“ Brand: Mothercare / Type: Moses Baskets „
When I was expecting my twin sons, I was given two moses baskets by a relative, but only one stand, so off we went to Mothercare to buy an inexpensive stand. This fit the bill perfectly well. The construction is solid and the materials are of top quality, and I felt very confident that it wouldn't collapse or break under the weight of basket plus baby. The plastic at the ends of the stand means that the basket is held quite securely. It is the easiest thing in the world to put up, and folds away quite compactly for easy storage under a bed or behind a door. While it may not be the most attractive stand on the market, this hardly mattered to us as we would only be using it for a very short while (babies out grow things so fast!)
I found the height to be a little lower than I would have liked. I understand that this is most likely for safety reasons, should your little bundle of joy suddenly jump several developmental stages and roll or jump out of the basket, but anyone who has tried to put down a sleeping baby will know that anything lower than waist height (which this stand is) feels like you're bending down about 500 miles, all the while willing the sleeping baby not to wake up! It was, however, the perfect height to put beside our bed for nighttime checks while our sons were still sharing our room. This is where the combination of stand plus basket really came into its own - if you have a small bedroom, or twins or triplets, fitting a full sized cot into your room for the first few months might be impossible. A moses basket and stand is certainly helpful in this scenario.
However, another downside of the height meant that it was nowhere near tall enough to dissuade our two cats from leaping into the baskets. We used cat nets on the baskets, but these were of little use, and we were constantly chasing the cats out of the baskets. To be honest, if we had simply but the baskets on the floor (which we didn't do because of drafts etc.), the cats would have had a peep inside, seen a sleeping bundle, and moved on. In the end, I got so fed up of washing cat hair out of baby sheets that I gave up using the baskets and stands altogether. For the short time we used them for, I felt that they were of limited use, and had I paid full price for two stands, I would have felt they were poor value for money. I would suggest you realistically weigh up why you might need a stand before committing to buying one - I know it seems like an essential baby purchase, but in practise, there are other alternatives which might give you better value, such as using a cot for bedtime and a bouncer for naps. If you are set on getting a stand though, this one is as good as any other, and you can feel confident that it is safe for your new baby.
When my little girl was born, I was lucky enough to have been given a moses basket and stand from my sister who no longer needed them, so this saved some of the expense of a new baby. My sister when she had her first child tended to purchase a lot of stuff in Mothercare, because at that time, there was a store in our home town, which has now gone. Due to the fact that we were given the basket and stand, I never needed to look around for one and so have nothing to really compare the basket and stand to.
As far as I can see Mothercare now have a slightly more updated version of this stand, however the one that I was given is identical to the (probably!) older design like the one pictured above. The newer stand costs £19.99, so I can imagine my sister probably paid something similar. The main difference between the two stands is the lack of round tubing at the head and foot of the stand to support both ends of the basket.
I found this stand to be at a good height for my newborn baby at the time. If you have an animal then you could feel confident that in general this would sit high enough above the ground to keep anything from getting at baby. I also liked the fact that in the early days when we had this basket downstairs during the day, I could sit on the sofa and have the basket on its stand at the same height I was sitting at, so I could watch my daughter sleep and attend to her when she woke.
The great thing about this stand is that is folds up very very easily, meaning that it can be transported up and down stairs, in the car etc. IN fact, we took our little girl away whilst she was still in this moses basket when she was few months old, and folded up this stand fitted inside the back seat of our car no problem. We were also glad of the folding feature when we moved our little girl upstairs in the evening, I could lift the basket, and my husband could fold up the stand and transport it upstairs without wakening her.
I also like the plastic tubing that goes around the head and the foot of the moses basket and I felt this gave the basket a good sturdiness when in place, so unless someone wanted to intently put the basket, it shouldn't move very easily. Also with the head and foot of the basket supported, there was no fear of the basket tilting back or forth. Without the basket, this stand does feel very lightweight, but no so when the basket is added.
All in all, I was extremely pleased with this stand. I loved the fact it folded up so easily and could be transported. I like the fact that it felt sturdy when the basket was placed on it and I liked the height of it. A great stand!
I bought a moses basket with a stand as I thought my baby would spend a fair amount of time in it and I wanted him to be safe.
As it worked out, I hardly used it. He slept in his moses basket inside his cot which worked well as when the time came to move him to his cot he was already used to the environment.
During the day I carried the moses basket around the house and it was usually on the floor, in fact once he started wriggling I felt it safer to put him on the floor than up on a stand.
I had considered that the stand would be useful for keeping the baby up out of the way of our cat, but I soon realised a stand is no match for a curious cat! A cat net was a much better solution, they soon got bored of watching him anyway.
So in summary, there's nothing really wrong with the product, except in my opinion you don't really need it.
I had 2 of these bought for me wiht moses baskets. I was quite pleased as we wouldnt have bought them we just didnt have the spare cash and had twins on the way so money was tight.
My girls were in their moses baskets from 7 days old when they came home from hopsital and they always looked snug. I loved how they weer mobile nad i could take them into which ever room i was in. During the day they were in the living room at night they werei n our bedroom next to my bed.
I did find that the stands arent particularly stable, wouldnt advise if you had a dog. Although i didnt have a dog my partner has a 3 year old daughter and often when she would go in and look over the side it would wobble so i had to watch her all the time.
I f there are no risks of this then i would recommend as it raises them up from the floor. They were either £10 or £15 from mothercare unsure of the price as they were a gift. Really easy to put up and fold down as well.
Match one of Mothercare's Moses baskets to baby's nursery and keep your newborn baby safe and snug.