First time mum alert!
On walking into Mothercare I will admit that I was a little taken back by the amount of things a baby is going to need! And just how expensive it all is! So me and my partner took it step by step, buying one thing every pay day to try and spread the costs. However we could have easily done that with the mothercare pay plan!
Once we had brought the stand back we were so eager and had to have it up straight away. It is very simple to put together, so really didn't need the two of us, but like I say we are first time parents and the excitement got the better of us. Once the stand is up the rocking system is so smooth, that the baby has no other option than to slowly doze of! The is also a catch at the bottom so that you can stop the rocking motion, which really helps with taking the baby out in the middle of the night.
The colour is very ideal. You have the option with White or pine, but pine just looks so antique. And it also matches our entire furniture collection in the room! The stand is the perfect height, especially if your going to have the Moses basket next to your bed for easy access, which is our preferred method of choice.
If I remember correctly the stand is roughly £20, so is very ideal for first time mums or anyone on a low budget!
As I have Rheumatoid Arthritis we decided prior to my daughter's birth that for ease we would have a moses basket stand both for upstairs and downstairs so I would only have to move the basket and not the stand. We opted for two different stands -this one which rocks side to side and one for upstairs which rocked top to bottom.
This stand can be brought from Mothercare for £19.99 and is standard sized so can accomodate moses baskets upto a maximum of 80cm by 32cm or a minimum of of 67cm by 27cm.
It has an Antique pine finish and looks very sturdy, secure and well made. However we did find that the ends of our stand kept unclipping and we had to keep an eye on this to ensure that they were clipped in at all times. We had been using the stand for several weeks when this first happened- the stand had not been knocked or damaged in anyway it just came unclipped and kept repeatedly coming unclipped particularly at one end there after. The ends just clipped in they are not secured in any other way, so there was noting to stop it coming unclipped.
This was particularly disapointing, given that our stand was never moved around as we had a stand upstairs, and that everything else we brought from Mothercare has lasted well.
I love the fact you can gently rock baby from side to side to help them to get to sleep and to soothe them however other stands also offer this and may not have ends which in our experience come unclipped... Our other stand rocks from top to bottom and despite otherwise being similarly designed we did not encountered any problems with it at all. We also found that we and our daughter prefered the rocking top to bottom rather than side to side. She found this more soothing and settled much quicker.
A good stand overall but do think before buying.
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After buying our moses basket we decided to look for a stand as we couldn't just put our basket on the floor! This one in mothercare was the first one we spotted, and we fell in love in it!
It was £19.99 and we bought it in white as it went better with the colour scheme we had chosen for our babies nursery. The bottom of the stand is curved in order for you to rock your baby to sleep while there in it. This is great in theory, but I found while my baby was in it and moved in there sleep in rocked quite a lot and would usually result in waking my baby up. Not only this but I found that the stand always seemed to learn to one side and so as a newborn my baby would almost roll onto his side. We used this with my baby girl as well and found the same problem. It resulted in us putting a stick under the stand to keep it straight but then the rocking stand couldn't move so it made the point of us choosing this stand a bit redundant!
I found that our moses basket fitted perfect into the stand, I was slightly worried as the moses basket was bought from another shop and so was unsure if they came in a standard size. The curved bits either end of the basket which holds your basket in place are transparent this is great as it becomes invisible once the basket is in place and makes it look as though your basket is balancing on it!
Overall it was a nice stand, we used it for two children and it looked as good as new once we had finished. However the rocking of it was really a problem and because of this I would advise people to buy a stand that stays still!
With a new born you very often don't want to put your baby straight into a huge cot. I feel that its nice to give newborns a snuggly and comforting place to sleep, as after all they have just spent 9 months all curled up in a safe and warm environment. So a moses basket with its intimate closeness can be a good start as babys first bed. With a moses basket you need a good quality stand and thats where the rocking stand sold by Mothercare came into the equation for us, as one of the options we used.
We used to have a moses basket upstairs and one downstairs and as we didn't want to cart the basket stand about, up and down the stairs, a friend lent us a rocking moses basket stand that she had purchased in Mothercare.
The beauty of some of these larger items such as the rocking moses basket stand, is that they can be passed around amongst friends, stored away easily for the next use and so can offer very good value for money when you break down the costs verses the usage of the product.
The cost of the stand according to our friend was just under £30 and I know there was a certain amount of making up of the stand which we didn't have to do. I cannot really comment on that aspect, other than to say the stand looked as though it was well put together and felt sturdy and strong when we got it.
The rocking basket stand is easy to use and fits most standard moses baskets that you can buy. The idea of the product is very simple and once you have fitted your moses basket safely into the stand, its gripped in place by the curved end attachments, which are moulded to be able to curve closely around the ends of the moses basket and keep it in place.
Whilst they did seem to do a reasonable job, I must admit I didn't feel altogether satisfied with them and I think that was in part due to the rocking motion of the stand more than the way the basket was held in place. As with the other stand we had, which did not rock, the fixings were no more solid, yet the stand seemed more able to hold the basket safely.
There are also a couple of slim strap type bands that sit under the moses basket and hold it from underneath. Again it may be just me, but I would have liked a third central strap to have been used, as a 'just in case' kind of measure. I felt that having just the 2 under straps supporting the moses basket was not 100% satisfactory and the reasoning for this is that due to the rocking motion I felt the stand just needed a little more central strength and stability.
When in use the stand was simple to rock gently back and forth and due to its softly curved wooden rockers, the rocking action felt gentle and smooth enough to soothe the baby off to sleep. However I always felt I need to keep more of an eye on the baby when in the moses basket on this rocking stand. Because of this we decided against using the stand for an all night sleep and so kept it downstairs for daytime usage only.
Sometimes a bit of a shuffle in the babys position would be enough to move the rockers a little and I would have felt more relaxed about that had there been a simple way to lock the rockers somehow, so that they could be kept in a steady position. As it was all there was to stop the rockers moving too far was a small stand point on the underside of one of the rockers, but I felt this was not really good enough to give me full price of mind.
In summary the rocking stand did rock back and forth really smoothly and was made of a nice smooth to the touch wooden material. It looked very nice once the moses basket was placed on top, but at times I felt that it didn't offer as much safety and stability as I would have liked. Because of that I feel the product should only get a 3 star rating. if there had been some way of locking the rockers so that they could remain steady when needed, the product would have gotten a higher rating.
For the birth of our first son we were given a moses basket to use but for our second child we didn't have that luxury so went out and bought one. Now, a moses basket is pretty important as this will be used during the first few months of your babies life when they are adjusting to their new life and need somewhere comfortable to sleep. When we were searching for a moses basket we realised at the time that a stand would be extremely useful to use as well and picked up this rocking moses basket stand in mothercare for around £30. In my opinion I think we really needed a stand for the basket.
There are a few reasons for me why this stand in particular is really good and I wouldn't be without it now. Firstly I've found with certainly the two kids we have that they seem to love motion rather than just being still and the fact that this stand has that rocking motion really calms the baby down when they are irate meaning it's easier to get them to sleep. Then there is the advantage that by having a stand the moses basket is not on the floor at night or during the day meaning that the baby is at your level when you're in bed and you don't have to bend down all the time. Finally, this stand is complete with plastic bars that keep the moses basket in place and mean there's no chance of the basket sliding off the stand or anything.
A couple of things really appealed to me when I bought this stand and firstly was the wood colour which is like a pine colour which I love and also the stand looked sturdy and durable which is very important as you don't want it collapsing or not lasting very long, especially with the precious cargo on top of it!
If you want another great thing about this stand and which I found was that it was pretty easy as there's nothing worse as far as I am concerned with buying something that's difficult to put together as it's just frustrating. It came flat packed and all you need is a screwdriver and the instructions which are simple enough to follow.
This stand is suitable for moses baskets that measure a maximum of 80cm in length and 32cm in width.
I know you may not think a stand for a moses basket is something that it is a neccesity and I guess to be honest with you it isn't but for me this has been a great addition to the things we have bought for our baby and I wouldn't be without it now as it's been very useful.
Even before they're born, having a baby is an expensive business, there's so much to buy. You need clothes for them to wear, nappies for their bum and somewhere for them to sleep. Although I know that Freddy couldn't have cared less where he slept for those first few weeks, he'd have been perfectly happy in a drawer padded out with blankets, I much preferred the idea of putting him in a moses basket. Again this basket could have been put on the floor, but not only does it look better on a stand but it's much easier to lift baby in and out of bed if the basket is raised off the floor. As I also wanted to be able to rock Freddy to sleep, this the Mothercare Rocking Moses Basket Stand seemed the ideal solution.
When I bought this it was available in either Antique (pine) or white finish and cost £34.99 when bought separately, or you got 10% off if you bought it with a moses basket (which we did). A quick glance on Mothercare's website tells me that it's now on sale for £29.99, which is still quite a lot of money.
The stand itself comes flat-packed in a fairly large box that is unwieldy rather than heavy, I could have probably managed to carry it home if I hadn't been 8 months pregnant. It's definitely worth opening the box and checking everything is there as soon as you get home, the first stand we got was missing one of the plastic pieces so we had to get it replaced. Thumbs up to Mothercare though, they replaced the whole stand with no quibbles.
Putting the stand together was a simple task, it took me no more than ten minutes, but you will need a crosshead screwdriver handy. Once assembled the stand looks reasonably sturdy, was nicely finished (no rough surfaces) and will accommodate moses baskets measuring 67-80cm in length and 27-32cm in width at the base. Personally I combined this with the Mothercare Jungle Family Moses Basket, which fitted very snugly.
Sad to say, in use the stand is no-where nearly as practical as it could have been. Although it is just the right height to allow me to rock Freddy to sleep without getting out of bed and light enough to move from room to room, it does have it's problems. Firstly, there is no way of locking it into a level position. Why is this a problem, well when he was first born Freddy liked to curled up on his side right up against the edge of the basket, and this would cause the stand to lean to one side, increasing the risk of him turning onto his front and making it a lot harder to rock. The second problem is that when used on laminated flooring it tends to slide across the floor while being rocked, meaning it regularly needs to be pulled back to the bedside. My final major problem with the stand is that the rocking action causes the screws keeping it together to loosen at an alarming rate, meaning they need tightening every week or so.
I cannot in all honesty recommend this stand to anyone. If it's the rocking facility that you're after then I would say, don't buy a moses basket and spend the money on a rocking crib. They don't cost much more than the £70 that the moses basket and stand cost combined and they last baby a lot longer than the 2 months Freddy was in his basket for. That's a route I now wish I'd gone down. If your heart is set on a moses basket, or you need one for another room (other than the bedroom) then go for the standard fixed variety, at least they can normally be folded down when not in use, are a lot cheaper and some of them can even be double up as bath stands.
We bought this stand to accompany a Mothercare Winnie the Pooh Moses Basket. It appealed to us because the dark stain and sturdiness made it look like it was more expensive than it was. It was easy to construct and the Moses Basket fitted snugly and securely into it - I'm not sure what it would be like with models not from Mothercare. It was reasonably light enabling it to be moved around from room to room easily if required.
We hadn't thought much about whether we would use the rocking facility, however, our little girl didn't need a lot of sleep as a new born so getting her off to sleep was made a bit easier with the aid of the rocking motion. I would thoroughly recommend this product to anyone looking for a Moses Basket stand and would also recommend the Mothercare Moses Basket itself. A decent product at a decent price.
I had looked at several stands before buying this one and I am so glad I did. The frame itself is quite sturdy compared to some on the market and it is a lovely colour making it look a bit more expensive.
When I built this and put the basket in I wasn't quite convinced about the rocking feature but once my baby was born it was a god send. It was so easy to lie in bed and rock my baby gently back to sleep instead of having to pick him up. The rocking can be as gentle as you like but I found that it was really nice to have the option to do big rocks especially when my baby was really young, he seemed to like this better.
The stand will fit most moses baskets but we did have a mothercare one. This is definetly one of the products that I will be keeping to hopefully use again in the future.
I would really recommend this type of rocker instead of the ones that rock in an up and down direction. A good buy and a good product.
I wasn't going to buy a moses basket stand at first, I have quite a large bedroom so was going to leave the basket on the floor but a bit away from the bed. I always thought they looked quite flimsy too. When I left work, I was given £50 in Mothercare gift vouchers.
The following week my husband and I took a trip to our local Mothercare for a nosey, having pretty much bought everything we didn't know what to do with the gift vouchers we had been given. I then spied the rocking moses basket stand and waddled over to it. The antique pine colour was slightly darker than the beech furniture in our bedroom and the nursery, but it looked well made and not at all like the flimsy ones I had previously seen. I had a little play, imagining my baby in it and fell in love with it. I knew it wasn't a necessity (which my husband kept reminding me), but my reasoning was that it wasn't actually our money we were spending. After a while I managed to persuade my husband, giving it the 'it's much safer than the floor' etc.
We paid £30 for the item, which came flat packed and took it home. The following day I opened the box and determined to do something myself even with a gigantic bump, decided I would put it together. I found a screwdriver and took it out of the box, looking at the instructions which were surprisingly easy to follow. I had successfully put the stand together in under 10 minutes, for someone more used to putting things together that doesn't have a huge bump it would have probably been done in under 5 minutes. I put the moses basket inside the plastic retaining bars, put a clean sheet on the moses basket mattress and stood back. The nursery had been decorated but we were waiting for the funiture, so this was the only thing in the room and as I looked at it I burst into tears and realised our baby would soon be sleeping in it.
Once my son had arrived, the moses basket stand came in so useful. At night when he woke and needed comforting, I would rock him back to sleep without even getting out of bed. When he got a bit bigger he would move and it would rock itself, so I didn't even need to do anything. Up till that moment it was the best buy we'd made, even my husband agreed! When my son outgrew the moses basket, we boxed it back up and put it in the loft, ready for baby number 2 (at some point). It came apart easily and looks in the same condition we bought it in.
Suitable for Moses baskets measuring max L80 x W32cm, min L67 x W27cm (at base)
Other than the Antique Pine we bought, it also comes in white. This is the only thing I would fault, that it only comes in two colours.
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