Join Date: Feb 2012
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my thoughts- I got one of those for my first baby as a teen when shopping at Pier I. I just KNEW I'd use it for my baby one day, it was so adorable!! This despite having been raised in a LLL family with a family bed! Years later, in my first pregnancy, looking through a catalog, I saw one and remembered it, first thought- I should take the clean laundry out of this Moses basket, it would look so cute to put a baby in, just like you planned- immediately what kicked in was second thought, nah, of course you are going to sleep with your baby and nurse your baby, why are you fooling around with stuff? And that was the end of that. Actually no, it was still a pretty decent clean laundry basket until a couple years later, when our puppy decided the handles and binding around the top edge looked SO yummy... Babies hands down prefer to sleep with their mommies. Now I know this, in my gut, knew it in my experience, and I knew it as a teen, but I still bought the dang basket thinking I would someday use it for a baby. Go figure, our culture is strong. Babies sleep in mangers, cradles, bassinets, baskets, even hammocks- but not in bed with mama- you will not find that message anywhere without the message "danger! peligro! So maybe think about it- read more about natural infant sleep and shared sleep and attachment and the mother infant dyad before you make the decision to spend even more money and time on just stuff. Stuff that you may ultimately end up using as a cache all for clean laundry or diapers, not as a baby holder- two friends and a sister with cribs and cosleepers sweetly decorated and filled with clean laundry, because their babies would rather sleep with them and how else do you use all that wasted space?
If you don't know where to start looking for information on infant needs and shared sleep that isn't scare tactics google>> Dr James McKenna, mother infant sleep lab, Notre Dame University. Tine Thevinen. The Continuum Concept. Mother infant dyad. Nighttime parenting (is that by Sears?) (Does Ashley Montague touch on shared sleep? Gosh I'm old and read older books. Does anyone have anything to recommend on infant sleep that isn't decades old? oh yeah we're on Mothering, isn't there a lot of info here?)
As always, this post is coming from my own experience. Take what you like, leave the rest.