Eden + Anais Muslin Swaddle Review
We were recently given an organic muslin swaddle from aden + anais as a new baby gift, and it's hands down one of the most fabulous gifts we've received.
At £17.95 for a single swaddle you wouldn't exactly call them 'cheap' - but our swaddle has fast become our baby's only can't-leave-home-without-it possession, other than a soother and a spare nappy.
Made from a single piece of 100% cotton organic muslin, the aden + anais swaddling wraps are billed as "the ultimate in breathability and softness." The press info says:
"The muslin’s light, open weave allows a baby’s body temperature to regulate itself naturally, helping to reduce the risk of overheating. It is gentle on baby’s skin and durable for everyday use. The more you wash aden + anais wraps, the softer they get. aden + anais wraps are extra large, measuring 120cm x 120cm, so that new and seasoned moms alike can swaddle babies of all sizes with ease. Traditionally used for swaddling, our wraps can also be used as burp cloths, nursing and stroller covers, portable crib sheets, stroller and car seat liners, tummy time blankets, change table covers, and more."
I really can't argue with that. It's the versatility of the swaddling wraps that I love. We've used ours to swaddle baby at bedtime, as an impromptu sunshade over the buggy, and even as an emergency burp cloth - you couldn't do that with a cashmere baby blanket!
The patterns and colours are gorgeous - very contemporary and modern, and they wash and tumble dry really well without fading. The size is brilliant - significantly larger than standard swaddle blankets, and the lightness of the fabric makes it lovely to wrap baby in, without having to worry that they'll overheat or react to the fabric. I really like being able to take this everywhere with us too. Unlike conventional cot blankets or sleeping bags, these swaddle wraps are really portable. They fold up really small so they stash easily in your nappy bag. And the colours are so lovely that it's tempting to wear them as scarves in between use by baby!
I also regularly use mine to protect my modesty when feeding the baby while out and about too, and I can see it even becoming baby's favourite thing to cuddle up to once she's old enough to form an attachment to a special blanket or toy.
The only problem is that one's not enough - I'm tempted to get a second one so that we're not swaddle-less when ours is in the wash, and if we're going to start a swaddle collection that it seems churlish not to invest in one of their very gorgeous packs of four... tempting!
If you're considering swaddling baby to sleep and need the right kind of blanket to do it safely or are looking for a new baby gift then I wholeheartedly recommend an aden + anais swaddle blanket.