I mentioned his Moses basket when I talked about my favorite nursing spot. I had a couple questions about it so here is the story on how we arrived on a Moses basket and how you can go about finding your own.
When I was pregnant I spent hours and hours, seriously, hundreds of hours researching baby products and reading reviews on Amazon.com. It has really paid off as we’ve been very happy with all of
my our choices. All of the decisions we made selecting a place for baby to sleep was the biggest stressor for me. We already had a crib but I wanted a portable place for him to sleep too.
I considered a co-sleeper like these ones. I was really put off by the appearance – plastic and mesh wasn’t my idea of a beautiful place for my newborn. The look didn’t fit in with our hodge podge of country decor. We went to Babies R’ Us and looked at one anyway. Brian said no, and I agreed. It did not seem sturdy at all (partly due to the quick assembly at the story I’m sure) and it came with a lot of parts and pieces. We didn’t need another thing to put together. I didn’t measure our bed before we went but judging by the one at the store we might have even needed extra lifters or whatever to adjust the height. Plus, co-sleepers are expensive! It would have been different if I was sure I’d use it. Everyone tells you something different when you’re pregnant: you’ll want him near you, you need to put him in his crib right away, you won’t sleep if you can’t see him, you can’t sleep if you can hear him. I had no idea what would work and I didn’t want to shell out that kind of cash for something we might not want or need. So a co-sleep was out for us.
Then, what about a bassinet? After all, I had always envisioned myself using a beautiful bassinet with a long, flowing, white skirt. I even had thoughts of making a bassinet skirt out of my wedding dress. Yeah, right! We have 4 dogs and a cat, and we live in a dusty farmhouse. A lot of floor length white lace? Not happening. Still, there are some nice bassinets out there. Research completed, I decided on this one and registered for it at Babies R’ Us. I loved that it had a sturdy wooden frame, a portable basket, and storage.
They promptly discontinued it.
Then I decided okay, let’s be practical. We have a crib. We have a pack n’ play that can go in our room. Wasn’t that enough? No. I planned to (and do) nurse on demand and I wanted the option of having baby where I could easily reach him in the night, in case that’s what worked for us. I started looking at Moses baskets. They were portable, charming to look at, and would fit in the tiny spot between our bed and the wall. The reviews pointed to Tadpoles brand as being the best for roomy size and durability. The problem? Still expensive. They come with a mattress, fitted sheet, bumper, and impractical little flat sheet. I was trying hard to avoid brand new conventional cotton products and stick with either secondhand or organic materials. The basket with organic bedding was well over $100. Not cool, again, in case we didn’t end up using it.
So now that you know the pros and cons and whys that brought us to wanting a basket but not finding one I can let you in on how we got ours. If you go directly to the Tadpoles Bedding Company website you can find a Plain Moses Basket with no mattress or bedding – for $30!! I believe it was only around $5 for shipping. It arrived quickly and was everything the reviews said it would be. Don’t be tempted by the cheaper ones – I looked at one at a store and it was no where near as nice as the Tadpoles version.
I made my own mattress. It was super easy and anyone with a sewing machine can do it. I took step by step pictures so someday there will be a tutorial here. If you don’t sew ask around – I bet there is a lady out there who would love the opportunity to make a special mattress and bedding for your baby, especially in lieu of an expensive shower gift. I never did make a bumper pad or any sheets but some creative folding of receiving blankets got me through.
The basket was perfect for us. We moved our cedar chest to my side of the bed and sat the basket on that. I could easily sit up and pick Kent up for night feedings. I could sleep with my hand resting on his chest if I needed reassurance that he was okay. He was safe from Daddy rolling on him. He just now moved in to his pack n’ play at three months old. I haven’t weighed him in awhile but he’s probably in the 13-15 pound range and not overly tall. He still fits in his basket but as he’s getting stronger I didn’t want the chance of him somehow flopping out of the basket. He seems to sleep better in his own little quiet corner of our room, too. He sleeps for 8 hours or more most nights now so reaching him for feedings isn’t an issue anymore.
I hope this helped a little and gave you some ideas if you’re unsure what to do for sleeping arrangements. As a side note, going straight to the crib might be a good option depending on how your house is arranged. Kent’s room is too far away for that to work well for us.
Have a little grace and overlook any typos please. Time is too precious for much editing these days! 😉