A Moses basket, cradle, or bassinet is a large bed specifically designed for infants from birth up to around four months of age. Cradles are usually designed with casters or fixed legs, while bassinets usually have a spring-type body or head and are designed to give a bouncing or gliding motion to the baby. The most common of these beds is the bassinet/crib combo, which consists of a bassinet with a cradle attached at one end, or sometimes both ends. Another popular design is the twin size bassinet with a twin sized cot at one end.
Some parents worry that having a twin or triple bed for their baby will be too expensive, but in actuality it is not that much more expensive than a normal crib. The main difference between a bassinet and a cot is that the cot is actually used as the headboard and foot board of the bassinet. The advantage of the bassinet is that it gives the child the comfort of being fully surrounded by the parent while still allowing him to use his own bed. Most parents who choose bassinets also add a toddler bed to the unit, especially if the child is only going to sleep on the bassinet until he can start sleeping in a crib. The biggest disadvantage to having a bassinet is that it is a bit harder to keep clean than a regular crib, and it may require you to purchase a replacement mattress to get the bed back in good shape after a particularly dirty night.
Although many people think that bassinets are only used for newborns and babies, it is possible for a bassinet to be used for older children, as well. The key to a successful transition is getting a little bit of advice from your pediatrician regarding which types of bassinets would be the best for your child and for your budget. They can also give you some great ideas about what kind of bassinet you might want to buy based upon your child’s sleeping needs and preference, as well as what your child likes and dislikes. If you choose a bassinet that has no headboard, then your child will have his own little sleeping area to snooze in, which can be a lot more comforting than a bassinet that has a built in headboard.