The Moses basket can be a smart investment in your baby's first few months of life. It is a (usually) woven basket with handles that allows you to easily carry your baby around the house from room to room.

Some new parents consider a Moses basket to be an impractical purchase because the baby can only use it for a limited amount of time. But within that limited amount of time, a Moses basket can make your life with a new baby infinitely easier.

A Moses basket is small and generally only usable until your baby is around 15 pounds and/or can roll over or push themselves up unassisted. Since it takes up very little room, the Moses basket can go just about anywhere with you which is particularly convenient in those first few weeks when you won't want your baby to be out of your sight.

Whether you're stealing a quick shower, cleaning the kitchen sink, or lounging on your patio, the Moses basket can accompany you to all these places and more!

Moses baskets are relatively inexpensive, and the prices range from about $30 to $70 and up. This is really a small price to pay for being able to tote your baby around with you, and because Moses baskets are smaller in size, they are easy to store away when baby outgrows it, in wait for the next baby to come along.

If you find you are done having children, a Moses basket is always a welcome hand-me-down to a friend or relative who may be able to use it.

A Moses basket is also an ideal way to keep your baby near your bedside at night. They will be near you, so you'll hear if they fuss, possibly needing a feeding or a diaper change.

They'll be secure in the basket, because it has high sides that makes it impossible for your baby to roll out. You'll both get a better nights sleep if you add a Moses basket to your initial nursery purchases.