The request made me do an OMG face like this:
In truth, I’ve been holding back on the baby posts for a couple of reasons. The first is that once uncorked, I’m at risk of turning into a bloggy baby bore. The second is that Thrifty Baby and I have been doing a prolonged bout of road-testing. Although I spent my pregnancy stocking up on bargain baby gear and working out what we did or didn’t need, I was conscious of taking a step in the dark and that hello, maybe I needed that plastic “top and tail bowl”, freestanding changing table and buggy that cost the same as a small car after all.
As it turns out I didn’t need any of those things, and in the end we were able to get all that we needed either for free, or very cheaply. So over the coming weeks I’ll be setting out what I got, did and bought, and how I cut all the corners cost-wise. But I don’t want to bore anyone who doesn’t give two hoots about baby stuff, so shall we say, one baby post a week? Does that sound amenable?
I’ve been asked to tell you about what we did for a Moses basket, so that’s where I’ll start…
I was always going to get a Moses basket. Our house is small and, although we have a cot in the nursery, we were never going to fit it in our bedroom. My only worry was that Thrifty Baby would outgrow the basket so quickly, it would turn out to be money down the drain. (Actually, the opposite has been true: because he was poorly and slow to put on weight after he was born, he is still playing catch-up – and, as you can see from the pictures below, at four months old he still fits in the basket. Just.)
When I saw how much Moses baskets cost, I did another one of those OMG faces. (Actually, I did a lot of those while shopping for baby stuff.) In the baby shops, the baskets on display were priced at about £80. On the Mothercare website, the cheapest basket is £34.99 – and that’s without a stand. The cheapest stand costs £19.99. And that’s without the bedding. So £55, without bedding. As you can see, it all begins to add up very quickly…
Thank heavens for ASDA, where I found a Moses basket on special for £15. Here it is, as modeled by Thrifty B:
The basket is still available via Asda’s website, for £25. And do you know what? I really don’t think that quality-wise, there is much difference between this basket and it’s expensive equivalents. The hood doesn’t stay up very well, but I like to keep it down anyway so that I can
check he is still alive see him.
Two good points about this basket: the colours are neutral. Also it is slightly larger than some of the wee matchbox-sized baskets I’ve seen elsewhere, so can be used for longer.
As for the stand: I thought we would make one, but my husband shot that idea down as, quite reasonably, he didn’t want to be held responsible for the thing staying up. But £19.99 is a lot for a few sticks of wood, isn’t it?
Fortunately these basket stands are pretty durable – well they have to be, don’t they – and so they pop up all the time at car boot sales and jumbles. Ours was £5, which seems to be the going rate.
So there’s my Moses basket: at £20 including the stand, it was a fraction of the prices charged at Mothercare and Kiddicare. Result!