I’m not sure if you have heard, but Aden and Anais has released a great (RED) collection to help moms who are suffering with HIV and AIDS to not pass the virus to their unborn babies. Check them out here.
But muslin swaddle blankets are not just for babies. We originally bought them with Mason when he was a baby to use to swaddle him, and I quickly learned they were great for much more than just swaddling!First, they are great if you are breastfeeding and would like to cover yourself; the material is super thin and makes it easier for baby to breathe, I found a normal blanket was too heavy and he would get sweaty.
Mason, being a summer baby, needed coverage while in the stroller. Our sun shade can only cover so much of his body, so I would tie the swaddle to each side of my stroller and drape it over the canopy to keep any sun off his little body.
The muslin swaddles also make a great light blanket for summer babies or even for your little one to use in bed. Mason, at 2, still uses one at night instead of his quilt since it has been so hot lately!
At the park and forgot a blanket to lay down for your little to play on? No problem just lay your swaddle blanket out on the ground and you have an instant picnic blanket for them.
On a cool summer day you can use them as a snuggle blanket in the stroller or just to keep the wind off of your little one’s legs. We also use them for covering or drying off after playing in the water or a pool if we don’t have a towel on hand.
If you are worried about germs in public washrooms, you can use it to lie over the changing station for your little one too or if you forget a change pad, fold that swaddle and use it as a change pad!
Mommas can wear the bamboo as a gorgeous scarf, or you can use them to burp baby on.
These blankets are seriously great for everything and super soft and they just keep getting softer over time. I love the variety of prints they come in and that there is cotton, organic cotton and bamboo I own a few of each and love them all. I bet you had no idea of all the different uses for these blankets. What types of things do you use you find yourself using your muslin swaddles for?
I will be the first to say I’m not a big fan of nursing covers. Nursing is totally natural and we ALL make WAY too big a deal out of it. Babies eat, they do that from breasts (in the case of a breastfed baby, obviously), let’s all move on.
So if I wasn’t working at Snuggle Bugz, I probably wouldn’t have a nursing cover. I bought a couple of mitt clips which I plan on using to secure a swaddle blanket to basically everything, and figure if I’m in a situation where I really would like to cover up, I’ll just mitt clip a swaddle to my top and Bob’s your uncle.
But then Itzy Ritzy released their new infinity scarf and I am finally loving a nursing cover! Because it’s not really a nursing cover. It’s a scarf, but a cover too? Genius! K, first it comes in totally awesome styles, three of which we are currently carrying: Charcoal Haze, Pink Kiss and Blue Skies Chevron.
Here is a lovely video to show you exactly how it works:
It’s made of high-quality jersey knit which means it’s a light, breathable fabric for when baby is nursing. It can get hot in there under a cover!
It is different than a traditional cover in a couple of ways. First, it has a purpose OTHER THAN covering you while nursing. You can wear this scarf all the livelong day if you feel like it. Plus you don’t have to take up any room in the diaper bag with it if you don’t want to, which you definitely can’t do with other nursing covers.
At $29.99, it’s comparable to other nursing covers so you’re not paying a serious premium for the versatility, which is great. This puppy is a great pre-baby shower gift, especially for a first time mom who is a little wide-eyed about breastfeeding for the first time. They can even wear the scarf before the baby is born and have it absorb in some of that great mom-smell that babies go crazy for
On July 4th, 2014, Graco issued a voluntary Safety Advisory in Canada concerning certain Graco infant car seats – namely, different versions of the SnugRide and Aprica, manufactured at various times between July 2010 and May 2013. See below for the affected models and dates. The seats are being recalled because the buckle may become difficult to unlatch or become stuck in the latched position, making it difficult to remove an infant from their car seat and increasing the risk of injury in the event of an emergency that requires immediate exit from the vehicle.The model number, model name and date of manufacture can be found on the underside of the car seat. A typical label looks like this:
The buckle in question and the replacement buckle are shown below: Graco will provide a new and improved replacement harness buckle to affected consumers at no cost. Registered owners will be sent a letter containing proper care instructions and information on how to obtain a replacement buckle. If you are not a registered owner or did not receive a letter, you can register for a new repair kit on Graco’s website.
Babyproofing. I know that a newborn doesn’t come out of the womb and jump onto their feet and start destroying things, but I’m certain it feels that way for many parents. Time flies. So I wanted to babyproof a few things now before our lives get away from us. I definitely want to block the outlets in our house somehow (from curious little fingers), as most of the outlets are either at baby crawling height or RIGHT along the baseboard. I didn’t want those plastic plugs that come in a pack of 36 – they come in a pack that size for.a.reason. They get lost – all over the place! If you’re good at keeping track of things then super, but that’s not me. And then you have to put it somewhere while the outlet is being used, and then make sure to put it back when you unplug your appliance. No thanks.
I do remember us having a couple of the plastic plugs when I was growing up. My parents kept the plugs in the sockets for LONG ENOUGH that I remember them being there. I’m pretty sure they were worried about us putting keys in the electrical sockets until we were nearing teen years. That’s what I’m working with here.
Then there are a couple other similar options but they just didn’t appeal to me. Anyway, as you might already know, if you’ve been following along, we’re in the throws of putting together our nursery. We took all the outlet covers off to paint and I wanted these *special* outlet covers to go back on – ones with built-in babyproofing. Before I could buy them, I was out mindlessly browsing another store for items that Snuggle Bugz doesn’t carry and I saw a 2-pack of similar covers for only a few dollars. Sure, I added them to my basket and went on my way. I tried to install it when I got home and two things irked me: there was only one screw in the middle, which only two outlets in my house have, and it protruded two inches out from the wall! That’s just WAITING to tear off my baby toe. Ok, maybe just an inch. But still.
So, I thought, I need to look into those Kidco ones at Snuggle Bugz. These ones have a screw in the middle and one at the top/bottom to ACTUALLY accommodate any outlet – old school and more modern styles. I guess in the outlet world that’s called “fits both Standard and Decora outlets.”
They’re super easy to install and you don’t even have to ditch them when your kids are a bit older because they aren’t taking away from your ‘user experience’ with your outlets – if that even exists. They protrude from the wall only a few millimeters more than a regular outlet plate, which is basically to allow for the slidey covers. Speaking of which, the slidey part over the outlet slides with no trouble at all and they slide independently so if one outlet has something plugged into it, the other is still covered. To slide it, I just use the plug. Put it in a bit, slide it sideways and it will pop right into place. Just make sure you don’t install the plate upside down – you’ll figure it out pretty fast when your plug wants nothing to do with being plugged in. Overall, at $12 for 3 they are a bit pricey, but we didn’t do the whole house, just the outlets in the danger zone, so we only needed about 6 of them. And I was willing to pay that to not be finding plastic plugs all over the house for the next 5 years.
So basically I heart these outlet covers, and ONCE AGAIN, it seems Kidco comes to the rescue whenever I’m in a bind.
What do you get a coupla rockstars when they’re having a baby? Baby Banz Noise Cancelling Earmuffs of course! We’re so thrilled to see baby Giorgio, son of Sarah and Gianni from Walk Off The Earth, sporting the earmuffs we sent them! Little dude is rocking on stage and has no idea how loud it is in there!
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