Babies usually like sleeping in a Moses basket or crib for the first few weeks, as it’s normally cosier and warmer than a spacious cot. You can also keep the basket in your bedroom to help with bonding and late night feeds. Just follow this 8-step guide and you’ll have the bed made up in no time.
- Moses basket or crib
- Basket inner liner
- Basket hood
- Waterproof mattress
- Elasticated mattress cover
- Thin breathable blanket
- Sleeping bag/pod (optional)
- Rocking stand (optional)
1. PLACE MOSES BASKET IN BEDROOM
Putting the basket in your own bedroom helps with bonding and for nighttime feeds. Your partner will also like having your baby near her at night.
2. PULL INNER LINER AROUND RIM
Make sure the inner liner fits tightly around the entire rim.
3. PULL HOOD OVER HEAD END
Make sure the hood goes tightly over the rim of the head end.
4. FASTEN TIES AROUND HANDLES
Make sure the ties are securely in place and cannot come undone.
5. PLACE MATTRESS IN BASKET
Pull an elasticated sheet over the waterproof mattress. Then place it in the basket. Make sure the mattress fits snuggly in place with no gaps around the edges.
6. PLACE BLANKETS IN BASKET
Only use thin breathable blankets or a baby sleeping bag/pod. Do not use quilts or pillows. This is recommended by the Foundation of the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID).
7. PULL HOOD UP
The hood can help to shield bright light or drafts, but it’s mainly there for aesthetic purposes i.e. to look pretty.
8. PLACE BASKET ON STAND
Place the basket on a stand. This will ease the strain on your back. Your baby may also find the rocking motion calming when they wake up and wriggle around.