this stand for my little boys moses basket. It was quite a bit more expensive at £32 compared to other stands, but I wanted a stand in white/ivory & also one that had the option of rocking.
The stand is very good quality and finish. A bit tricky to put together (takes 2 people to hold all the bits). There are 2 plastic discs that can be adjusted to (supposedly) stop the stand rocking, but don't rely on them to stay put & do the job they're supposed to! On the downside, I was hoping to be able to use the stand for the babys bath aswell, but it didn't fit on this stand (perhaps it's just my bath, but being a M&P bath I hoped it would fit).
At the end of the day, I should have gone for a cheaper version - my son didn't much appreciate the rocking, & I found it easier to put the basket on the floor with regards getting him in & out. Also, he was only in his moses basket for about 7 weeks, so it wasn't used very much at all.
(Also published on Ciao under the same name).
This Moses basket stand has been a real life-line, my son is still sleeping in his Moses basket at 5.5 months next to my bed. He will always go to sleep when I lay him in it and rock the basket, and if he starts to wake at night I can rock it with one hand and he goes straight back to sleep.
It works really well in our house as we have wooden floors, but is slightly less effective when I took it to my mum's where she has carpet. There are 2 plastic disks that stop it from rocking if needed, these are a bit hit and miss to be honest and have a bit of a mind of there own.
Assembly of this was a 2 person job, with lots of head scratching at the instructions as it is slightly difficult to follow initially. I really don't know how my son would have slept without the rocking stand. It feels really stable and safe while rocking, it seems very well designed.
There are 2 plastic straps that hold the basket securely in the stand, these have 3 positions that can be used so that different sized baskets or a carry cot can be used with it.
I got the stand at a reduced price of £15 as I bought it with a Moses basket. The in shop price is £34 and if you order it from their on-line shop they charge £4.95 for delivery.
Gently soothe your baby to sleep.