“ Brand: Asda / Type: Muslin „
There's no doubting that Muslin Cloths are an incredibly useful addition to any layette, but the manufacturers seem to have cottoned on to this and they are often vastly over-priced, with some brands coming in at over £10 for half a dozen. Cue the George (Asda) Muslin Cloths, generally available at just £3.50 for three, but currently on offer at the same price for four. This is a brilliant price for such a staple, but are they a bargain or just cheap and nasty?
While some of the more expensive brands of muslins come in fancy colours these are currently only available in either a pink or blue colour-way, there was a time when one muslin was printed with tiny stars, but this was not the case with my latest packs. Personally speaking, I would have bought the blue packs rather than pink, even if my latest arrival was not a boy, pink really is not my favourite colour. Within the pack of four muslins, there was one white, two pastel blue and one slightly darker blue, all colours that can stand up to a hot wash and not turn my whites a funny colour (a slight hint of blue will actually make whites look whiter).
The muslins themselves are 100% cotton squares measuring approximately 80cm square (out of the packet). As is standard with muslin these feature quite a loose weave, meaning that they are very lightweight. Out of the packet the muslins are a little hard and scratchy to the touch, they definitely need to be washed before use to both remove the sizing and increase absorbency. The care label states that they can be washed at 40 degrees but, if I'm honest, I've washed them at 60 and even 90 degrees without them suffering any real ill effects. Being made of cotton a little shrinkage is to be expected and at a guess I would say that they've lost than 10% of their total area after many, many washes. The care label also states that the muslins can be dried in a tumble drier at low heat, although this is something that I would only do on very rare occasions as even in winter they dry on an airer overnight or within minutes on a radiator. The only real reason I would recommend using a tumble drier is to soften them up if they're feel a little stiff and scratchy. With very little care these muslins are almost indestructible, the oldest of ours are almost four years old and while the white ones have greyed considerably they still all do the job perfectly.
And what can these muslin cloths be used for? Well the list is quite extensive, so I'll probably miss a few things out, but here goes.
One of the original uses of muslin cloths is as nappies and they do make great nappies for newborn babies who do not require a huge amount of absorbency. They can be folded, held in place with a nippa (or nappy pin) and covered with a waterproof wrap or folded and placed in the pocket of a pocket nappy in an emergency. I've not used these actual muslins as nappies, but have used other brands many years ago and can state that they really are only useful in the first couple of weeks, but as they can go in a hot wash it is easy to get the sticky, black, newborn poop out of them.
In an age of disposable nappies, a far more common use for muslins is as burp cloths. I probably use them for this far more than for anything else as most of my children have suffered from reflux, including my now three month old. I use these cloths to put over my shoulder while burping my little man, or under his chin while he is sitting on my knee. I also use them for mopping up sick and dribble, in fact wherever the baby is you'll find one of these cloths nearby. I also use these cloths to protect the baby's crib sheets, by folding them and placing under his head, this is something I would recommend for all babies, as there's nothing worse than having to totally strip and remake a crib at 2am because baby has posseted. I also use these cloths first thing in the morning during the first breastfeed of the day when I will leak profusely and I find they are brilliant at absorbing the milk. I have to admit that I also used them in the same way during the first week of baby's life when my milk came in and my boobs and nipples were too sensitive to wear a bra.
While my youngest is a winter baby, Big Brother was a summer babe and it was often too hot to use a conventional blanket to swaddle him, but one of these muslins was ideal. I do realise that swaddling is something of a lost art, but I found these perfect for the first couple of weeks when baby would startle himself awake if not swaddled. Once baby gets beyond the burping and sicking stage the muslins are still useful for mopping up spills and dribble. They can be used in the place of a bib by wrapping over baby's front or as cloths for washing hands and faces. My three month old is teething and he loves to grab hold of one of these cloths and try and put it in his mouth to chew on.
Even as an adult I find uses for these cloths once they have been retired from baby duties. They are brilliant as part of a face care routine, they can be dunked in hot water, wrung out and then used to remove cleansers while gently exfoliating. Other uses include general cleaning clothes or they can be cut into squares and used as reusable wipes (once they've been well used and got a little grubby).
As you can tell for us muslin cloths are indispensable and by far the cheapest are these from George. Although we do have a few of another brand the vast majority of our stash of muslins are of the George variety, with some being almost four years old. Although they may not be quite as soft as more expensive brands they do represent excellent value for money and soften up considerably with repeated washing and they are extremely durable. If asked by any parent-to-be I cannot recommend these muslins enough and would suggest that they bought several packs in. My only real issue is that they can be quite hard to get hold of both online and in my local store as they sell out almost as soon as they hit the shelves.
Asda George Muslin squares
Before my little bundle of joy was here I did purchase some very pretty bright coloured and expensive muslins because muslin squares seemed to be something that everyone used and I went for quality over quantity. But with a little drooly monster that loves to spit up on my clothes l have found muslin squares are an absolute daily must have and I now realise that quantity is important - I am not sure that I could ever have enough muslin squares. I really do use muslin cloths for a huge variety of tasks and they come everywhere with us, as such I wanted to bulk buy but without spending a fortune and Asda's muslin squares are currently retailing at £3.50 for a packet of three cloths.
In the packet of muslin cloths you get three individual cloths each slightly different from the next. I purchased the cloths in blue which meant that I got a light very pale baby blue cloth, a slightly darker baby blue cloth and my favourite a white cloth covered with a blue star design. Personally, I haven't measured the muslin squares but I would guess they are about the same size as some of my other muslin cloths that I own at 60 cms x 60 cms, making them a decent size for the majority of tasks that you would normally use a muslin cloth for.
The muslin squares are made from 100 percent cotton but unlike some of my more expensive muslin cloths the Asda cloths have a little bit of a scratchy like texture and they are just not as soft and gentle as I initially expected. Personally, I am glad that I didn't get carried away with the low cost and buy a few packets of the Asda muslin squares because really I find them disappointing. They are thinner than and just not as soft as I was expecting and compared to the majority of muslin cloths that I own and they are just not as nice, soft or absorbent. Don't get me wrong there is not really all that much wrong with the Asda muslin cloths and for the low price you do get a usable product, but I just don't love them and I wouldn't buy too many of them again in the future.
From me the Asda muslin squares get two out of five stars, they are just not a product that I would buy again and again, but I do appreciate that on a strict budget these muslins would handle the majority of jobs just fine.
When I became a Mummy I soon discovered exactly why other Mum's had insisted that I buy some Muslin cloths in advance and exactly why they are considered an essential and now we NEVER go anywhere without one.
Before my daughter was born we had stocked up on these wonder cloths from both John Lewis (I was fortunate enough to have won lots of vouchers) and Mothercare. However after many months of constant use and frequent washes not to mention the odd puree stain now that we are weaning, they were looking in rather a sorry state.
So when I popped to Asda and was browsing the baby aisle and found a pack of 3 cloths for £3.50 into my basket they went. Ours are the same design as the pictures but they are pink instead. Having spent far more on these cloths in the past I was slightly dubious about the quality, and therefore only brought one pack to test them out so to speak.
When I opened the clear packaging I was pleasantly surprised - they are very good size and if anything are slightly larger than those we have had before. The designs are also very pretty and the cloths represent very good value.
However they are not as soft as the other brands we have tried in the past and whilst not rough I would not want to use them on a new born baby, preferring those I have used in the past. I feel that they are more suited to older babies especially as they are not as absorbent as the others we have used. As my daughter is nearly 8 months and only possets small amounts now, this is not a problem, however they would not have been suitable when she was younger and posseted far more.
They wash very well and represent excellent value and we will buy more but I would not want to use these with a young baby.
This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.
I had never heard of Muslins before I had my baby but apparently they are ESSENTIAL in childcare and now I can see why! I really can't do without our 'moomoos' as we call them!
What is a muslin?
It is basically a cloth. It's made from cotton and is just a great product to help you when looking after your baby.
The main purpose of a muslin is to provide a substantial, soft piece of material suitable for mopping up after baby messes. Baby wipes cost around £1.50 a packet and are small and moist so not the best in terms of cost or effectiveness. Tissues tend to rip and fall apart and are only small so again, not ideal when you have a sicky baby!
Muslins are much stronger than tissues and wipes as they are cotton. They are about the size of a hand towel so plenty long enough to fullfill the job.
What can you use it for?
All sorts of things but they're mainly used during winding the baby when often they can be sick. The muslin can be held underneath your baby's chin and it's soft enough not to rub and cause irritation on the delicate skin. It is also suitable to put over your shoulder to protect your own clothes if you are winding the baby over your shoulder. If your baby is quite a sicky baby or suffers from reflux it may be appropriate to fold a muslin underneath your baby's head so that if it's sick in the night the muslin will soak it up and not the sheets/blankets/mattress.
Do they work?
They are extremely practical. The muslin is only very thin so if you can always fold it up for double/triple density if you need to. It's suitable for mopping up stains and soaking up bits of milk and dribble.
Once you have used it you then just wash it along with your towels and things and it dries very quickly as it's so thin. You can then reuse it over and over again so they're ideal and cost effective!
Asda Muslin Squares
We bought some from Asda and are very pleased with them. They were cheaper than other brands yet work just the same. I found that giving them a wash first made the most effective like you would a towel. They have washed really well, they have retained their quality, their shape and just how good they work. We bought them in just plain white and they haven't lost their colour or anything. They work just as well as any other brand so the price we paid for them is great. Everything we need and want to use them for we can!
I use our muslins for all sorts- when I started weaning Baby Hope I would tie one around her neck and use it as an extra long bib! Because they're plain and not full of patterns like so many bibs are it didn't distract her and she just ate away without trying to pull a pattern off it like she does with a bib!
I keep a muslin in my bag at all times and it works well for wrapping up bottles in to stop leaks, mopping up dribbles and runny noses as well as wiping food-filled faces!
The muslin is very practical. I did think they just seemed like yet another item to buy but you really do need these! It saves you having to keep using up tissues and then risking them ripping or having to keep washing towels and risking them staining. They're so very thin that they can easily get in your bag without taking up lots of space like a towel would do.
We have used ours frequently for the last 11 months now and they are still as good as new. I definitely think that they are great value for money and a very good quality.
They are available from Asda and you can buy different types from other brands but seeing as these are very affordable I think they are worth it.
*review originally written for Ciao a while ago.
Muslin cloths can be really useful when you have a baby. They are squares of cotton which help to mop up spillages and milk. They are very soft so gentle against skin. When my grandchildren were babies we always had some at hand.
We bought some from ASda and they were plain white. We washed them first as if you don't wash them then they are not absorbant at all really so a good wash was needed.
They were quite soft against skin, we found that ironing them gently would make them more soft.
They came in useful when feeding and the baby would spit out bits of milk or would bring some milk back. I would put some over my shoulder whilst winding them to help protect my clothes from any bits of milk that may be brought back.
They are only light so can easily be put into a bag and be taken out and about.
They are practical but I found that this brand were not as absorbent as others that we have used and I wonder if it's somethin to do with the quality of them or something. It did help to protect clothes and they were useful to have around to wipe milk up but they just didn't seem to soak up as much liquid as other brands would.
My daughter had some from Toys R Us and these were much better.
We used these for a while but eventually just moved on to having bibs at hand instead. They are a good idea but not as good as other brands.
When I had my baby I didn't really have any idea what to buy or what I really needed! I had searched on the internet for lists of things to buy before your baby arrives, and muslin squares were always mentioned. I only bought a pack of 3 muslin squares to start off with, but when my baby arrived I realised how much of an essential item these are! I must own a good 6-8 packs of these, I have so many! I buy my muslin squares from Asda, for £3.50.
You get 3 muslin squares in a pack, and I buy the blue ones for my son, in which you get a dark blue one, baby blue one and a white one patterned with blue stars. These muslin squares are also available in plain white and pink. I have these everywhere in my house, in the front room, kitchen, bedroom, in the car, changing bag and my hand bag. You never know when you might need one!
I use these muslin squares mainly for burping my baby after a feed, my son was often really sick after a bottle, and these just used to get soaked and we used about 15 a day when he was newborn! He is now 9 months old, and we use them mainly for wiping his face, he dribbles a lot because he is teething, so these are great to keep drying his face. They have so many uses, I have used them on my car seat over the top as a sun shade if I have forgotten my sun umbrella when out and about, I have used them as an emergency cot sheet in my carry cot when my son was sick and I forgot to bring spares with me! I also use them to put on changing mats when in public toilets if they don't have the tissue to lie them on, then they can just be put in a nappy bag until we get home to wash them. They really do come in handy in so many situations with a baby. My son loves to chew on one of these too, when his teeth are hurting him, he screws them up into a ball and they are nice and soft on his gums so I know they won't hurt him.
These muslin squares are made of 100% cotton, they are really soft which is what I love about them at the moment, as they are soft and gentle on my sons face as I am wiping it every two minutes! They are so lightweight so you can carry lots of these around with you in your changing bag without them adding too much weight. They are very thin, you cannot soak up a lot of liquid, and when I son was really sick when he was first born, the milk that he brought up would sometimes just actually run off the muslin square onto the floor instead of it being absorbed straight away. They can't take much liquid before they are completely wet through. The liquid also went through onto my hands a few times too.
They don't wash too well in the washing machine, most of mine have shrunk slightly, and all shrivelled and curled up around the edges, they look old, and do need replacing often if you use them so much like I do, they don't last forever, but as they are so cheap I don't mind. I like how you can roll them up really small, they fit in little side pockets this way in my changing bag.
I do like these muslin squares, they have been used so much since my baby was born I couldn't have done without them! They are not the best you can get, but you can't complain when they are so cheap. I will continue to buy these as they are good enough for what I need them to do for my son now, and we don't go through half as many now, but I will definitely just be sticking with these Asda muslin squares if I have a next baby, and highly recommend them!
Anyone who has had a baby will know that muslin cloths are an essential item.
I bought a packet of these from Asda in my third trimester and they were really useful so I ended up getting a few more.
These muslin cloths come in packets of three from the Asda George brand for £3.50, which is quite reasonable. They come in a clear plastic bag with a resealable tab. You can get them in plain white, blue and pink. The blue and pink ones have a light shade, a dark shade and one with star pattern on it. Muslin is 100% cotton, and the size is a standard 70 cm X 70 cm, which is good for most purposes.
I use it for lots of things- burping, wiping during a feed, sometimes as a towel after a quick wipe down, as a nappy replacement and sometimes i just leave him on it when I like to leave him nappy free. It has been pretty good for all these used and they are in good shape even after more than four months of constant use.
They get used and washed nearly daily. I mostly wash them in the machine, although occasionally I have to do a handwash if he's pooed in it. With a stain remover it cleans up very well and hasn't been damaged yet. The colour of the blue ones hasn't faded either.
Being 100% cotton it does tend to shrink in the wash but if you take care to stretch it out when you hang it to dry its not big issue. Or if you can be bothered, give it an ironing once a month or so and it will stretch out back to the original size.
I am very happy with these cloths and I think I will be using them for a long time to come.