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second hand Moses basket and cot, yay or nay?

(22 Posts)
beachesandbuckets Tue 07-May-13 22:10:15

Kindly offered to me but read somewhere that where they haven't been stored correctly etc, damp and mould spores might possibly cause cot death. Don't feel I can ask about storage as seems ungrateful, wwyd?

embaker112 Tue 07-May-13 22:14:50

I bought a second hand one. Looks perfect but think I will wash all lining and anti-bac the weave. I say go for it!

Andcake Tue 07-May-13 22:15:36

I used a second hand Moses basket (from a friend) just bought a new mattress. Got a reasonable one from kiddicare. I know a few people who perhaps use the cot they had from childhood (saved in lofts by their parents) I do think the new mattress is key. I think when reading about cot deth the guidelines are a new mattress for a new child. I would certainly do that if I was lucky enough to have 2nd dc.

mikkii Tue 07-May-13 22:17:46

I borrowed a carry cot and bought a new mattress. With DC3 we had to replace cot, bought one second hand on Gumtree and turned out I knew the sellers. Used their mattress, no problems. For our cot bed (which Dc3is about to go into) same mattress for all 3 kids.

ShadowStorm Tue 07-May-13 22:19:50

I would definitely buy a new mattress. That's where any mould spores are likely to be, as far as I know.

Jojay Tue 07-May-13 22:20:44

I agree, get new mattresses and wash any fabric parts and they'll be fine.

girliefriend Tue 07-May-13 22:21:50

Oh God really ??

Well I had never heard this and had a second hand cot and moses basket, dd was of course fine! I did get a new mattress for the cot. If I were you I would just say thankyou very much and gratefully receive!!

burberryqueen Tue 07-May-13 22:22:00

yes agree with the above, as long as you have a new mattress and give it a really good scrub and dry out, it will be fine.

JollyOrangeGiant Tue 07-May-13 22:23:16

Definitely yes and you need to get new mattresses.

HerrenaHarridan Tue 07-May-13 22:24:31

If you can put the mattress out in the bright sun that would kill off any potential mould spores.

Tbh my dd slept in her moses basket for for a grand total of 45 mins on two separate occasions

katiecubs Tue 07-May-13 22:30:09

If mattress is coated in plastic - as they often are - it may be fine with a wipe down anyway.

ButteryJam Tue 07-May-13 22:49:57

Normally recommended to get new mattress.

cafecito Tue 07-May-13 22:55:01

get a new mattress

beachesandbuckets Wed 08-May-13 06:49:58

Thanks everyone, yes it is then with new mattresses!!! Was just thinking that the Moses basket material might be a risk as its woven straw or whatever, but will just give good wipe down and sit in the sun for a bit.

beachesandbuckets Wed 08-May-13 08:13:45

Only on mn that I cld post a seemingly random question at bedtime and wake up to lots of sensible answers. If I had asked my dh, I would have got a grunt and an unhelpful 'up to you' response...

cogitosum Wed 08-May-13 08:17:02

Sorry to hijack thread but have similar situation. We've bought a crib but dsis has given us a Moses basket. I'll buy a new mattress but do I need to buy a new cover or will putting it in a boil wash be ok? Same with sheets etc can you just boil wash them?

Andcake Wed 08-May-13 08:29:07

I just washed material parts and dried in the sun.

Startail Wed 08-May-13 08:35:40

You are meant to get new mattresses never did. DF lent me a weirded sized crib. I'm pretty sure her DC3 never got a new mattress after my two either.

I don't think it was ever in storage long enough to grow that kind of mold..

My cot has a totally seal mattress with a washable cover and that too went from one DD two the next without being put in the loft.

MoominsYonisAreScary Wed 08-May-13 08:36:21

I used ds3s Moses basket for ds4. I didn't buy a new mattress as it has one of those that are completely sealed and wipe down. Tbh unless it's a very expensive Moses basket it's sometimes as cheap to buy a new one as to change the mattress. We only paid £25 for it in the sale.

We will replace the mattress in the cot though.

MoominsYonisAreScary Wed 08-May-13 08:45:35

Actually kiddicare have some for £30 at the moment, it's £18 if you want to buy a new mattress

KatAndKit Wed 08-May-13 09:08:48

You can get a new moses mattress/crib mattress for about a tenner on ebay. That's what I did when I borrowed a crib from a friend.
We were lent a moses from family which we were going to use downstairs. I didn't buy a new mattress for that but he hardly ever slept in it anyway and the mattress had a protective cover on it.

GiraffesAndButterflies Wed 08-May-13 09:16:36

cogito - I would suggest boil wash, if they still fit then use them, if not buy new.

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