Buying somewhere for your newborn to sleep is an absolute minefield. Moses baskets, cribs, bassinets – what to choose and when? To try and make it a bit simpler, here are our top stylish picks to suit a range of budgets.
Best for co-sleeping… Bednest bedside crib, £299, NCT. This is definitely my number one buy for a new baby – I’ve recommended it to everyone. Basically it has all the advantages of co-sleeping with none of the risks. It’s height adjustable so suitable with any bed and it’ll last you until your baby is six or seven months, so outlives a moses basket by miles.It also it folds flat into a bag so you can take it away with you and give your little one somewhere familiar to sleep. If the price tag looks prohibitive, you can now hire one from the NCT for £99.
Best for Scandi chic… Seimi bassinet, £349.99, Nordic Kids. In a similar vein, although without the drop-down sides, is the Seimi bassinet. A solid wood frame with transparent canvas sides for ease of baby gazing, it’s also light enough to carry around the house.
Best for wicker refusniks… Moba moses basket, £89.99. If you are set on a moses basket, then the contemporary Moba is finally about to launch. We featured it a while back and I still think it’s fabulous – there’s a colour for everyone. And it’s one of the few alternatives to traditional wicker. The price includes mattress and bedding so is pretty reasonable too.
Best for minimalists… Nesta’s Nest, email for price. Another one for people allergic (not literally) to wicker is the divine Nesta’s Nest. Handmade in Berlin, it consists of a wool felt bassinet and birch stand and can be used up to six months before moving on to become chic toy storage. No UK stockists as yet, so you have to email direct for price and shipping details.
Best for traditionalists… Wood Work Leylou moses basket, £420, Pure Baby. If you will insist on wicker, you could do a lot worse than this retro version by Wood Work. Love the colour contrast and the hood.
Best for space age style… Cascara crib, £550, Babycotpod. Futuristic, egg-shaped and oh-so-shiny, the Cascara is surely best placed in a NY loft space. The price does include a bumper, mattress bed linen and the wooden stand, but it’s still definitely a statement piece.
Best for rocking… Saplings Katie crib, £99.95, Lula Sapphire. Sweet and simple, Saplings Katie crib can be gently swayed in the hope the motion will send baby to sleep. A good solution when space is at a premium as it can be folded when not in use.
Best for swinging… Leander suspended cradle, £322, Little Fashion Gallery. Alfie slept extremely happily in a hammock for the first few months of his life, so I can testify to the benefits of hanging cradles. This Leander one is sleekly modern with a traditional twist.
Best for versatility… BE Mini convertible crib, €405, Kids Love Design. If you’re after something that won’t just go into storage once baby outgrows it, then this is for you, as it converts into a child’s desk. I love the idea of a child playing on their former cot. And I love the zingy colours.
Best for small spaces… Bloom Alma Mini, from £300, Born. Talking of zingy colours… Available in a palette of luscious shades, the Bloom Alma Mini is a brilliant bit of design. It has two mattress heights so can be used from newborn to twelve months and, its piece de resistance, folds up really small.
Best for longevity… Stokke Sleepi Mini, £399, Back in Action. We’re massive Stokke fans at BG and the Sleepi is just another example of the company’s fantastic designs solutions. You buy the mini for your new arrival, then six months or so later you get a conversion kit to transform it into the full Sleepi cot.
Best for pure escapism… Creme Anglaise Berceau Lune, €990. Yes, yes, I know, it’s ludicrous and eye-wateringly expensive, but think how cute little bubba would look. It’s made from hand polished and sealed wooden pallets and I adore it.
Looking for a sleeping place for an older baby? Stayed tuned for our guide through the labyrinth of cots and cot beds next week.