The Benefits of Muslin: Spotlight on Aden & Anais
Posted on 01 May 2017
Available in 65 countries worldwide, Australian born label Aden and Anais features an award-winning collection of cotton muslin products which combine style and simplicity with comfort and assurance. From multi-purpose swaddles to burp bibs, dream blankets, sleeping bags, nursery bedding, muslin clothing and more, Aden and Anais takes the guess work out of parenting knowing that your baby is comfortable and safe, resulting in peace of mind.
Muslin is one of the purest, simplest and most gentle fabrics in the world. Muslin is considered a finely-woven breathable fabric that originated in Bangladesh during the Middle Ages. What sets muslin apart from the rest is its open weave and lightweight fabric which allows for airflow and reduces the risk of overheating. Not only is this incredible fabric comfortable and safe, it is also a workhorse fabric, and is known for its durability, giving it the ability to withstand countless washes and get softer with age.
Aden and Anais prewash all their muslin products, ensuring it starts out soft and becomes softer each time it is washed. Muslin is blessed with a ‘natural stretch’ allowing the muslin to be snuggly tucked around your baby, keeping them feeling secure without it being overly restrictive. The Aden and Anais range contain an array of muslin based products including the Classic Muslin products (sleeping bags, classic swaddles, 4 layered dream blankets) and Stretchy Muslin (found in their range of clothing) which is comprised of 100% cotton muslin for ultimate breathability, touchable softness and versatility and made from natural cotton muslin with a small amount of spandex for just the right amount of one-way stretch.
Muslin is beautifully versatile, and this do-it-all fabric goes way beyond bedtime, helping to simplify what can be a chaotic time. With its generous size, Aden and Anais Classic Muslin Swaddle can also be used as a burp cloth, a tummy time blanket, nursing cover, pram cover and changing table cover.
Swaddling is one of the most beneficial practices for parent and child. It is said to offer comfort to babies, recreating the familiar, secure and cosy feeling of the womb. It is also known to prevent sudden movements known as the “startle reflex” which often wakes young babies, allowing for a much more peaceful night’s sleep. The magical qualities of swaddling include helping to soothe crying babies and assist in lulling them to sleep, with swaddling being known to trigger a “relaxation” mechanism in infants. Some touch therapists even say that swaddling a baby, can help develop their tactile system, so that they become comfortable with being touched, which is key to healthy development.
While we now have the scientific evidence to prove it, swaddling’s ability to soothe and calm babies has been known around the world for centuries. The oldest archaeological evidence of mothers swaddling their babies begins in 4000 B.C. with the migrating peoples of ancient central Asia. The ancient Greeks and Romans swaddled. There are even biblical references to the practice.
This beautiful, practical fabric is available in a range of product styles in store and online now at www.lilaandhuxley.com - Pop in to the store, or jump online to check out the full range.