10 Best Moses Baskets Perfect To Use From Birth

Cute newborn baby sleeping in a Moses basket with white, soft blankets and bedding.
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Moses baskets are fantastic beds for the first few months of your baby's life.

They are named after the Bible story of baby Moses, who was kept safe in a basket to escape religious persecution. Moses baskets are traditionally made of natural materials like wicker, palm leaf or wool, though nowadays ventilated plastic is a popular, easy-to-clean option as well.

As a first bed, Moses baskets might be more handy than cribs for babies and parents alike, as they encourage your baby to sleep on their back (the safest position according to the Lullaby Trust), and are easy to fit into both your bedroom and your car in those first few months. Newborns should sleep in the same room as an adult for their first six months, but never in the same bed, so Moses baskets are perfect for these six months! Moses baskets are an easy solution for impromptu nights away, and if your friends need inspiration for gifts, excellent choices to complement a Moses basket could be baby travel toys, or even travel changing mats.

For day-to-day practicability, there are some things to look out for when you're ready to buy your Moses basket. Most Moses baskets come with a mattress, but keep an eye out for those that don't, and note down what size of sheets or cotton liner you'll need if they're not included either. Pay attention to the handles on your basket as well, as longer handles that meet in the middle above the basket will enable you to carry the basket with your baby inside, whereas shorter handles mean you'll have to remove your baby from the basket before you move it. You'll need to be able to firmly hold both handles in one hand so that your other hand can brace your baby from underneath the basket when you pick it up, so short-handled baskets might not be so easy for every day, despite being more traditional.

As Moses baskets should be placed on the floor (never on a chair or table, in case they slip or get knocked), you might also want to look into purpose-built stands that raise your Moses basket to a more accessible height. There is a wide range of folding and rocking stands available, though you must find a stand that fits your Moses basket correctly.

The only downside to a Moses basket is that it becomes instantly unsuitable as soon as your baby is able to pull themselves up, which may happen anywhere between three and six months old. However, as long as you abide by the general safety regulations, a Moses basket can be a calming and comfortable first bed for your baby, offering you easy portability and reassurance at nap time.

To help you find the perfect starter bed for your baby, we've selected ten of the best Moses baskets for you to choose from.

Kidadl's Top Pick

All the moses baskets on this list are worth a look, but if you're short on time this is our top pick based on its beautiful design which doesn't compromise on practicality.

1. moKee Natural Moses Basket - Soft Seagrass

moKee Natural Moses Basket Seagrass.

We think this beautiful, Scandinavian-inspired Moses basket for babies is the best Moses basket on the market. moKee have put a seaside spin on the traditional woven basket, with handcrafted seagrass, soft jersey bedding, and sturdy straps. If you ask us, this is the most practical, elegant one to buy!

Main Features

  • Price: £131
  • Length: 71cm
  • Includes thick foam mattress and FSC-certified beechwood stand
  • Maximum baby weight: 9kg
  • Conforms to British Standard EN 1466: 2014


Best For Complete Package

2. MCC Full-Set White Wicker Moses Basket and Stand

MCC Full-Set White Wicker Moses Basket.

If you're looking for a quick solution, this all-in-one set will be right up your street. Made in the UK and incredibly good value, this traditional wicker basket comes with all-white bedding included, as well as a liner, hood and gentle rocking stand. This really is a great pick for a moses basket for baby!

Main Features

  • Price: £41.99
  • Length: 88cm
  • Includes hypoallergenic mattress and bedding
  • Includes rocking stand
  • Maximum baby weight: 9kg
  • Conforms to British Standard EN 1466: 2014


Best For Simplicity

3. Kinder Valley Teddy in the Park Moses Basket

Kinder Valley Teddy in the Park Moses Basket.

This hand-woven palm basket comes in a variety of colours and child-friendly designs, featuring rabbits, bees, balloons, and more. Though the handles are too short to carry the basket with your baby inside, this is a classic Moses basket that offers excellent value for money.

Main Features

  • Price: £35
  • Length: 86cm
  • Includes water-resistant mattress, quilt and hood
  • Maximum baby weight: 9kg


Best For Style And Substance

4. moKee Woolnest Moses Basket

moKee Woolnest Moses Basket.

If you eyed up our Top Pick but want something more modern, this is Scandinavian chic at its finest. The wool felt material is comfortable for your baby whilst also being durable. Your baby will feel cosy and cool in this statement, designer Moses basket.

Main Features

  • Price: £137.38
  • Length: 71cm
  • Includes thick mattress and FSC-certified beechwood stand
  • Maximum baby weight: 9kg
  • Conforms to British Standard EN 1466: 2014


Best For Easy Cleaning

5. Shnuggle Classic Moses Basket

Shnuggle Classic Moses Basket.

Despite being one of the few plastic-based baskets on this list, breathability is the keyword here. This basket is made from ventilated, non-toxic polypropylene, with hypoallergenic cotton dressings that are easy to remove for washing. It's one of the larger Moses baskets out there, so consider sheet sizes carefully.

Main Features

  • Price: £89.95
  • Length: 90cm
  • Includes water-resistant foam mattress, cotton liner and sun hood with locking system
  • BPA free
  • Conforms to British Standard EN 1466: 2014


Best For Going Abroad

6. Koo-di Pop Up Travel Bassinet

Koo-di Pop Up Travel Bassinet.

Though technically a bassinet, this basket was too holiday-friendly to leave out. It weighs less than 1kg, folds into its own carry bag, and even features a mosquito net to aid undisturbed sleep. This is a basket to maintain safety rules with, as its lightweight nature makes it less stable than other baskets.

Main Features

  • Price: £29.99
  • Length: 80cm
  • Built in, zip-up mosquito net
  • Includes mattress and carry bag (28cm wide)


Best For Classic Quality

7. Clair de Lune Waffle Dark Wicker Noah Pod®

Clair de Lune Waffle Dark Wicker Noah Pod.

Noah Pods have in-built hoods around the head and foot of the basket to limit sun exposure and provide a calm, enclosed space for your baby. Clair de Lune are known for their luxury Moses baskets for babies, and manufacture in the UK - they are certainly a favoured brand for a Moses basket or a crib for babies.

Main Features

  • Price: £69.99
  • Length: 76cm
  • Includes firm mattress, padded liner and coverlet
  • Conforms to British Standard EN 1466: 2014


Best For Adaptability

8. Shnuggle Dreami® Moses Basket

Shnuggle Dreami Moses Basket with rocking stand.

Large and well-ventilated, the Dreami® includes a modern, two-way stand that is stationary at the taller height, and a rocking stand at the lower height. We love this two in one deal. Ticking all the boxes for baby comfort and breathability, this Moses basket will look super slick in any home.

Main Features

  • Price: £134.95
  • Length: 88cm
  • Includes luxury quilted mattress (74x30cm) and stand
  • BPA free
  • Conforms to British Standard EN 1466: 2014


Best For Families On A Budget

9. Clair de Lune Cotton Dream Palm Moses Basket

Clair de Lune Cotton Dream Palm Moses Basket in grey.

Another great British basket from Clair de Lune, at such a steal of a price we couldn't pass it by. This Moses basket comes complete with the mattress and an adjustable hood, which you will need to attach after you buy at home, so you can keep your baby shaded from bright light. We love this sturdy Moses basket, available in white and grey, it's also very stylish.

Main Features

  • Price: £34.99
  • Length: 75cm
  • Includes mattress, sun hood, liner and coverlet
  • Maximum baby weight: 9kg
  • Conforms to British Standard EN 1466: 2014


Best For Natural Materials

10. The Little Green Sheep Natural Knitted Moses Basket

The Little Green Sheep Natural Knitted Moses Basket.

The Little Green Sheep pride themselves on chemical-free products, and this basket features a palm leaf basket, cotton lining, and a wool-and-coconut mix mattress. The mattress is not washable, so you might wish to indulge in one of their extra-soft mattress protectors as well.

Main Features

  • Price: £79.95
  • Length: 84cm
  • Includes anti-dust mite mattress (74x28x3cm)
  • Maximum baby weight: 9kg
  • Conforms to British Standard EN 1466: 2014


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