When I found out I was expecting our second child there was very little that we needed to buy as I had kept almost everything from when we had O. Items were stored away in the garage, outside shed and in the attic so as we got closer to my due date we started to retrieve the newborn essentials from their hiding places. One of the items we had put into the attic was the Moses basket. The basket I had spent hours choosing first time round.
When it was pulled out of the black bin bags that had been protecting it my heart sank. It looked a bit grubby (even after washing what could be washed) and leaned awkwardly to one side. I just couldn’t bring myself to put my brand new baby in it. I know that some people feel that Moses baskets can be a waste of money as they aren’t in the very long but for me they are an absolute essential. O was a small baby and he was in his until almost 4 months old, he napped in it during the day and slept in it at night. With it looking likely that baby two was also going to be fairly small it was something that I felt we needed to replace.
The search was on. As I browsed the internet the wicker baskets with the frilly linings that I had loved four years ago just didn’t appeal to me. I wanted something different, something a little more modern looking. When someone on Twitter suggested I take a look at Moba baskets I headed over to their website, and fell in love.
Moba are described as the Contemporary Moses Basket and they really are. I loved their modern and minimalist look and the baskets are available in a range of stunning colours. To match our little boys nursery I opted for the Dove Grey colour and white stand. I was delighted when they arrived as they looked perfect in the room.
As well as looking great what also appealed to me was how easy the basket would be to clean. The white lining of the basket can be easily removed and then it can be completely wiped down, something that can’t be done with a more traditional wicker basket. As newborns are prone to a bit (or a lot) of sickness this was a big advantage. The holes in the sides of the basket also mean that it is fully ventilated which helps to prevent overheating, another bonus when having a summer baby.
I find myself moving the basket around constantly. Bringing it downstairs during the day, back upstairs at bedtime and often into the dressing room when I am getting ready (G loves the sound of the hairdryer and the noise often soothes him if he’s being a bit grouchy). As the basket is extremely light and has sturdy integrated handles this has been really easy to do, even in the early post c-section days.
G loves being held and to feel as though he is being held. One thing I have loved about the Moba basket is that it’s big enough for me to be able to pop his poddle pod in for naps during the day. Having the pod in the basket means he is really easy to move around as I can just pick him up using the handles rather than trying to pick up the whole pod, which actually I’m not even sure I could do safely.
We have been lucky to have been blessed with two little boys who love their sleep and at almost two months old G still has plenty of growing room in his basket and we will be using it until he no longer fits in it. I love having my little boy next to me during the night and I often find myself slipping my hand through the handle of the basket to rest it on his chest as he sleeps. As it isn’t made of wicker I don’t have to worry about the creaking of it waking him up!
I can’t finish without a quick mention for the bottom sheets for the mattress. I ordered one in Dove Grey to match the colour of the basket. I only ordered one as I wanted the colour to match and thought how different could a sheet be from the plain white ones I had already bought. Well, the difference is amazing, the Moba bedding is so much better quality and feels so much nicer. It has now been washed many, many times as I try to use that one as much as possible. The white ones are now only being used as a back up.
We have been delighted with our Moba basket. Our little man is happy in there, we’re happy that it looks so beautiful in our home and I’m happy that I can move G around easily when he’s in it. We aren’t planning any more children but if we were I’m sure I wouldn’t be disappointed puling this down from the attic.
Disclosure: We were kindly sent the Moba Moses Basket in Dove Grey for the purpose of this review but all thoughts and opinions are my own.