I don’t know about other moms, but when H was born, we were blessed and treated to a plethora of new and used baby items from parents before us, all of which came in very handy. (Especially for wide-eyed new parents) Among those items were many beautifully patterned muslin swaddles. Since we had chosen not to find out her gender, we requested a lot of neutral items, and a lot of turquoise, yellow and gray. Muslin swaddles are amazingly versatile and come in a huge variety of colors and sizes. When H decided she didn’t want to be swaddled any longer, I started packing them up to gift forward, keeping a few of my very favorites. I wasn’t sure what I’d do with them, but uses kept presenting themselves! The following are a few ways we’ve used ours.
H loves running around the house with her Cape flying behind her! I’m not sure where she initially got the idea, but she obviously hasn’t paid attention to Edna in The Incredibles “no capes!”
I took two similar colors and patterns and added curtain clips, and a tension rod and boom! Super cute kid room curtains. I added a backing of duvetyne from a roll we had lying around to create a blackout curtain on one window, where a security light shines in.
It pains me to admit this, but we did use a couple to tie some pieces of the crib together for, erm, a bit. Not structural pieces, but she jumped on the bed so much, rails started to loosen, and these helped keep things in place until we could get to the hardware store.
Scarves/ Breastfeeding Covers
This is one of my favorites. Muslins are light enough to be worn as scarves and easily accessible to be used as breastfeeding covers if you so choose. They also get softer the more you wash them. I kept 2 or 3 of the prettiest for summer weight scarves.
H has a little table that she loves! She uses it for everything from eating to painting, to crafts. Because of this, it sees a lot of wear and tear. I knotted a muslin swaddle at each corner and used it as a tablecloth. We also had a spare piece of plexiglass lying around to put on top for a hard surface. She likes it because it changes every couple of weeks, I like it because I can grab it and throw it in the wash when it gets dirty.
Don’t feel guilty about keeping these beautiful pieces of fabric after the baby grows a bit. They are useful for so much more! What have you used your old swaddles for?