When I was pregnant with baby Juliza, there were a few things that I knew I would need, without a doubt, to get us through the first few months relatively unscathed. Thankfully, I come with built-in boobs, and diapers and burp cloths were given by friends and family. But I also knew we’d need blankets and swaddles to keep baby comfortable and secure. I’ve always loved the soft, lightweight feel of muslin blankets, but with tons to buy for a new baby, they were a bit cost-prohibitive.
Now, one of the most popular makers of muslin blankets, crib sheets and swaddles, aden + anais, is offering a new, affordable line at Walmart. I recently got a chance to try out some of the new Ideal Baby products, and I was not disappointed.
At first touch, muslin fabric may feel like it’s too thin to really be effective, and it doesn’t have any stretch. What I’ve found, though, is that it is super soft and comfortable against the skin, and it stays warmer than I expected, even during colder winter nights. Plus, the fabric is really breathable, so it won’t keep baby hot when swaddled.
The sheets come in fun patterns, but we chose the Pretty Sweet pattern, featuring hearts and a great pink and turquoise color scheme. Baby Juliza is not a fan of being in her crib, for the most part. But when I put this sheet on her mattress, she spent a few minutes just sitting there rubbing the fabric. Apparently, she thinks it’s really soft.
I was concerned that the thin fabric would be cold when I put her down after nursing her at bedtime. Because of this concern, I usually cover her sheet with a blanket tightly wrapped around and under her mattress, so I never have to put her down on a cold surface. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the muslin wasn’t cold at all.
We also tried a hooded bath towel. I thought she might be too big for it, but it’s the perfect size for bath time — or for playing pretend with a “cape”. It is made of terry cloth with muslin on the hood, and it is soft and supple. Plus, it feels like the type of fabric that will only get softer after a wash. I can’t say for sure that this is the case, but that’s how it feels.
But by far the best part of these high-quality muslin products is the pricing. The sheets are just under $13, the towels are $9.99 apiece, and you can get a 3-pack of swaddles for just $20.
Next time I have to buy a baby gift, these are definitely going to be on my list.