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…)
The 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.