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Matchstick Monkey launches range of muslins and swaddles

Can’t get enough of that adorable (and cunning) Matchstick Monkey teether? You’ll be pleased to hear that you’ll soon be able to accessorise with their new range of muslin squares (70x70cm) and swaddles (120x120cm) – which will launch in September.

Made from 100% organic cotton and incorporating a unique silicone teething label, the muslins and swaddles come in pink, blue and grey.

We predict your little ones will go ape for them…

Shop online here. 

OMG aden+anais are having an online sale!

For the first time, aden+anais, erstwhile makers of wonder-muslin, are having a sale on their website. Grab yourself a bargain across selected items with up to 40% off!

As well as the swaddles and sleeping bags aden+anais are known best for, their sale also includes hooded towels (trust us, these are super soft) snap and burpy bibs, dresses, jogger pants, kimono baby grows (wonderful for wriggly babies) – in many of their much loved, timeless prints such as Vintage Circus and Stars.

The sale lasts until 31st March – click here to shop.

SM tests… Aden by Aden+Anais muslins

A little while back aden+anais (the Rolls Royce of muslin) launched their aden by aden+anais range, which they openly admit consists of thinner, cheaper and smaller muslin squares.

As huge fans of the original a+a brand, we were intrigued to discover whether size is, in fact, everything when it comes to burping, swaddling and boob-covering…

Editor writes: when I found out about the aden line my first thoughts were ‘WTF?’ and ‘Why…?’ Who doesn’t love the luxury of their classic swaddles, which can cover one’s buggy as amply as they can cover one’s breasts? Amongst the million and one uses for a swaddle in our house would be a sofa blankie for watching TV, a teddy bear’s picnic blanket, a changing mat… Oh, and of course you could wrap the baby in one. 

So a+a opting not only to make a range that is smaller, thinner and cheaper seemed a bit like Chanel creating a range for Superdrug… And collaborating with Mickey and Minnie Mouse? My judgement was reserved. 

But if you saw the recent a+a classic Disney collab, with it’s exquisite Bambi, Pooh and Jungle Book designs, you’d rest assured that not only are the Mouse designs delightful, they are also as chic and delicate as you’d expect this brand to come up with and also actually resemble classic a+a designs (so that from a distance you wouldn’t know it was Disney at all.)

The blue and black Mickey designs include a mouse icon made from cornflower blue blossoms and geometric chevrons. It reminds me a little of the ‘rock star’ range from the classic designs. It’s really elegant. 

And as for the weave being thinner, whilst you might maybe notice the difference after 50 washes, when you rub one of the aden by a+a swaddles and compare the feel to the original, you’d have to have waaay more sensitive skin than my kids or I do to tell which is which. (Doing this test made me think of The Princess and the Pea, actually…)

img_20161010_140625_editThe size? Well, the original ones are 120x120cm and the aden range measures 112x112cm. So they obviously are smaller. Drape them both over a huge Silver Cross pram and you’ll notice the difference. Over a Bugaboo, not so much… Little one wants to tie one to the broom handle to make a flag? Your pre-school Pirate doesn’t care about the extra 8 cm one bit.

So let’s just say there is space in the world for both – and despite being very open about the ways in which they have ‘cut corners’ to create a more affordable product this is definitely one that deserves to be shown off as much as it’s luxe older sibling.

aden + anais launch new range of layettes – the first muslin clothing range in the world

One of our hero brands (and MMHA15 winners) aden + anais have unveiled their new collection of layettes, the first in the world to be made from 100% muslin.

In the designs you know and love (starburst, hearts, blazer stripe) and the super soft (gets softer with each wash and snuggle) all natural muslin fabric, the range includes a selection of body suits, tunic tops and bottoms and is available in sizes 0-3m thru 9-12m inclusive.

Order online or find stockists here.