Moses Basket or Crib: What's the difference & Which Should You Buy?

Designed to provide a comfortable, independent sleep space for your newborn in those first few months, Moses baskets and cribs are a convenient solution for keeping your baby nearby as they nap.

Of course, it’s possible to use a cot or cot bed from the get-go, so long as your baby is being supervised. Safe sleep guidance advises that your baby must sleep in the same room as you in their first 6 months. They should be put down to sleep on their back on a flat, clutter-free surface, with their own independent sleep space.

Many parents opt for Moses baskets and cribs in the first few months, as they allow you to keep your little one safe and close as they sleep, and take up much less space than a cot or cot bed in your bedroom.

Still, making your mind up between a Moses basket or crib? Read on as we explore the pros and cons of each.

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Moses Baskets

Moses baskets are designed for newborn babies to sleep in during their first few months. They provide a cosy and confined space for your child to rest.

The classic choice, Moses baskets have been a time-honoured option for parents all around the world. A beautiful piece of furniture in its own right, the Moses basket has stood the test of time thanks to its robust, yet elegant structure and stylish aesthetic. Often crafted using natural materials, Moses baskets provide a lightweight, highly breathable sleep space for your little one.

Despite their delicate appearance, our Moses baskets are strong and durable. With a sturdy base, they’re tougher than other maize baskets, so you can be sure to get plenty of use out of this newborn essential. Their handles also make them super easy to move around the house as needed. However, for safety reasons, never carry your Moses basket about with your baby inside.

It is important to know when your baby has outgrown their Moses basket. Designed for use from birth up to 3-4 months, or until your little one is able to sit or pull themselves up unaided, it is advised that you only use your Moses basket while your baby is a newborn.

    Pros

  • Offers a cosy sleep space for your newborn
  • Robust yet lightweight design
  • Has a classic, traditional aesthetic and charm
  • Often made from natural materials
  • Highly breathable sleep space
  • Carry handles make them easy to pick up and move around as needed
  • Easy to store away when not in use

    Cons

  • Can typically only be used from birth up to 3-4 months, or once baby can pull themself up
  • Stands often sold separately
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Cribs

You might instead opt for a crib for your newborn. Cribs are typically made from plastic or wood, and often with mesh or slats so you can more easily keep an eye on your little one from the comfort of your bed.

Though less portable than a Moses basket, a crib offers a sturdy and consistent sleep space for your baby. With plenty of styles available on the market, some even feature additional rocking and swaying motions to help soothe baby to sleep.

Most cribs can be used for up to 6 months, or until your little one can sit up unaided. However, with the longer life span often comes a higher price tag. Many parents will hold onto a crib for use with future children, or to lend to family and friends. However, cribs can end up taking up more space in the home when not in use, and can be more difficult to store away than a Moses basket.

    Pros

  • Often made from sturdy materials
  • Often feature mesh or slats to more easily see your baby as they sleep
  • Lots of styles to choose from
  • Can be used from birth to 6 months
  • Some cribs come with rocking or swaying motion to help baby sleep

    Cons

  • Generally not very portable
  • More expensive than a Moses basket
  • Difficult to store away once no longer needed
  • Usually flat packed and require assembly
  • Mattress often sold separately
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Bedside Cribs & Co-sleepers

Bedside cribs have become increasingly popular over the past few years. These handy, hybrid co-sleepers provide all the benefits of a crib, with a few innovative extras.

Many co-sleepers can be used as both a standalone crib, and as a side sleeper that can be attached to your bedframe for extra stability. Bedside cribs typically feature a drop down barrier, allowing you to easily reach into your little one’s sleep space to soothe and feed.

Bedside cribs are an ideal option for mothers who may have experienced a challenging birth, or required medical intervention that makes it difficult to sit up or get out of bed. Though many co-sleepers feature rocking or tilt options to soothe your baby, these can often only be accessed in standalone mode, which requires some effort when it comes to detaching and reattaching to your bed.

Convenience also comes at a price, with bedside cribs generally totalling up to be more expensive than Moses baskets or standalone cribs. This does not include the additional cost of buying an appropriate mattress, and any other extra bedding or parts.

    Pros

  • Can often be used as both a cosleeper and a standalone crib
  • Can be used from birth to 6 months
  • Some bedside cribs come with rocking or swaying motion to help baby sleep
  • Easy access to baby, especially helpful for feeding, and for c-section mums
  • Can easily keep an eye on baby as you sleep

    Cons

  • More expensive than a Moses basket or standard crib
  • Difficult to store away once no longer needed/li>
  • Usually flat packed and require assembly
  • Mattress often sold separately
  • Can usually only use rocking function once detached
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Crib vs Moses basket: Which Is Better?

The first few months of your little one’s life are crucial to the bonding process, so ensuring you have easy access to your baby as they rest is extra important. This is something that both Moses baskets and cribs can provide, so it’s really about making the decision that works best for you.

If you have less storage options or space available, but still want your little one to sleep in a comfortable, breathable environment, perhaps a Moses basket is the option for you. With our range of natural, beautifully crafted palm leaf Moses baskets to explore, you certainly won’t be missing out.

Each of our Moses baskets also comes complete with our luxurious natural mattress as standard, carefully crafted with newborn babies in mind to offer the right support from day one.

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