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To use a washing basket as a cot??

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lifesjoys Mon 24-Apr-17 20:47:00

My baby is 4 weeks, rubbish sleeper & HATES his cot, Moses basket, pram & pretty much everything else!

However, I put him in a washing basket (with a pillow as a mattress underneath) & he's slept for nearly 3 hours!

WIBU to carry on using it??

Justmadeperfectflapjacks Mon 24-Apr-17 20:48:35

As long as you remember not to pile dirty laundry on top of him he won't care!!
Pics for embarrassing future gf meetings essential though. .

MrsAukerman Mon 24-Apr-17 20:49:49

A pillow is not recommended by lullaby trust. A firm, clean mattress is needed. If you had a mattress made to fit then I can't really think of any reason why the actual basket itself would be an issue.

TheWitTank Mon 24-Apr-17 20:49:56

I think it's fine -as long as the basket hasn't got any sharp edged cut out holes (mines a fucker!) that little hands or feet will get stuck in!

claritytobeclear Mon 24-Apr-17 20:49:58

I think you need a better mattress than a pillow. With cots only new cot mattresses are recommended.

bluebellrailway Mon 24-Apr-17 20:50:32

Agree, a pillow could be very dangerous. Big SIDs risk.

haveacupoftea Mon 24-Apr-17 20:52:35

Cots come with all sorts of safety regulations to reduce SIDS risk, I think mainly to do with air flow. I wouldn't use the washing basket regularly tbh. The Cocoonababy is supposed to be good, have you tried that?

pastabest Mon 24-Apr-17 20:53:59

Have you tried a sleepyhead (or cheaper variation like a purflo nest)?

Sleepdeprivedredhead Mon 24-Apr-17 20:57:46

Just buy a cot mattress to the dimesions of the basket (should be straightforward try amazon). Is it because it was under something/ on the ground maybe?

BrutusMcDogface Mon 24-Apr-17 21:02:47

Depends what it's made of...plastic with big square holes (like mine!) - not a good idea. Also what they said ^ about the pillow being a sids risk.

I know what it's like to be desperate for sleep, though! flowers

lifesjoys Mon 24-Apr-17 21:15:10

New evidence has come to light!

I've been overfeeding my son!!

I've been offering him his dummy but he never takes it, my mum did it & he took it! All because she rubbed it against his tongue!!

Omg! I honestly put it in his mouth, he'd push it out & id assume he's hungry! I've been over feeding him! Constantly giving him a bloody bottle when all he wanted was his dummy!

sad I've been making my own life difficult.

choccywoccywoowah Mon 24-Apr-17 21:39:59

If he is taking the milk and not sicking it up, I wouldn't say you were overfeeding. 4 weeks is very little and he is growing an awful lot.

Meekonsandwich Mon 24-Apr-17 21:43:52

If he takes it, he needs it, just because he took his dummy doesn't mean he's not hungry, at 4 weeks old you give them every thing they will take because the growing is immense

lifesjoys Mon 24-Apr-17 21:53:29

He's ALWAYS throwing his milk up when he's fed on demand.

That's why the doctor put him on gaviscon.

However, with his dummy, he falls back to sleep & goes 3 hours between feeds

claritytobeclear Mon 24-Apr-17 21:57:29

Well, as long as he is growing OK, OP. I expect your HCPs are checking that regularly. I have heard, years ago so you'll have to check advise has not changed, a special slanted mattress can help with reflux. It helps the baby keep their food down.

lifesjoys Mon 24-Apr-17 22:07:34

I don't think he has reflux.

Me & doc assumed this solely because of his crying.

He hasn't had gaviscon all day (mum had him & I forgot to put some in changing bag) & he's been fine.

PeaFaceMcgee Mon 24-Apr-17 22:11:05

It might have been the pillow...

claritytobeclear Mon 24-Apr-17 22:11:40

I don't know OP. Reflux would cause the spitting up, crying and lack of sleep.

purplehonesty Mon 24-Apr-17 22:50:17

Dd slept on a pillow in her Moses basket for weeks.

She wouldn't settle any other way

Pretty sure it's not recommended tho! She got used to it in hospital when in for a week - nurse had her settled on a pillow and she loved it.

lifesjoys Mon 24-Apr-17 23:38:56

He's out the basket.

I only put him in it for an hour this evening, he's been on the sofa at my mums (her watching him of course) for the afternoon

Barrytheunicorn Mon 24-Apr-17 23:43:44

You can buy the Swedish baby box's now online op if that might be any use to you? It's going to be safer than a washing basket.

Just google swedish baby box there are lots of places that sell them.

Crispmonster1 Mon 24-Apr-17 23:44:39

Go with whatever works!! Well done for being inventive!

bluebellrailway Fri 28-Apr-17 21:37:16

No, dont go with whatever works, that's really dangerous advice.

Never ever put a newborn baby to sleep on something soft like a pillow that they could sink into. It only takes a small movement to the side for their mouth to become covered, and newborns don't have the strength to move their head so they can breathe freely again. Smothering is very quick, it could happen while you left the room to make a cup of tea. Pillows are v dangerous for babies.

I'm glad he's out of the basket.

leighb23 Fri 28-Apr-17 22:43:27

Oh FFS people! It won't kill him to be in a wash basket!! My son; when we visited or caravan for the first time when he was 11 days old slept in a basket with towels folded to the exact size. Slept like the proverbial!!

dementedpixie Fri 28-Apr-17 22:50:58

Towels are completely different compared to a pillow. Washing basket ok, pillow not ok

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