One of the first "lessons" to be learned after childbirth is how to swaddle a baby. It's amazing to watch nurses do the trick so gracefully. They do it instinctively - grab the blanket here, tuck it there, fold it in here - almost in one motion.
I have to admit it took me much longer to master the art than my husband. He somehow knew how to turn our daughter into a "little burrito" without any practice, while I had to recite the steps in my head ("fold across, tuck in arm...").
After we returned home, we both soon learned that swaddling was a very important thing to know about. It calmed. It soothed. It provided us with a little extra sleep. Our receiving blankets definitely made it on to our newborn necessities list.
Two Australian mamas had them on their list too, but they couldn't find exactly what they were looking for so they created aden + anais Muslin Wraps: swaddling blankets "crafted from soft, breathable muslin fabric for air flow and ultimate comfort." Named after the creators' sons, aden + anais blankets are larger than normal U.S. receiving blankets to allow for easier and more secure swaddling.
I love the way this fabric feels - sturdy, yet soft - and I'm impressed by the larger size. I remember thinking that perhaps the Gerber receiving blankets that I had were just a tad bit too small so I have a feeling that these ones will be better. I'll let you know how we like them when we get pregnant with and have #2...
WIN IT! One winner will receive a pack of aden + anais Muslin Wraps for swaddling. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post prior to Monday, June 2 at midnight (don’t forget to follow the rules). The winner will be announced and contacted on Tuesday, June 3. * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
*UPDATE* The winner is #103 Kathy Mullins. Congratulations!