Getting a moses basket mattress is a great choice if you’ve got a second-hand moses basket or if anything happened to your current mattress and you need to replace it.
They’re not too expensive and a lot cheaper than getting a whole new moses basket.
I’ve put together this guide to make finding the best moses basket a lot easier. I’ve included everything you need to know and then reviewed some of my favourites moses basket mattresses at the end.
TOP 4 BEST MOSES BASKET MATTRESSES
- John Lewis Premium Foam – Editors Pick
- Mother Nurture Quilted Mattress – Fits in Mammas and Papas Basket
- Linens Deluxe Mattress – Hypoallergenic
- Suzy Hypoallergenic Mattress – Reversible Cover
1. TOP CHOICE – JOHN LEWIS PREMIUM FOAM MOSES BASKET MATTRESS
Brand: John Lewis
Dimensions: 74 x 28 x 4 cm
- Adjustable Waterproof Cover
- Washable Cover
- Cotton & Polyester Cover
This John lewis mattress will, of course, fit in the John Lewis Moses Basket! It’s a pretty standard size so should fit in most baskets.
The cover is waterproof and wipeable but can’t be removed to be washed, which is sort of an advantage because as soon it’s in the wash you need it! Much better to just be able to wipe it clean and carry on using it.
The filling is top quality and it’s a nice sturdy mattress, your little one will be fully comfortable and be sleeping soundly. At least until they get hungry again!
Brand: Mother Nurture
Dimensions: 67 x 30 x 4 cm
- Fits Mamas & Papas Basket
- Water Resistant and Washable
- Firm & Comfortable
The Mother Nurture mattress fits perfectly into the Mamas & Papas basket as well as a couple of other brands. If you click through to Amazon you can check out some of the other reviews for the full range.
The cover is quilted for added comfort and water-resistant for durability plus you can throw it in the wash.
It’s got a firm feel which is ideal for a baby mattress and it’s got a really quick delivery time on it so you can have it in no time.
Dimensions: 74 x 28 x 3.5 cm
- Washable Cover
- Fits Clair De Lune Basket
This one from Linens fits nicely into most clair de lune baskets again hypoallergenic and washable.
Nice and firm but it’s not dual-sided so at most you can rotate it if you notice it starting to dent at all.
It’s a half cm shallower than the others but that’s still plenty thick enough to support your baby and make sure they sleep well.
Dimensions: 69 x 30 x 4cm
- Reversible Cover
- Washable Cover
This mattress from Suzy is hypoallergenic and has a nice washable cover.
It’s microfibre so feels soft to the touch but the mattress is firm enough to support and comfort your baby while they sleep.
The cover’s also reversible so if it ends up getting stained you can just flip the cover around and it’ll look good as new.
SHAPE AND SIZE OF YOUR MOSES BASKET MATTRESS
You want the mattress to fit comfortably inside the basket so it needs to be a nice oval shape and be the right dimensions.
I’ve tried to include what brands each one should fit but I’ve included the dimensions as well so you can just measure the length and width of the inside and you’ll find something that fits perfectly.
As for depth, about 4 cm is just perfect, enough to let your baby sink in a little and keep them steady and on their backs.
BEST FILLING OF MOSES BASKET MATTRESS
You want the mattress to be foam. They’re generally too small for other fillings so you don’t get spring moses basket mattresses usually.
WHAT ELSE DOES IT NEED?
Hypoallergenic is always a must, foam is already hypoallergenic so it’s just making sure the coverings are either naturally hypoallergenic or treated to be so.
A Washable Cover is a good call for dealing with little accidents in the night. Waterproof is ideal but at least water-resistant is a really good idea.
F.A.Q ON BEST MOSES BASKET MATTRESSES
IS IT OK TO USE A SECOND HAND MOSES BASKET MATTRESS?
I would strongly advise against a second-hand mattress, you don’t know how long it’s been used or what sort of condition it was kept. Even how old it might be so it may not have the support you need.
A second-hand basket is fine as long as you get a new mattress to put in it.
How thick should a moses basket be?
Some of the advice talks about a moses basket mattress needing to be at least 5 cm thick. But pretty much all the ones for sale start at 4 cm… So what gives? Well you can trust the manufacturers, they’re reputation is on the line if they get it wrong, so I say 4 cm is about the minimum, with 3.5 still being fine but on the edge.
Any thinner and it won’t help your baby sleep soundly in any way. Plus, 4 cm is more than thick enough for it to be comfy.
Are Moses baskets worth it?
I’ve heard pretty good arguments against them, saying you should go straight to a cot bed because your baby outgrows their moses basket in as little as 4 months. But, they’re really handy for taking your newborn baby around the house when they need constant attention but you have needs in different rooms.
Have a chat with your midwife and get their opinion, they’ll be able to tell you what needs to be done.
Can babies sleep overnight in a Moses basket?
They absolutely can, if they’re under 6 months old they should be sleeping in the same room as you in their cot or moses basket as this has the lowest chance of SIDS occurring. As for during the day NCT had this to say about sleeping in car seats which I thought was interesting.
“If your baby is very young, don’t let them sleep in their car seat for more than 90 minutes. If you arrive home when they’ve dozed off in there, transfer them over to a Moses basket. ”
Where should a Moses basket be placed in a bedroom?
It should be nearby for if they need feeding or a cuddle and so you can easily check on them if needs be to make sure they’re safe and happy. The NHS has some good tips on baby sleep best practises which I’ve shared below.
- always putting them to sleep flat on their back on a firm flat mattress, and putting them on their back again if they rollover
- tucking them in with blankets across their chest and under their arms
- always putting them feet first at the bottom of the cot so they can’t wriggle down and get caught under the blankets
- removing any bumpers, pillows or soft toys from the cot as these can cause your baby to overheat or affect your baby’s breathing if they’re too close to their face
- making sure they don’t get too hot or cold – check their temperature by feeling their stomach or the back of their neck, and don’t go by hands and feet as they’ll often feel cold
- keeping their head uncovered when they’re sleeping and taking off any swaddling or sleeping bag if they’re in bed with you
I hope this article has cleared some things up for you, if you’re still not sure what one to get, have a look at these choices on John Lewis, they’re all top-quality and John Lewis always make products to the highest standard which is why I like their range for any new baby.