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Why Buy a Moses Basket? A guide to choosing the ideal first bed

By Sophie Pavlou

Do I need a Moses basket? How long would it last? Is it worth buying? As an expectant mother, these are just some of the questions that you might want answers to when in contemplation of purchasing a Moses basket. To help you decide, we've collated everything you need to know about Moses baskets and the reasons why they are ideal for your newborn.


White and Grey Moses Basket


What is a Moses basket?

With the name alluding to the biblical story of Moses, a Moses basket is a hand-woven baby basket commonly made from palm, wicker or willow. Some countries may refer to them as bassinets however, they are distinguished by the plant used in producing the basket. A Moses basket is lined on the inside with padded fabric and supplied with a soft but firm mattress and a removable blanket.



Pink Check Moses Basket


What makes a Moses basket special?

Because Moses baskets are small, they function as fantastic first beds for your little one. The transition from the womb to a cosy little basket will assure your baby safety and security as they adjust to the outside world.

Some baskets feature a foldable, detachable hood which can be made from the same material as the frame or, in some cases, coordinating fabric. Moses baskets also come with a handle either in palm, leather or strong fabric webbing. When carrying your baby in the basket by the handle, always place one hand beneath the basket to hold it securely.

Moses baskets are either sold on their own or as part of your baby bedding collection. Stands are typically optional and come in white or natural colours.



White Moses Basket With Skirt


How long does a Moses basket last?

Moses baskets last up to 3 months as babies grow at varying rates. When your little one begins to lift their head up, it’s time to move – and that could be before they even reach 3 months.




White Pique Moses Basket



  • Small and cosy for your newborn
  • Easy to transport from room to room
  • Perfect for daytime naps
  • Takes up little space, meaning it can be situated next to your bed



  • Only lasts up to 3 months – its only downfall!



  • Place the basket inside the cot from about 2 months to prepare your baby for transition


Remember, you can reuse your Moses baskets for generations to come, making it personal to you and your family.


We hope you find this guide helpful! Shop our Moses baskets here.

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