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Why are Muslin Swaddle Blankets so Popular?

Aden and Anais Swaddling BlanketMuslin swaddle blankets have become incredibly popular in the last few years. Aden and Anais swaddles, in particular, are taking the market by storm and have done a fabulous job creating beautiful 100% muslim swaddles.

But what makes muslin baby blankets so popular? And why are more moms choosing to swaddle with muslin, rather than cotton and other blends?

First, what is muslin?

Muslin fabric has been around for centuries. Clothes made with muslin – a lightweight, finely woven breathable cotton fabric – were first worn by the ancient Greeks and Romans. The fabric has its origins in Bangladesh, and was imported to Europe in the 1800s, where its popularity increased. Muslin clothes were especially popular in the summertime and warmer temperatures, because of its breathability.

Muslin is one of the purest and most gentle fabrics available, and it’s only fitting that companies like Aden and Anais use it to make their beautiful muslin swaddling blankets.

Muslin is Breathable

The breathability of muslin has made this fabric very fitting for use with babies. Muslin is made with an open weave; the threads go over and under each other, allowing it to be lightweight and breathable. Muslin prevents your infant from overheating, since his/her body heat can escape through the open weave, while still keeping baby snug and warm. Other swaddling blankets keep baby’s body temperature inside, which can cause baby to get too hot and uncomfortable. (Plus, overheating can be a risk factor for SIDS. So you will want to avoid this!)

It’s very durable and stands the test of time.

The durability of muslin swaddle blankets also make them beloved by parents. Muslin is strong and durable and can withstand many washes. In fact, the muslin fabric itself will get softer the more you wash it. Muslin baby blankets also have a natural stretchiness about them, so you can easily swaddle your baby without immobilizing him or her. Your baby can still move comfortably, without being able to move too much. The snugness of these swaddles help your little one feel cozy and comfy, just like the feeling of still being in the womb.

Muslin swaddling blankets are so lovely, and I have no doubt will remain popular for many years to come. What are your favorite muslin blankets, and why?

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7 Tips for Baby Proofing Your Home

Keeping Baby Safe

Guest Post by Blake Fields. 

You’ve been anticipating, for months, the birth of your child and it’s finally time to bring home the newest addition to your family. In addition to decorating the nursery, searching for deals on clothing that can survive a spit-up attack, and stocking up on cloth diapers, you’ll want to make sure your home is baby proofed to keep your infant – and soon-to-be toddler – safe. While you can find coupons and deals in most parenting magazines, keeping your baby safe should be your number one priority.

Every year in the United States, around 22 million children are injured inside their homes and in their yards. Nine out of ten of these accidents can be prevented if you practice household safety. You want to start babyproofing your home in the nursery, but be aware of other dangerous locations in your home. If there is a potentially deadly spot in your house, your baby will find it – once he starts crawling around. So, always be on guard and keep your baby safe at all times.

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Green Living: How to Choose Non-Toxic Toys for Your Baby

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wooden baby toyChoosing eco-conscious toys for your baby allows you to not only help your own family, but help the planet as well. Evaluate a toy before you buy, and consider the material the toy is made from, the workmanship or design and basic safety compliance before you make the purchase. Buying from independent toy companies instead of huge foreign conglomerates will increase the likelihood that the toy you purchase is a good quality item.

Choose Organic Fabrics

Look for plush animals and other cloth toys that are made from organic fabric; organics like wool, cotton and bamboo are grown without harmful pesticides. Organic fabrics are also either naturally colored or dyed with natural materials instead of synthetics, so baby won’t be exposed to chemicals. Fabric toys of any type that are made with organic materials make ideal first toys for baby, and are also good choices for older babies and toddlers. Teething babies chew on everything, so offering organic options can set your mind at ease.  Look for the certified organic tag to be sure you are purchasing true organic  fabric items.

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Keeping Baby Safe Outdoors: 5 Baby Safety Tips

baby safety outsideSummer is the time for splashing in the pool, feeling the cool grass blades between your toes, and playing outside. If you’re introducing your baby to her first summer, you’ll want to keep her happy, but safe. Make sure that you follow these five tips for the safest summer adventures with your baby.

1. Slather on the Sunscreen

It’s not just older kids that you have to worry about; babies can get sunburned, too. And if your baby does get burned, it’s no fun for you. (Crying, uncomfortable babies are no walks in the park!) There’s another reason you’ll want to prevent sunburn in your baby – one bad sunburn in infancy can increase your child’s risk for a deadly skin cancer called malignant melanoma by 50 percent! [click to continue…]

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Why a Bare Crib is the Safest Place for Baby

Guest post by Authors, Dr. Rachel Y. Moon, M.D. and Dr. Fern R. Hauck, M.D., M.S.

bare crib is safest for babyWhen you’re expecting, it’s easy to be charmed by the dozens of different suggestions for decorating the nursery. Magazines, catalogs, web sites and baby boutiques display what seems like every possible theme for bumpers, comforter covers, changing table pads and mobiles. Friends who quilt or crochet are probably asking for your color preferences as they get started selecting fabric and yarn.

What concerns us as physicians, however, is that so much of the bedding traditionally used in babies’ cradles and cribs has been shown to be unsafe. The fuzzy toy bears and bunnies that look so cute snuggled next to a sleeping baby can also be dangerous.
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Ear Piercing in Babies: Should You Pierce Her Ears?

babies and ear piercingThe baby ear piercing debate is a hot button topic. It ranks up there with the breastfeeding versus breastfeeding debate, or the controversy over cloth diapers vs. disposable diapers. Everyone has his or her own opinion on this topic. Some parents are appalled and disgusted that you would even think about piercing an infant’s ears; others think those little diamond studs in your baby’s ears are cute.

Whether it’s due to cultural reasons or family traditions, some babies’ ears are pierced. If you’re thinking about piercing your child’s ears, you may be wondering,

How old does my child have to be? Is it safe to pierce a baby’s ears?
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Study: 80 Percent of All Baby Products Are Potentially Toxic

baby products toxic chemicalsChildren can’t live and thrive in a plastic bubble environment. Germs exist in our world, as do chemicals and carcinogens. That is the sad reality. As parents, we do our best to protect our kids, but some things are out of our control. Take a scary new finding just released this week – 80 percent of baby products on the market contain untested or potentially toxic flame retardant chemicals.

That’s an astounding number – 80 percent of widely used baby products on the market contain harmful chemicals. These baby products include nursing pillows, car seats, changing pads, portable mattresses, rocking chairs, high chairs, sleep positioners, and strollers.
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Baby Wearing Safety – Tips to Keep Your Baby Safe


Baby wearing has gotten a bad rep in recent years, due to all the baby sling recalls and infant suffocation cases. This shouldn’t deter you from baby wearing, though.

In many of these cases, parents were not wearing their baby correctly and not reading the sling instructions. Baby wearing is safe when it’s properly done and you keep safety in mind. (Remember that mothers have been wearing their babies for centuries.)

It is sad when baby sling manufacturers have to give common sense warnings. Here are a few of my favorites:

“Do not wear your baby in a moving vehicle. Slings are not approved safety seats.”

“Use caution around equipment.”

“Fabric is not flame resistant. Do not wear the sling near open flames . .  . Never wear your baby while carrying a hot beverage.”

“Do not bend over while your baby is in the sling, as baby could fall out.”

“Never bike or engage in vigorous activity with baby in the sling.”

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