How to Choose the Right Bed for Your Newborn Baby

How to Choose the Right Bed for Your Newborn Baby

Newborn babies spend up to 18 hours per day sleeping, so it’s important to choose the right bed for your little one. However, with so many options out there, it can be difficult to know which is best. If you can’t tell your cribs from your Moses baskets, then this guide is here to help you make the right choice for the unique needs of your family.


Moses Baskets

What is a Moses Basket?

A Moses basket is a palm or wicker basket for your newborn to sleep in. Moses baskets usually come with a firm mattress and enclosed sides to keep your little one safe and snug. They also have handles so that you can easily move your sleeping baby around the house with you and keep them close at all times. 

Benefits of a Moses Basket

Moses baskets create a cosy environment for your newborn which helps soothe them to sleep. The palm or wicker material also aids ventilation, keeping your baby at a comfortable temperature as they snooze. 

One of the biggest benefits of Moses baskets is their small size. It’s recommended that you sleep in the same room as your new baby for the first six months of their life, but not everybody has room for a full-sized cot in their bedroom. A Moses basket is a great space-saving solution! 

Moses baskets are also lightweight and portable, and thus very convenient. You can easily move your baby around the house in a Moses basket without disturbing them. They’re perfect for overnight trips away, too.

Baby d'Oro Moses Basket

Pictured: Baby d'Oro Moses Basket £189.00


How long can a baby sleep in a Moses basket?

The small size of a Moses basket means that your newborn will outgrow it within 3-4 months and need to move to a crib or cot. 

How safe are Moses baskets?

Moses baskets are very safe for newborn babies to sleep in; in fact, they’re even recommended by the Lullaby Trust. When purchasing a Moses basket, remember to look for the British Standard safety number BS EN 1466:2014 for peace of mind.

What bedding should I choose for a Moses basket?

You may want to place your newborn in a swaddle or sleeping bag to help them drift off, or choose bedding that has been specifically designed to fit a Moses basket, such as this gorgeous option from Baby d’Oro.



What is a Crib?

A crib is a halfway point between a Moses basket and a cot. Snug yet breathable, cribs often attach to your bed frame allowing you to safely sleep right next to your bundle of joy. However, cribs are not as portable as Moses baskets and therefore are not as convenient for daytime sleeping.

The Benefits of a Crib

Cribs are smaller than cots which is not only great in terms of space-saving, but also for creating a cosy, soothing environment to help your little one fall asleep - and more sleep for them means more sleep for you, too!

On top of this, cribs are also studier than Moses baskets and have a longer lifespan. Your newborn will get a few months extra usage out of a crib, and some cribs can later convert into full-sized cots, too.

Shnuggle Air Bedside Crib

Pictured: Shnuggle Air Bedside Crib £199.95


How long can a baby sleep in a crib?

Your baby can sleep in a crib until they’re up to six months old and ready for their own room. Some cribs, such as the breathable Shnuggle Air, can then be converted into cots so that you get maximum usage from your purchase.

What bedding should I choose for a crib?

You will need a mattress that conforms to the BS EN ISO 9237-1995 safety standard. You can choose to cover your baby in a blanket, quilt or sleeping bag. Make sure to carefully tuck in your chosen bedding and ensure that it doesn’t come up any higher than your baby’s shoulders.


Cots and Cot Beds 

What is a Cot?

A cot is a small bed with high bars around the sides. Cots are smaller than cot beds, but larger than cribs and Moses baskets. Most cots are adjustable and can grow along with your baby. Much like a crib, cots often have removable sides so that you can safely sleep right next to your little one.

What is a Cot Bed?

Cot beds are larger than cots. This gives your baby more freedom to move around but may not be as comforting to your newborn as the soothing environment of a cosy Moses basket or crib. A cot bed can also be converted into a toddler bed so that your little one will be able to use it for longer.

Benefits of Cots and Cot Beds

One of the biggest benefits of cots and cot beds is that you will get more use out of them, meaning that your money goes further. A cot can be used for up to two years, whilst a cot bed could last your little one until they are five years old. If you have enough space in your bedroom to fit a cot, this is a great investment.

Cots and cot beds often feature handy storage compartments underneath, which is especially useful since newborn babies require no end of accessories. 

Boori Turin Cot Bed

Pictured: Boori Turin Cot Bed £359


What bedding should I choose for a cot?

You will need a firm, breathable mattress that meets the BS EN ISO 9237-1995 safety standard. You should make sure that the mattress fits the cot snugly. When you push the mattress to the left side of the cot, there should be no more than two fingers’ breadth between the edge of the mattress and the right side. This is to ensure that your baby’s tiny hands, feet and digits don’t get trapped during the night.


Here at Unique Baby Store, we’re here to help you and your newborn get a good night’s rest. We stock only the highest quality beds and bedding to ensure that your baby sleeps soundly and comfortably. If you have any questions about our products - or just want to chat! - then get in touch with us here.