Mother’s Day, my birthday (40!), my anniversary…they’re all coming up soon. And what do I want, besides an 8th day in the week strictly for relaxing? There’s one thing I covet above all others: some snuggly muslin from aden + anais.
I fell head over heels in love with aden + anais products when I got the bamboo swaddle blankets I put on my baby registry. I had heard such great things, and boy did they ever live up to the hype! They’re softer than soft and such a generous size for really good swaddling. We got a few of the Classic Muslin Swaddle Blankets, too, and they also became fast favorites.
You may be wondering what the big deal is about muslin. Here it is, from the experts themselves:
“Muslin is a finely-woven breathable fabric believed to have originated in Bangladesh during the Middle Ages. Its delicate yet durable weave makes the fabric stretchy and, therefore, ideal for swaddling, as the natural “give” allows the blanket to be tucked snuggly around a baby without being overly restrictive.
The lightweight muslin also permits air to circulate around the baby’s body, while still providing comfort and warmth without the worry that the baby may overheat in moderate weather. Cotton muslin is also a workhorse fabric, in that wraps woven from this natural fiber stands up to repeated washings only becoming softer — and better — with age.”
That statement about not letting baby overheat really is true. For some reason, both of my kids put out some serious heat when they sleep, which leaves them sweaty and hot all night long. The muslin helps keep them from getting too hot, which helps me sleep better and worry less. Besides the swaddlers, Elliette now has a classic sleeping bag, which is great now that the weather is warming up. She can wear it alone or over a onesie to keep her feeling safe and snug without the need for a blanket or anything else. The single layer of muslin is light and allows air to circulate so she stays comfortable. Plus, it gets softer and comfier each time it’s washed!
We got her the Monster Mash print…see the super cute little monsters? Not scary at all.
And besides keeping her at a safe and stable temperature, it also has the added convenience of a zipper that zips up from the bottom for easy diaper changes (and it keeps that zipper pull out of her mouth.)
Don’t think we forgot about Finn! He got some super soft muslin of his own (four layers of it, in fact!) – the Dream Blanket in the Liam the Brave print.
If you look closely, you can see how quilty and soft it is. The texture is just so decadent, it almost pains me to hand it over to him. I don’t think I’ve ever owned a blanket this nice!
The funny part is that he doesn’t understand that it’s a dog on the blanket. He insists it’s a wolf. A big, tough wolf. Must be a boy thing…
And yes, even though it’s a bit thicker than the swaddlers or the sleep bag, this blanket is great to use when it’s warmer out. Each layer allows the air to circulate, just like the other pieces from aden + anais, keeping him snug and happy.
And that, my friends, is why I’m daydreaming about aden + anais as the perfect gift. The Daydream Blanket in the branch print, to be specific. It’s the perfect adult-sized version of the Dream Blanket, and I want one like crazy. I mean, after seeing kids looking this comfy, who wouldn’t?
We moms rarely get to wrap up in something so indulgent, so I’m hoping for a Daydream Blanket for Mother’s Day! Until then, I’ll just keep snagging the kids a+a when they’re not looking.
(Shhh…they’ll never notice. A swaddler makes a great scarf…and it comes in handy as a nursing cover, too!)
To learn more about the fabulousness that is aden + anais, visit their website at adenandanais.com or follow them on Facebook.
*Disclosure: I received some of the above products as media samples to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own and honest based on my personal experience with the product.