If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island with your baby and had to pick one single, solitary must-have baby item, what would it be? Assuming the island somehow had an ample supply of food and diapers (and would a wireless connection be too much to ask?), my answer is easy: a cotton muslin swaddling blanket.
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When my first son was born, a friend gave us a four-pack of Aden + Anais swaddle blankets and I remember feeling like a Very Fancy Lady because they were EXPENSIVE. Something like twelve bucks apiece. Who did we think we were? Kardashians?
It turns out they were worth every penny (even though someone else bought them for us). My husband has been known to chase down random pregnant women so he can share with them all the wonders of the muslin blanket: You can use it as a nursing cover! A burp rap! A sun shade for the stroller! And of course the best swaddler ever.
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When we got ours five years ago, there were only a handful of patterns to choose from, but these days they're so popular you can get them in a variety of colors and designs and from a handful of different manufacturers. I'm kind of bummed that our original four blankets are still as good as new (if not better because they get softer in the wash) because I'd love an excuse to shop through the great new patterns. I guess I'll just have to buy a set for all of my pregnant friends instead.
Do you swaddle your baby? Do you use cotton muslin blankets or have you found something that works better?