In the end, what you buy really depends on what is a priority. If you prefer that baby sleeps in a snug environment, get a Moses basket. As most measure between 78cm and 90cm in length and 30cm or less in width, you won’t need much space in the bedroom either.
These infant baskets — often made of durable wicker — come with two handles, so that you can carry it easily from place to place. Some even come with a built-in stand, so that it can also function as a stand-alone crib.
The only downside is that a Moses basket can only support your baby for the first three to four months of their life or until bubba can sit up or turn around on their own.
But it’s still the choice for many parents as they prefer their newborns to sleep in their room. This way, you can respond to your crying cherub immediately. We’ve rounded up a few Moses baskets for you to consider.
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WHAT The mattress and the cover come in a matching print in bright pastel pink or blue. The basket also has a retractable hood to give baby some shade during daytime naps. You’ll need to buy an additional stand, to raise the basket to a comfortable height for you to pick up and put baby down to sleep. Suitable for use from newborn till 3 to 4 months of age.
PARENTS SAY Katherine Tay, 37, who has a 2-month-old daughter, likes that the hood can stay up without falling down. The machine-washable coverlet, which is made of breathable material, also feels soft and fluffy. Tay enthuses, “This is a big plus, given Singapore’s hot and humid climate.”
WHAT While you need to buy an additional stand for many infant baskets, the Lucky Baby Moses basket is connected to a rocker through a series of ropes and carabiner clips. The basket also comes with a protective mosquito net and dangling crib toys to keep baby occupied.
PARENTS SAY Christa Chong, 28, was drawn to the geometric and colourful polka-dots on this basket because it adds a touch of fun it compared to plain colours. The mosquito net also comes in handy when there’s a dengue outbreak to safeguard her 2-month-old son from the pests. “It is really an affordable choice, considering you no longer have to purchase a stand and you get quite a number of add-ons, too.”
WHAT To lull your cherub to sleep, simply use your hand to lightly push the fabric cradle to activate the calm swaying motion. The soft and light fabric improves airflow, creating a cool yet cosy environment, so that bubba is more likely to sleep uninterrupted.
PARENTS SAY While Nurul Aisha was initially worried about staining the cradle’s white fabric, cleaning up is a cinch because it’s machine washable, notes the mother of a 3-month-old boy.
WHAT This bassinet also doubles as a rocker and day bed ― simply twist to unlock the rubber stopper on the bottom of each foot and gently push the bassinet to get it to rock. Once your tot is sound asleep, twist it again to lock the bassinet back in a stationary position. The lightweight bassinet can support a weight of up to 11.3kg.
PARENTS SAY The bassinet is easy to set up and fold away, notes Brian Soh. He has even taken it along for a family vacation with his 3-month-old baby girl.
WHAT This compact basket comes with a mosquito net and a cotton flat sheet for the padding in the basket. The toy bar and several plush toys that dangle above your baby help to improve baby’s muscle coordination and strength as he’ll be reaching out for and to kick the toys.
PARENTS SAY Alan Yeo, 38, says he uses the toys to train his daughter’s ability to track the movement of objects with her eyes. Yeo also likes that the toys serve to entertain her, unlike the plain fabric in most wicker infant baskets.
WHAT Made of solid wood, this sturdy crib lets you either lock the crib in position or let it swing. The swinging motion mimics how you rock your kewpie in your arms to sleep. Suitable for babies 0 to 6 months old.
PARENTS SAY Although this crib comes in separate pieces, it’s very easy to assemble in less than 15 minutes, notes dad Paul Ng, 39. Unlike other baskets that be only be used till your kewpie is 3 months old, you can extend this one’s use, until your offspring is 6 months old.
WHAT Developed in collaboration with paediatricians, midwives and child psychologists, it may just promise an end to your sleepless nights because it was. Simply tap the rocker, which has a fabric finish, to trigger a gentle.
PARENTS SAY The fabric on this cradle received the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Class-I rating, which means that it’s free from hazardous/toxic substances or allergens ― something that Sandra Devi, mum of a 2-month-old daughter, says puts her mind at ease.
WHAT With over 11 height settings and three different set-up options, this crib is one of the more versatile on the market. While it functions like a bedside crib, you can also use it as a stand-alone or travel crib. Its round cocoon-like shape comes with soft padded sides and a double mesh window to improve airflow and increase bubba’s visibility. Suitable for use for newborn to 9 months of age.
PARENTS SAY Jimmy Lee, 42, notes that since the crib height is easily set on this model, it reduces the strain on his wife’s back when she bends over to lift their baby girl out of it.