How to Use a Moses Basket

Updated April 17, 2017

A Moses basket allows you to take your baby with you if you need to move to another area of the house. It doesn't take up a lot of room, and when the baby is too big to use it, it can be used for something else. Using a Moses basket is simple, however, like most baby products, steps need to be taken to ensure the baby's safety. Moses baskets range in price from fairly inexpensive to very expensive depending on brand and quality. A Moses basket is ideal for a parent who may not have a baby monitor. They are also great if you want to sit outside with your baby. Moses baskets can be found at most baby retailers.

Set the Moses basket on the floor in a safe place. You shouldn't have it near doors, stairs, drapes or in the reach of pets. Do not set the basket or leave the basket on a table, couch or other piece of furniture. It should always be on the floor.

Line the bottom of the basket with a blanket. Many Moses baskets come with blankets or padded bottoms that are fit to the size and shape of the basket. If your basket does not, you can simple fold a blanket and lay it in the bottom. The blanket should fill the bottom of the basket without bunching up around the sides. It should be flat and not too plush. A receiving blanket would work well for this.

Swaddle the baby with a receiving blanket. To swaddle a baby, lay the blanket on a flat surface in a diamond shape. Fold down the top corner of the blanket to create a flat edge. Lay the baby on top of the blanket with the baby's head just above where you folded the corner down. Take the right side of the blanket and wrap it completely around the baby with the end tucked under the baby. Fold the bottom of the blanket up over the baby's stomach and chest. Then take the left side of the blanket and wrap it completely around the baby.

Lay the baby in the centre of the basket. Never leave the baby unattended while laying or sleeping in the basket. Once the baby is able to sit up without assistance, the Moses basket will not be safe or suitable to use.

Lift the basket by the handles with one hand and place your other hand under the basket to help support the weight if you need to move the basket and the baby. It is best not to use the basket as a means of carrying the baby around, but if you must move it, you can.


Some of the higher end Moses baskets come with a raised holder so that the basket does not have to sit on the floor. This is a good ideal if you are in a home with pets.


Never leave the baby alone in a room in the Moses basket. There are no safety precautions that can replace proper supervision.

Things You'll Need

  • Moses basket
  • Blanket
  • Swaddling blanket
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Melanie Williamson graduated in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in sociology. She worked for four years as a college writing tutor. During that time she proofread and edited academic papers. She works as a professional freelance writer and writes for a variety of websites. In April 2011 she published her first book on resume writing.