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aden + anais {Review}

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My first son was born a month early and spent about a week in the NICU before being able to come home with us.  I remember being so excited to finally get to take him home with us, but I had NO IDEA that there would be so many classes and trainings we would have to finish in order to be checked out of both the hospital and the NICU.  One piece of information that stood out to me, though, was the swaddling techniques that they taught in order to keep babies feeling secure and warm.

I, of course, was on board with keeping my baby secure and not having his limbs flailing while he was trying to sleep, but I was not concerned at all about keeping him warm.  In fact, I was concerned about the exact opposite thing — keeping him cool!  On the day that we drove home from Palm Springs, California, in the middle of September, the temperature was 105 degrees.  Even though we had the AC cranked down in our home and fans going day and night, I tried as much as I could to find thin receiving blankets that would not increase his body temperature any more than it already was in the hot desert.

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I learned about aden + anais blankets about a year ago from a friend of mine, and I only wish that I would have known about these thin, breathable swaddling blankets earlier!  My second son was born in April and was fine to have thicker blankets, but this third one will be arriving next month to (most likely) heat and humidity.  I can’t wait to use aden + anais swaddling blankets for him!

“As a young woman growing up in Australia, our founder Raegan Moya-Jones was introduced to many traditional practices of motherhood. One of them in particular– swaddling babies in generously sized, gentle muslin sheets– amazed her. Even the fussiest babies seemed to sleep more peacefully in muslin. Despite the hot days and the cold nights, muslin swaddles helped keep babies comfortable. And, most importantly, the very act of swaddling seemed to build a bond between mothers and their babies.

When she moved to the U.S. and started her own family, Raegan couldn’t find any swaddles like the ones she remembered from home. The only swaddles available were too small. Or made of much-too-thick flannel. Or, simply, unattractive.  And so, aden + anais was born. And within months of hitting the market, aden + anais swaddles starting popping up in magazines, on blogs for new mothers, in virtually every celebrity gift registry, and in stores around the country.

Today, aden + anais, has brought the legacy of muslin together with fashion forward design to create a line of products that are as stylish as they are useful; and as simple as they are beautiful. We believe in muslin– the way it looks, the way it feels, the way it works– to improve the lives of babies and their mothers no matter who they are or where they live.”

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We received the liam the brave / classic muslin collection 4-pack of swaddling blankets, and I LOVE them!  The designs were adorable while still looking classy (I can’t get over the cute paper airplane design on one of them!), and the blankets were large with thin but sturdy muslin material.  My boys helped me open the package in anticipation for these products that mom was so excited to get, and they each snatched up a blanket and have slept with them at night…just because!  🙂

I’ve washed them in preparation for use, and they are already softer; I’m happy to know that washing them will only improve the material and won’t take away any of the great qualities.  In addition to using these for swaddling babies, Swaddles can also be used as a nursing cover, carseat canopy, tummy time blanket, stroller cover, or a burp cloth.  (And, if we end up with another spitter like our first son, we’ll need something this large again!)  In our attempt to downsize for our move overseas at the beginning of the new year, I’ve been scouting out products that are multi-functional so we don’t have to take as many things; these Swaddles are perfect!

While aden + anais has always been synonymous with swaddling blankets for me, I was thrilled to see all of the other products that they offer in this same soft muslin material!

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boy in blue / cozy sleeping bags

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moonlight- leafy / bamboo burpy bib®

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splish splash hooded towel & washcloth / towel & washcloth sets

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hair + body wash (12oz) / mum + bub™ skin care

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for the birds – medallion / classic dream blankets

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azure leafy / bamboo crib sheets

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up up and away – elephant / classic changing pad covers

I was highly impressed with the size and the material of these aden + anais swaddling blankets that I received, so I imagine that I would feel the same way about any of their products.  I would highly recommend these swaddling blankets and aden + anais!

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Posh Comforts {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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While I feel more and more confident in my knowledge of how to take care of a baby with the birth of each little boy, I sort of feel like a new mother every time when I see all of the new products that are available!  There will end up being 2 1/2 years between each of my boys once this one is born in September, and it never ceases to amaze me how many different products are available between each of these babies!

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Posh Comforts makes two products that are brand-new to me, and I think they’re completely genius!  We’ve used the infant carrier with both of our boys for the first eight months or so for just about everything — obviously in the car itself, but also to take the boys to church (where they have napped for almost the entire meeting!), to the grocery store, to friends’ houses, and even to a Marine Corps Band concert!

I’ve always just thrown a blanket over the top of the infant carrier so they could sleep peacefully or would fall asleep (and not be distracted by everything to see!), and I’ve just tucked in a blanket as closely as possible in hopes of staying warm during the winter months with my oldest son (which will also be the case with Baby #3).  Posh Comforts decided to “invent” a solution to messy car seat backs and the clumsy look and feel of blankets thrown over the car seat.

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“The car seat blanket is an adorable way to keep your car seat clean and your baby swaddled while on the go. This patent pending car seat blanket is a wonderful addition to any car seat.  The blankets unique dimensions allow the baby to be securely fastened and still enjoy the comforts of a blanket.  The blanket is easy to use and reuse.  It helps to avoid the inconvenience of the inevitable accident with babies, because it is machine washable.  It is 100% made in the USA with designer fabrics and professional construction.  Your baby will be comfortable and your car seat will be stylish.  It is the perfect addition to any infant carrier.”

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“The car seat cover is a trendy way to protect your baby from germs and strangers.  The canopy uses a unique magnetic strap.  It is an adorable way to keep your baby covered while on the go.  It is machine washable and made with 100% designer fabrics.  Posh Comforts wanted the canopy to be a companion to the blanket.  It was designed to have the same designer feel and fit. “

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Some of my favorite girls’ fabrics:

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And some of my favorite boys’ fabrics:

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And great gender-neutral fabrics:

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 Posh Comforts is offering the exact carseat canopy shown below to one Dandy reader in this giveaway!

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Enter below on the Rafflecopter widget for this stylish and cute carseat canopy!

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Swaddle Designs {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Babies always seem to come in groups, and we had a group of babies arrive to our area in December.  Three sweet babies were born within a week of each other, and it so fun to watch them all grow and now start to interact with one another.  The best part, though, was that I had agreed to watch two of those babies’ older siblings while their moms and dads went to the hospital, so I had the special privilege of seeing those sweet babies when they were just days old and on their way home for the first time.  I loved getting to snuggle those swaddled babies!

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SwaddleDesigns was founded by Lynette Damir, RN, Designer and Mom of two in 2002. SwaddleDesigns is known for their premium quality fabric, fabulous colors and prints, and their innovative 123 Swaddle® pictorial instructional label sewn to the edge of their Swaddling blankets that makes learning how to swaddle so easy.

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My first son was born at 35 weeks and was in the NICU for a week before he could go home, and I was a scared first-time mom who realized very quickly that being the oldest in your family of four and vaguely remembering your youngest sibling coming home right after you turned seven years old (as I was!) did not prepare you nearly as much for bringing home a baby as being the youngest of five and being old enough to do something to care for your nieces and nephews (as my husband was) does.  Although I babysat all through high school, this swaddling was foreign to me and seemed to be both an art and a science.  This instructional label would have been so helpful four and half years ago!

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SwaddleDesigns Ultimate Receiving Blankets provide a cozy texture that so many babies love. Many moms state they think their baby sleeps better in a lightweight breathable cotton flannel blanket. Our soft blankets are machine washable, tumble dry low and they look and feel great wash after wash.  In addition, these receiving blankets are versatile in use – sunshield, playmat for tummy time, privacy throw for breastfeeding.

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You can learn more about other products in the Swaddle Designs line featuring the Elephant and Chickies print here: http://www.swaddledesigns.com/page/elephant_and_chickies.html

 SwaddleDesigns also features burp cloths, bedding, blankets, towels, and apparel — if you’re looking for a great-quality baby item that has been used by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, head over to SwaddleDesigns!

One Dandy winner will receive and Elephant & Chickie Ultimate Receiving Blanket in their choice of color!

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7 A.M. Enfant {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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We are freezing in Boston!  Dying!!  I am so done with all this snow that is never going to melt, neighbors being territorial over their street parking spaces, the bitter cold, and gas bills out the roof.  I think my attention to the weather becomes more deliberate and my hatred for the cold more intense with every child.  The only thing worse than being cold outside is knowing that your tiny baby is just as cold, or colder.  Their tiny little limbs and fingers just can’t hold heat as well as us adults, and I worry the entire outdoor journey about their well-being.  I think I can finally rest assured that my baby is going to be just fine on our downtown outings now that we have a Polar Igloo from 7 A.M. Enfant!

Untitled-2This little foot muff is a mother’s dream come true!  It was actually inspired by the Arctic atmosphere.  What a top-of-the-line insulator to keep my little bundle bundled!  This ingenious cover is so light and fluffy because its made from a faux down insulation.  It has a cozy microfleece lining that surrounds the baby, and the most luxurious Sherpa along the entire front cover.  It is so buttery soft to the touch, I just want to climb inside with him!  The outside shell is water-proof–perfect for those nasty snowy/rainy/sleety days.  And oh I love those zippers!  The red felt trim is the perfect touch.

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Besides all of its fantastic climate control features, the Polar Igloo can be used in so many ways!  It does a fantastic job adapting to practically any stroller and carseat on the market.  The five-point harness openings allow you to fit this into any child seat and still use the restraining straps and clasps installed to keep your baby secure.  You don’t have to cram, smash, or choke any insulation through car seat straps to ensure an easy, snug, and speedy protection.  The velcro loop straps are intense.  VERY strong, with elastic between the two layers to provide a flexible, but extremely secure, hold.  Its not just for strollers and carseats, though.  You could use it on its own as a blanket or a sleeping cozy for any outdoor activities or even camping with a little one.  The front can be completely removed if you wanted to simplify, and the hood can open flat.  Ah versatility!  I love it!

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This winter, I’ve grown so tired of stuffing baby in and out of his snowsuit every time we transition from warm to cold to warm again.  This fully functioning bunting eliminates the need to completely dress and undress him every time, which is saving me a heap of time and saving my fingers from a heap of cold zipper work!  And get ready for the magic words: machine-washable!  I know!

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I usually feel like monster, taking the baby out in the bitter cold with those vicious winds.  But I cannot tell you how calm and assured I am about my baby being completely warm and cozy in this Polar Igloo.  My only minor point of criticism is that the black kind of looks like a trash bag, but not the case with the other lovely colors that this comes in–bordeaux and oxford-blue.  This is completely essential for babies in the big city!  It is the ultimate baby winter protection!

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We got a size Medium, which is intended for ages 6-18 months.  I think the sizing is spot on, and I’m stoked about being able to use this next winter as well.  It also comes in size Small (for 0-6 months) and Large (for 18-3T).  7 A.M. Enfant also makes matching mittens, booties, and a Polar hat!  The only thing that would complete our look would be the WarMMuffs!

Ok, think back to all the ugly below freezing weather days we’ve had this winter.  Are you remembering all those outdoor excursions with your kids and how you worried about keeping your babies warm?  Have I convinced you of the amazing features of the 7 A.M. Enfant Polar Igloo?

One extremely lucky winner (and their baby!) is going to win a Polar Igloo ($125!) in their choice of color!  (Black, bordeaux, or oxford-blue).

Don’t forget to like 7 A.M. Enfant on FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/7AMENFANT?ref=ts

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iScream Shop {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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One of my favorite segments from Jerry Seinfeld’s stand up is the one about Halloween.  He explains how the only “one clear thought” you have when you’re a kid is to “get candy!”  I thought it was funny (and probably true, for my sweet-toothed self!), but I have certainly seen that to be true in my 4-year-old over the past few months since he went trick or treating for the first time.  🙁

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The iScream Shop, though, is a great way to indulge your sweet tooth while remaining healthy and cavity-free, and they some fun products for all ages.  While I would certainly say that the shop is geared toward girls and young women, I was able to find some fun things for my boys to enjoy as well.  Here are a few of my favorite items:

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Of course we can’t do anything without taking the My 50 States Activity Book for my geography-loving little boy!   bedtimeThis Boys Bedtime Activity Book has been our FAVORITE addition to our bedtime routine and has provided a good opportunity for him to start writing each day.  There are lots of prompts, questions, pictures, etc. to get him thinking about recording his favorite thoughts of the day.  And, it comes in a girl version too:

girls bedtimeThese Hot Chocolate Poly Plush Pants are fun all season long:

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I really can’t get over all of the adorable cute owl items (that became trendy after I already bought my second son’s bedding, of course!), and the Owl Vintage Wristlet is cute for lots of girls.owlThere are lots of fun cards on CLEARANCE that would be perfect for a special Valentine next month, like this Camuoflage Heart Flip Card with Stickers.

cardsAnd plush blankets like this Airheads Poly Plush Blanket are my favorite for cozy nights on the couch watching movies with the family.

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One Dandy reader will win his/her choice of blanket, sham, or pillow from the iScream Shop to enjoy at home!  Enter to win below:

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** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by iScream Shop, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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