When I was pregnant with my now 3-year-old Son, like most first-time Moms, I had no idea what to expect, how I was going to cope, what to do or how being a parent was forever going to change my life. You know, you prepare as much as you can reading books and talking to other people; but you just do not get it entirely, until you have a bundle of joy cradled in your arms looking up at you like you are the Bees Knees.
aden + anais® swaddles and bibs were something that I had researched when I was pregnant. I had to set up a registry for my Baby Shower, and I fell in love with their organic products right off the bat. It was very important to me that my Little Munchkin had everything he needed with minimal toxins contained within them; his mattress, bedding, clothing, bibs, blankets, food and toys were all on my radar. Little did I know then, that aden + anais® was started by a fellow Australian. I actually did not figure this out until I started researching this article. I know shameful, what kind of Aussie Mum am I? No matter, now I just love aden + anais® ever more!
aden + anais® was started by an Australian Mother, Raegan Moya-Jones back in 2006. Raegan, at the time being pregnant, could not find anything that she thought to be adequate in the way of swaddles here in the United States, so she created her own oversized version using the much-loved Aussie favorite cotton muslin.
Fast forward to now, and aden + anais® beautifully stylish products are available in 60 different countries around the World. Amazing.
Raegan, indeed is a Super-Mum; she is also Author of the art of swaddling book Swaddle Love. And, she established the aden + anais swaddle love foundation, which aims to end touch deprivation in orphaned babies across the world.
The award-winning collection includes a full range of multi-purpose swaddles, burpy bibs®, dream blankets™ security blankets, sleeping bags, nursery bedding, bath & body products, and an electronic feeding and sleep system—the serenity star®.
Last week I was sent a Bamboo Dream Blanket in Azure Beads and Solid Aqua as a gift, and I know you are wondering what is the first thing we did with the blanket? Well I am glad you asked; Miles Storm and I jumped up and down on the bed like it was a trampoline, pretended the dream blanket was a cubby-house hiding underneath; and we laughed and laughed and laughed. Indeed, it was a lot of fun!
In all seriousness though, the dream blanket is beautiful. It is luxuriously soft being four-layers of rayon from bamboo fiber muslin. Muslin is hailed as reducing the chance of a baby overheating while providing comfort and warmth. The blanket is lightweight, snuggly and with every wash becomes softer, yes it just keeps getting better and better. I also like that it is generous in the sizing at 47” x 47” (120cm x 120cm) and perfect for a baby or a little boy like Miles Storm. It is a high quality blanket, that is interchangeable and can grow with your baby > child. Use it for tummy time, to cover your pram while your little one is sleeping, story time and cuddles, or straight out of the shower as a big towel (like we did).
aden + anais® also offer an organic variety, which costs a little more at around $70, but to me, definitely worth the extra cost. The non-organic dream blanket is around $60. Check out my favorite starstruck organic dream blanket; such a pretty design.
aden + anais® now have a whole catalogue of different products, including their Mum and Bub skin line, which includes the Ultra Gentle Lotion and Soothing Ointment which is shown in the picture above. The skin care is made in the USA, and was developed under the guidance of top NYC dermatologist – Ellen Gendler. You can be assured if you use any of the skin care range on yourself or your little one, you are in safe hands. Trust me if I am happy to use it, then you can feel safe using it too. Everything is free of the nasties that most of the bigger companies include in their products like – phytoestrogen, parabens, added hormone disrupters, petroleum oils, phthalates, dioxanes from sulfates, gluten and soy, petrochemicals, DEA and artificial colors.
**As a note, just in case you do not know; the word Bub is Australian for Baby. We also use the word Bubby or Bubs.