Bump’s dad & I decided against a Moses basket for two main reasons.
- they’re minimum £50 a pop & only last 3-4 months. When you have thousands of pounds of other bumph to buy, one of which is a cot or sleeping device of some kind that lasts longer than 3-4 months, it doesn’t seem such a necessity.
- most of the baskets we saw were frilly, frothy & awful looking. Not us at all.
In fact, although we ultimately want a cot-bed, in an attempt to be sensible & frugal, we opted for a second hand travel cot whilst we’re figuring out where we’ll live more long term, whether we’ll buy somewhere in the next year. We figure we can buy the cot-bed once we know the space we’ll be in more long term. And then there was the kindness of strangers… I’m part of an online community called Baby Centre. You join groups, share experiences with other moms-to-be & after the big day, other moms. It pretty much does what it says on the tin. Earlier this week, a lady posted in the London group that she was looking for a loving home for her Moses basket – for free. Bump’s dad & I felt that the lack of frill & froth was more than acceptable & this deal seemed too good to pass up. As although our travel cot plan would work swimmingly, a Moses basket – for free – would fit much easier by the side of the bed & mean we don’t need to rearrange the entire bedroom to fit the baby in for the first few months. She refused any form of payment. & even filled the basket with newborn baby clothes she no longer needs. So I got well over £200’s worth of baby goodies for a £10 bouquet of lilies! Thank you kind lady from Holloway. We are very, very grateful!