Moses basket sheets
If your baby will spending their first few weeks sleeping in a moses basket, sheets are one of the basics you will almost certainly need. This page should help clarify what the options are and how much you need. If you are looking to buy moses basket sheets then there are a variety of brands and good deals available for purchase through our online store.
Moses basket bedding: types of sheets
Fitted sheets are extremely practical because they are very simple to put over the mattress and should give a snug and secure fit, with few worries about wriggly babies being able to dislodge the sheet while they sleep. Elasticated edges mean that the sheets are generic and are compatible with almost all shapes and sizes of moses basket mattresses.
The majority of fitted sheets are made from cotton jersey, which is warm and soft for the baby to lie on and has the advantage of washing and drying easily.
Moses basket fitted sheets are generally also suited for use as a pram sheet, and vice versa.
Like a fitted sheet, flat sheets can also be used to cover the moses basket mattress. They are slightly less practical for this purpose as they don't give the same neat fit and the baby may sometimes ruffle the sheet if they move around while they sleep.
What they are very good for is for use as a top sheet. In a very warm room a sheet is all your baby will require, but under 21 degrees Celsius (about 70 degrees Fahrenheit) they will also need one or two layers of blanket over the sheet. If you plan on using baby sleeping bags - and your mattress is covered with a fitted sheet - then a flat sheet is not a necessity.
Flat sheets are usually made from flannelette or 100 percent cotton. Both wash well, which is essential with a baby!
How many sheets do I need for a moses basket?
At the very minimum you will need two sheets to cover the moses basket mattress, and you will find most are sold in a two-pack. More can be handy for days when your baby's nappy leaks and your spare sheet is already in the wash. If blankets are your moses basket bedding of choice then you will also need a couple of flat sheets. Parents who have a summer baby and are using sleeping bags may also want to have a flat sheet to hand for use on very hot nights, although there are 0.5 tog baby sleeping bags available too.
How much do moses basket sheets cost?
Sheets are inexpensive, especially if you are buying online. You can get a double pack of Izziwotnot flat sheets for under £5, or a fitted moses basket sheet for under £6, on Amazon. There are, of course, several places in the high street you can get them too but this is likely to cost you a little more. For instance, in Mothercare a 2 pack of cotton jersey sheets start at £9.99.