We finally got to try out the Aden and Anais organic baby swaddle. Aden and Anais is, apparently, the place to go for everything muslin. In case you’re not in the know, muslin is a plain weave cotton fabric (incidentally, the name comes from Mosul, in Iraq, through Italian and French).
Depending on the weave, it can be coarse or delicate. When it comes to the swaddles from Aden and Anais, there are four categories. Classic muslin (100% cotton muslin, breathable and soft), cozy muslin (100% brushed cotton flannel muslin), organic muslin (made from Global Organic Textile Standard-certified cotton) and silky soft muslin (bamboo-made viscose, true to its name in terms of softness). Since we’re interested in organic stuff, let’s stick to the GOTS-certified kind.
100% Organic Cotton
There are certain advantages and drawbacks about this material (bear with me, this is more of an intro to a point than a platitude). On one hand, the Aden and Anais organic baby swaddle is a fair bit less soft than classic ones, let alone the silky muslin kind.
However, they do get softer the more you wash them. To continue with the point – on the other side, they’re organic. It’s not only good for the child, but also Mother Earth.
The Aden and Anais swaddles are almost triple the size of a standard swaddle, and, by all rights, they can be called blankets. This seems to be a hit and miss case. On the one hand, it’s nice having the extra fabric, because it adds to the versatility of the product. On the other, if you intend to use it just as a swaddle, it may too big for you.
To expound on the former point – you can use it just as a swaddling, or you can make it into a changing surface or use it for tummy time. Additionally, it can also work great as a burp cloth or a nursing cover if you need a little bit of privacy.
- GOTS certified; made of organic muslin
- Quite breathable, helps temperature regulation and prevents overheating
- Generously sized, makes swaddling easy
- Machine washable
- Versatile; works as both a stroller and a nursing cover, changing pad cover, as well as burp cloth and tummy time blanket
- Measures 47 x 47 inches (120 x 120 cm)
Apparently, there aren’t many other in-depth reviews online about the Aden and Anais swaddling blankets, but the customer reviews’ sections on sites such as Amazon have proven to be true treasure troves, where you can find more than enough info and personal experiences. On a balance, positive reviews win in a landslide, and even the negative reviews complain more about things that are to be expected. To mind, most of them complain about the size, but they completely forget about the versatility.
Additionally, some folks complain that organic swaddles are not as soft as classic ones; of course, they’re not, they’re not meant to be, their selling point is that they’re organic. That means phthalate-free, hypo-allergenic, eco-friendly, and most importantly, baby-friendly. Not that the classic swaddles aren’t baby friendly, the organic ones are just… friendlier.
Aden and Anais Organic Baby Swaddle
As with everything organic, you have to expect to pay a bit extra for the organic swaddles, though the amount is far from outlandish compared to what you’d pay for their classic counterparts.
On the flipside, you get to reap all the benefits of an organic product, which have been repeated ad nauseam. I’ll just leave you with one thought, or, rather, a question – do you want to get the most for your money?