When considering which sleeping arrangement would work best for us, I did a lot of research and looked at The Lullaby Trust safer sleep guidelines. I wanted to ensure I was following the correct advice from trusted experts, as the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) was all too prevalent in my mind being a first time mum.
Before eventually settling on a moses basket, I was very close to buying a bedside crib. The way bedside cribs work is that one side can be removed or lowered down so that you can attach it alongside your bed. This allows you to reach your baby easily for feeding or soothing, and essentially allows you to co-sleep with your baby without sharing a bed (which is not recommended due to the risk of suffocation or overheating). Some of these cribs even tilt at an angle so that your baby’s head can be raised to help with things like reflux. Popular examples include, Chicco Next to Me and SnuzPod.
However, I decided against buying one because whilst bedside cribs are increasingly popular these days and appear to offer a safer way of co-sleeping with your baby, it is not very easy to find a conclusive answer to whether they are actually safe or not. I even went to look at some of these cribs in store and the mattresses didn’t quite meet the standards I was looking for. For example, they were either too soft or too hard (with an MDF hard board base), and neither did they appear to be very breathable or waterproof (as recommended by The Lullaby Trust). I also found it frustratingly difficult to uncover basic information about the materials used in the manufacturing process.
In the end I decided to buy the Moba Moses Basket. On Moba’s website, The Lullaby Trust logo is displayed along with the words “Official Partner”. Moba claims to work in partnership with The Lullaby Trust and leading childcare professionals, midwives and parents, to ensure that their products follow the safer sleep guidelines. This really helped to put my mind at ease and I finally felt as though I was on the right track.
It was also very easy to find detailed information about the materials used, which were clearly and transparently displayed on Moba’s website. The mattress has a breathable, water-repellant cover which helps prevent overheating, and keeps the mattress interior fresh and hygienic. The cover is hypoallergenic and can be removed and washed at 60 degrees (the temperature needed to kill dust mites).
The moses basket itself is made from soft touch recyclable material, that is BPA and Phthalate free, and very easy to clean. It also has over 300 air holes in the sides and base, no hood or unnecessary padding for maximum ventilation and visibility, and comes with a lovely cotton waffle liner. Last but not least, according to Moba this product complies with The Lullaby Trust safer sleep guidelines and British Standard BS EN 1466, which specifically focuses on safety requirements for carry cots and stands.
I bought this moses basket together with the Moba Rocking Stand, which is made from sustainably sourced wood. The rocking stand is sturdy, easy to assemble, and you have the option to have it in rocking mode or completely stationary. We stopped using the stand when our baby was about 4 months old though because he was beginning to get quite heavy for it, and we were afraid he might topple over.
Tip: Moba’s cotton fitted sheets are really soft and fit the Moba mattress perfectly.