Safety Tips When Using A Moses Basket For Your Baby 

By | April 16, 2018

 Parents-to-be will inevitably face this question when choosing a bed for their new born baby: should they get a crib, carrycot, baby cot, bassinet, or a Moses basket? Many decide to go for a Moses basket because they offer a cosy alternative to the large cot, helping create a reassuring and enveloping space for their little one.

Why are Moses baskets a great bedding choice for new-borns?

The first and most important reason why parents should get a Moses basket for their baby is because a new born baby should never sleep alone, owing to risks such as:

• Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

• Fatal accidents (choking, falling, etc.)

• Psychological issues (primarily sense of abandonment)

Since new born babies sleep up to 20 hours a day, Moses baskets allow parents to easily move their baby around the house and keep a watchful eye on them.

Although carrycots offer a similar functionality, they are primarily designed for temporary transit. In addition, carrycots do not offer the same level of comfort and ventilation for babies.

Moses baskets, on the other hand, are designed to provide a snug and comfortable sleeping experience to babies for an extended period of time. Moreover, they can be placed on any surface, even on the floor. Detachable stands can also be used to keep Moses baskets at a specific height (usually level with the parents’ bed).

 However, they are not a permanent bedding solution, and parents must gradually transition their baby to a cot or crib by the age of six months.

Important: Babies should be taken out before the Moses basket is moved. The handles of the Moses basket are not designed to safely carry the load of a baby while moving. There have been instances of babies falling out of the basket when carried in such a manner.

Moses basket accessories:

Moses baskets typically come with a complete set of bedding, including a waterproof foam mattress and a fabric hood. However, designer Moses baskets sometimes exclude either or both bedding and mattresses. However, parents who order designer or customised designs usually already have the bedding and mattress sorted out in advance.

Also, as tempting as it might be, don’t buy tiny baby bolsters or pillows for the basket. There isn’t enough room, and the products might become choking hazards.

Safety Tips:

• When buying plastic baskets, absolutely insist on products made from either polyethylene vinyl acetate (PEVA) or ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA). Other compounds may degrade over time and the seepage could be harmful to babies.

• Don’t stuff your baby inside the coverlet that comes with the basket. It is heavy and restrictive. If it gets cold, use a light blanket to cover your baby. But keep an eye on the room temperature – your baby has no way to communicate with you if they are feeling too warm.

• Never place the Moses basket near a heat source like a radiator. Neither should you place the basket under a shelf- just in case!


*This is a collaborative post 


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