Having sadly lost my last trusty (and favourite) Moses basket to the damp and mould of my old flats attic & finding myself becoming overwhelmed by the choice of new ones, I gladly welcomed the opportunity to review the Starry Night Moses Basket!
The Starry Night Moses Basket is produced by probably one of the UKs most recognised and leading baby care brands, Babies’R’Us, it has recently gained two awards and is a popular item on its website.
Whats in the Box?
- Moses basket
- Jersey sheet
- Handle covers
- Padded liner
- Soft toys
Any additional extras?
There are coordinating accessories available to purchase separately, such as a stand (ensure dimensions match the basket, I had my own but it did not fit.) You can also purchase the Starry Night bedding bale, fabric uplighter and musical mobile – so that you can deck out your little ones nursery in a style befitting the Hundred Acre Wood.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Moses Basket was all made up and ready to go once I took it out of the box (even though I removed all the bedding to wash anyway), so no work was needed!
It came with a small useful set of instructions that included safety notes, cleaning information (you will be happy to hear the basket and bedding are easy to clean and maintain!) and also ‘Peaceful sleep’ and baby room temperature advice which would be very handy for first time parents.
What do you think of the Starry Night design?
This Moses Basket would be a hit with Winnie the Pooh fans with its subtle and pretty embroidery of everyone’s favourite bear and his best friend Piglet, on both the coverlet and inside the head of the liner. Its clean and neutral colour way of silvers & grey against white, make it perfect for either sex as well.
Everyone who visited us, commented on how lovely the Moses Basket looked with its Pooh Bear bedding and little hanging hood toys!
Tell us about the hanging toy?
I found the hanging soft toys (two stars and a cute owl) a nice touch at first and thought they were removable, but they’re not, which is a shame.
They soon became tiresome as they would get in the way when taking my little one out of the basket, and I felt as he gets older, they may become a bit of a distraction when putting him down to sleep.
Is it easy to move around?
I terms of portability the basket is quite easy to move around from room to room, etc, but it would be made even easier if the top of the basket was not as wide so the handles were not so far apart.
What do you think of the mattress?
Although it looks very cosy, the mattress is very thin, and not of the quality I expected. My little one did not settle too well until I added another mattress on top.
Is the basket durable?
The basket itself, although quite sturdy (for now) was not as robust as I thought it would be. The structure is quite soft which does not bode well in terms of aging well with use, it already looks wonky when placed on a flat surface. As little ones get older and move about a bit more, I can imagine the sides and handles becoming increasingly worn and yielding, quickly.
I was also disappointed with the hood, it was always falling down, despite my best efforts to tighten it. The elastic was also baggy around the bottom and it did not come forward as much as hoods on previous baskets I had owned and the liner did not match up around the handles when velcroed, taking away from its overall look.
What about the basket’s size?
I found the dimensions of this basket to be shorter and narrower than other baskets I have previously used (although it is quite wide around the top).
My little boy is only 3-weeks-old and quite long for his age, and already he takes up most of the basket, so I can see he won’t be in it for much longer!
Made For Mums verdict?
Overall, the Starry Night it is a lovely looking Moses basket, but I am disappointed it is not of the standard and quality I would expect for the price of £69.99 and a product that has won awards. I also have concerns as to its potential for longevity. This basket would be suited to those with smaller babies and those with a love of Disney or Winnie the Pooh, looking for a short term sleeping solution for their little ones.