In a nutshell

A pretty, traditional alternative to a Moses basket or cot that you can use until your baby is approximately 6 months old

What we tested

  • Comfort
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Ease of cleaning
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Portability
    A star rating of 2.0 out of 5.
  • Style
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Quality
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Worth the money
    A star rating of 3.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 3.5 out of 5.


  • Rocking motion and fixed position, larger and longer-lasting than a Moses basket


  • Bars spaced too far apart, doesn't come with a mattress, expensive option if you buy all the 'extras'

Traditional, sturdy and spacious, the Mothercare Swinging Crib is the ideal sleep solution for your new baby, providing a more robust option than a Moses basket yet is a snugger choice than a full-blown cot.


As I lovingly feathered my nest and shopped in preparation for my baby’s arrival, I grudgingly bought a Moses basket. Like any new mum-to-be (who doesn’t know better!), I bought all the ‘recommended’ kit, but the Moses basket was my least favourite purchase – how could my precious baby possibly be comfortable in a basket?

For first few weeks, it was fine. However, around 10 weeks, he’d outgrown it. We tried him in his cot, but he looked tiny in it, so we went out and got him the Mothercare Swinging Crib.

The Mothercare Swinging Crib is a pretty, traditional-style birch crib that’s really easy to assemble. It’s suitable from birth to about 6 months and costs £74.99, which I thought was good value for such a sturdy model.

You need to buy a mattress (38cm x 89cm) and there are two options to choose from. Firstly, there’s the one-piece foam interior mattress, £12.99, which can be wiped clean. The second option is the foam interior mattress with Spacetec and CoolMax, £34.99, a waterproof layered mattress with a removable, washable cover. You also need linen. There are cute crib bale sets, from £24.99, which include a bumper, coverlet and fitted sheet or you can choose separate elements from the huge Mothercare linen range, where prices start from a more budget-friendly £4.99.

What we love

The Mothercare Swinging Crib was far more spacious than the Moses basket, but cosy enough for my baby to feel secure – I wished we’d bought one from the start!

A big selling point for me was the gentle rocking motion – perfect for soothing your baby when a feed, burp and cuddle won’t do! It also locks into a fixed position. This is a plus, because I didn’t want my son to get used to being rocked to sleep.

Another big bonus is that you can see your baby from your own bed, rather than having to get up and peer into a Moses basket – perfect for sleep-deprived parents!

What to watch out for

Although the bars are great for attaching toys to, they are spaced a little too far apart and my son got his arms and legs stuck a couple of times.

If you buy the optional crib bale, the whole thing will cost you over £100!

Although it’s light, it’s not as portable as a Moses basket, so if you’re after an option to cart room-to-room, this may not be for you.

Who is the Mothercare Swinging Crib best for?

New parents after a sturdier, spacious alternative to a Moses basket.


MadeForMums verdict

A pretty, pre-cot sleep solution, the Mothercare Swinging Crib will take you through the first six months. Being able to rock it to soothe your newborn, or keep it fixed is a big bonus. The downside is, unlike a Moses basket, it’s difficult to move from room to room.

Product Specifications

ModelSwinging Crib
Suitable for
Child age (approx)Birth to 6 months
Dimensions & Weight
DimensionsH:84cm W:50cm D:105cm
Rocking motionYes
  • Gentle swinging and can also be locked into a fixed position
Mattress includedNo
Optional extrasOne piece foam interior mattress (£12.99), foam interior mattress with Spacetec and CoolMax (£34.99), Crib bales (bumper, coverlet and fitted sheet) in various styles