Many new parents wonder how much are Moses baskets, and are they cheaper than other cribs for newborns? Let’s take a look at the average price of a Moses basket to help you decide if it’s right for you.
How much are Moses baskets?
Moses baskets vary greatly in price depending on the materials they are constructed from and the quality of the finished product. Here at For Your Little One, we strive to create high-quality products that offer great value for money, and our Moses baskets range between £30.99 and £64.99.
Our most affordable option is the palm leaf Moses basket. Palm leaf is a reasonably cheap material compared to wicker, which is why this is the most affordable option. However, just because it’s cheaper doesn’t mean it’s lower quality. Our palm leaf Moses baskets are just as strong, sturdy and durable as our wicker options, and the lower price point is appealing to parents on a budget.
Wicker Moses baskets tend to be a little more expensive. Most people choose this option if they simply love the traditional look and feel of wicker. Our wicker Moses baskets are available in white or grey, and many parents really like these neutral colours which complement a range of bedroom or nursery colour schemes.
Pod Moses baskets are generally a bit more expensive than traditional models. This is because their elongated shape requires more materials. Plus, pod Moses baskets, such as our own, are usually made from wicker, which is a more costly material. Parents tend to spend a little extra for pod Moses baskets if they’re short on space and want a basket with a smaller footprint than the traditional style. However, the contemporary shape of pod baskets, and their ability to make baby feel cradled and safe, also make them really appealing.
What else do I need to buy with a Moses basket?
When asking, ‘how much are Moses baskets?’, it’s important to ask what additional costs are involved with them. They usually come with some accessories included, such as a mattress, a liner, a top quilt and a hood. They usually do not include a stand and this must be bought separately if required. The stand should be of good quality, strong and sturdy enough to safely support the weight of the basket and baby, and as a result of this, the stands are often more expensive than the Moses baskets themselves.
It’s important that the basket is always placed on a flat, firm, stable surface, but you don’t need to use a stand with your Moses basket. If you plan to use the basket to easily carry your baby around the house but plan to have a crib in the bedroom at night, you might find a stand unnecessary. However, if you’ll be using the Moses basket instead of a crib, a stand is a great idea. It ensures baby is raised up safely and at a comfortable height for parents to tend to them without straining their backs.
In addition to the sheets and bedding provided with your Moses basket, you’ll need to buy a few extra accessories. A waterproof mattress cover will help to prevent the mattress from getting damp, soiled and stained. You’ll also need several sheets for the mattress and perhaps one or two extra bedding sets to make sure you have spares to hand in the event of an accident. However, these items are not exclusive to Moses baskets; you would also need them if buying a crib instead.
Are Moses baskets worth buying?
Moses baskets are only designed to be used during the first three or four months. Beyond that, they are not strong or sturdy enough to support the weight of a growing baby and the little one must be transferred into a cot. Some people don’t think it’s worth investing in a Moses basket for such a short amount of time and feel it is better to buy a crib that can be used from day one right up until the baby is as old as three years.
However, a big benefit of a Moses basket is its portability. Cots are big, bulky and heavy and once set up in a bedroom, they cannot easily be moved. Moses baskets offer a safe, lightweight and portable resting place for baby that can easily be moved from room to room. They allow you to keep your newborn right by your side no matter where in the house you are. For this reason, some parents choose to have a Moses basket in addition to a cot from day one. At night, baby can be put down in the bedroom in the cot, and during the day, they can nap in the Moses basket anywhere.
A Moses basket might seem like a more worthwhile investment if it can be passed down to another child or to a relative or friend once it is no longer needed. In fact, many parents find something special in the idea of each one of their children using the same Moses basket during their first few years of life. Just remember that you should always use a brand new Moses basket mattress with each new baby to keep them safe from dirt, dust, mould or other debris that can gather inside used mattresses and pose a health risk.
What are some alternatives to Moses baskets?
The main alternative to a Moses basket is a crib. These are bigger than Moses baskets and are usually suitable for babies to use until they are around seven to nine months old, or able to sit up by themselves. Some cribs are designed to be positioned at the bedside and can offer the benefits of co-sleeping without any risk of harm coming to baby.
Cot beds are also a good alternative to a Moses basket if you’re looking for something that will last your baby for years. These are suitable for newborn babies and can be converted into a bed once the little one is old enough. Although much more expensive than Moses baskets, cot beds are an investment that will save you the need to buy a Moses basket, a cot, and a bed separately as your child grows.