“ Brand: Mini Club / Type: Muslin „
I would definitely consider muslin squares to be an essential baby item. I was lucky enough to not have to buy any myself as four different people bought some for me as gifts at my baby shower and when my baby was born. One of the sets I received was from the Mini Club range at Boots, a brand I particularly like.
- The Muslins -
The set of three that I have are themed for a boy but Mini Club at Boots also sell muslin sets that are for girls or are unisex. One of the muslins in our set is white and the others are two different shades of light blue. Each muslin square has a small embroidered picture in one corner, such as a bear or a paw print. They are made from 100% cotton and feel soft. They are of a fairly average size compared to other muslins we own. I think they look cute and practical. It is quite nice to have a set of muslins which are specifically for boys.
- Muslins in General -
Muslins have a long list of uses. I would say their main use is for mopping up baby sick and for having over your shoulder, arm or in your hand when burping a newborn. In my opinion muslins are much better for this purpose than burping cloths as they are bigger and more absorbent. If you know your baby spits up when lying down in the pram, moses basket or crib then you could use a muslin underneath them. Newborn babies don't like to feel lots of open space around them so a muslin is useful to have for tucking it around their head so they feel more secure. Or a muslin can be tucked under a baby's head to add some extra comfort. Just be sure that the muslin isn't loose as then it could cause a hazard. Another time I found these muslins to be invaluable was when I was taking my baby to someone's house. I didn't want to put my son directly onto their cream sofa or carpet in case he was sick or had a leaky nappy so the muslin was perfect to put underneath him. I used the muslins to hook over the front of the buggy when we were out and about. They made it a little darker for my son to sleep and stopped the sun getting in his eyes. They can also be used as a thin blanket in warm weather. Once my son got past the spit up stage I still found it useful to carry a muslin in the changing bag, you never know what will happen when you are out with a baby and muslins can be useful in a variety of situations for a variety of baby messes!
- These Muslins Over Others -
These muslins have survived months of regular use which suggests they are fairly strong and well made. However, I have noticed they don't seem quite as good quality as other muslins we have from Mothercare and Ikea. They just seem slightly thinner and cheaper looking than the other brands, although I can't complain about how they have performed as they are a good size and have good absorbency. They seem to look more screwed up after washing which is slightly annoying but not a huge concern.
- Cleaning -
These muslins have washed well in our usual 30°C wash and aren't stained at all which is amazing really considering the messes they have cleared up! They dry naturally very quickly which is useful in those early days when you get through lots of them every day. I believe they can be tumble dried although I have never done this.
- Price and Availability -
As these were a gift I'm not sure how much was paid for them but I can see that similar packs are currently priced at £7 in Boots. This seems to be a fairly average price for muslins when compared to other shops such as John Lewis and Mothercare. I would recommend getting at least two packs as three muslins isn't enough. We had thirteen in total! This might seem excessive but they really are so useful.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would recommend these muslins as they are very useful when you have a newborn, are a good size, decent quality, are absorbent, wash well and they are long lasting. I would say that the quality of other brands may be slightly superior but overall I can't really complain.
Just before I had my second baby my close friends and family threw me a little surprise baby shower. I had organised my first one for my first baby so it was nice to have a surprise one this time around and not have to worry about all the stress and planning.
One of my friends was in charge of entertainment and planning a few games for the party. One of the games she planned was the one where you show a whole load of items on a tray for a few minutes and then cover it up with a cloth and then let someone guess how many items they could remember. The game was for me to guess and everything I remember I could keep. As this was a baby shower all the items were baby related, a Tommee Tippee cup, some cotton wool balls, etc, all cheap little mini essentials I might need in those first couple of weeks when you have a newborn. With my baby brain as it was I didn't think I was going to do very well but I did and one of the things I definitely did remember was a pack of newborn muslin squares from Boots. I had used muslins in the past with my firstborn little girl so was really excited to receive a new pack this time around as I know how handy and essential they can be.
So what exactly is a muslin square? Well according to an article I read to quote it better, "Muslin is loosely-woven cotton fabric which originated in Bangladesh which was introduced to Europe from The Middle East in the 17th century. It became very popular in the 18th century in France. Muslin is most typically an unbleached or white cloth produced from carded cotton yarn. Because air moves easily through muslin, muslin clothing is suitable for hot, dry climates.
As I didn't know whether I was having a boy or a girl my friend bought plain cream muslins so they would be suitable for either. They do come in a pink colour and a blue colour as well but I have to say that I prefer the plain cream ones. The coloured ones to me seem a bit thicker and this is probably due to the dye added to them to make them that colour so I like to stick to the all natural muslins.
As the title suggests these muslins from Boots are in a square shape and are not too big, just the right size really to throw over your shoulder and protect your clothing when you are burping a new born baby after they have had their milk as I think we all know how messy that can be on occasion. I was quite lucky in that my little boy was never a sicky baby but these are still great to protect your clothes from that little bit of milky dribble or to actually wipe their mouths too.
In fact these muslins are so handy and have so many uses that I would call them as essential newborn baby item and one I would always recommend having lying around. This pack from Boots has three muslins in it and I would recommend buying a couple of packs. They only cost £7 for a pack of three so you can have some in the wash, some in your change bag and some lying around the house for when visitors come and you want to protect their clothing too.
The muslins are lovely and light and have a really unique smell to them I think. They are 100% cotton so they have that nice cotton fresh smell. Combine that with your gorgeous new baby smell which is so unique itself and you get this lovely warm homely smell. In fact my little boy now uses one of these as his little comfort blanket and will use it to smell when he sucks his thumb and will also take his naps with it.
We have used ours to mop up sick, protect our clothes from dribble, as a mat to lay the baby down on, a wipe when we have had really dirty leaky nappies (I think I threw that one away afterwards) and a sun over over the pushchair when the sun was too bright and we needed so shade for our little boy. So you see, they are a very versatile item.
They wash really well and easily and come nice and clean in a regular wash although I would not recommend tumble drying them as they will shrink. I think these ones from Boots are really well made as ours are still in great condition with no rips or tears although now our boy is a bit older we don't use them as much as we used to. All in all a Boots baby essential that I recommend.