When you are pregnant with your first child, and maybe even your second, I’m sure you have a long wish list of items for your baby. Since I already have a boy and a girl and kept most of their baby items, as I’m nearing my due date with baby #3, I have to admit that my wish list is rather short this time around. However, there were still a few things on that list, and aden + anais classic muslin swaddles topped it.
Believe it or not, until just a few days ago, I did not own ANY aden + anais products. I have heard over and over again how wonderful they are and how I MUST have them for our new baby, so I was delighted when aden + anais agreed to send me some of their classic muslin swaddles (at no cost) to facilitate a review. Not only did they send me some, but since we are on “Team Green” and chose not to find out the sex of our baby, they sent 2 boxes of swaddles: one in boy prints and one in girl prints!
I had a horribly hard time deciding which muslin swaddles collections I wanted to receive. After a lot of debate, I settled on liam the brave and for the birds. I absolutely love the prints in both of these collections and couldn’t be more pleased with my choices.
Thanks to the high quality cotton muslin, aden & anais wraps are the ultimate in breathability and softness. The fabric has a light, open weave which allows a baby’s body temperature to regulate itself naturally in order to prevent overheating, and it gets softer every time you wash it! Not only are these great for swaddling, but thanks to their generous size (measuring 47″ x 47″), you can also use them for a nursing cover, floor blanket, stroller cover and more!
I decided to go ahead and prep both sets of blankets for the new arrival so they will be ready when the big day comes. Since I am planning a home birth, I’ll be able to wrap our new little baby in one almost immediately. After washing and drying (just once!) these blankets are so soft and snuggly. It brought back memories of a quilt my brother had when we were growing up. This quilt had been made by a great aunt (I believe) and my brother found it one day in our cedar chest and claimed it. It was old and really, really worn. I remember thinking it was the ugliest quilt, plus in its old age it had developed holes. Yet, despite that, he kept it on his bed and slept with it every night, even as a teenager. Then came the day my brother left for boot camp and I decided I was going to see what was so special about this ratty old blanket. All it took was one night of sleeping with it on my bed and I was hooked. It was extremely soft and kept me cool in the summer but warm in the winter. I never knew what was so special about it until now. Looking at (and feeling) these aden + anais swaddles has made me realize that it must have been made using cotton muslin. I’m so excited to have cotton muslin in my life again!
Although our new baby isn’t here quite yet for swaddling, these blankets are already in use by my two older children who are loving their softness! I’m hooked on aden + anais and already contemplating what pieces of their collection I want next! I’m so excited to be able to swaddle our newborn in these!
Not only did I receive the swaddles, but aden + anais included something extra special for me and my growing belly: their stretch mark reducing cream! Now (and please, don’t hate me) so far I haven’t gotten a stretch mark from my pregnancies. I don’t know if it is because I drink a lot of water or if I’m just blessed with good skin. Whatever the reason, as you can imagine, I’m pretty happy about it. Just because I don’t get stretch marks however doesn’t mean that my skin doesn’t itch and feel tight when I’m pregnant, because it certainly does! I find that putting lotion on it can be so soothing. I’ve been using this lotion from aden+ anais, and I really like it! Not only is it light, non-greasy, and easy to spread, it smells really good too! I try to put it on every night before bed, but sometimes I will put it on midday just to enjoy the smell and soft feeling. So, while I can’t tell you with certainty if this cream will help with stretch marks, I can tell you that it will make your skin feel and smell wonderful!
Keep an eye on my Instagram feed over the next few weeks and you’re sure to spot some pictures of our newborn snuggled up with his or her aden + anais blankets!
Win it: One lucky person is going to win an aden + anais classic swaddles 4-pack in the print collection of their choice!
This giveaway is open to residents of the US only who are 18 years of age or older, unless prohibited by law. The giveaway will end at 11:59pm EDT on June 20th, 2014 and a winner will be drawn randomly from all eligible entries received. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. Good luck!
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