For our delightful new arrival, we decided to buy a moses basket rather than a crib as it was easier to transport around the house. Moses baskets are used when babies are small, up about 6 months old (though our long baby will not last that long I'm sure of it). We had looked at a few places for Moses baskets and found them to either be really tacky in terms of colours, quite expensive or poorly made. As we didn't know if we were having a boy or girl, we decided to go for a neutral cream colour and this basket from Mamas and Papas fitted the bill perfectly. We paid £49 for the basket and £25 for the basic stand.
The baskets from Mamas and Papas all looked good quality and this was no different. The front of this is plain cream and has no design from the nursery collections in Mamas and Papas, this alone saved us about £50 as identical baskets with the nursery designs cost nearer to £100 which I find ridiculously expensive for what it is. I personally think that for £49 the stand should come with the basket too but it doesn't! The hood of the basket comes up and down which we like, we put the hood up at night to indicate night time and leave it down in the day so lots of light gets in. Our baby had a troubling few weeks figuring out night and day so these sorts of things helped her a lot and we actually tried not to put her in the basket in the day for the first few weeks so she could figure out that it was night time when she needed to sleep there! The basket has handles on it which we have never used as it isn't safe to carry a baby around in the basket and carry it by the handles so we just pick it up and wander around with it. In the 2 months we have used the basket for I would say it has gone wider on the stand and slightly out of shape with the weight of the baby in it and I assume this will only get worse. However, it still does its job well. The mattress in it has air holes which is good and this came within the price of £49, it was not extra (unlike the matress-less cot - that's another story!).
Overall, I like the design and quality of the moses basket. I also like the colour and it fits in nicely with our home and could be used for any future boy babies as it is a neutral colour. I do think £49 is the maximum I would pay for it and wouldn't entertain any of the others in Mamas and Papas just because they match a nursery collection. I am inclined to say it is a little on the expensive side but as it is good quality hopefully it would last another baby if we had another in the future. Dropped one star due to price.
WHAT IS IT?
A Moses basket for babies to sleep in until they are twelve weeks old. It has a neutral colour scheme so is suitable for a boy or a girl, mine came with a wooden stand but I don't know if they are available to buy separately.
The basket is traditional wicker and the handles match perfect in colour and design. The covers are a cream and biscuit colour, the cover can be taken off for washing and is slightly padded around the edge. There is a matching small Moses basket quilt that features a teddy bear and makes the Moses basket look very neat when my daughter is not sleeping in it.
WHAT I THINK
I like the design of this Moses basket but have not been very happy with the quality especially as this is made by Mamas & Papas. The handles do not feel very strong and by the time my daughter was only about four weeks old I stopped carrying her around in it because I was frightened of one of the handles snapping completely.
The mattress is thin but soft and comfortable. It has stayed clean because my daughter has not been a sickly or drooling baby. The hood does not stay up easily because the plastic pegs are not effective as they should be to keep the hood I place, I can put it up so that it stays in position but it takes time and I cannot do it with one hand while I hold my daughter with the other.
The stand folds for storage and when you open it the shape and weight of the basket keeps it open. It is stable and doesn't wobble when my daughter is asleep in her basket. My daughter has always been a good sleeper at night and I think some of this has got to be because of how comfortable this her first bed has been.
3 Dooyoo Stars.
I chose this moses basket as I liked it's neutral colours, maize, beige and cream. The adjustable hood was the same colour. Overall i was pleased when the item arrived. It was well packaged from Argos. On unpacking the item, I envisaged my soon to be bubs arrival and excitedly pictured him in it snoozing away.
Sooo.. the postives were the neutral colours (and fact that even though i knew I was having a boy, its never a dead cert really is it, so had we had a girl, these colours would have been suitable). Everything looked really snug and cosy and the little accompanying blankie had a cute teddy motif on it.
I was however on further examination, disappointed by the wicker basket hands. They seemed somewhat flimsy. This was fine though, as it wasn't as if I would be carrying the basket around with bubs actually in it.
The hugest NAFF off, and it really did get on my nerves to start with, was the fact the hood would NOT stay up. The plastic tightening screws either side of it were certainly not substantial in helping it to stay up. I guess its not a major problem for it to keep falling down, but I would have preferred it to stay up!
When lil bubs arrived, he seemed pretty happy with his new place to snooze. He slept in it next to us until he was about 4 months, although by then he really had filled out in it and could hardly move ... bless!
I paid about £65 for this item, and a further £15 for the stand. I'm not sure it was worth having paid that much, as I think the £30 range baskets are good enough really.
Overall - a lovely design, bubs liked it, but I was glad to put it away due to the hood falling down!!
When preparing for the arrival of Baby Frank earlier this year, we were given this moses basket (along with a myriad of other items) by various friends and family. Unllike other items which we had been given, this moses basket was in fantastic condition despite being used for four babies previous to ours and I was pleased to put in in the nursery waiting for the new arrival! Health professionals advise that newborn babies sleep in a moses basket for the first few months of life in the parents' bedroom. This is said to lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, but also makes night feeds easier. Moses baskets are also easy to transport around the house, so you can take your little one with you to different rooms whilst they are asleep in their basket.
As you can see from the picture, the moses basket is made from a light coloured maize and has a beige fabric interior and adjustable hood in the same neutral colour. It has two woven maize handles either size which are incorporated into the weave of the basket. I couldn't believe that the basket originally cost around £80 from Mamas and Papas, but it did come with a mattress included. We had to buy one of these for safety reasons for £12 from Mams and Papas. Also the stand has to be bought separately for around £30.
Baby Frank was not a fan of her basket at first, although it looked lovely! Mind you, I'm not sure whether it was the moses basket which she wasn't a fan of, or sleep in general, but she generally cried when we put her down in the basket. When we asked the Health Visitor about this she said that in her experience, many babies don't really like sleeping in these baskets, and she suggested various ways to make it more apealling to her (putting something that smelt of us in there, warming it before she got in, tipping it at a slight angle with books at one end of the stand so she was not entirely flat...). Fortunately, one (or all) of these tips must have worked because a few nights later, Baby Frank slept all night in the basket. From then on, she slept well in it every night until she got too big for it at about 3 months.
All in all, this was a useful baby product which also looks very nice as it's neutral and natural looking. However, your baby is not likely to be in one for more than 3 months and £100 seems a lot to spend on a new one, particularly as your baby (as many of my friends' babies) may never like sleeping in it.
i bourght this mammas and pappas moses basket for my unborn child,and im soooo pleased,i have looked at so many and this was really good quality and if you dont want to find out what your having it perfect,because its not got any frills or colour n u can add to it later with difrent colours,the material is soft and breathable the stand that came with it was sturdy and wasnt bulky or heavy,it was well worth the money and cant wait to see my baby in it,its not to small or too big and the side and quiet high so its nice n deep so your baby will feel nice and secure!you can also buy the same moses basket with or without the hood!i would definatly recomend this to any body having a baby weather its there 1st or last great qualtiy and solid,great material,well worth the money i would recomnd this to any1!
Natural finish basket stand.