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Got given a few different designs when my 2nd daughter was born. I already had a few packs of plain white, smaller muslins, which I'd found useful for wiping and mopping baby spew, or covering things at other people's houses, especially if baby was lying down. But these are so much bigger and more interesting to look at.
The designs of the Aden & Anais muslins are lovely - the jungle pack with different animals are unisex but they also have pink star ones or blue ones. Prince George left hospital wrapped in the bird print one, which of course made these even more popular, and lots of celebs use them too and are regularly pictured covering their buggies with the latest designs.
I used my muslins for all sorts - buggy sun shade, feeding cover, tummy time mat to protect the carpet, shoulder cover for burping, a light cover over a sleeping baby. I still tended to use the small versions for wiping spills, just because they are easier to throw in the wash, rather than washing the big ones every 5 minutes. They do wash and dry very well, haven't lost their shape. The brand claim that they actually get softer with each wash, but I haven't found that, they seem to be the same as when I got them, but they were soft enough then anyway. The best thing about these is probably the size. Normal sized muslins are great for spills, whereas these are better for multiple uses and still take up very little space in a changing bag or washing machine as they are very thin. The prints do look nice when used as a sun shade over a buggy, and because they are primarily white, and thin, they don't make the inside of the buggy too hot.
Only took off one star because they are expensive, but I do love them.
Aden & Anais swaddling wraps
Despite being Australian born and raised, I'd never been aware of the Antipodean love of muslin swaddling cloths for newborn babies until I had one of my own.
We received a beautiful Aden & Anais swaddling blanket from a fellow Australian expat when our daughter was born over three years ago. This large piece of cloth (120cm x 120 cm) is made from muslin. Muslin is known for its soft weave which enables air to pass through the material. These natural fibres apparently permit the baby's body temperature to adjust naturally, greatly reduce the chance of overheating but still keep the baby warm and comfortable. The muslin is a gentle fabric that becomes progressively softer the more times it is washed.
Swaddling is a method of wrapping a baby. In our family this is known as making a baby burrito. We swaddle-wrapped our daughter for the first six weeks of her life, making sure that her arms were well wrapped within the fabric. Some babies and families prefer the "arms out" approach.
These durable swaddling blankets remind me of an adult's sarong, in that they are truly multipurpose. In our daughter's early days we mainly used this blanket as a stroller/pram blanket and sunshade. We also used it in the first few months for tummy time. A friend always used hers as a privacy sheet when breastfeeding. We still use our muslin cloth now, despite Millie being over three years old. While its main use now is as a light cover while out and about in the stroller, and as a lightweight picnic rug, the blanket does also occasionally revert to transforming Millie into a baby burrito at her request during her current fantasy/role-play stage.
These Aden & Anais blankets are very stylish. The prints are subtle, unique and tasteful in my opinion. The blankets wash and wear well. They dry quickly and easily.
The blankets are currently priced at £44.95 for a four pack and can be obtained at various independent retailers, and through the company website www.adenandanais.co.uk.
I highly recommend these stylish muslin swaddling cloths.