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My Experience With Baby Bassinets and Moses Baskets (Plus Pottery Barn Kids Bassinet Review)

Frieda has a degree in Literature and Creative Writing. She enjoys writing about all things vintage and the little things in life.

Learn about baby bassinets and Moses Baskets with my review.

Learn about baby bassinets and Moses Baskets with my review.

Vintage + Baby = Perfection

The baby bassinet. So vintage. So sweet. So perfect for little baby. Enchanting, frilly, cozy, the perfect spot. Not to mention that its size and mobility make it suitable for any room.

There are many reasons why bassinets are popular for babies. The hardest part is getting one that suits the modern home and lifestyle. Once you find one, whether it be a Moses basket a full sized bassinet, grab it and pay the extra cash for it. You won't be disappointed. Here's why.


The Moses Basket

Since I can remember, my mother made little Moses bassinets for my dolls out of shoe boxes, batting, cloth, and laces, all of them hand sewn, enchanting, and original. It was the perfect way to hold little dolly. And when I grew up, there was no question that I would have a gorgeous little bassinet for my babies.

Look as I may, by the time we had our first child, I was a bit disheartened with the selection I came across. I wasn't about to buy something that I wasn't completely in love with. So, I chalked it up as figuring it just wasn't meant to be.

Buying My Own

But by the time our second was born, I found a perfect little Moses basket bassinet, made of soft weave, hand woven with satin ribbons and bows, a soft padded pillow and bumper, and soft woven handles (ones with the perfect length that made one-handed carrying easy without squishing baby). She was so beautiful sleeping or giggling in there. Not too big, not too small, just right.

In that bassinet, our little Ana always had a safe spot nearby. We didn't have to worry about baby monitors and batteries.

This bassinet turned out to be a life saver, so to speak. Our little Ana suffered through colic, and we suffered with her. Not much seemed to work. One day, my husband made a discovery that changed our lives, and hers.

The Bassinet, Our Life Saver

Ana's bassinet seemed to quiet her for temporary moments. One day, tired and a bit crazy from the crying, my husband picked up the bassinet by the handles and started rocking it low to the ground by the straps. She stopped. And in a while, she fell asleep. It was a trick we were careful not to overuse, lest we jinx the blessing.

The best part was, we could set it down when she was asleep, without disturbing her, or changing her position, or giving her a start by slipping her out of our arms and onto a cold spot. Nothing else gave us the ability to do this so cleverly. While this did not cure her of colic, it eased us all and allowed her to rest so much better.

Third Time's the Charm

For our third child, we again used the same Moses basket. He did not have colic, however, so we didn't have to go through the swinging fuss, but it did work just as beautifully. He was happy till he outgrew it.

I had pondered getting a larger bassinet, one that I had seen at Pottery Barn Kids. But we had just moved and we'd had so much luck with the first one, that we opted to hold off.

Once he outgrew the Moses basket, it was put to good use as a place for stuffed animals and as a means to carry tea party things and blocks by the children from one room to another. It lasted and lasted and lasted. Then finally one day, a couple of years later, it lasted no more.

The Pottery Barn Kids Bassinet

When I found out I was pregnant with our fourth child, I didn't waste time. I knew that the one thing I was going to get if nothing else would be the bassinet I'd dream of getting from Pottery Barn Kids.

It was the most beautiful and most functional one I'd ever seen.

  • I loved it for its vintage elegance.
  • I loved it for its simple charm.
  • I loved it for its sturdiness (oh yes, I tested it!).
  • I loved it for it's ease of movement and the lack of movement when I locked the wheels (a very simple thing to do).
  • The wicker is strong and didn't break despite my tries.
  • The bassinet is removable, light weight, and far from flimsy.
  • The storage underneath is quite ample.
  • The mattress pad was comfortable, safe, and waterproof.

Pottery Barn Kids also has a nice selection of fully washable bassinet linens. While some are classics and can be found over the years, others are seasonal, allowing you variety in matching your décor.

Zero Regrets

I will never in my life regret this purchase. It was perhaps the best money I spent on anything. Most of the time it was by the bed, which was wonderful for me, since Sasha's was the most difficult birth of the four. It took a lot of recouping.

Not only was I completely enchanted with the look (lifting my spirits every time I lay my eyes on her sleeping or cooing so snug and happy in there), but I also couldn't get up every time I had to feed her, change her, hold her, or every time I wanted her and she wanted me.

Thankfully I breastfed. This meant I didn't have to take trips to the kitchen to make bottles or to clean them. I could easily place her in and out of her bassinet without having to move much, and everything I needed for her from clothes and towels to diapers and wipes, where all right underneath and easily accessible . All I had to do was part the skirt. Not to mention she had plenty of room, and I do mean plenty, without her being lost in a sea of space as she would have been in a crib.

As I got better, I could stroll it into whatever room I was in, or keep her there and set the baby monitor on.

Another wonderful thing about the bassinet, is that it offered Sasha and me a wonderful way for us to not only bond, 24/7 (at first), it also offered us a gentle ease from being one to our being two. Towards those later weeks, anticipating that her stage of motor development would inevitably bring her to explore things far from "Mama," I was able to move her further from bed and closer to crib without anxiety. Slow and steady with the roll of a wheel and a locking in place.

I have to say that she is my most confident child yet, as well as my most willing to explore life on her own (not necessarily usual for the youngest in the family), so you see, a bassinet is much more than a place for baby to sleep and dream.

At six months, it was finally time to give it up, unless she was asleep and I was right there beside her, as she was starting to climb all over the place.

The bassinet was still in perfect condition. The next step, storage? No. I passed it on.

Over the past 5 years, Sasha's baby bassinet has been a comfort to seven babies! Soon to be eight. Each mother loved it so much, she passed it on to a family member or a best friend.

It's still looking great, and is still as sturdy and fashionable as ever. If it could talk, my baby bassinet would have a lot of stories to tell.

Tips and Notes:

  • I find that the simpler the covering and bedding of your baby's bassinet, the better. Both in color and style. It's probably best not to dress it as though it were a christening item. As fun as you think that may be, it will become rather sickoning after a while.
  • Your baby will probably be in his/her bassinet for about six months. Once they start climbing or being able to pull themselves up in the slightest, it's time to move them to a crib and let them play around on a soft rug.
  • Apart from the bottom sheet (I had 7 of those), I never had more than two sets of bedding (bumper and skirt). If one got messy, I took it to the wash, and replace it with my extra set of bedding.
  • Unless you have a folded bath towel under baby, I would not recommend changing your baby's diaper in his/her bassinet. This will save you the trouble of changing the bottom sheet (although I must say it is MUCH EASIER than changing a crib sheet). So as long as you use a towel or spit-pads (as I like to use) it's actually one of the most convenient places to change your baby.
  • When looking for a bassinet, price matters. The better the quality, the longer you'll be using it, the safer and sturdier it will be. There's nothing worse than getting a bassinet and only being able to use it for a month or so because your baby has outgrown it in size and or weight, or because the materials just really don't hold up.
  • Do not, under any circumstances, decide that a bassinet/playpen (portable playground) are going to do the trick. The bassinet part will not last. You will find major sagging in a very short period of time. Not to mention, if there's going to be an issue, this type is the one you'll hear about. You're not saving money, nor are you being thrifty by buying multitasking items; you're wasting it.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: Did you purchase a mattress pad different than the one that came with the pottery barn bassinet? I’m having a hard time finding a replacement pad that’s the correct size for that bassinet.

Answer: At the time I bought an extra one from PB kids. I'd double-check with them or do a google search. Just get the closest size or downsize a smidge if you need to.


Barbara on February 19, 2017:

Where do you buy Bassinet wheels ? Please help !

Sharon on September 04, 2016:

Hi there! I just received the pottery barn white bassinet as a gift. My mother in law mentioned that these days the bumper is not safe to se due to SIDS. However, I see the bedding has lots of ties so that ir will not get loose. Should I find a breathable bumper or have you found the regular bassinet bumper from pottery barn to be safe? Thanks!

Frieda Babbley (author) from Saint Louis, MO on September 05, 2012:

Carisa thank you so much. I'm so glad this article brought back some nostalgic memories for you. Me too. I guess that's why I wrote it. Hope you're having a beautiful day.

3carisa on September 03, 2012:

9-3-12 As a mother who has had two male children one who is 17 and the other who is 18 i thought the article & pictorals on this page were awesome it was a great reminder of how my children had bassinet's (cradle's) when they were younger. carisa,justus,connick-the vangor family.

Frieda Babbley (author) from Saint Louis, MO on September 07, 2010:

Thanks guys. Believe it or not, the wicker baby bassinet I'd purchased from Pottery Barn 6 years ago is still going strong. It's taken care of more than 7 babies so far! Very exciting. Worth every penny. Still just as beautiful, perhaps even more so.

belliott on August 30, 2010:

I love the bassinets and Moses baskets. Neat topic. Thanks for another well written hub.

w_elizabeth on March 29, 2010:

Hi! Nice hub you got here. I love your collection of bassinets and Moses baskets.

Frieda Babbley (author) from Saint Louis, MO on June 23, 2009:

Thanks Lgali, they're gorgeous, aren't they?

Lgali on June 23, 2009:

very nice collection

Frieda Babbley (author) from Saint Louis, MO on June 12, 2009:

Yeah, that would have been nice. Or even if she's just let it get borrowed. But, you know, sometimes us moms don't think about those at the time. :( Wonder what it's doing now. What fun if you could figure that out. :)

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on June 11, 2009:

The pictures are very lovely. My mom had a pretty bassinet for all of us, but she gave it to a couple when we were older. Wish she had kept it for my sister.

Frieda Babbley (author) from Saint Louis, MO on June 11, 2009:

There is, isn't there. I'm so glad I was strong headed and got one. The exciting thing is that it's passed on so many times. It's paid for itself, so to speak, many times over. Don't you just love the pictures? The moses basket, while it can be used for a shorter amount of time than the bassinet, was so nice too. Sounds silly, but it felt so special to use.

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on June 11, 2009:

A bassinet would be a nice change as opposed to just using a crib. My sister used a crib with both her kids, but there is something charming about a bassinet.

Am I dead, yet? on June 09, 2009:

me too! xD

Frieda Babbley (author) from Saint Louis, MO on June 09, 2009:

LOL AIDY! Wouldn't that be so much fun? I'd like some vintage bloomers and a vintage smock dress to go with that. And a cuter than a button stuffed animal. =D

Am I dead, yet? on June 09, 2009:

I have to say that there is something mythical about a baby's bassinet. I wonder if I can get one that is 'adult size?' Such a wonderful and well organized hub, Frieda. It really makes me want a bassinet -ehem- for myself o.0*

Frieda Babbley (author) from Saint Louis, MO on June 08, 2009:

Thanks. Got it fixed. =D

Paper Moon from In the clouds on June 08, 2009:

Uh, the link$???

Frieda Babbley (author) from Saint Louis, MO on June 08, 2009:

Hi RooBee! Yes, it was your hub I was talking about. And it was darn awesome. And you know, a lot of people are going to agree with you. You just keep yourself right where you are. I'm not dissing your view at all and it's true what you said about the hazards, (which is why price/ type/ and self testing are a must!). Your info fit into your hub perfectly. Honestly. There's more than one type of thinking and more than one type of lifestyle. I've tried it all ways and this was "my" choice as the best one for "me". No need to refine. Glad you came in to comment, I was hoping you would.

Arby Bourne from USA on June 08, 2009:

Hey, there - I'm definitely flattered (that you read & said it was good, no less), not offended, if I may be so presumptuous as to assume you're talking about my hub.

This is great and I've been put in my place -lol-

All the more reason to refine my hub to reflect that it's more geared toward those in small spaces. You are a fantastic writer and have almost made me want a bassinet. ;)

Frieda Babbley (author) from Saint Louis, MO on June 08, 2009:

I most certainly did, Paper Moon. I'm glad you agree. And yes, keeping moms happy is always a good idea.

Paper Moon from In the clouds on June 08, 2009:

You certainly did your research on this one! LOL. 4 times! I will have to agree that for size, portability and convenience, they can’t be beat. And the ladies do coo over them. (It is always a good idea to keep Moms happy)

Frieda Babbley (author) from Saint Louis, MO on June 08, 2009:

The PBK one was not only perfect, but it's one of the lesser expensive ones. Thanks for reading Candie. I know what you mean, Grandkids one day maybe? :)

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on June 08, 2009:

I was fussy about that stuff too..had to be just right, but I never found the one I liked, and we were too broke to get the one I really wanted..and I only had 1 child, so that took care of it.. I love the pottery barn one, it is perfect!

Thanks Frieda for sharing this!! I get to feel like I'm a part of the family!! :)

Frieda Babbley (author) from Saint Louis, MO on June 08, 2009:

Ahhah Christa, excellent point!!! Their mobility is such a godsend.

Gypsy Willow, yes, I've heard of it. It's suppose to be Wonderful! We had come across a shop that sold them, but weren't needing them, but when we did need them we forgot (you kind of have to hunt for them over here for some silly reason, the real ones, lots of fakes). A friend of mine swears by them. She had two.. Great for sensitive skins as well. Congratulations, that's so exciting to see those bassinets used again, isn't it? There's just something so special about that. Part of their enchantment, I suppose.

Gypsy Willow from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand on June 08, 2009:

Took me back a while! I loved lining the bassinets for my two boys. Have you heard about the baby fleece produced in New Zealand. It is very cosy, washable and extremely soft. I used one with my second baby and my grandson has one also. They seem to help the baby settle and sleep well. Loved the hub. We are expecting a baby girl in August and I look forward to lining the bassinet with a girly theme!

Christa Dovel from The Rocky Mountains, North America on June 08, 2009:

I loved using bassinets! They worked so well, especially when a little one had jondus, and needed to be in the sunlight as much as possible. I could wheel him all around the house, in keeping with the sun.

Frieda Babbley (author) from Saint Louis, MO on June 08, 2009:

Thanks Eleni. I ran across a wonderful hub that mentioned them (though not in this light-I hope she doesn't take it personally because it really was a very good hub). I felt like it was time to get the story out on this subject. I'm passionate about it, as you can tell, lol. Glad you enjoyed.

Elena. from Madrid on June 08, 2009:

You are SUCH an expert on babies! :-)  I admit I missed a bit your typical fun cracks about babies --or rather, MOTHERS with babies, but it was still a very educational read -- I didn't know a baby shouldn't sit for more than 20 minutes!  Maybe that's why I find your baby hubs so entertaining, because I'm a total ignorant on the subject?!  Laugh!

Anyhow, very well researched and presented, I hope this makes you a few nifty bucks :-)