Moses Basket vs Bassinet: Which One Is Best For Your Baby?

When it comes to choosing a place for your new baby to sleep, a Moses basket and a bassinet are fantastic choices. Both options have their own advantages and disadvantages, so we’re here to help you weigh your options before making that all-important decision.

Picking a Moses basket or a bassinet will depend on your personal situation, and so factors like your budget, your baby’s sleeping habits, and your own personal preferences and lifestyle will play a big role.

Today, we’ll take a closer look at both of these options to help you decide which is the best choice for you and your family a Moses basket, a bassinet, or both!


The Little Green Sheep Moses Baskets

Moses baskets are a traditional choice for newborn babies, and they can last your baby until they are around 6 months old, when they can then be moved into their own cot.

They tend to be smaller and more lightweight than cots, making them ideal for moving your baby around the house and for keeping them close at night so you can watch their first few months of life.

Our Moses baskets can be purchased as Moses basket bundles, which include all the essentials you need for your baby's basket, such as a mattress and a stand.

Pick and choose from a selection of colours and materials to find the perfect basket to blend in with your baby's nursery, or purchase a replacement liner so that you can switch up the style.

natural knitted moses basket

Natural Knitted Moses Basket

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natural quilted moses basket

Natural Quilted Moses Basket

from £134.95

Moses Basket Benefits

Opting for a Moses basket to keep your baby comfortable can have multiple benefits for both you and your baby. Some of these benefits include:

  1. Moses baskets are lightweight and portable. It makes them very convenient for taking out and about with you. Or, if you need to move your baby from room to room in the house, it's much easier than lugging around a heavy cot.
  2. Moses baskets can often be cheaper than buying a cot. So, if you're on a budget or want to save some money for other baby or nursery essentials, a Moses basket may be the way to go.
  3. If you're limited on nursery space, a Moses basket can be a great option. They are perfect for small spaces, as they don’t take up much room. It also makes them easy to keep by your bedside so you can easily keep an eye on your baby during the night.
  4. Keeping your Moses basket clean is easy. Moses baskets have removable and washable covers. This means you can quickly and easily keep your baby’s sleeping area clean and hygienic.

Moses Basket Materials

Little Green Sheep Moses baskets are made from specially sourced lightweight palm leaf, which is both strong and durable. Not only are they made from natural materials, but the knitted and woven effect looks beautiful and chic too.

The palm leaf basket material is breathable, helping to regulate your baby's temperature and keeping them comfortable throughout the night. The wicker is also flexible, so it makes it easy to gently rock your baby to sleep.

Not only does this make our Moses baskets a safer choice for your baby it's also more environmentally friendly as palm leaf is a sustainable resource.

All of our Moses basket products are rigorously tested to ensure they meet the highest safety standards, so you can rest assured your baby is sleeping soundly and safely. The handles are also tested for strength and durability, so you can carry your Moses basket with ease, knowing it's sturdy and secure.

Moses Basket Accessories

Moses basket mattresses fit snugly into your Moses basket and are gentle and soft on your baby's skin. They are also made using natural and hypo-allergenic wool lining and coconut fibre, perfect for creating a supportive and comfortable sleeping surface for your baby.

A mattress protector is an essential Moses basket accessory that will help to keep your baby's mattress clean and dry. It's also machine washable, so you can easily keep it clean.

Many parents find basket liners a helpful addition to their Moses baskets. Made from 100% organic cotton, they help by adding further comfort for your baby and are also good for protecting your baby from any possible scratches.

They fit snuggly into your Moses basket and can be removed and washed easily, keeping your baby's space clean and hygienic.

Moses basket stands are perfect for placing your basket at a comfortable height for you to pick up and put down your baby easily. They also elevate your Moses basket, which can help to encourage better airflow around your baby as they sleep.

A rocking Moses basket stand can also be useful, as the gentle rocking motion can help to soothe your baby.



A bassinet is a small bed typically used for infants during the first few months of life. They are often made of lightweight materials such as cloth or plastic and can be easily transported.

Bassinets are often used in hospitals or birth centres but can also be purchased for home use. They differ from Moses baskets because they are free-standing and often have legs, whereas Moses baskets typically sit on a stand or are placed on the floor.

Bassinets are often used for newborns as they provide a comfortable and safe sleeping environment. They are also small enough to be placed in the parent’s bedroom, making nighttime feedings and checking on baby easier.

Like Moses baskets, bassinets come in a variety of materials, including cloth, plastic, and wicker.


Bassinet Benefits

Bassinets have many great benefits for parents, such as:

  1. Bassinets are typically smaller in size, making them more manageable for parents to move around and transport.
  2. They provide a snug and comfortable environment for newborns.
  3. They can be used for both sleeping and playtime.
  4. They often come with a variety of features, such as music or vibration, that can help soothe and calm your baby.
  5. Bassinets are typically less expensivethan cribs, making them a more affordable option for parents.

Bassinets are a great option for parents because they are small and easily transportable whilst providing a safe and comfortable environment for your newborn baby.

Bassinet Materials

Bassinets are typically made from a range of materials - similar to Moses baskets. These materials can include cloth, plastic or wicker.

Cloth bassinets are often made from a variety of natural fabrics such as cotton or linen. They are typically lightweight and can be easily transported. Cloth bassinets often come with a removable and washable liner, making them easy to keep clean.

Plastic bassinets are another popular choice for parents. They are often made from lightweight materials such as polypropylene or polystyrene (or a mixture of the two) and can be easily wiped clean. Some plastic bassinets also come with a removable and washable liner.

Wicker bassinets are another popular choice for parents, particularly those who are looking for a more classic or traditional style. Wicker is a natural material that is lightweight and durable.

Wicker bassinets typically include removable and washable liner too.

Bassinet Safety

When choosing a bassinet for your baby, it is important to consider the safety features. All bassinets should meet the mandatory safety standards set by your country or region.

Some important safety features to look for in a bassinet include:

  1. A sturdy and stable construction - bassinets should not wobble or tip over easily.
  2. A comfortable sleeping surface - bassinets should have a firm mattress that is covered by a tight-fitting sheet.
  3. A well-ventilated design - bassinets should have an open design with plenty of airflow to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  4. Safe sleep environment - bassinets should be placed in a safe environment away from pillows, blankets, toys, or other objects that could potentially block the baby’s airway.
  5. A safe storage option - when not in use, bassinets should be stored in a safe place out of reach of children and pets.

Bassinet Mattress

If you decide to choose a bassinet - you'll need to purchase a mattress too.

A bassinet mattress should be firm enough to provide a comfortable and supportive surface for your baby to sleep on.

Your bassinet mattress should be covered by a tight-fitting sheet - to keep the mattress clean and free from dust or other allergens. It should also be well-ventilated.

Bassinet Bedding

Once you've chosen the best bassinet materials and mattress - it's time to think about what kind of bassinet bedding you'll need for your tiny one.

There are a few things to consider when choosing bassinet bedding, such as the thickness of your bedding. Lighter materials such as cotton or bamboo are ideal for bassinet bedding as they will reduce the risk of your baby overheating during the night.

Your bassinet bedding should also be machine washable - to make life easier for you when it comes to keeping everything clean and fresh.

You may need to purchase optional bassinet sheets, depending on the size and style of your bassinet.


Final Thoughts: Bassinet or Moses Basket?

So, which is better - a bassinet or theMoses basket? Both have their pros and cons, but ultimately it comes down to personal preference.

In terms of appearance, if you want a more innovative and modern option, then perhaps the bassinet is the way to go. However, if you are looking for a more timeless and chic option, then the Moses basket might be better suited to you.

Moses baskets can be easily moved from room to room and give you a lot of freedom, whereas the bassinet is designed to stay in one place and gives more of a 'home away from home' feel for your baby.

It really comes down to your lifestyle and preference at the end of the day. Both the bassinet and Moses basket are great options for new parents, so it is really up to you to decide which one will work better for you and your family.

Whichever you choose, your baby is sure to love it and be safe and comfortable!


Is a bassinet safe for my baby?

Yes, the bassinet is safe for your baby. It has been carefully designed and tested to meet all relevant safety standards. Crib safety standards were updated in November 2020, and the bassinet easily passes all of the regulations.

Do you need a bassinet and a Moses basket?

No, you do not need both a bassinet and a Moses basket. You can choose one or the other, depending on your preferences.

Can Moses baskets be used overnight?

Yes, Moses baskets can be used for overnight sleeping. However, it is important to ensure that the basket is placed on a firm and level surface to avoid accidents. It is also recommended that you use a fitted sheet to keep your baby comfortable.

What age do babies grow out of Moses baskets?

A Moses basket is designed for your baby until they are around 6 months old. Once they reach this age, they will need to move into a cot or bed for better comfort and more suited sizing.

knitted moses basket

Natural Knitted Moses Basket

from £139.95

quilted moses basket

Natural Quilted Moses Basket

from £139.95