How to Use a Moses Basket

By Flora Richards-Gustafson

Moses baskets are small bassinets made of woven, wicker-like materials that parents use for small infants. When you use a Moses basket correctly, it may be a safe place for your little one to sleep during her first months of life. In the book “The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide,” Heather Maclean states that you should only place your baby in a Moses basket when he naps. As you consider using a Moses basket for your baby, keep in mind that that U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has not established safety standards for Moses baskets.

Moses Basket Placement

Moses baskets can pose a fall hazard. Before allowing your baby to nap in a Moses basket, place it on a sturdy, smooth surface such as the floor. The Badger Basket Co. advises that you should never place the basket on a table, bed or an elevated surface such as a counter. In addition, when your baby is in the basket, don’t place it near stairs, open flames, water, heaters, open windows or window blinds. If you want to elevate a Moses basket, it’s best to use the corresponding stand that is sold by the basket’s manufacturer.

Moving Your Baby in a Moses Basket

Never move your baby while he’s inside the Moses basket. The handles on the side of the basket are for carrying the basket, not the basket and your baby at the same time, according to Maclean. When you want to move the Moses basket, remove your baby first. Have someone else move the basket as you hold your baby, if possible. If you are alone, place your baby in his crib while you place the basket in another area of your home.

Minding Weight Limits

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the maximum weight limit in regard to a Moses basket. The weight limit can range between 15 and 25 pounds, according to Consumer Reports. According to the Badger Basket Co., a Moses basket is not appropriate for a baby who can roll over, push herself up or crawl. Because additional weight in the basket poses a safety risk, do not place another baby or child in the basket when your little one is in it. In addition, as your baby rests inside the basket, do not allow your pets to climb, lean on or sleep in it.

Bedding and Sleep Safety

Always monitor your baby when she is in a Moses basket. To reduce the risk of SIDS, only use the fabric liner, mattress and mattress liner that came with your Moses basket. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that you should always place your baby on her back to sleep. To keep your baby warm and avoid overheating, dress her in sleep clothing that has no more than one layer of material. Alternatively, swaddle her in an appropriate swaddling blanket. To reduce the risk of SIDS and prevent suffocation, entrapment and strangulation, do not place pillows, blankets, toys, items with strings or extra padding in the Moses basket.

About the Author

Flora Richards-Gustafson has been writing professionally since 2003. She creates copy for websites, marketing materials and printed publications. Richards-Gustafson specializes in SEO and writing about small-business strategies, health and beauty, interior design, emergency preparedness and education. Richards-Gustafson received a Bachelor of Arts from George Fox University in 2003 and was recognized by Cambridge's "Who's Who" in 2009 as a leading woman entrepreneur.