moses basket to cot bed size comparison
infant sleep, new baby, twins and multiples

New baby sleeping arrangements… Moses basket? Crib> Cot?

Where will our baby/babies sleep? Which type of bed will fit into our bedroom? How long can they stay in that bed? How long will a Moses basket last us? Will our twins fit into a bedside crib? All very valid questions when it comes to making your decisions on where your baby/babies will sleep. Now, you’ll probably find that a cot bed will be overall the best value for money, as they can sleep in it until they are toddlers / young children. They will last them at least 4 years… BUT they are huge! A cot bed may not fit into your bedroom along your bed.

A Moses basket can be carried and is quite small and won’t take up much space in the living space or bedroom, however, most babies outgrow these before they are six months old. Which then leaves parents with having to find another sleep environment for them that fits into their bedroom, as the current recommendation is to have your baby/babies sleep in the same room as at least one of their parents for 6 months.

A crib is a little bigger than a Moses basket and sturdier and should last you for the 6 months.

A bedside crib is a little bigger again, well, wider at least and is a great Moses basket alternative for co-bedding twins.

A cot is big enough and so is a cot bed. Just depends on whether either of them fit into the same room as you and your bed

moses basket to cot bed size comparison
Size comparison moses basket to cot bed

For most up-to-date sleep recommendations and advice please visit the Lullaby Trust and BASIS Online.

Birth Bags x 3 with COVID-19 top-ups
birth bag

Birth Bag Tips (COVID-19 top-ups)

What to pack into your birth bag aka hospital bag during this pandemic? Are there any essentials that you’ve missed? Find out…

Ideally, pack three bags. One for mum/birthing person, one for the (birth) partner and one for baby/babies.

COVID-19 TopUPs are highlighted in bold

Bag for mum/birthing person

  • Your birth plan and maternity notes
  • Comfy, lose-fit dressing gown
  • Nighties x 3 (ideally ones that opens at the front for breastfeeding access)
  • Comfy loose clothes – big baggy jogging bottoms, zip-up hoodie, tops that undo down the front for skin-to-skin/feeding x 3
  • Slippers that you can slide your feet into rather than pulling on – if you have a Caesarean Birth bending over is tricky.
  • Socks – often women get cold feet during labour
  • Slip-on shoes
  • Flip-flops to wear in the shower
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Wash bag including shower gel with a hook, so you don’t have to bend over in the shower, hand cream as constant hand gel use makes hands very sore,
  • lip balm as air is dry
  • 2x Packs of waisted Bridget Jones massive cotton knickers in case you have a Caesarean Birth – dark colours are best and a couple of sizes up from your usual
  • Arnica and/or witch hazel for piles and bruising relief
  • Maternity pads x3 packs
  • Nursing bras x4
  • Large pack Breast pads in case of boob leakage or x10 washable ones
  • Pillow and/or pillowcase from home
  • Towel x2 – hospital ones are scratchy
  • Eye mask (it’s never dark!)
  • Face mask x3 (if you’d like your washable ones)
  • Earplugs (it’s never quiet!)
  • Hairbands
  • Headphones
  • Phone with labour playlist downloaded (you’re usually allowed to take your phone into theatre and can play music via Bluetooth)
  • Small tripod to prop up your phone/camera
  • Phone charger
  • Phone Power Bank
  • Snacks. If having a Caesarean Birth maybe apricots/prunes to ease constipation – you may not have a bowel movement for several days, and it can be a strain
  • Peppermint Tea Bags. In the case of a Caesarean Birth, it helps to get rid of wind caused by the operation.
  • Sports drink
  • Books/magazines/puzzles – in case you have to stay in hospital beforehand, or after.
  • Tissues for all the crying
  • Photo of your partner for times when they cannot be with you or maybe something that they have given you i.e. love notes
  • Photo of older children
  • Photo of you pet(s)

Bag for baby

  • Muslins x 6
  • Nappies – 2 packs to start with until know size – newborns go through approx 12 nappies a day
  • Cotton wool pads/balls
  • Baby clothes – at least 6 x vests, 6 x sleepsuits/babygrows, 4 x jumpers/cardigans, hat x2 including a going home outfit
  • Baby blankets x 3 (cotton or cellular or wool)

Bag for partner

  • Change of clothes
  • Snacks
  • Phone & Chargers à power bank
  • Change for vending machines (shops may not be open for as long) and car park
  • Phone list (if you’d like to tell people right away)
  • Car seat to take your baby home. Practice putting in/out car beforehand!
  • Maybe keep a book/magazine in the car while waiting to be asked to come into the hospital after mother’s initial assessment (a lot of partners wait in the car).

I hope this list is useful for some of you and please if you have anything to add or adapt contact me and I’ll add it to the list!

Stay safe!