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What should I know before I buy a Moses basket or baby crib?

Many parents decide to let their baby sleep in their cot from the very first day that they arrive home from the hospital. However, there are also parents, particularly those who want their newborn to be in their bedroom for the first few months, that choose to buy a smaller bed for their newborn to spend those first weeks and months sleeping in.

A Moses basket is a lightweight option that is usually made from wicker, palm or maize. They have carry handles, which makes them convenient, as you can carry your baby from room to room as you move around the house, and they’re cosy and snug. They also usually come with their own mattress and bedding. The one drawback to a Moses basket is that they are very small, and really only suitable for babies who are three months old or younger. Make sure that the Moses basket you buy is well made, and that the handles are sturdy enough to be used to carry your baby. Alternatively, move the basket first, and your baby separately.

Cribs are smaller versions of cots that can be bought flat packed for self assembly. They’re also suitable for parents who want their newborn in their room with them, and since many come with curved bases for rocking, they can help to soothe a fussy baby. Cribs are bigger than Moses baskets, and will last your baby for four to six months, but they’re not portable, and they are more expensive than a Moses basket. They are sometimes sold without a mattress, so you may need to invest in a mattress too.

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