Parenting Hacks: 11 Ways To Use A Swaddle!

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I didn’t really know about swaddles the first time round when we had our daughter. I knew about swaddling, but I never really felt brave enough to try it and so we never purchased any swaddles. But muslins, muslins we had in abundance and I loved them all. So practical, so useful, we still to this day use them for the little lady. But second time round I have fallen in love with swaddles, and aden + anais ones in particular. aden + anais create some of the most beautifully soft, high quality, breathable and durable swaddles on the market and we have some absolutely gorgeous ones that I just love using every day. Not just for swaddling, which is amazing by the way, if you havent tried swaddling your little one definitely be brave and give it a go. You may just find that they love it. But swaddles are also super practical. Maybe even more so than muslins, because they are huge which means you can do so much more with them.

A few months ago I stumbled into a conversation on twitter where a few expectant mums were asking what muslins could be used for which inspired me to create this list. Here are 11 ways you can use a swaddle!

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Swaddle

Swaddles are best used for swaddling, which you can do from newborn up to two – three months depending on the baby and how happy they are to continue to bed swaddled as they get older. We started swaddling from pretty much the day that the little guy was born and have continued to since. It’s really easy to do, although aden + anais have great step by step instructions on how to do it if you need help. We find that it helps our little one get off to sleep really quickly, although he seems to be waking up more to the world around him in the last week and has started to try to kick through the swaddle so I have a feeling that the swaddling may unfortunately not last much longer!

Breastfeeding cover

Swaddles make an excellent impromptu breastfeeding cover, and in fact I actually prefer to use this instead of an actual breastfeeding cover. Which I do by tying the two opposing corners together and then putting it round my neck to form a cover which I can then put baby under. Its quick, easy and perfectly discreet!

Burp cloth

Swaddles make very useful burp clothes, just throw them over your shoulder and off you go. I, like most new parents have a habit of walking around with a swaddle hung over my should most of the time in case of any spit ups after feeding or burping. Whats great about using a swaddle over a muslin is that they are so much bigger so they give you better coverage and tend to last you longer which helps cut down on all the washing!

Bib

We have a little dribbler on our hands so I’ve been using our swaddles to mop up all his dribbles, which have been pretty unbelievable for a newborn. I cant help but think we may have an early teether on our hands! But as well as this, our swaddles will be really useful once we start weaning in four-ish months time. Not necessarily as replacements for bibs, but on those occasions where I havent got a bib to hand or they are dirty or I need one really quickly. Because they are so absorbent they’ll make fantastic impromptu bibs when we need them.

Nappy changes

Before we had our aden + anais portable nappy mat I used to use our swaddles for nappy changes when we were out and about, or even at home. They’re great for putting over the baby changing units in shops and restaurants, and at home I’ve used them on the sofa or bed when I’ve been doing a quick nappy change.

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Blanket

I’ve always prefered to use our swaddles as blankets rather than actual blankets with both our babies. As sweet as some blankets look, I always worry about overheating so prefer to use swaddles which are much lighter. I usually fold them into two or four and then tuck them around the little one in the car seat or pushchair and have found them to provide just the right coverage for them.

Pushchair cover

Before we had our Aden + Anais pushchair canopy cover (which is amazing by the way) I used our swaddles to drap over the pushcair or car seat to block out the sun, wind or rain. They’re great because they are completely breathable and still let the air circulate, but they provide good protection from the harsh elements.

Play/tummy time blanket

Our little guy is now getting to the age where he can lay on a play mat and have some tummy time. We have a lovely playmat that we’ve dug out from the loft that the little lady used, but we can’t take our play mat with us everywhere, like when we go on holiday next week. So what I’ll be doing is using some of our swaddles when we’re abroad. It’ll be really easy to lie one down on the hotel bed or sun lounger and with a few little toys it’ll be perfect for some play time.

Picnic blanket

Swaddles make fantastic impromptu picnic blankets. I always have at least two swaddles in my changing bag and when we have in the past ended up having an unexpected picnic in the park or on the beach its been great to pull one of them out and use them as a picnic blanket. You can fit a few people on them comfortably and whats great is that you can just shake them off afterwards.

Security blanket

Our little ones havent really got attached to any particular things now or in the past, but I do know that your smell transfers to things that you wear and newborns in particular have a very sensitive sense of smell. With this in mind, I think our swaddles which I often have draped around me will act as a useful security blanket for the little one when we are on our flight. He will have to sleep in a bassinet, so putting one in with him I think will give him some comfort.

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Photo prop

I love taking pictures of our little ones and have found that the gorgeous prints on our Aden + Anais swaddles make for fantastic backdrops. Again the large size of them means that you can fit baby on them comfortably and get a great shot with a pretty background.

Who would have thought swaddles could be used for so many things! They are definitely one of my all time favourite baby products for that reason. Plus they are so light and easy to carry around and with the aden + anais ones in particular, they get soften after each wash. So if you were wondering what swaddles can be used for hopefully I’ve given you some inspiration!

I have one beautiful aden + anais jungle jam easy swaddle to give away to one lucky reader. All you have to do to win it is add your entry to the Gleam competition below. I’d also love to hear what your favourite way is to use your swaddle, or whether there are any other uses for swaddles that you would add to this list?

 

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Disclosure; This is a collaborative post, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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138 Comments

  1. Katy M
    August 16, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    I use them for all the reasons you’ve listed – can never have too many swaddles!

  2. August 27, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    I didn’t realise they had so many uses. I never thought to cover the changing mats when out and about with one.
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  3. lucy higgins
    August 27, 2016 / 2:12 pm

    The main reasons are as a security blanket but also for tummy time!

  4. Alice Dixon
    August 27, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    As a security blanket, new borne love being close to something after all I imagine it is a big scary world when you ar first born!

  5. Rachel Craig
    August 27, 2016 / 3:51 pm

    Had been used to babies being swaddled long before these products became available. Product seems appropriate given babycare advice and guidance given fairly recently. I’d love to win prize and gift it to friend due her baby in September.

  6. laura stewart
    August 27, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    i use them for all of the above they are fab!

  7. Claire Sutherland
    August 27, 2016 / 7:01 pm

    My baby isn’t here yet but I have taken note of all the way to use swaddle blankets !

  8. Emma J
    August 27, 2016 / 7:34 pm

    Definitely swaddling – I’ve never known a baby to NOT love being swaddled!

  9. Samantha O'D
    August 27, 2016 / 8:43 pm

    I didn’t think about many of the above uses. These would be great for my daughter due in October

  10. sophie grayling
    August 27, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    All of the above, they look so happy all swadlled up

  11. Popcorn
    August 27, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    I use mine as a sunshade on the pram

  12. Sarah Lambert
    August 28, 2016 / 8:14 am

    I do like to use them for swaddling 🙂

  13. Lara Latchem
    August 28, 2016 / 8:30 am

    We always use them as a blanket or a cover up when feeding.

  14. Sarah Mackay
    August 28, 2016 / 8:39 am

    My daughter loves swaddling blankets just as a comforter to sleep, she can’t sleep without one.

  15. August 28, 2016 / 11:57 am

    For me, it would be using the swaddle blanket to wrap my baby up and using it as a breast feeding cover.

  16. August 28, 2016 / 12:06 pm

    Great giveaway! I love this brand! #SundayBest

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

  17. JULIE WARD
    August 28, 2016 / 1:23 pm

    Useful on how many ways to use them, this is for daughter in law

  18. Julie
    August 28, 2016 / 1:40 pm

    To cover the pram and keep the sun out on the odd sunny day!

  19. August 28, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    I didn’t use swaddles with my daughter but being pregnant with my 2nd baby it’s definitely something I want to try, they’re so versatile and the Aden & Anais prints are so gorgeous too.x

  20. kate CARRINGTON
    August 28, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    i have never used swaddles before im due in 2 weeks 4 days so would love to try these out with my boy

  21. Natalie Roberts
    August 28, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    I will be a new mum so all these ideas are a brilliant help!

  22. sb
    August 28, 2016 / 7:07 pm

    cuddly and gorgeous

  23. Karolina Rozwarska
    August 28, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    I use them for all of the above, they are fantastic

  24. MANDY DOHERTY
    August 28, 2016 / 8:14 pm

    Use them for all the ways you’ve mentioned

  25. August 29, 2016 / 6:21 am

    My friend bought me these when E was born and they really are SO good. I used to use them as a swaddle wrap at first then it became a burp cloth.
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  26. August 29, 2016 / 7:22 am

    Nearly as many uses as baby wipes! I font know how wes managw without muslins for burp cloths/sick mopper-uppers. Gorgeous photos! Thanks for hosting #marvmondays
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  27. August 29, 2016 / 11:43 am

    Some great extra uses for these, I love the idea of having them as photo props too! Very cute #marvmondays
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    • August 31, 2016 / 8:34 pm

      Glad to help give you a few more ideas 🙂 Sure there are lots that I havent even thought of too!

    • August 31, 2016 / 8:29 pm

      I couldnt agree more, so many uses, so durable and last forever!

  28. August 29, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    I discovered muslin swaddles after we were past the swaddling stage, but they’ve been the perfect blankets for Piglet in these warmer summer months #marvmondays
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    • August 31, 2016 / 8:24 pm

      Ah what a shame, but they do make fab little blankets for this warm summer weather. We’ve been using ours for the same thing too this summer.

  29. August 29, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    I love these swaddles. My boys are currently 3 and a half and almost 2 years old – although I am also 35 weeks pregnant with my third. So I have also found that these beautiful wraps can become an awesome swimwear cover-up when you don’t have a newborn need for them.

    • August 31, 2016 / 8:22 pm

      Oh wow, congrats! I’ve never thought of using them like that, what a great idea! Thanks for sharing it 🙂

    • August 31, 2016 / 8:18 pm

      You and me both! Totally worth every penny 🙂

  30. Laura H
    August 30, 2016 / 11:17 am

    When my first was bigger I’d sit her on a swaddle at snack time so she didn’t get mess on the carpet!

    • August 31, 2016 / 8:15 pm

      Thats a great use for them, carpet picnics, perfect!

  31. August 30, 2016 / 5:42 pm

    I’d be lost without our muslin squares! When the Twins were newborn a date the height of their reflux we got through 35 in one day!!! They still have them now to snuggle in bed, catch nosebleeds, have olbas oil on when they’re poorly, sneeze into and if course play Boo with our new Bubs!!! We used them for so many of your suggestions too!
    #marvmondays

    • August 31, 2016 / 8:17 pm

      Oh wow, 35 in a day! Poor little things. They are definitely worth their weight in gold, we use them for similar things with our toddler even now.

  32. Karen Barrett
    August 30, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    Mainly in the pram when we are going down our lane.

  33. August 30, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    Love the patterns and how gorgeous is your little one! #marvmondays

    • August 31, 2016 / 8:11 pm

      Thanks lovely 🙂 They really do print the most beautiful pattens on their swaddles dont they!

  34. August 30, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    I loved our swaddles, they are super big, and I think we used ours for almost all of the things you have suggested. They are definitely on my must have list for new mums.x #marvmondays
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    • August 31, 2016 / 8:06 pm

      They large ones are just soooooo versatile. We use them for EVERYTHING in our house 🙂

  35. Rebecca Smith
    August 30, 2016 / 10:05 pm

    I use swaddles for wrapping baby and so handy when breastfeeding too

  36. August 31, 2016 / 6:33 am

    These are completely gorgeous. if I have another bubba, im def treating myself to some 🙂 #MarvMondays

    • August 31, 2016 / 8:04 pm

      Definitely do! I am such an Aden + Anais convert now, I really cant get enough of their beautifully soft swaddles 🙂

  37. August 31, 2016 / 11:18 am

    Great tips here. I use mine for photo props at the moment but never thought about using them for the things as you mentioned above.
    #MarvMondays
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    • August 31, 2016 / 8:01 pm

      They make the best backgrounds dont they! Glad to give you some extra ways to use them 🙂

  38. August 31, 2016 / 12:16 pm

    I love a swaddle/giant muslin and have used them in almost all of the ways you mentioned – but I also use mine as a cover when I’m expressing in the car. There’s no way I’d be without one! The aden + anais ones are extra beautiful though! #MarvMondays

    • August 31, 2016 / 8:01 pm

      Thats such a great idea, they are just sooooo useful arent they!

  39. Solange
    August 31, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    I use them for all of the above.

  40. Jennifer Haden
    September 1, 2016 / 7:21 am

    I’ve only used them for swaddling, but all the reasons you listed are great, never thought about it before x

    • September 2, 2016 / 10:59 pm

      Hopefully its given a few more new ideas to try out 🙂

  41. Ruth Harwood
    September 1, 2016 / 7:56 am

    only usually swaddle at bedtime, it seems to calm her 🙂

    • September 2, 2016 / 10:58 pm

      Such a great way to help little ones get off to sleep at bedtime 🙂

  42. Gemma Robinson
    September 1, 2016 / 8:12 am

    i am clueless, first time mum and baby due in feb but loving all the comments – thank you!!

    • September 2, 2016 / 10:58 pm

      Oh how exciting, congrats! Good luck with the new arrival 🙂

  43. Becky Yeomans
    September 1, 2016 / 11:10 am

    I am expecting baby number 2, I never swaddled my first child but would be great to try with number 2!

    • September 2, 2016 / 10:57 pm

      I think its so much easier second time round, youre more relaxed and open to trying more new things. Good luck with baby number 2!

  44. amy fidler
    September 1, 2016 / 12:57 pm

    all of the above,you can never have enough of them x

    • September 2, 2016 / 10:55 pm

      Oh I couldnt agree more! Definitely more than less 🙂

  45. pete c
    September 1, 2016 / 1:25 pm

    tend to use more as a blanket

    • September 2, 2016 / 10:56 pm

      We use them all of the time for that, they’re perfect in this warmer weather!

  46. Kerry Kilmister
    September 1, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    I love swaddling for settling my little one and giving her security

  47. Laura Pritchard
    September 1, 2016 / 5:40 pm

    I’ve never used them except as a comforter, but my sister in law would love this!

    • September 2, 2016 / 10:54 pm

      Great as comforters, they make great gifts too for friends and family expecting little ones 🙂

  48. Sally Collingwood
    September 2, 2016 / 6:21 am

    I use mine as a little security blanket, Teddy loves it.

    • September 2, 2016 / 10:53 pm

      Such a great idea, especially when they are very little 🙂

  49. September 3, 2016 / 12:37 am

    We use the large ones as a shade on our pram, tie 2 corners to the car seat handle and drop the rest, its worked well so far as it keeps sun off him but is breathable

  50. Kim Styles
    September 3, 2016 / 3:34 pm

    swaddles are so flexible, mine even liked them as blankies!

  51. janine atkin
    September 3, 2016 / 7:48 pm

    i often use them as blankets

  52. Laura Nice
    September 3, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    I would use them for all of the above!! They look fab! <3

  53. September 3, 2016 / 9:24 pm

    Oh my flipping gosh these photos are so gorgeous! I used mine mostly for mopping up messes. Thanks for linking up to #SundayBest x

  54. September 3, 2016 / 11:55 pm

    I love swaddles! (Or ‘big muslins’ as I usually call them!) They were always my go to feeding cover with my youngest. Now my two toddlers are obsessed with draping themselves in the giant muslins & calling them ballgowns! #MarvMondays
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  55. Tasha
    September 4, 2016 / 9:04 am

    As a security blanket

  56. Sue McCarthy
    September 4, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity, to go to Romania.

  57. ADEINNE TONNER
    September 4, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    Such a good product and i would use it when carrying the baby about.

  58. Laura Harrison
    September 5, 2016 / 1:20 pm

    For a security blanket xxx

  59. emma walters
    September 5, 2016 / 6:29 pm

    love these for swaddling in the early days and a cool blanket in the summer

  60. Cassandra Mayers
    September 5, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    Perfect for a feeding cover 🙂

  61. A.E. ADKINS
    September 6, 2016 / 5:20 am

    These are swaddlicious, have used them as impromtu parked car sunscreeners too

  62. Kirsty Hosty
    September 6, 2016 / 5:59 am

    Love all this tips I have mainly used them for swaddling but now I have more things to try

  63. Rich Tyler
    September 6, 2016 / 10:32 am

    So many uses, photos are great 🙂

  64. carol boffey
    September 6, 2016 / 12:27 pm

    i use them for alot of things round the house

  65. Kat Allinson
    September 6, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    I like to use it as a cover up when feeding out and about and also to help protect my son from the sun

  66. Pam Smith
    September 6, 2016 / 3:48 pm

    All of F the ways you’ve listed plus as a sun shade on the car seat

  67. Rachel Butterworth
    September 6, 2016 / 4:19 pm

    I would keep one in my car for when my niece or nephews fall asleep.

  68. donna l jones
    September 6, 2016 / 4:38 pm

    I do like to use them for swaddling

  69. Gemma Cook
    September 6, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    I use them for all of the above, they are brilliant! 🙂

  70. Susan B
    September 6, 2016 / 6:58 pm

    My sister made me some swaddles when I had my little one and, to this day, I remain puzzled that other mums have managed without them for feeding, changing, nursing and sleeping.

  71. Diana
    September 6, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    Security blanket, my older daughter had it and now baby daughter has it 🙂

  72. Lisa Wilkinson
    September 6, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    I used them to help get my little girl to nap

  73. Alison Johnson
    September 6, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    We used to use swaddles mainly as burping cloths. But this would be for my pregnant friend as my kids are too old!

  74. Janet matthews
    September 7, 2016 / 4:15 am

    Would be perfect for my first grandchild . Fingers crossed

  75. Elspeth MacMillan
    September 7, 2016 / 9:44 am

    I hadn’t realised there were so many uses mine used it as a security blanket 😀

  76. christine WESTLAKE
    September 7, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    used for dolly when out grown by child

  77. Jen C
    September 7, 2016 / 4:57 pm

    Some excellent ideas for uses that you have listed. Our little girl used one as a security blanket, also great for spillages and boys nappy changes!

  78. liz ferguson
    September 7, 2016 / 5:55 pm

    I haven’t used one before, but would like to give them a try x

  79. Toni Pearson
    September 7, 2016 / 6:51 pm

    Great to use to cover up when breast feeding in public. Still breathable and light. Love them. X

  80. Donna W
    September 7, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    When our toddler was tiny we used these as a breastfeeding cover, a swaddle, a sun shade on the pushchair and as sheets in the crib and pram. We then used them to lay him on for tummy time and for blankets in the colder months. Now he’s 15 months old he uses them to cuddle. They’ve been one of our best investments ever, I love them!

  81. Kristy Brown
    September 7, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    We always used ours to line the supermarket trolleys!

  82. Leanne Lunn
    September 7, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    They are great for added security and lots of other things, blanket and something for when baby lies on the floor to have some play time.

  83. Adrian Bold
    September 7, 2016 / 11:08 pm

    Would be perfect for my first grandchild .

  84. Emma Fox
    September 8, 2016 / 7:00 am

    So many ideas – I have used some but not all. Sometimes children get attached to one as a security blanket which is sweet 🙂

  85. lynn neal
    September 8, 2016 / 8:31 am

    We use them for tummy time on the floor

  86. helenRMad
    September 8, 2016 / 9:17 am

    I use mine for cover up during breast feeding mainly and to put over my shoulder when winding

  87. Natalie Crossan
    September 8, 2016 / 11:27 am

    For a security blanket x

  88. September 8, 2016 / 1:11 pm

    I have not tried one yet but would love to

  89. Richell Lever
    September 8, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    Love to swaddle after a bath in a big towel before bed

  90. Emily Hallett
    September 8, 2016 / 3:33 pm

    My niece would use them for her dolls.

  91. Harneet Farmahan
    September 8, 2016 / 4:07 pm

    My best friend has a daughter who is 6months old and im her godmother…if i win this, im surely passing it on to her!

  92. Gillian Hutchison
    September 8, 2016 / 4:33 pm

    Mr favourite use is to swaddle baby as I think she gets a better sleep when she is swaddled. I find if she doses off after a feed without being swaddled it is a 10-15 min nap and then she is looking for more mummy milk (breast feeding) but if I swaddle her she will always sleep a couple of hours and Longer overnight!

  93. Michelle Sykes
    September 8, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    I love to swaddle my baby it helps him sleep

  94. Jodie W
    September 8, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    I used the swaddle to keep my baby from hitting the crib bars with his startle reflex

  95. Hollie Newton
    September 8, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    Perfect breastfeeding cover up

  96. Natalie Gillham
    September 8, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    I find swaddles are great to help get babies to sleep as they feel hugged and being wrapped in the swaddling it is easier to put your baby into their cot without unsettling their sleep x

  97. September 8, 2016 / 10:36 pm

    My littlest loves her swaddles! These are so cute!

  98. paula cheadle
    September 8, 2016 / 10:39 pm

    i would give these to my daughter-in-law as she is pregnant with her first child

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