Aden + Anais Swaddles
When I was packing for the hospital, I brought along a couple of my muslin Swaddles made by Aden+Anais. These muslin swaddles are so soft and the designs are just darling, I couldn't wait to try them out. I started using them at the hospital and received compliments from several of the nurses. The lactation consultant commented on how soft and breathable my swaddles looked. And, I've found the more you wash them, the softer they get! I can honestly say that I use these swaddles everyday. They are so soft against baby's skin. I use them to swaddle, as a nursing cover, stroller shield and as a baby blanket. They are ideal as summertime baby blanket because they keep baby covered, but don't cause baby to overheat. When my five week old is fussy, I swaddle her up tight and she usually calms right down. She loves it! Muslin is ideal for swaddling because the fabric is breathable and slightly stretchy so baby is not overly constricted or overly hot. My favorite products are useful and cute, these definitely fit the bill!
More on Swaddling
Swaddling is the art of wrapping your baby tightly so they feel more safe a secure. From the Aden+Anais website: Swaddling is said to be as familiar to babies as it is to thier moms because it recreates the secure and cozy feeling of the womb -- and using swaddles made of natural cotton muslin only enhances that blissful feeling. in 2002, the medical journal Pediatrics published a study that explained why babies who are swaddled sleep more peacefully by preventing spontaneous movements (called reflex motion) from waking them up continually during the night. The same year, the Journal of Applied Physiology wrote that swaddled infants stay in REM sleep (the most restorative, deepest sleep) longer than those who were not. There is growing evidence every year that swaddling may indirectly help prevent SIDS, as well.
Disclosure: Fabumom was provided a four pack of Aden+Anais Classic Muslin Swaddles ($44) for the purpose of this review.