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What is your baby sleeping in for the first 6 months?

(54 Posts)
workingtitle Thu 25-Jul-13 10:11:14

We have a cotbed in the nursery, but can't have it in our room (no space) so need something that will do from birth - 6 months. I'm not keen on spending lots of money for something that will be used for such a short time, so looking for inspiration.
What are other people doing? Cribs, co-sleepers..? I guess a moses basket will only last a short time and some babies don't seem to like them?

SourSweets Thu 25-Jul-13 10:14:06

We've got a Moses basket on a rocking stand for the first 6 months. I've never heard of a baby not liking them, and they're portable so he can sleep in it downstairs during the day too. This is our first so I'm no expert though!

noblegiraffe Thu 25-Jul-13 10:17:23

Babies usually outgrow Moses baskets in 3-4 months. I hired a bednest from the NCT for 6 months and it has been great. A big baby might grow out of that too though!


Downstairs she slept in a Moses basket for the first few months and now she sleeps in her swing chair.

RobotBananas Thu 25-Jul-13 10:19:22

A travel cot with a bassinet. You can get slightly smaller ones if its a squeeze in your bedroom. We're buying a mattress for it too.

snickers251 Thu 25-Jul-13 10:20:24

Dd 4 months is just outgrowing her Moses basket now so have no choice to put her in ds room as our bedroom is just too small to fit a cot in.

I would never have dreamed of moving pfb into his room until he was 6 months old but with no2 I'm a bit more relaxed

SeriousStuff Thu 25-Jul-13 10:20:28

We have a Moses basket which will fit next to our bed. Haven't even bought a cot yet so it better like the basket!

ilovepowerhoop Thu 25-Jul-13 10:22:35

we used a crib for the first few months and had the cot in our room after that as it fitted along the bottom of the bed.

RobotBananas Thu 25-Jul-13 10:24:02

This is the sort of travel cot I mean

Not to expensive and can obviously be used for years

heidihole Thu 25-Jul-13 10:26:09

A bednest. But DS was 99% percentile (height and weight) so outgrew it at about 3 months, around the time he went into 6-9m clothes smile

With DD we had a Moses basket. She out grew it at about 4 months so we moved her into the cot bed in her own room then. Resulted in much better sleep for us all. Moses basket was also used for sleeping downstairs in. Now expecting DC2 and, whilst we still have the Moses basket, am considering getting a bedside crib to make nocturnal feeding a bit easier.

workingtitle Thu 25-Jul-13 10:32:13

Those of you who have moses baskets, do you use a stand? If not, do they just sit on the floor? Am imagining myself treading on the baby..!

A travel cot is a good option too, thanks for that suggestion, Robot.

patchesmcp Thu 25-Jul-13 10:33:55

We used a crib from Kiddicare. It was £40 I think not including the mattress and DS who was 99th centile lasted in it til 6 months.

This time I've borrowed my SIL's crib for DD which is actually longer and as she's on the 75th centile I'm hoping she'll stay in it til 9 months or so.

Have you thought about co-sleeping? I did do that a fair bit too with DS as fairly often sometimes he wouldn't settle back in his crib after his ridiculous number of night feeds.

AnythingNotEverything Thu 25-Jul-13 10:39:55

We only managed to keep DS in his Moses basket for 4 weeks, but he slept with his hands up by his ears and his elbows kept hitting the sides and waking him up!

Ikea have super cheap cots that you could pick up as and when you need?

AlisonL1981 Thu 25-Jul-13 10:41:14

Currently using a Moses basket on a rocking stand from mothercare. I got it in the sale after Christmas. He's going to be too big for it soon though. He's now 4 months. Not looking forward to him going in his cot in his own room though sad

itsliz Thu 25-Jul-13 10:45:48

We've got a Moses basket and stand for when our little one arrives, purely because we won't have a huge amount of space as we'll be in a studio flat for the first few months of its life.

Hopefully it'll be happy in that until we move to a bigger place. If not then we'll probably invest in a travel cot or something similar for the time being...

Oh and if we stick to the Moses basket then I'm definitely going to be using the stand - really don't like the idea of it being on the floor!

RobotBananas Thu 25-Jul-13 11:29:31

No problem smile

It works really well, and obviously you can use it on holiday or as a playpen. Those graco ones fold up fairly well as well.

SeriousStuff Thu 25-Jul-13 11:40:36

Yes, it will be on a stand. Other than worrying about treading on the baby, I often drop my phone/book/laptop off the side of the bed if I fall asleep half way through reading etc. so better prop the baby up!

Rowboat Thu 25-Jul-13 12:34:05

Dd was on the 98th centile for length and stayed in her Moses basket and rocking stand for 5 months at which point she went into her own room and cot. With this one Im hoping they'll stay in for a similar timetable as they'll have to share a room after that. shock

moanymandy Thu 25-Jul-13 12:46:45

we have a crib for our bedroom. ds1 slept in that until he was about 3 months but then out grew it so wrnt in his cot in his own room.

qe also have a moses basket for down stairs but if this baby is anything as bug as ds then it won't last long!

TarkaTheOtter Thu 25-Jul-13 15:02:46

I know lots of babies who hated Moses baskets.
Having said that we'll hopefully use one until about 8 weeks this time round as its handy to lift up and down stairs. Unless its a very large basket I doubt it'll last until 6 months. A larger crib might or a small cot web if that'll fit.

JoJoManon Thu 25-Jul-13 15:33:57

Putting the baby in it's own room from day one. Possibly in a moses basket but most likely the cot but swaddled so it doesn't feel like it's too big. Mind you he might look very tiny in there in which case I'll borrow the moses basket from someone. can't be bother buying one for 3 months.

ilovepowerhoop Thu 25-Jul-13 15:45:33

I'm assuming you know about the advice to keep the baby in the same room as you for sleeping until the age of 6 months to help protect against SIDS so putting them in their own room would not be advised. It also make night feeds more inconvenient.

thecakeisalie Thu 25-Jul-13 16:17:41

We have a bedside cot that ds2 used with a side that drops so effectively co-sleeping. We'll be buying a new mattress for it. Neither of my dc liked their moses basket or sleeping away from me so after a lot of sleep deprivation it just makes sense to co-sleep for us. We'll co-sleep/use bed side cot for at least the first 6 months then see how we go but I doubt baby will be in their own room until they've turned 1. Might be different in this house though as the nursery will be the room opposite ours so a lot closer than in our previous house.

I personally won't be wasting money on a moses basket this time.

bumpybumps Thu 25-Jul-13 16:44:08

Dd hated her moses basket she wouldn't settle in it at all, she sleeps with her arms above her head and legs sort of crossed so kept hitting the sides and waking up everytime she moved. She's been in her cot in our room since about a week old and sleeps much better, I'm glad I didn't spend a lot on a moses basket.

Cies Thu 25-Jul-13 16:50:25

With ds we had a crib that he wouldn't settle in, so ended up co-sleeping. Managed to set the cot up without one side, tied to my side of the bed, and he was in that till he moved to a bed at about 18 mo.

With dd she's been in this homemade co-sleeper since day 1.

I'm looking to get the Troll Nicole glider crib for this baby, I had a moses basket for DD, on a stationary stand but she liked to be rocked, I ahve learnt my lesson for this baby smile

gloti Thu 25-Jul-13 18:22:26

I just finished building a crib from toys r us, I think it cost £79 inc mattress! I'm pretty sure it is called the Cambridge swing crib. It looks quite nice and seems sturdy and big enough for at least 6 months. after this time we are expecting to move the baby into his own room in a larger cot bed.

mejypoo Thu 25-Jul-13 18:25:36

I'm gonna be a first time mum so this is all new to me.

We've got a m

mejypoo Thu 25-Jul-13 18:28:41

I'm gonna be a first time mum so this is all new to me.

We've got a Moses basket for the first few months and then intend putting him in his cot in his own room as soon as he outgrows it which is going to be before the recommended 6 months.

I'm a health professional so understand the risks however I will almost be able to see into the nursery from our bedroom with the doors open so I'm hoping it'll be fine.

Are most of you are going to stick the '6 month' thing?

noblegiraffe Thu 25-Jul-13 19:03:07

It's not about being able to see your baby, it's about the baby being able to hear you breathing.

My DD is six months and still in with us in her bednest. We'll be moving her out soon.

JollyHolidayGiant Thu 25-Jul-13 19:06:27

We had our Moses basket on the floor with DS, on a towel. I think it cost about £30 from John Lewis. Worked great for us. He was in it for about 16 weeks.

This time I'm having a planned section though so won't be able to bend to get him. We will be putting the Moses basket on top of the cot, but we are lucky to have the space in our bedroom.

JollyHolidayGiant Thu 25-Jul-13 19:08:13

Whether or not we stick to 6 months before moving DC2 into their own room entirely depends on DC2 and how they sleep. And how we sleep! We'll decide when they're here.

Soupqueen Thu 25-Jul-13 19:43:50

We're renting a bed nest.

foolssilver Thu 25-Jul-13 19:49:12

I'm planning to get a moses basket for the first few months. We're lucky enough to already have a cot and have space for it but I don't fancy learning in and out of it until I'm a bit more confident with the baby. (Very nervous first time mum here!)

SoYo Thu 25-Jul-13 20:06:03

I've got a 5mo & wish I'd never bothered with a Moses basket as she wouldn't sleep in it at first so we mostly co-slept then (which I never thought I would do) and then she started waking herself up hitting the sides. She's currently in a travel cot with bassinet in our room and has been for a while. I thought I'd need a thicker, comfier mattress but she's fine on it. If I was starting again I'd probably get one of the small, cheap ikea cots instead or just use the travel cot from the get go.

HeffalumpTheFlump Thu 25-Jul-13 20:22:16

We've bought this Moses basket:


I can't believe what good value it is. The Moses basket alone should be around £50 and the stand up to £20. It's beautiful too, really padded and feels really high quality. The little bear on the quilt is so cute too. As baby will be in it for less than 6 months we didn't want to spend loads, but still wanted quality. This is better than any other ones we came across for the price by miles. I very much recommend it.

RobotBananas Thu 25-Jul-13 20:30:11

I've just found this crib on John Lewis

50cm wide, so would hopefully last the 6 months.

CityDweller Thu 25-Jul-13 20:37:05

We bought a moses basket thinking that's what babies sleep in. Ours had different ideas and refused to go in it after the second night. After a few more wakeful nights of trying to co-sleep in our not-quite-big-enough-bed we rented the bednest co-sleeper crib from NCT (£100 for 6 months - it's a great deal) and that's worked out really well for us. It's been great for night feeds - I just reach over and scoop her up and latch her on and then plop her back down when she's done and I go back to sleep again pretty quickly when she's not thrashing around grunting and farting in her sleep like a drunken old man that is

She's 3.5 months now and I think we'll be lucky to get another 2 months out of the bednest as she's already looking a bit snug in there, at which point we have no other option than to put her in a cot in the 2nd bedroom as our room is small.

maggiethemagpie Thu 25-Jul-13 21:24:28

We have a huge moses which lasted DS for around four months so will use that again - when baby outgrows it will put in a small cot in our room, and then after 6 months move the cot into its own room.

GreatSoprendo Thu 25-Jul-13 23:31:28

We rented the Bednest too and loved it. No getting out of bed for night feeds - just pop him across into your bed and back when you are done. Means you hardly have to stir yourself to night feed or do a quick settle so your sleep is less badly disrupted. Sadly at 14 weeks we had to move our 98th centile giant out of his nest and into the cotbed as he was just too big for it - but I would definitely have one again. Really made those first difficult weeks a lot less exhausting!

DaveMccave Thu 25-Jul-13 23:37:54

In our bed smile

My first wouldnt sleep in a Moses basket from day 1. I've heard of lots of babies that hated them. Dd slept in her pram when tiny and then a cotbed in our room, as I didn't know about the benefits and safe ways of co-sleeping back then.

notanyanymore Thu 25-Jul-13 23:47:58

I had the moses basket down stairs and a really beautiful cradle upstairs. She refuses to go in it! In fact all 3 of mine never went in it its just stood looking pretty and gradually getting filled up with blankets/toys etc. So, now we have a travel cot in there too which for some reason they all (including nieces) have loved! And has the added benefit of when we go and stay away from home we can take her bed with us and she's happy to go to bed as usual smile

SoYo Fri 26-Jul-13 00:44:51

That crib in John Lewis is a bargain, it's usually hundreds! I would have loved a crib on wheels. A friend had one and she used to put her DD down in her nursery, wheel her through to their room when they went to bed and then wheel her back in the morning to get up and that way she was used to her nursery from a young age without spending the night there and they had a much smoother transition for it.

poppingin1 Fri 26-Jul-13 00:52:30

My daughter hated her moses basket and slept lying on her tummy on my chest for the first 3 months. Then she would alternate between sleeping on my chest or between myself and DH. I had a swinging crib and moses basket as gifts as well as a cot bed I purchased. She spent the odd night in them but that was about it.

I got a fisherprice swinging chair which was the only other thing she would sleep in while it rocked her during the day.

RobotBananas Fri 26-Jul-13 08:18:24

SoYo - it is a bargain, isn't it smile comes with a mattress too apparently.

workingtitle Fri 26-Jul-13 09:22:04

Robot, I've just ordered the boori from JL, thanks for linking! It'll fit in our room nicely and should last to 6m smile And good idea about having it in the nursery for some sleeps, SoYo, I'll try that.

RobotBananas Fri 26-Jul-13 10:38:59


I ordered it too, very pleased I have as well. They've had loads in for ages and I'm glad I did, they're almost out of stock of 2 of the colours now.

parttimer79 Fri 26-Jul-13 13:33:09

I got a moses basket from NCT sale so if baby is one of those who hates them then at least it was cheap.
The alternative is going to be renting a bednest from NCT or trying to squeeze her cot in our room.
I really don't want to cosleep, as I think I'd be so paranoid that I'd get no sleep at all!

threefeethighandrising Fri 26-Jul-13 13:56:45

For those of you still yet to buy a crib, I have a cunning tip.

Co-sleeping cribs (3 sided ones which come up to the side of the bed) are ace. The bottom line is you get more sleep with one of them (probably!), if you're breastfeeding. This is because you don't need to wake up, lift your baby out of the cot, feed, then return them to the cot (at which point they may wake up!). Instead you just pull the baby towards you, when s/he needs a feed feed, and feed them lying down, the baby hardly wakes, neither do you, you feed the baby back to sleep then slide her/him back into the cot, they're less likely to wake up than being lifted in, and neither of you wake up as much as you do when lifting out and sitting up. Sleep is so precious in those early weeks!

However 3 sided cots are bloody expensive here. On the advice of a mumsnetter (of course) I got one from German Amazon, much cheaper. If you use Google Chrome as your browser it translates the pages for you. We got this one with mattress, bumper and two sheets, delivered to the UK it worked out just over £100.

mejypoo Fri 26-Jul-13 16:30:09

Like the look of that boori basinette! What is the real difference between that and a Moses basket? Is it really that much bigger and will baby be able to sleep in there longer than 3-4 months

I'm confused.

mumoftwoboysS Fri 26-Jul-13 20:34:53

threefeet thanks for the insight/tip re co-sleeper cots/cribs. My main grudge with moses baskets is having to get out of bed, pick baby up, take them to bed etc. by that time they've woken and (potentially)take so long to settle- I was only thinking of my inconvenience but I didn't think about waking the baby- so it does make sense that baby might snooze more/not wake if just pulled closer to feed rather than lifted up.

however- after 2x failed bf I'm really bloody hoping that I'll succeed with DC3 and so looking at the co-sleeper crib idea. (bottle feeding would probably make the co-sleeper obsolete having to get out of bed and make bottles etc.)

RobotBananas Fri 26-Jul-13 20:37:58

Mejy-its 50cm wide, and 85m long (iirc) so quite a bit bigger

Any crib/travel cot bassinet/moses basket will only last until baby can push himself up, regardless of size.

RobotBananas Fri 26-Jul-13 20:43:53

I've just looked, and Moses basket mattresses seem to be anything from 28-40cm wide.
Hth smile

suntodayplease Fri 26-Jul-13 23:04:22

We started off with a Moses basket, but DD quickly preferred the look of my bed instead, so DH got temporarily got kicked out. Contemplating a crib this time - for the baby , not DH!

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