Esther has been wrapped in one of her aden + anais swaddling blankets practically the entire time since she arrived. I love these blankets! They are huge, a great size for swaddling, but also very breathable. Esther stays just the right temperature in one of these blankets. They are soft and lightweight with just a bit of stretch so that they wrap up snugly.
We received a four pack for review in the "mod about baby" print. It includes adorable bumblebee, fish, frog, and caterpillar blankets. I think these are a definite must have for any baby wish list and they will probably be my new favorite baby shower gift to buy. I don't know what we would do without them. The one time all four were in the laundry, I had Ross trying to get them washed quickly so I could have one to use that night with Esther. We have a miracle blanket that we used with Julia and while it did work well, I prefer these. The swaddling blankets are more versatile as far as ways you can swaddle the baby. You can also use these as a toddler sheet, stroller blanket, nursing cover, etc. - they are a great large size to have. I can never get regular receiving blankets to work for me, they are always too small and falling off of the baby. Here you can see how big these are:
Swaddling is a great way to help your baby feel safe and secure. Read more about swaddling here at the aden + anais website. While you're there, check out their swaddle love foundation that works to provide orphaned babies with caregivers. I've been to a baby hospital in Romania where its all too true - the babies are minimally cared for and left alone for much of the day. I love that aden + anais cares about these babies and is getting involved.
You can find directions on how to swaddle your baby here. I thought that I invented a certain way of swaddling Esther, but its actually the "Aussie way" to swaddle! I tuck her arms in the flap so they are swaddled, but not pinned to her side. This seems to keep her snug but not too restricted. You can see how in these photos:
aden + anais is giving away a four pack of swaddling blankets to one of my readers. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post being sure to include your email address. For an extra entry let me know that you're a follower of my blog. For a third entry, become a fan of aden + anais on facebook and leave another comment letting me know you did this. I'll close the giveaway on Friday, Feb 26 at midnight. Be sure and check back soon, I'm doing a whole series of baby product reviews and giveaways this month that you won't want to miss!
*This giveaway is closed. Random.org chose comment #82. Thanks for your interest.*
I received this product sample for review with no compensation. The opinions are all my own.