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10 best cribs and moses baskets for newborns

The i logo The i 23/05/2019 Sophie Lam
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Where your newborn baby sleeps - in a moses basket, crib or cot either in your room or their own, or in bed with you - will be a personal choice, but safety should rule decision-making.

The Lullaby Trust, a charity that raises awareness of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome, known as “cot death”) and offers advice on safer sleeping for babies, recommends that “the safest place for your baby to sleep is a separate cot or moses basket in the same room as you for the first six months, even during the day.”

This is because there is no risk of you rolling onto your baby as you sleep and less risk of them overheating or rolling out of bed. Keeping them close, perhaps next to the bed, allows you to monitor them safely.

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Moses basket, crib or cot

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A moses basket or crib takes up less space than a cot, so can usually fit beside the parental bed and be moved around the home during the daytime. However, once babies reach around six months and are able to roll over or sit up unaided, they’ll need to move into a bigger, sturdier cot with side rails to prevent them falling out of bed.

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Sizing up

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Not all moses baskets or cribs are made equal. They vary in size, shape and function, from snug, traditional woven palm baskets with handles to modern wood or metal and fabric cribs that can attach to the side of parents’ beds.

Inevitably, this has a bearing on portability and price, with smaller moses baskets offering a lightweight, budget option with no self-assembly required and multi-functional cribs weighing and costing more, often with some basic DIY skills required. Some babies might outgrow their moses basket by four months, whereas cribs tend to offer space to grow to about six or seven months.

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It’s also worth noting that not all moses baskets or cribs come with mattresses or stands and it’s important to purchase those that fit the make and model. The Lullaby Trust advises “the safest mattresses for your baby are firm and flat and protected by a waterproof cover” and also recommends that all products conform to relevant British Safety Standards (BS EN 716 for cots, EN 1466 for moses baskets, cribs and carry cots, EN 7177 for mattresses).

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Cribs and moses baskets are listed in price order.

John Lewis Waffle Moses Basket

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£49, John Lewis & Partners Best for: A budget buy

Key specs - Dimensions: 84.5 x 43 x 27.5 cm; Weight: 1.85kg; Mattress/stand included: Mattress; Safety compliant: Yes

For something that your baby is likely to sleep in for just a few months, you may be disinclined to splash out on an expensive crib or cot, which is where John Lewis’s simple, traditional waffle moses basket ought to appeal - or for a secondary daytime sleeping option outside the bedroom.

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It’s woven from palm and feels lightweight, if not particularly robust, but should last several months and provide a snug sleeping environment for your baby. The hood doesn’t easily stay fully upright, but is only really relevant for daytime naps and the waffle lining is soft and easily removed for washing.

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The Little Green Sheep Organic Knitted Moses Basket

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£79.95, The Little Green Sheep Best for: A natural product

Key specs - Dimensions: 84 x 44 x 23 cm; Weight: 2kg; Mattress/stand included: Mattress; Safety compliant: Yes

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This is a lovely, lightweight palm leaf basket that comes with a soft, organic cable-knit cotton liner in a trio of neutral colours (navy, linen or dove grey) that’s both snug and breathable.

Components are natural and chemical-free, including the wool-filled mattress - many synthetic mattresses are treated with fire-retardant chemicals but wool is naturally fire-proof, as well as a breathable, and a natural insulator. The liner is also machine washable.

While the basket is generous in length, it is fairly narrow so suitable only for around baby’s first four months.

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Clair de Lune Sparkling High Top Muslin Moses Basket

£81.99, Clair de Lune Best for: A classic moses basket

Key specs - Dimensions: 100 x 45 x 25 cm; Weight: 2.1kg; Mattress/stand included: Mattress; Safety compliant: Yes

Clair de Lune majors in traditional, hooded woven moses baskets and has plenty of pink, blue, frilly and padded models for a classic nursery look. This is a more contemporary offering, without a hood, and while still solidly woven from palm leaf, it feels lightweight and portable.

The subtly sparkling liner and coverlet is made of soft, washable and breathable muslin and while the basket would probably be suitable only for around the first four months, it will certainly keep baby cosy and comfortable. Towels, bedding, changing mats and pillows are available in the same print.

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Moba Moses Basket

£99, JoJo Maman Bébé Best for: Allergies and safety

Key specs - Dimensions: 82.4 x 42.8 x 39.4 cm; Weight: 2kg; Mattress/stand included: Mattress; Safety compliant: Yes

Is it a laundry basket? While Moba might look more utilitarian than most moses baskets, it was designed with safety in mind. There are 300 holes punched into the thermoplastic rubber basket (which comes in an array of pastel and bright colours) to improve airflow, while there are no floppy handles, hoods or frills that could fall on top of a sleeping babe. In fact, Moba has previously partnered with the Lullaby Trust to raise awareness about SIDS and raise money for the charity.

It’s lightweight, portable, easy to clean and the mattress is made of organic coir and lambswool with a hypoallergenic cover. The basket also comes with a soft, waffle liner. And yes, it could be put to use as a laundry basket after your little one has outgrown it (we’d give it around a five-month shelf life for its intended use). The downside? It will contribute to the planet’s ever-increasing plastic problem.

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Mokee WoolNest

£99.95, Mokee Best for: A modern moses basket

Key specs - Dimensions: 71 x 36 x 28 cm; Weight: 1.5kg; Mattress/stand included: Mattress; Safety compliant: Yes

A modern update to the classic moses basket, the WoolNest is made from soft, wool felt and a FSC-certified birch plywood base. The cosy, grey baskets, with a range of boldly colourful handles, come flat-packed with some slightly fiddly zips to put it together. But this also makes it a good portable option with generous dimensions that should see your baby through to six months.

While made of felt, it feels sturdy and cosy but with enough width to ensure it’s fit for summer use. The bed linen (sold separately) is no less eye-catching, making the WoolNest a feature of a modern nursery.

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The Wanderer Moses Basket

£100, The Wanderer London Best for: A fair trade option

Key specs - Dimensions: 72 x 40 x 20 cm; Weight: 1.7kg; Mattress/stand included: No; Safety compliant: Yes

Woven from elephant grass and made with non-toxic dyes in northern Ghana, these stylish baskets are fairly traded, with weavers setting their own prices. A percentage of The Wanderer’s profits also goes back to support NGO AfriKids, which provides education, child support, microfinancing and healthcare in the region.

The range of moses baskets includes monochrome and colourful patterns, with leather-free options also available. They’re generously wide, giving baby plenty of space to grow - ours lasted for a solid six months - and look good enough to be put to alternative use around the home afterwards, as toy storage perhaps.

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Shnuggle Dreami Moses Basket

From £117.08 (price correct at time of publishing), Amazon Best for: Round-the-clock sleeping options

Key specs - Dimensions: 85 x 50 x 25.5 cm; Weight: 4kg; Mattress/stand included: Both; Safety compliant: Yes

Like Moba, this is a contemporary update to the moses basket. Made of hypoallergenic BPA-free thermoplastic, the Dreami is a larger-than-average moses basket with ventilation holes in its base and is available in a trio of neutral colours.

The stand is an impressive feature - it can be used to position the basket high up, fixed near bed height, or in a low, rocking position that would be ideal for daytime naps. It’s easily folded down, too.

Dreami is simple to assemble, relatively lightweight and is a decent price for a set that includes basket, stand and mattress, though again if you’re inclined to reduce plastic consumption this won’t be one for you.

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Tutti Bambini CoZee Bedside Crib

£185, Mothercare Best for: Portability

Key specs - Dimensions: 92 x 56 x 69/84 cm; Weight: 10kg; Mattress/stand included: Both; Safety compliant: Yes

This is a stylish bedside crib from a British family-owned nursery furniture company that comes in charcoal, midnight blue or white and silver. The mesh panel zips down easily, while the crib attaches to most beds with six different height options.

The oak-effect structure feels a little on the cheap side but this also makes the crib relatively lightweight - and with a travel bag included, this is a good option for both home and away.

The 30-second open and fold mechanism (the legs fold out from the centre and tray clips in underneath) more or less lives up to its claim after a couple of practice runs, although attaching it to the bed takes a while longer.

Other features include a reflux recline option and storage shelf underneath the crib and the soft, fabric lining can be removed and washed.

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SnuzPod3 Bedside Crib

£199.95, Snuz Best for: Range of features

Key specs - Dimensions: 100 x 49 x 95 cm; Weight: 11kg; Mattress/stand included: Both; Safety compliant: Yes

This popular co-sleeping crib attaches to the parental bed with nine adjustable height settings and has been updated with new features that include a recline option to help ease the symptoms of reflux and congestion and a wider bassinet to give babies more wriggle room - to around six months in age.

Relatively lightweight, it lifts easily off the rocking stand allowing it to be used around the house and away from home. With two breathable mesh sides, you can see your baby from bed and zip them down for convenient feeding, without the risks of baby sleeping in your bed.

The wood is sustainably sourced beech that comes in eight neutral finishes and self-assembly is relatively straightforward.

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Chicco Next2Me Magic Crib

£239, John Lewis & Partners Best for: High-spec bedside sleeping

Key specs - Dimensions: 94 x 58 x 16 cm; Weight: 13kg; Mattress/stand included: Both; Safety compliant: Yes

Although heavy duty in both structure and price, Chicco’s top-of-the-range side sleeping crib includes an impressive number of features and is generously proportioned. With several height options, it will attach to most beds and its swivel wheels and brakes make it easy to move around the home (as long as you have the space to move it).

The crib also detaches and comes with a bag for use as a travel cot, and can be tilted on its stand to aid with digestion and soothe reflux, or set to a gentle manual rocking mode.

A simple push button releases the sliding, breathable mesh sides to enable easy access to your baby during the night - a neat feature and improvement to the more common zip-down side-sleeping crib sides. However, assembly is probably a two-person job and not particularly intuitive or easy.

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