Best Moses baskets 2021: 8 tried and tested Moses baskets for your baby

8 of the best Moses baskets for babies tried and tested by parents
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  • It’s the perfect first bed for your baby, but which are the best Moses baskets on sale? We put them to the test to help you choose the right Moses basket for your baby.

    For this buying guide, our consumer editor, Heidi Scrimgeour, rounded up her pick of the best Moses baskets and then asked the experts – a panel of mums – to put them to the test. All the Moses baskets featured are suitable from birth. Our parent reviewers tried and tested them over a period of several weeks with their babies, all aged between six weeks and three months old. Which is the best Moses basket for you? Read on to see what our testers thought of each one, and which will best suit you and your baby.

    Best Moses baskets at a glance

    The Alysha Moses Basket by Mack + Milo gets our vote as the best Moses basket you can buy. It’s affordably priced but the design appeal is off the charts – it looks like a luxurious, premium product. There’s no need to buy any pricy extras either because they’re all included. That means no annoying hidden costs. We especially like the stylish look and feel of this Moses basket – and the fact that you’ll get plenty of change from £100.

    If you’re looking for a top of the range Moses basket, the PurFlo Breathable Bassinet gets our vote as the best premium Moses basket. And if you’re shopping for a Moses basket on a budget, we recommend going for the Natural Knitted Moses Basket from Little Green Sheep.

    Finally, the Happiest Baby Snoo Smart Sleeper Baby Cot isn’t technically a Moses basket but it deserves a special mention. Our reviewer, who put it to the test with her four-week-old baby, says it drastically improved the whole family’s sleep and changed their lives. Praise indeed!

    Best Moses baskets overall: Mack + Milo Alysha Moses Basket – Wayfair | £87.99
    Best premium Moses basket: PurFlo Breathable Bassinet – JoJo Maman Bébe | £159
    Best budget Moses basket: Natural Knitted Moses Basket – The Little Green Sheep | 109.95
    Happiest Baby Snoo Smart Sleeper Baby Cot – Happiest Baby | £1.145
    Tommee Tippee Sleepee – Argos | £100
    Chicco Baby Hug 4-in-1 – Boots | £159
    MoKee WoolNest – MoKee | £91.56
    Shnuggle Dreami Moses Basket – Amazon | £109.94

    Things to consider when shopping for  Moses baskets

    Even for daytime naps, your baby should sleep in the same room as you from birth to six months. Research shows that the risk of sudden infant death (SIDS) is lower when babies sleep in a cot or crib in the same room as their parents. Sharing a room with your baby is also convenient since you’ll hear when your baby stirs.

    Your baby can safely sleep in its own bedroom from the age of six months. With this in mind, check the dimensions of a Moses basket before you buy. You’ll want to make sure it fits in your bedroom and that you’ll have enough space to move around it.

    The best Moses baskets are easy to move from room to room as your baby naps throughout the day. Think about how portable you’d like yours to be. With this in mind, choose a lightweight Moses basket. Secondly, check for sturdy handles.

    Next, think about whether you want a durable, sturdy Moses basket or something made from softer, cosy fabric. Decide, too, whether you’d like a rocking stand. This gives you the option to rock your baby to sleep without straining your back.

    1. Mack + Milo Alysha Moses Basket with Stand

    Best Moses baskets overall

    A luxurious wicker Moses basket with a rocking stand

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    Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Weighs: 8kg | Suitable from: 0-6m

    Pros Cons
    ✅ Bedding included
    ✅ Rocking stand
    ✅ Very stylish
    ❌ Rigid structure
    ❌ More stylish than functional

    This is one of the best Moses baskets money can buy. It’s a chic and contemporary Moses basket that comes with cosy, luxurious bedding as well as a mattress. It has a rocking stand, which makes it a good choice for soothing your baby to sleep whilst sparing your back. It’s practical as well as stylish, and not too heavy to move from room to room for daytime naps.

    Katie, our tester, found this easy to assemble, although some of the screws were a little stiff. “It’s really simple and straightforward to put together, and didn’t take us long to assemble,” says Katie Prior, mum to Ryker, six weeks. “The basket liner and blanket are made from beautifully soft waffle fabric, which looks very luxurious and comfortable – like putting my baby to sleep on a little cloud.”

    Made from wicker, this Moses basket is sturdy and robust with a rigid, fixed hood. This means access to your baby is a little restricted. However, our tester’s baby seemed happy being in a fairly enclosed space. This is a good choice if you plan to move your Moses basket between rooms on the same floor. That’s because our tester found it easy to lift and carry thanks to the robust handles. However, it’s a little bulky for taking up and down stairs frequently.

    The rocking stand is a lovely feature, although there’s no fixed setting. That means you can’t stop it from rocking. “This is a gorgeous product and great value for money,” adds Katie. “The bedding is soft and looks very comfortable, and the rocking stand is great, particularly as my baby loves being swayed to sleep.”

    2. Purflo PurAir Breathable Bassinet

    Best premium Moses basket

    Best premium Moses baskets: PurFlo Breathable Bassinet

    Credit: PurFlo

    Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Weighs: 9.2kg | Suitable from: 0-6m

    Pros Cons
    ✅ Looks good
    ✅ Compact design
    ✅ Useful ‘soothing centre’
    ❌ Hanging toys could be more engaging
    ❌ Awkwardly positioned nightlight

    This distinctive bassinet comes with a breathable mattress and mesh sides to encourage airflow. It has a ‘soothing centre’ that plays lullabies and nature sounds plus two vibration modes and a nightlight. The bassinet has a hood, which comes with hanging toys, and it folds down easily for quick access to your baby. This is a good choice if you’re short on space near your bed, as there’s a storage area underneath the bassinet – handy for baby wipes and spare nappies.

    This was easy to put together, with just a few connecting parts. “It was up and ready to use within 15 minutes,” says Katie Prior, mum to Ryker, six weeks. “Having said that, the instructions aren’t easy to follow, so we disregarded them and just used common sense!”

    Katie loves the look of this Moses basket and found the soothing centre a useful extra. “This bassinet looks soft, cosy and luxurious – the ‘soft truffle’ is a lovely, warm beige colour – and the whole thing is surprisingly compact so it doesn’t take up a huge amount of space,” she says.

    The lullabies and nature sounds are pleasant and not too ‘tinny’. There are multiple volume and vibration settings, which my baby seemed to enjoy. However, the ‘nightlight’ is very bright and awkwardly positioned. We avoided using it, as it shines directly in my baby’s face.”

    The hanging toys are a handy extra, but Katie found they didn’t hold her baby’s attention for long. “The toys aren’t brightly coloured, so my baby wasn’t very engaged by them,” she says. Instead, she attached a mobile. “That was great, as I haven’t been able to attach a mobile to any other Moses basket I’ve used.”

    Overall, this is a stylish and compact bassinet, with useful functionality to help soothe your baby to sleep. “It’s soft and cosy, and my baby was content both chilling and sleeping in the bassinet,” adds Katie. “The muted colours, with beige or grey options will complement most nursery decor. And the storage basket will come in handy in smaller rooms.”

    The PurFlo Breathable Bassinet is also available direct from PurFlo for £159.

    3. The Little Green Sheep Natural Knitted Moses Basket

    Best Moses baskets (budget)

    3. Best budget Moses basket: The Little Green Sheep Knitted Moses Basket

    Credit: Little Green Sheep

    Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Weighs: 2kg | Suitable from: Birth-9kg

    Pros Cons
    ✅ Beautifully designed
    ✅ Lightweight and easy to carry
    ✅ Stand folds away neatly
    ❌ Less spacious than other Moses baskets

    The Little Green Sheep Moses Basket is a woven natural palm leaf basket. It has an organic knitted liner. It comes with a natural, chemical-free mattress, but the stand has to be purchased separately.

    The general look and design of this Moses basket impressed our tester Kate Wills, mum to Blake, aged 10 weeks. She found it easy and intuitive to use. “This arrived without too much packaging, and looks really good in the bedroom,” she says. “The basket itself is well-designed and very light, so it’s really easy to move around the house. The wooden stand folds away easily and doesn’t take up much space.”

    The quality of this Moses basket is impressive, and the knitted liner adds a touch of seriously cosy luxury. “It’s very chic and looks quite Scandinavian in design,” says Kate. “But it’s also very practical – the liner stopped my baby from scratching her hands on the inside of the basket, which happens in our own Moses basket. That makes this one feel warm and cosy.”

    Despite the stand being an extra expense, this is still a good value choice. “The mattress alone is worth £40,” adds Katie. “It’s a lovely looking product overall, and looks much more expensive than it is.”

    The only downside is that this Moses basket seems less roomy in comparison to others we tested, so it may not last your baby as long as others. “My baby was 9lbs at birth, so there’s not much room in this for her to stretch out,” adds Katie. “For that reason, it’s probably better suited to smaller babies.”

    If that’s not a problem, and you’re not looking for the Moses baskets with the greatest longevity, this will make a lovely addition to your nursery. Lastly, if you’re keen on organic and chemical-free products for your little one, this is ideal.

    4. Happiest Baby SNOO Smart Sleeper Baby Cot

    The Happiest Baby Snoo Smart Sleeper Cot

    Credit: Alice Hu / Snoo

    An innovative, high-tech smart cot that responds to your baby and improves sleep

    Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Weighs: 17.4kg | Suitable from: 0-6 months

    Pros Cons
    Looks beautiful
    Intuitive to use – one button
    It really improves sleep
    Heavy to move
    ❌Tricky to see baby
    It’s not silent

    It’s not often that we describe a bit of baby gear as a game-changer but the Snoo Smart Sleeper is exactly that. It’s not a Moses basket per se, but it’s worth considering if you’re in the market for one. It’s sleek and beautiful to look at – like an expensive but ultra-modern bedside crib. It has inbuilt rocking functionality and white noise features, which ‘respond’ to your baby’s cries and can be controlled via an app on your smartphone. See? We told you it was a game-changer.

    Imagine no more pacing the floor with a screaming baby. Picture an end to rocking a crib for hours on end. And did we mention that it looks beautiful too?

    ‘This is really sleek – it looks like a big fancy hotel bathtub,’ says our tester, Grace. ‘There is just one button on the cot itself so you can’t go wrong in the middle of the night when you’re staggering around in the dark.’

    Despite being a high-tech product the Snoo isn’t intimidating to use. ‘You just put your baby in, swaddle them both sides and at the bottom, zip up the sack, and press start,’ adds Grace. ‘The whole point of the Snoo is that it’s complex, but not for you – the machine handles that part.’

    Two things to note – the Snoo isn’t light so it’s not suitable for moving between rooms. And if you’re a light sleeper and you place it on a wooden floor, you might hear the magic machinery within. ‘It’s very heavy, which of course is a good thing, as it makes it incredibly sturdy – an excitable puppy isn’t going to knock it over,’ explains Grace. ‘But if you’ve had a C-section or feel fragile after giving birth, you can’t lift or move it with ease.’

    During use, Grace heard some mechanical noise and squeaking – which definitely wasn’t coming from her baby. ‘If this is likely to disturb you, place it on a carpet or a thick rug, or get some feet pads to dull the sound,’ she says. ‘Or place the cot away from your bed. Happiest Baby encourages running any such issues past their sleep consultants who are available 7 days a week – a service included in the initial cost of the cot.

    In conclusion, the Snoo is far more than somewhere for your baby to sleep. ‘On top of improving the length and quality of sleep, and allowing for adaptability and monitoring, it also claims to reduce the risk of SIDs,’ explains Grace.

    ‘In this case, these claims are not just marketing buzzwords. A great deal of thought has gone into its design and creation. Baby is kept on their back with the Snoo sack – the recognised safest position for a baby to sleep. And the upper material is entirely mesh, making it breathable. As a baby grows and can begin to roll, the sacks allow for the baby’s arms to be outside the sack. The bottom half is also loose, abating worries about hip and leg development.’

    Is the Snoo Smart Sleeper worth it?

    Would our tester recommend the Snoo? ‘Yes, wholeheartedly,’ she says. ‘I believe that sleeping better has allowed my husband and me to enjoy these special early days and weeks with our daughter, which is priceless.’

    It’s an expensive item, so it must deliver on all points. ‘But it does,’ says Grace. ‘Alongside its sleep and safety benefits, the Snoo is aesthetically appealing and well-sized, with an intuitive and easy-to-use app and free access to sleep experts over the phone.’

    5. Tommee Tippee Sleepee

    A modern, plastic Moses basket with a rocking stand

    Tommee Tippee Sleepee

    Credit: Tommee Tippee

    Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Weighs: 4.6kg | Suitable from: 0-6m

    Pros Cons
    ✅ Straightforward to clean
    ✅ Light enough to carry easily
    ✅ Breathable, practical design
    ❌ It’s more functional than stylish

    This breathable Moses basket has more than 300 air holes to help promote airflow. Also, it comes with a water-resistant mattress and 100 per cent cotton liner. It’s easy to wipe clean (hurrah) and comes with a stand so you can gently rock your baby to sleep.

    Katie Prior put it to the test with her son, Ryker, six weeks. “At first I felt this looked more like a laundry basket,” she says. “But it looks much more baby-friendly once the liner is added, and my baby seemed quite happy in it. The basket itself is very large and spacious but it’s also very light, making it really easy to move around. Since it’s made of plastic, it’s also very easy to clean.”

    The mattress is washable but it’s not a standard size, so factor that in when you’re buying bedding. The plastic sides and handles add robustness, which makes this a good choice if you’ll be carrying it up and down stairs frequently.

    On the downside, assembling the stand for this Moses basket is a bit of a challenge. But once assembled, the stand was a hit. “The rocker option is great, and really helped soothe my baby to sleep,” says Katie. “Also, I like that it can be set to static mode if you don’t want it rocking all the time.”

    Overall, this is a durable, lightweight Moses basket that’s ideal for busy parents as it’s so easy to move from room to room. It’s also a good choice for a first baby – if you’ve got space to store this Moses basket once it’s outgrown, you could use it again – and again!

    6. Chicco Baby Hug 4-in-1

    A multi-functional baby crib that converts to a baby seat and highchair

    Chicco Baby Hug 4 in 1 Air

    Credit: Chicco

    Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Weighs: 10.2 kg | Suitable from: Birth-3 years old

    Pros Cons
    ✅ Multi-purpose use
    ✅ Sturdy and hardwearing
    ✅ Toy bar and musical features add value
    ❌ Mattress not included
    ❌ Base is cumbersome to carry

    The Chicco Baby Hug is impressively versatile. That makes it a practical choice if you’re short on space. Suitable from birth right through until your baby is three years old, it converts from an overnight crib to a reclining seat.

    And, eventually, you can use it as a highchair. It’s height-adjustable and easy to move between rooms, thanks to the wheels. It’s also good value for money. Few items of baby gear are this multifunctional. It’s also a good choice for babies who suffer from congestion or reflux.

    Katie Prior put this to the test with baby Ryker, aged three months. “I found the assembly instructions very difficult to understand, with just pictures and no description or written steps, but once I found a video online to follow, it was actually quite simple to put together,” she says. “The cot is a great size, with soft sides and breathable mesh walls, but it doesn’t come with a mattress – you have to buy that separately.”

    Katie found it easy to adjust this for each of its different purposes. Overall, she found the highchair mode the most useful setting. “The movement between the different uses is smooth and easy, which really shows the product’s quality, and the lockable wheels make it really easy to wheel the highchair from room to room or up to a table. However, there’s no tray included, so you also have to buy that separately.”

    The Chicco Baby Hug comes with some extras including a musical arch with hanging toys. “The hanging toys are very basic but the melodies are great, with a selection of both upbeat and soothing tunes,” says Katie. “If only the Baby Hug could also rock or bounce the baby – that would be a useful feature.”

    We think this is an adaptable, good quality first bed for your baby. It feels sturdy and hard-wearing. However, it is a little cumbersome. For this reason, it’s not ideal for carrying upstairs and downstairs. The fact that it can be used for various purposes until your baby is three years old adds real value for money and makes it a brilliant choice for keeping at the grandparents’ house for occasional use.

    7. MoKee WoolNest

    A cosy, contemporary wool Moses basket

    MoKee Wool Nest

    Credit: Mokee

    Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Weighs: 1.5kg | Suitable from: 0-6m

    Pros Cons
    ✅ Stylish design
    ✅ Cosy for babies
    ✅ Easy to move between rooms
    ❌ A little tricky to assemble

    The WoolNest is a stylish, contemporary twist on a classic Moses basket. It’s made from high quality, blended wool felt with robust cotton straps. It comes with a breathable foam mattress with an aloe vera-infused quilt cover that’s easy to unzip for washing. However, the stand isn’t included, so factor that into your budget.

    “This basket was a little tricky to assemble but once we got it done it looked really stylish in our living room,” says tester Sonia Zhuravlyova, mum to Bran, six weeks. “The basket provides a super cosy space for the baby to nap in, and the mattress feels firm yet cosy. Bran loves being in this basket and sleeps very well in it during the day. The handles mean you can carry it easily from room to room, and the base folds down really easily.”

    There are no ‘bells and whistles’ on this Moses basket. But despite the lack of musical features and no rocking mode, this is still a practical choice. In particular, it’s ideal f you’re looking for a sturdy yet stylish Moses basket that’s lovely to look at but easy to move between rooms. “The Mokee Wool Nest will appeal to design-conscious parents because it has a pleasing Nordic aesthetic,” adds Katie.

    8. Shnuggle Dreami Moses Basket and Curve Rocking Stand

    A simple modern Moses basket with a sturdy rocking stand

    Shnuggle Dreami Moses Basket and Curve Rocking Stand

    Credit: Shnuggle

    Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Weighs: 6kg | Suitable from: 0-6m

    Pros Cons
    ✅ Easy to clean
    ✅ Light to carry
    ✅ Feels robust
    ❌ No hood
    ❌ Mesh liner isn’t very cosy

    The mattress and stand come included with this stylish, contemporary Moses basket. That means it’s excellent value for money. Despite being robust for nighttime sleeping, it’s light enough to move around the house easily. The ventilated, hypo-allergenic base promotes airflow, and the luxurious quilted mattress has a breathable mesh cotton lining that’s easy to remove for washing. The stand has two settings so you can use it in fixed and rocking modes.

    The Shnuggle Dreami is quite large compared to other Moses baskets. Therefore, it’s best suited to parents with plenty of space. But it’s easy to wipe clean in the event of nappy leaks or milk explosions which are, of course, inevitable.

    Tester Kate Wills is mum to Blake, three months. Overall, this Moses basket impressed her. “It’s very easy to set up – you just need a screwdriver – and the design is definitely different to a traditional Moses basket,” she says. “It’s made of white plastic, which makes it easier to clean, and means it would suit a modern home or someone who likes a minimalist aesthetic. It’s also light and quiet to carry around, yet it feels robust and sturdy.”

    The best Moses baskets are cosy spaces but there’s no hood on this, so it’s a little less comforting than those made from softer fabrics. “It’s also a bit larger than other Moses baskets, so it’s a good choice for bigger babies – or ones who tend to wriggle a lot!” adds Katie. However, the design is clever as the stand folds away easily, and the basket can rock on it when it’s on the floor.

     

     

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