The Different Types of Moses Baskets—Which One is the Best?
Moses baskets are a source of comfort and safety for newborns. For parents, on the other hand, they provide sheer convenience. They can easily move it from one room to the next. This ensures that their newborn is always close by to receive care when needed.
This is especially helpful for moms who need a good night’s rest. A study shows that mothers sleep well when their newborns are within reach. That’s great, right? But here’s where the problem arises: choosing the best one for your little one.
We’ve put together this guide to help you choose which Moses basket is right for your newborn and you!
Felt Moses Basket
Newborns can get easily startled by noises since their nervous system is still developing. A material that dampens noise can come in handy. That’s what felt is good at. It muffles sound by absorbing the sound waves within its fibers. This is the reason why felt is typically used for industrial soundproofing.
If you’re thinking of getting one, make sure that your newborn is not allergic to the material—specifically lanolin. Felt is made of wool, and lanolin is a substance found in wool. Felt can also be made from synthetic materials such as petroleum-based acrylic.
Mesh Moses Baskets
One of the positives of mesh is that it provides good airflow. Another thing is that you'll easily have a good view of your newborn—for Moses bassinets with mesh sides, that is. And since the material is not an add-on (like a mesh bumper) it won’t come loose. The American Academy of Pediatrics is against mesh bumpers because it poses strangulation risk.
One thing you should take into consideration when buying a mesh baby Moses basket is your baby’s sensitivity to the material. Mesh is made from polyester, and for some, this can trigger an allergic reaction. If your baby has eczema, it’s best to ask your pediatrician’s advice before purchasing one.
Plastic Moses Baskets
Moses baskets do need a thorough cleaning from time to time. This is to ensure that it is as hygienic as possible for your baby. Plastic-made Moses baskets are easy to clean. You can wipe the entire basket down with a wet towel or hose it from top to bottom outside. The thing that you should look out for is if it comes with small materials, like have clips to hold the hood up and studs for the handles. These can become choking hazards.
You should also do your due diligence when it comes to BPA-free plastics. According to a University of Missouri study, BPA-free plastic could be as harmful to human health, including the developing brain.
All-Natural, Organic Moses Baskets
These are safe, stylish, incredibly durable, and made of sustainable materials. Bamboo, sisal, wicker, and elephant grass are some of the popular materials used for natural baby Moses baskets.
Not all-natural and organic Moses baskets are created equal, though. Some still use dyes that can be harmful to babies. Make sure that you do thorough research before purchasing one.
In our case, our Bolga Moses baskets are made of elephant grass that is tinted using plant-based dye. We don’t add toxic materials to hasten the process of our products. Everything has been handwoven in Ghana and has gone through a strict inspection process to ensure that each one is safe.
The best Moses basket is the one that fits your current needs. Different factors should be taken into consideration when buying one. There’s really no one-size-fits-all when it comes to your newborn. The best thing to do is to choose what would work best for your little one.