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Your newborn may not be so little anymore and they’ve grown out of their Moses basket.  You may want to store your Moses basket for use in the future, or you may want to donate it to a friend or charity.  Here’s a quick and easy guide on how you can clean your palm or wicker Moses basket for use in the future.

1. Empty the Moses basket: Remove all bedding, mattress, toys, and any other items from the basket.

2. Discard the mattress: It is recommended that a new mattress is purchased when donating or re-using it for another child.

3. Remove loose debris: Use a vacuum or microfiber cloth to remove any dust or debris in the Moses basket.

4. Clean the basket: Wipe down the basket with a damp cloth to remove any dirt or debris. If there are any stubborn stains, use a mild soap solution. Do not soak the basket in water.

5. Dry the basket: Allow the basket to air dry completely in a well-ventilated area. Do not use a hair dryer, as the heat can damage the palm or wicker basket.

6. Inspect the basket: Check the basket for any tears or damage. If there is any damage, consider donating it to a local recycling program instead of for re-use.

7. Clean the bedding: Wash the bedding in a washing machine using a mild detergent. And air dry. (Do not use fabric conditioner etc. as this may irritate a baby’s skin).

8. Reassemble the basket: Once everything is clean and dry, place the bedding back on the Moses basket and it's ready for reuse or donation.

9. Label the basket: If you’re donating the basket, consider labelling it with any information about its previous use, such as if it was used for multiple children or if it has been stored properly etc. Or leave a lovely note for the next mum-to-be.

Note: Before using the Moses basket, ensure that it meets current safety standards and is in good condition for use.

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