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#1 ms.fred82

Posted 25 February 2017 - 10:38 AM


Bub is arriving in early June and I am trying to decide on a moses basket, or even a bassinet. Unfortunately we can't fit a cot in our room or that would have been the immediate preference.

I am leaning towards a basket since he will be in it for such a short time, at least I can use the basket as toy/nappy/whatever storage rather than a bulkier bassinet that needs to be taken apart and then stored. And we have  small room so I want a narrow option so I can still move around easily.

I saw these which are 10cm longer than the ones I have seen in baby stores and quite like the natural ones and with the stands it is about the same price as streamlined bassinets - http://www.bebelicio...es-baskets.html

Dh isn't such a fan, he thinks the bassinets are more sturdy. But in the next breath, he also think the bassinets we've seen are ugly, big and clunky, with awful wheels??

Would a moses basket be OK? Am I missing something great about a bassinet?


#2 Furfeathersfleece

Posted 25 February 2017 - 02:09 PM

The ones you've pictured don't look like they have breathable sides, which for me is a deal breaker, but then I'm probably more paranoid abouts than most.

If I couldn't use the cot I'd go for something like https://www.bubs.com...121-74080-.aspx



Take a look at this choice article, scroll down a little for things to consider when buying a bassinet.

#3 Future-self

Posted 25 February 2017 - 02:17 PM

There are no safety standards for basinnets or moses baskets so most are actually quite unsafe.

Most baskets are quite small so you'll barely get any use out of them. Those you've pictured may be longer but those covered sides don't adhere to the SIDS safety guidelines.

CHOICE did a very large review of bassinets and baskets and only three passed basic safety profiles. Our bassinet was one that passed and was recommended. It lasted both my babies avout 4 months, is safe, sturdy, breathable, and firm. It's the Tasman Eco Amore https://www.babybunt...inet-mocha.html

#4 Wonderstruck

Posted 25 February 2017 - 02:41 PM

DH and I got the Cocoon Nest Cot - it actually can be converted into a small basinet. It fits in our small bedroom. There are a few cot types that do this there's a gro time one and the Stokke one too - they tend to be a a bit on the pricey side though. A lot are designed for small rooms.

Our Cocoon Nest is an round basinet (is made of the end it's of the cot so it's breatheable) that then turns into a oval cot and later toddler bed. It suited our small space well.
It's hard to explain but here's a link to pictures http://www.babyvilla..._1_bassinet_cot

Gro time one

I was otherwise considering a Moses basket or the mesh and wood kind basinets like the PP mentioned

I don't like the frilliness of a basinet.

Edited by Wonderstruck, 25 February 2017 - 02:46 PM.

#5 alfoil hat

Posted 25 February 2017 - 03:13 PM

Our Tasman Eco Amore bassinet lasted until DD was 6 months old and she was in the 50th percentile. We moved her as she was not too big, but too mobile! Highly recommend as it is so so so safe!

#6 ms.fred82

Posted 25 February 2017 - 03:15 PM

Ok, I have just looked up the Choice article and I don't think I've seen anyone using a bassinet that meets the standards....

I will check out the Tasman Eco ones, they haven't been in stock at the two stores I have been to.

I do love those Cocoon nests but we've been handed down an essentially brand new Ouef cot, so we will be using that. Otherwise I would have got the awesome Stokke one

#7 Wonderstruck

Posted 25 February 2017 - 03:22 PM

Ahh if you've been gifted a cot something like the Tasman Eco might be best.

#8 *cough*

Posted 25 February 2017 - 03:27 PM

I used a Moses basket and towards the end of my using it (4 months) the handle came apart from the basket and the baby tumbled out of it. Thank God it was onto a soft surface and I partly caught him. I wouldn't use one again. It was very distressing at the time.

#9 EMM1979

Posted 25 February 2017 - 04:31 PM

We have a Sunbury cocoon it has breathable sides and folds up to a size that fits in an airplane overhead locker.  

We move ours around a lot (it doesn't have wheels though) and have taken it on holidays twice and confident it will be nice and compact to store when Bub outgrows it.   At 15 weeks we'll definitely get another 6-8 weeks out of it or until he starts rolling!!

#10 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 25 February 2017 - 08:57 PM

We have a Cariboo bassinet and honestly it packs down to very little. Just a few legs, poles and a fabric basket that folds flat. It's actually under a bed at the moment  Nice and big and lasted until bubs was 4 months. I used my pram bassinet during the day around the house.

#11 ms.fred82

Posted 26 February 2017 - 08:19 AM

*cough* - that's really scary, glad he was OK.

#12 Riotproof

Posted 26 February 2017 - 08:22 AM

 Future-self, on 25 February 2017 - 02:17 PM, said:

There are no safety standards for basinnets or moses baskets so most are actually quite unsafe.

Most baskets are quite small so you'll barely get any use out of them. Those you've pictured may be longer but those covered sides don't adhere to the SIDS safety guidelines.

CHOICE did a very large review of bassinets and baskets and only three passed basic safety profiles. Our bassinet was one that passed and was recommended. It lasted both my babies avout 4 months, is safe, sturdy, breathable, and firm. It's the Tasman Eco Amore https://www.babybunt...inet-mocha.html

I can't believe I had no idea about this. To think they sell something designed for babies sleep and not have to comply with safety standards. I'm surprised I've never read this in any sidsnkids information.

#13 PrincessPeach

Posted 27 February 2017 - 05:55 PM

We have a Moses basket.

It's a childcare brand one & bought from big w - it's actually one of the biggest available & fitted both my boofas into it until they were almost 6 months old.

By that point I had to move them out as they were able to roll.

But it was great as I could move them around the house & when we went visiting I was able to take the basket with me & pop them in it to sleep.

#14 Tinned asparagus

Posted 27 February 2017 - 06:35 PM

For DS2 and DS3 we used a cradle like this. It lasted until they could sit up on their own (which for ds3 was over 12 months old...)


#15 Lunafreya

Posted 27 February 2017 - 06:42 PM

We had a big w brand one with mesh sides, DS was in it until he could almost sit up, it was nice and roomy.

#16 Carf79

Posted 28 February 2017 - 05:55 AM

I used a bassinet (without wheels) for all three kids - the Baby Bjorn Bassinet and while it was very expensive, it continues to hold up well after seven years. We bought it when living in Europe and it did pass safety standards there - has fully washable and breathable mesh surrounds, Snug fitting mattress and firm base. It also had flex in the legs so could be rocked gently and was light enough to move to different rooms.  

It was small enough to be right next to my bed and so was helpful for breastfeeding and peace of mind. We used it for each baby for 4-6 months depending on each baby's size etc.

#17 MrsP2014

Posted 15 March 2017 - 09:39 PM

i bought a white frilly basinet thing, and hated it!

I now have a child care  co sleeper basinet, it works as both a stand alone basinet, and a co sleeper. i love it for the fact i can reach out and comfort DD in her bed from bed at night, its longer then a normal basinet so lasts longer too.

this is it:


#18 Wonderstruck

Posted 16 March 2017 - 10:20 AM

We actually got a Sunsbury Cocoon for DD as we have been spending a lot of time at my Mum's as she's been helping us out, we felt DD needed something more supportive than the port-acot while she's this little. It's actually very small and portable! If we didn't have the Cocoon Nest at home we'd be using that.

It's light but sturdy, compact and is actually a travel bassinet https://www.babybunt...sinet-grey.html we got it for $150 at baby kingdom

Edited by Wonderstruck, 16 March 2017 - 10:41 AM.

#19 Nasty nut

Posted 16 March 2017 - 10:38 AM

The Arms reach cosleeper is great, and has heaps of storage underneath.

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