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aden + anais {Review}

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

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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**This post was sponsored by aden + anais, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

 

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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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of May 4th and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

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

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