Anyone who knows me will tell you how much I love aden + anais products. The combination of soft muslin, generous sizing and funky prints has me sold before I’ve even realised it most of the time. I slept under their swaddle blankets for the first four months of my son’s life whilst we co-slept and I’ve used the muslin cloths on a permanent rotation for comfort, mopping up spills and wiping runny noses as time’s gone on. If it weren’t for the husband putting a ban on me buying more blankets (I can’t help it, it’s an affliction) I’d have invested in an aden + anais dream blanket a long time ago. So you can imagine how excited I was when we were offered a dream blanket to review. Even if it did take me far too long to decide on a design.
Who are aden + anais?
aden + anais was founded by Raegan Moya-Jones who was looking for a way to continue the practice of swaddling using muslin cloth. Unable to find anything suitable, she created her own muslin swaddle blanket and from there, aden + anais was born. Nowadays, aden + anais produce a wide range of cotton muslin products, from the original swaddle cloths through to blankets and even clothing, available in over 65 countries worldwide. Their classic design, funky prints and practical functionality has led to aden + anais becoming a firm favourite with parents around the world.
The aden + anais dream blanket – Leader of the pack
The aden + anais dream blankets are made from four layers of their well known 100% cotton muslin, ensuring they’re breathable, soft and durable. Available in a range of designs, from Disney through to classic aden + anais prints, the dream blanket retails at £44.95, rising to £58 for the silky soft or metallic versions. Whilst every design is oh so tempting (especially the Berry Shibori silky soft range!), I couldn’t help but fall in love with the ‘leader of the pack’ design featuring a beautiful large lion print. The reverse side picks out the colours from the lion’s mane and repeats them in a pattern of muted bright shapes making it a firm favourite in our household and wonderfully unisex.
The dream blanket is the same size as the muslin swaddles; a huge 120cm x 120cm. Not only does this make it larger than most other blankets on the market, it also means there’s plenty of space for snuggling down together. Trust me, I know exactly how much of your body you can fit under one of these and it really is impressive. As firm fans of sleeping bags for night sleeping, we tend to use blankets for all manner of other activities instead; laying them out on the floor for play time, taking them to the park with us, using them in the car or just using them as a literal comfort blanket. So far this blanket’s been a puzzle zone, a car track and an extra bit of padding for bare baby feet.
Let’s be practical
Children are messy creatures, especially now we’re in the toddler stage and he’s able to create his own mess! I know from previous experience how well the aden + anais muslin swaddles wash and I was pleased to find that this blanket is no different, just pop it in the machine and off you go. It’s this that makes the aden + anais products such a firm favourite for me; their products start soft, wear well and only get softer with age. Price wise, they’re at the upper end of baby blankets out there but to compare them, you’re doing them a disservice. This isn’t a baby blanket in the traditional sense, for a small baby I’d use it more as a padded mat for tummy time or floor play. As your baby grows into the toddler stage and beyond is where it’s ‘blanket’ uses come increasingly to the fore.
It’s soft and snugly, padded and practical and has plenty of room for growing children (and adults!) to wrap themselves in. It would make a great gift for new babies, offering a present that’s useful, beautiful and will last for years. That said, I’m also eyeing it up for myself; it’s lovely to drape over you in the evenings once the baby’s in bed!
Fancy getting your hands on one?
Now’s your chance to win an aden + anais dream blanket to try for yourself. We’re very exciting to be giving away a leader of the pack dream blanket worth £44.95 to a lucky entrant. Thankfully it’ll be sent directly from aden + anais, so there’s no danger of me keeping two (phew!), just follow the directions below to enter!
Prize is 1 x aden + anais dream blanket in the ‘leader of the pack’ print. There is no monetary exchange available. The prize will be distributed by aden + anais direct to the winner, Devon Mama cannot be held responsible for lost prizes. All winner decisions are final, the winner has 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be drawn.
Contest closes at 12.00am on Monday 5th June. UK Entrants Only.