What Parents need to know about Moses Baskets
What is a Baby Moses Basket?
A Moses Basket is a convenient and comfortable basket in which a newborn can sleep and feel safe. The handles make it easy to carry from room to room (although we don't recommend you carrying the basket with a baby in it) , allowing parents feel connected with their baby at all times. You can purchase a stand for the basket or place inside cot on on any flat surface.
Typically Moses baskets are used for newborns until they reach four to five months old – or until baby can roll over unaided or pull themselves up on there hands and knees.. In those critical first few months of life, parents find it comforting to be able to stay close to their baby, and babies love the “cocooning” feeling that these baskets are designed to provide.
During the night, many parents keep these baskets as baby bassinets next to their own beds, making midnight feedings much easier (without the concerns some parents feel about having their babies sleep in the parents’ bed).
Moses baskets are just the right size for infants and a stylish substitute for bassinets. Easily portable, your little one can always be close. Moses Baskets are extra special because they’re easily portable! Take them anywhere! They are perfect for summer outings, grandma’s house and keeping baby nearby.
What is a Moses Basket made out of?
Moses baskets are made from natural straw wrapped in natural maize fibre.
Please remember, they are made from a natural fibre , So wont last forever. There will be breakages, from leaning on, carrying Baby or items of a weight, in, general wear and tear.
A willow weave (Wicker) basket will last longer than a straw/maize basket.
What is the size of the Moses Baskets?
The Maize Moses Baskets are all handmade so vary a little, but are approx 80cm by 50cm.
Are the baskets 100% natural?
Yes our baskets are 100% Natural handwoven baskets that have never been sprayed with any chemicals (most Moses baskets sold as organic Moses baskets unfortunately are fumigated), but we at Baby Trenz guarantee that our baskets have not been fumigated, only pure natural maize fibre and straw without the use of any chemicals.
NO chemicals, or fumigation used in the Making or import of our Baby Trenz Moses Baskets!
Can I carry baby in the basket?
We do not recommend carrying baby in the basket for safety, but if you do (at your own risk) you should always carry the basket in one hand and support the base of the basket with the other hand.
The lowdown on Baby Trenz Moses Baskets
A Moses Basket is an ideal first bed for your newborn. Affordable, Cosy and snug.
Our Main Moses Baskets are constructed of Straw and Maize fibre, and are all totally chemical free. A Moses Basket has an open weave so is naturally ventilated so air flow can help regulate temperature around your baby. This makes a safe and secure environment for baby.
The Fabric used in a Padded Liner, is where possible, Cotton with a Polyester Filling, unless you purchase a POD, where this is a single layer of 100% Cotton Waffle.
Moses Baskets are very versatile, very light and portable you can have baby with you wherever you are in the home or away.
A Moses Basket is suitable for a baby from birth till approx four to six months or until baby can roll over unaided or pull themselves up on their hands and knees, after that time they need to be in a cot with the side up for safety.
What is the benefit of a Baby Trenz Natural wool mattress?
All Baby Trenz Moses Baskets come with or have the option to upgrade to our fantastic wool mattress these are made with Soft, small clusters of pure New Zealand wool which are encased in luxurious natural cotton cover, 300 threads per inch. An exceptionally comfortable, safe and healthy alternative to synthetic fill the combination of the cotton and wool cluster fill discourages dust mites, reducing the risk for allergy and asthma sufferers
Apart from discouraging dust mites, reducing the risk for allergy and asthma sufferers. Newborn babies have trouble regulating body temperature and nothing beats the superiority of wool for absorbing body moisture and regulating body temperature. Air is allowed to circulate between the soft wool knops, keeping baby warm and dry without overheating. Baby Trenz Moses Basket mattresses are handmade in New Zealand. A wool mattress also provides support, and does not place undue pressure on the back of baby's spine and developing head.
***Please note with a new wool mattress, when not in use may have a wool smell. This is completely normal and safe for Baby, with use this will go***
If you are finding that there are gaps between Wool Mattress and Basket, please, go back to instructions of Karate Chopping and smoothing out, both sides.
Please air out the wool mattress at least once if not twice a week.
If using a Mattress Protector with the Wool Mattress, please do not use a plastic backed waterproof mattress protector.
Having plastic between baby and the mattress will stop the mattress from breathing, and baby will not get all the above benefits of the wool. Baby Trenz sell our own Baby Trenz Mattress Protectors especially for the Wool Mattress - these are under the Heading Mattress Protectors!
Do Not wash the Wool Mattress. Only Spot clean with a damp cloth if needed.
Is the Wool Mattress too Soft?
Baby Trenz Wool Mattresses are not too Soft !
The wool mattresses have a softness to them, as it is filled with wool knops. But is firm enough to give baby the support it needs without being too soft. As stated above: A wool mattress provides support and does not place undue pressure on the back of baby's spine and developing head.
If the wool mattress is used for its intended use:- Mattress used inside the Moses Basket on a Stand, or the Moses Basket placed on a flat surface, not a soft, flat surface like another Mattress, This will give the wool mattress the support and firmness needed.
The quilting helps with this firmness as well. The wool mattresses are filled to a specific weight. Each mattress is weighed individually. So we know it is not overfilled to be made too soft. We take the safety of the sleeping baby very seriously.
Always try a mattress with the forearm lying on mattress, NOT a 'scrunch' with hand.
If the Mattress is 2nd hand, and not from a direct sibling, please get a New one!
Do not carry baby in basket, or use the Moses Basket on a Soft surface.
What to look for when buying a Moses Basket
Make sure the Moses basket has a sturdy bottom and a wide base (a wide base is very important for safety, and there are some baskets around that are very narrow, and baby outgrows these narrow baskets alot quicker than a wider Moses baskets so check the width of the sleeping surface).
The main thing to look at when purchasing a Moses Basket is that for safety, it is a must that the handles meet in the middle when lifted (some baskets have very small handles that don’t meet in center and have been proven to be a safety issue) Baby Trenz baskets all have handles that meet in the middle.
The Moses basket must have a firm mattress that fits snugly. At Baby Trenz we make our own wool mattresses or have made for us environmentally friendly foam mattresses here in New Zealand.
Ensure that if you are using with a basket liner that it has a fitted base to safely anchor the liner under the mattress for safety.
When buying or given a second hand Moses basket, it is not recommended using the same mattress unless it is an immediate Family member. Please, purchase a New Mattress.
Also, please check there are NO Breakages on the Basket
A Moses Basket is the perfect Bassinet substitute.
How to Store your Moses Basket when finished using.
We have been asked lots of times how to store your Moses Basket when finished using, to keep for sibblings later on.
I would suggest you clean all linen. Take liners off and wash. Follow care labels.
Make sure all are completely dry. You can store your linen/liners in your linen cupboard.
The Moses Basket itself. Make sure it has been aired out. And completely dry. (basket should not be washed)
Store the Moses Basket on a flat surface or Moses Basket stand at all times. Do not store heavy objects inside/on basket.
If you still have the bag/box Moses Basket was sent in, use this to help with storage.
If you do not have a bag/box you can contact us to purchase if need be.
Please do not store in a damp place ie. garage.... Make sure storage area is a nice dry place.
If you have a shelf at the top of your linen cupboard or wardrobe, would be the best place.
We cannot stress enough, that the base be kept flat.
Common sense is a big factor as well.
Purchasing a Stand outside of New Zealand.
We do not ship the OZ Style or NZ Style stands outside of New Zealand anymore.
If you would like to purchase a stand and want us to send overseas please choose the
Rocking Stand Option. This comes flat packed.