Bebelicious Moses baskets meet safety standards

Did you know it's not mandatory for cot, bassinet or moses basket mattresses to meet firmness safety standards in Australia or New Zealand?

Choice magazine recently tested 12 cot mattresses and discovered a number of these cot mattresses failed the voluntary firmness standard AS/NZS8811.1:2013.

A too soft sleeping space can pose a SIDS hazard for your baby.

Advise from SIDS and KIDS to parents when purchasing a safe sleeping space for your newborn is to check the following points:

  • Is the mattress for your moses basket, bassinet or cot the right size?
  • Is the mattress clean and in good condition
  • Is the mattress firm and flat
  • Does the mattress comply with voluntary Australian and New Zealand standards

The Australian and New Zealand standards test method utilises a calibrated weight method mimicking the baby's weight on the mattress. A sleeping space which is too soft can pose a sleep hazard if they roll over face first and their breathing becomes obstructed.

Both our breath easy and Tetra tea tree Bebelicious moses basket are custom made here in Australia by reputable mattress manufacturers and comply with the voluntary standard for firmness in Australia and New Zealand AS/NZS8811.1:2013.

Our manufacturers take advise from SIDS and KIDS to ensure their products meet the highest standards. As a Company of parents ourselves we take infant safety seriously and only work with manufactures that meet with our approval.

All our Bebelicious moses baskets are supplied with a handy guide to safe sleeping and safety guidelines for use with our products. 

The advise is also available on our website, safe sleeping and safety guidelines for easy reference.




Sleeping with baby increases risk of SIDS

A recent study in Sweden has warned of the dangers of parents sleeping with newborn babies. SWEDEN, one of the countries where bed-sharing between parents and infants is most widespread, issued advice against the practice for new-born babies warning of an increased risk of cot death.

Co-sleeping can be a delicate subject to discuss and even the most diligent mum can find herself exhausted in the early stages of motherhood and after breastfeeding in bed during the night awake to find baby asleep next to you.

This was my experience and whilst never deliberate when you haven't had a night of unbroken sleep in three years, exhaustion takes its toll.

Our moses baskets are ideal to have by your bedside and I am often asked if the stand for our baskets should be higher.

The stands are made at a height to be placed beside the bed and enable mum to look into the basket to check on baby and access baby easily during the night.

It's important that children under three months sleep in their own beds,'' Kerstin Nordstrand at the National Board of Health and Welfare told AFP.

She said the recommendation was "new'', since the institution had previously only advised against newborns sleeping in the same room as a smoker or in the same bed with a parent under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The information was first published by Swedish medical newspaper Dagens Medicin, which cited a paediatrics professor at Gothenburg University.

"It has been clear in the research in recent years that co-sleeping is a risk factor in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome,'' professor Goeran Wennergren told the paper.

The practice is reportedly widespread in Sweden. A 2001 study published in the paediatric journal Early Human Development showed that 65 per cent of three-month-old Swedish babies slept with their parents, the highest rate in the Western world.

A report published by the British Medical Journal which analysed nearly 1500 sudden infant deaths revealed that 22 per cent took place while the baby slept in the parental bed.

According to professor of medical statistics, Bob Carpenter, who was responsible for the study, the risk of cot death for babies sleeping with their parents was multiplied by five compared to those who slept alone.

Other countries including France and the United States recommend sleeping in the same room as the newborn, but not in the same bed.



Wooden toys or plastic fantastic?

Recent media suggests that parents are toying with going back to basics, opting for wooden play things over hi-tech gadgets.

Many mums are choosing traditional building blocks and puzzles to promote learning and hand-eye co-ordination. buzzy bee The traditional wooden toys often are reminders of our own childhood learning when they were the only option available.

There are many hi-tech plastic toys now which are education and entertaining at very low prices. In a bid to cash in on the trend Fisher-Price have launched a traditional wooden range to be sold through Target.

Parents splurged $300m on toys last December and classic educational toys made up a large chunk of the market.

We love the traditional wooden toys but are also realistic that plastic gadgets have their place in a toy box, and finding the right balance between traditional and new is the key. A nursery can also be a mixture of new and traditional with a moses basket complementing both a tradition and contemporary nursery design.



Duchess Kate chooses moses basket

We were so pleased to see Duchess Kate heeding mum's advice and choosing a moses basket for the future King of England.

Kate and her mum were well prepared with Kate deciding on her basket whilst 6 months pregnant.

Considering the array of options available for Kate it's refreshing to see her following the tradition of the Middleton family and choosing a modest and practical item for her nursery.

Now that George has arrived I'm sure he's enjoying his time in his moses basket, fit for a King!




How long will my baby sleep in their moses basket?

This would have to be the most asked question that we receive here at Bebelicious!

Moses baskets are a fantastic, portable first bedding option for your newborn.

Large enough to last for the first 4-6 months, yet snug enough to ensure your precious bundle feels safe and secure.

A Bebelicious moses basket is larger than most on the market with dimensions of 85 x 48 x 28 cm to last just that little bit longer.

Moses baskets are suitable for infants up until they start rolling or pulling themselves up - whichever comes first.

Nobody knows what their newborn will do, or when they will do it!

Purely luck of the draw!

And just when you think your second, third or fourth will be the same as the one before...think again!

Our first Bebelicious who recently turned 5, slept in his moses basket for 4 months. He was an early roller, and was then moved into a family heirloom larger size bassinet, prior to his cot.

Our second Bebelicious now 2.5 years remained in her moses basket until she was just over 6 months.

She could have stayed in here longer except that she became too long! Miss now 2.5 didn't pull herself up or roll until a little later than Master 5.

First time around we utilised our folding stand and used to take it out with us whilst visiting family and friends. Before we had our current collection of stands, we had enlisted the design skills of our Danish furniture maker friend to custom make a folding stand for us.

This stand, just like our current folding stands was easy to fold for both transport and storage, and sat nicely beside our bed. Second time around with all the paraphernalia that comes with 2 under 3 including a double pram packed into the back of a car, I decided on utilising the rocking stand as we wouldn't be taking it out with us.

We would just take our moses basket on it's own, and place it on the floor or inside a cot depending on where we were.

I was fortunate that my parents had a nursery set up so we could utilise the cot to place the moses basket in, if we chose.

Another reason I was originally drawn to moses baskets was due to the fact that they are the perfect alternative to a standard fixed bassinet, as you can separate the basket from the stand.

This works really well if you want to keep the stand in your room next to your bed, and tote the moses basket around the house with you.

Brilliant if you have a 2 or 3 storey house.

This was the very reason Bebelicious was created with the birth of my first son in 2007, when we lived in a two story townhouse.

Quaint in hindsight... I spent most of these early days traipsing up and down stairs. I'm sure these stairs contributed to my speedy post baby weight loss!!

There had to be a better way! The stairs were driving me crazy, and my post birth body was not enjoying the constant climb.

I also wanted to keep my baby close whilst I attended to the daily chores around the house and hanging out the washing! No monitor required!! Baby can be with you always...Perfect!

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