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Let's talk Moses baskets!

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 

Sooo we definitely decided we want a convertible crib but we also talked about using a bassinet or basket in the first 3-4 months whilst we transtion to the crib. Did anyone use a Moses basket not only for naps but overnight sleeping for their newborn? Is it safe? It seems so convenient and lovely but I wonder is it safe enough to trust baby not to roll out of? How do you stabilize it? Are there any that come with a piece that sits up higher more like a bassinet?

Would love to hear all opinions and takes on it, thanks!

post #2 of 28

For overnight I'd do the bassinet. Closer to your level, generally safer. Moses baskets are fine but I think they're better for naps. 

post #3 of 28
Thread Starter 

I was just researching and they make stands that are either stable or rock. This way they can be right at your level next to the bed and you can use rocker if you wish to help lull to sleep....

post #4 of 28

cool beans. that would work. 

post #5 of 28
Thread Starter 

You just said cool beans! I had a good friend in HS that used to say that all the time. I need to reach out to her, thanks for reminder!

I just squealed when I saw this one, lol. http://www.simplybabyfurniture.com/105141.html

Adorable, simple, portable! As long as they are safe that's what I care about!

post #6 of 28
Thread Starter 

Hmmm all the sites say NOT to carry baby in basket by handles. Ummmm isn't that what it was supposed to be used for? Now I'm rethinking....sheesh.

post #7 of 28

I used an armsreach co-sleeper for the first 5 or 6 months with dd3 and LOVED it!  It was attached to my bed so she was so close but had her own space to sleep.  We bought a custom foam (firm) mattress to fit inside, since the mattress that came with it was akin to cardboard.  This also raised her so that she was pretty much even with my mattress- I could just reach over and pull her to me to nurse (no need to get up).   

 

We had a bassinet with dd1 and dd2 but didn't like it that much at all.  I had to get up to get baby to nurse, and it seemed kind of flimsy.  I have no experience with a moses basket though.  We also found our co-sleeper on craigslist for about 70$, pretty much unused.

post #8 of 28

we have a cosleeper too =) We never actually used it lol we ended up moving our mattress to the floor and putting up the cosleeper. 

post #9 of 28
I'm going to side car the crib. It is the same height as our bed on its lowest setting. I will push it to the wall, brace it with the bed, which is quite heavy, and voila! I wouldn't buy a Moses basket or bassinet, but if someone lent me one or gave it yo us, I may try it.
post #10 of 28

I have had a first-generation arms reach cosleeper since my first child, and I wish I had a smaller one, because the darned thing is so big it makes it hard to get into and out of my bed, I have to scoot/crawl to the foot to get in or out! So even though I haven't let go of that heavy behemoth, last child, I used a thrifted bassinet where the side lowered so as to leave the side even with my bed for easy access. During the really new weeks, I tended to sleep with the babe at the breast/in my arms, and wake at the slightest stirring from baby, then doze again as baby fell asleep at the breast.

 

I will probably look for the bassinet or something similar, because the arm's reach cosleeper is just too long/big. I think later generations of them were smaller, which is a good thing, because I popped my perineal stitches every time, having to scooch down to get out of bed to pee.

 

Never tried a moses basket...do you put that in the bed between the parents? Makes sense.

 

 

 

post #11 of 28
With my first I had a " co-sleeper" ( regular baby crib turned into one) - and the mattress there was alwais colder than ours, so my son used to very quickly migrate to our bed, and since than I am done with co-sleepers. We also had something like this bassinet with him- it was in fact the upper part of an old style pram they used around here ( Moscow)- that one I used for him to sleep in the room I was currently in, cause I did not feel OK at the first month if I did not see him. For ex, in the bathroom. I used the handles and was not very much conserned about it sinse when you carry a baby in it is very low, so there is no much space to fall.

With the second we just extended our bed in a rented appartment in Boston with an old twin bed of the same hight, thus converting it into a really big family bed from wall to wall and all four happily coslept there. When we came back to Moscow half a year later, the then three and a half year old got his own bed in his room and we cosleped with the younger in a normal bed for another 3 years or so.

The point I am triying to make is for the nights nothing worked for me but a realy big bed for everybody. I am not very smart in the nights and can not move people to "their" places, so I prefered to have a single space, but huge.

But it has been 13 years since I last had a baby, so I dont know anything any longer. But I doubt that a bassinet IN my bad would work for me, I will keep bumping into it and the baby will just stay with me after the first breast feeding anyway, because I fall asleep, or, rather, dont wake up for feeding.

Does it help?
Edited by RussianMama - 2/18/14 at 7:28pm
post #12 of 28
Thread Starter 

Thanks ladies! 

Co-sleeping is unfortunately not going to work for us. My husband is what I like to call a THRASHER. He has no idea what he's doing but tosses and turns alot and swings out. Twice in the last 5 years he's accidentally sucker punched me awake and I jolt up with my heart pounding. I gasp and he wakes completely startled and feels so bad. I'm not risking that with a babe.

So next best thing is to have baby in room with us close by for first few months until we can transition to a convertible crib. I love the concept of co-sleeping on many levels but I know its just not safe enough. 

post #13 of 28

That sounds wise, Crickets! To be honest, our cosleeping often ends up with DH on the sofa, but that has more to do with him being disturbed by us than the other way around.

post #14 of 28
Thread Starter 

Haha, thanks goingonfour. :)

post #15 of 28
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Originally Posted by cricketschirpin View Post
 

Thanks ladies! 

Co-sleeping is unfortunately not going to work for us. My husband is what I like to call a THRASHER. He has no idea what he's doing but tosses and turns alot and swings out. Twice in the last 5 years he's accidentally sucker punched me awake and I jolt up with my heart pounding. I gasp and he wakes completely startled and feels so bad. I'm not risking that with a babe.

So next best thing is to have baby in room with us close by for first few months until we can transition to a convertible crib. I love the concept of co-sleeping on many levels but I know its just not safe enough. 

Oh my, yes! My DH is all knobby knees and elbows more than fists, but I have definitely gotten my fair share of elbows to the eye and knees to the thigh/butt. I'm just glad I'm too short (5'0" vs 6'3") to get kneed in the tummy now when we sleep!

post #16 of 28
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Aww sorry for your bedtime battles too fragolina! My husband always feels so bad, the first time I thought he was going to cry. He cuddled me with lots of ohh ohhh babe I'm so sorry's! I was like heavy breathing and heart pound its ok..in this tiny voice, lol. I am glad its only happened a couple times but its scary with these long-n-lean thrashers in bed! yikes2.gif 

post #17 of 28
I'm the thrasher lol when we first got engaged I was wearing my engagement ring and totally cut his forehead up one night!

And I coslept with our youngest for 6ish months but DH mostly slept on the couch (I feel much less guilty that he's in the guest room now even with a shitty mattress)... But there was one night he was sleeping with us early on and OMG I felt so bad... I forgot she was there and I accidentally put a good amount of force down on her with my elbow greensad.gif she was fine but *I* wasn't...

I am not a good cosleeper with anyone. I never have been. I like my space and own bed!
post #18 of 28
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OMG delighted! What a story! I wonder what people thought had happened to him the next day, lol!

 

Awww in regards to your little one - I've heard of sooo many stories about accidentals with new babes. My co-worker turned his head away for ONE second and his infant rolled off the bed and his wee head. These things do happen, but I'm sure the first time it happens to me I'll cry like a baby with diaper loads of guilt. 

Yeah I don't sleep well with others. I'm a Sprawler. I like to stretch out and hog the bed space up. Oooopsie, what little ol' me? :W  Err YES. Mine all mine!

post #19 of 28
Oh my poor babies lol... My first born was nappin on our bed when she was a couple months old. She wasn't rolling yet so I wasn't too worried but I put pillows on the ground just in case...

Well DH and I watched a movie... And didn't hear a peep, so we watched another and we were thinking that was an awe fully long nap time. She still hadn't cried or made a sound but she was a pretty good sleeper lol

So I went to check on her and she wasn't on the bed!!!!! Or on the ground beside! I was freaking out!!! But somehow she had rolled/scooted herself from the middle of the bed, OFF the bed and down around the bottom of the bed!?! Happy as a clam!

Or when DH dropped her head first into the laundry basket while she was on the change table... Or when I put her in her car seat with the shower cap style cover and totally forgot to do up the straps and drove all the way to see my husband at work... When I got there my FIL (he worked at his families daycare wink1.gif ) went to get her out of the seat and realized she was never buckled in...

Yep lots of great stories!

Ohhhhhhh one time I totally locked her IN THE CAR! And my keys too! I luckily was at baby group and that was the day we had a firefighter speaking... Except he wanted to smash my windows out... It was a cool cloudy day so instead I borrowed another moms car while they stood guard over her and I ran home... Luckily we lived in a condo and I was good friends with the strata president who had a key to every place... So I dialed them and they or me in my place for my extra set... She was probably only in there 15 mins but man or man!

It's a little easier to forgive your own parents for the time they lost you at the mall or forgot to pick you up at school...
post #20 of 28
Thread Starter 

Ohmygosh! See I know I will be doing things like this too! The Happy as a clam story made me giggle I confess. She found the spot she preferred, lol. 

Thank goodness the car day was a cool day. I can actually see myself doing this. This is just a good reminder to get myself a second set of keys for my purse. 

Ha! So right about forgiving the parents! 

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