Swaddling blankets are not the same around the world. While cotton blankets may be the standard for swaddling your newborn in the U.S., in Australia, lightweight muslin wraps are ubiquitous. Muslin is a 100% cotton, naturally breathable fabric that keeps your baby warm without overheating her. Best of all, the fabric is durable and becomes softer with each washing. To learn more about these beautiful blankets,
The women behind Aden + Anais came to the States in 1996 and were disappointed in the smaller and heavier blankets they found, so they created their own in the spirit of the ones they had been wrapped in. The result is a beautiful line of muslin blankets that are the largest on the market at 47 by 47 inches. Though Australians tend to use plain white muslin, Aden + Anais ventured into the world of patterns with modern prints in a variety of colors, most sold in packs of four for $44. And for those still struggling to create the perfect swaddle, the company offers a primmer on their site.
Aden + Anais recently expanded their line to include stroller blankets made of six layers of cotton muslin to provide warmth and style for babes.