One of the things I distinctly remember from our prenatal classes was swaddling. Jamie was great at it, me – not so much.
Fast forward to kid number two and I’m now a swaddling-pro. I’ve swaddled two kids hundreds of times.
I’ve learned that the blanket matters. The thick hospital blankets do nothing for swaddling a newborn on their first day here. They’re bulky, hard to wrap and seem to have layer upon layer of hardened, chemical-treated fabric.
By the time Violet was born we brought our own blankets with us to the hospital.
Aden and Anais swaddles were our top choice. Starting out soft in the box, I was surprised at how much softer they got the first time I washed them.
The bamboo fabric is light enough that the blankets can be used regardless of the season and aren’t going to trap in heat and moisture.
The generous 47×47″ size of the blankets made it easy to swaddle her when she was a 6 lb 14 oz newborn and easy to wrap her up ten months later, at 17 pounds.
Plus, if you forget how to do it, there’s an easy diagram on the back of the box.
After months of use, Aden and Anais bamboo swaddles just get softer. The quality is evident in the fact that we are still using the blankets that we used when Violet was first born. They’re in her crib, they’re light cover while she naps, they’re used to make forts by her older sister and cozied during movie nights.
A three pack of blankets was the perfect amount – I would absolutely buy them again, since its a year later and they’re still here (and softer than ever). They’re well worth the cost. I look forward to using the new set of Swaddles blankets that Aden and Anais sent us, along with our softly washed favorites.