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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.

 

 

Exceptional Sheets {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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A few months ago, I was taking all the sheets and pillowcases off the beds to wash on laundry day, and my four-year-old was outraged!  He wanted everything left where it was and didn’t want to “change” his room.  (Mind you, I was not expecting him to do anything — I was fully aware that I’d be the one stripping, washing, drying, and later remaking his bed!)  That night, after I put on the sheets and pillowcases that smelled amazing and were clean and crisp, I asked him if he loved having fresh sheets as much as I liked having them on my bed.  His reply?  “I hate fresh!”

Since then, almost every night when we crawl into bed, either my husband or I say to the other “I hate fresh!” in memory of that night.  You think it would get old, but for some reason we keep doing it…

I personally love fresh sheets and pillowcases, and I love climbing in to a newly-made bed with cold, crisp, clean linens.  We recently upgraded to a king-size bed and bought all new sheet/comforter sets; I was amazed at all the choices for these sets and had to quickly do some research to find what I wanted and liked.

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I found that the high-end product in the sheets and pillowcases world is Egyptian cotton and the higher the thread count results in smoother and softer fabric — the ideal for any types of linens.  “Exceptional Sheets is a leading website and U.S. veteran owned and operated family business that offers a wide range of luxury bed linens featuring Egyptian cotton bed sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases as well as other products like mattress toppers, goose down comforters, 5-star Egyptian cotton bath robes and towels sets. Exceptional Sheets’ mission is to provide customers with the highest quality Egyptian cotton sheet sets and bed linens in addition to top-notch customer service.”

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Egyptian Cotton Sheet Set

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Terry Cloth Robe Egyptian Cotton

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Towel Set in Egyptian Cotton

Although the prices for these linens are higher than those of sheet sets sold at your local store or even online, Exceptional Sheets owner Paul Saunders explains that some online marketplaces (Amazon, eBay, Overstock, etc.) have vendors who purchase less expensive sets of sheets from a local big box store and then turn around and market them as $300 high thread count Egyptian Cotton Sheets.  “All it takes is a quick replacement of the packaging label or insert,” says Saunders.  Instead of buying in to cheap thrills of luxury linens, Saunders offers bedding shoppers tips on how to minimize their likelihood of falling victim to vendors selling fraudulent Egyptian cotton linens.

1.    Ask the vendor how much a set of their sheets weighs. Thread count is defined as the number of threads per square inch. Thus, higher thread count sheets should be noticeably heavier. For example, 1500 high thread count sheets sets typically weigh 9-11 lbs.

2.    Ask for a quick photo of the product’s tags. If it does not say Egyptian cotton, then it’s probably not Egyptian cotton. Tags and label laws require manufacturers to disclose the materials used in their materials. Fraudulent vendors generally do not take the time to manufacture and include fake tags. They will almost certainly indicate polyester or microfiber.

3.    Call the company to speak with a customer service rep. Most companies selling fake products will not have an established 1-800 customer service number or will not answer if they do. A quick call and a few simple questions will give the prospective buyer a good sense of the seller’s legitimacy.

4.    Demand a ‘No Questions Asked’ return policy. If you buy Egyptian cotton sheets from a reputable seller they will be very confident you will love the product. Likewise, they usually offer some sort of satisfaction guarantee.

5.    Read the reviews, testimonials or ask for a reference. Fake reviews, testimonials, and references are relatively easy to spot and most fake vendors do not take the time, or what to pay for, review software.

6.    You get what you pay for. The age-old proverb rings true again. The import and manufacture of the world’s best cotton is not inexpensive. Pricing should reflect accordingly.

Exceptional Sheets is offering FIVE Exceptional Sheets gift certificates worth $50 each to FIVE of our Dandy readers!

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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 April 19th 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 Exceptional Sheets, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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