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The best baby muslin cloths - because you can never have too many

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The best baby muslins - because you can never have too many

Any mum will know, you can never have too many baby muslin squares. A baby muslin is a small square cloth usually made from cotton and you can use them in so many different ways. 

How to use muslin cloth

You'll use a muslin when you are breast or bottle-feeding to wipe milk away from baby's mouth and clean up any spit-up. Given how often a newborn feeds (sometimes it feels like constantly), you'll need a lot of muslins. Read our newborn baby essentials you actually need from day one to see what else you should add to the list.

Muslins are also great to use to wrap or swaddle your baby, to replace a comforting toy, and when burping your baby. Just keep in mind the safety surrounding swaddling and leaving muslins in your baby's cot while they're sleeping. According to the Lullaby Trust, there are some important safety factors to keep in mind.

'If you decide to adopt swaddling, this should be done for each day and night time sleep as part of a regular routine; use thin materials, do not swaddle above the shoulders, never put a swaddled baby to sleep on their front, do not swaddle too tight, check the baby’s temperature to ensure they do not get too hot.'

In order to avoid the risk of SIDS, it's a good idea not to keep any unnecessary items in your baby's cot. 'We recommend babies sleep in cots or Moses baskets that are kept as clear as possible and specifically advise; No pillows or duvets; no cot bumpers; no soft toys; no loose bedding; no products (such as wedges or straps) that will keep your baby in one sleeping position.' Says the Lullaby Trust. 

You can also use it on the changing mat, and as a cover-up while breastfeeding in public if you want. You can use a baby muslin to pat bottoms dry after changing nappies, to play peek-a-boo, at bath time as a washcloth or even as a towel, and also as a teething toy: they're great for chewing or sucking on.

The NHS doesn't recommend using any spare piece of fabric on your unattended baby to avoid suffocation, however, under supervision, a baby muslin is a must-have baby essential. 

The muslin cloths for babies and where to buy them

You NEED aden + anais muslins in your life. Not only do they do the job of any normal muslin, but they're also SUPER SOFT and really gorgeous too. This jungle design is far too cute and there are loads of designs available, from bright colours to soft pastels and monochrome, too. WE LOVE THEM. 

Material: Cotton

Size: 70 x 70cm

Design: 20 different prints

How many? Pack of 3

Review: "These are a little pricey but worth every penny. I have some cheap muslins and you really can tell the difference. These are soft, and a great size. The pattern is still vibrant after a few washes. Would recommend."

Simple and practical, these white muslins will be handy for mopping up spills, during feed times, wiping delicate skin or even as a comforter. Super soft, gentle and absorbent. 

Material: Cotton

Size: 60 x 60 cm

Design: Plain

How many? Pack of 6

Review: "Best muslins on the market! I tried most of the top baby brands and this were the only ones that remained soft after many washes."

Lovely monochrome designs with grey chevrons, and black crosses and triangles - perfect for any newborn. They're practical as well as great for newborn eyes which can't see colour yet. 

Material: Cotton

Size: 70 x 70 cm

Design: Triangles, cross and chevron patterns

How many? Pack of 6

Review: "What a great buy they are a good size, very large and lightweight which makes them so useful not only can you throw one over your shoulder whilst winding the youngest they are soft enough to wipe away any messes from delicate skin. Large enough to tie as a bib for the older child. The pattern is very nice too and is retained along with the shape after washing. I'll definitely be buying more!"

These adorable multicolour muslin squares come in yellow, purple, turquoise, green, red and orange. They are made from 100% cotton, measureing 70cmX70cm. They're perfect as a newborn baby gift or for a baby shower.

Material: Cotton

Size: 70 x 70 cm

Design: Multi-colour

How many? Pack of 6

Review: "These are not your normal tiddly sized Muslin clothes, these clothes are huge. I would say at least twice the size of some you can buy. Admittedly not the cheapest but so bright, colourful and large these will work perfectly for mopping up any spills and explosions the pending baby may throw at us. I learnt my lesson from child #1 who was a reflux baby, big muslins are the way to go and have so many uses, I'm looking forward to trying these out in the near future."

This is more than just a muslin. It's a large triangle, as opposed to the usual square muslin, and features detatchable teethers for little ones to literally get their teeth into. You can use this as a swaddle, dribble cloth, pram cover (not during hot weather), breastfeeding cover... and it's cute, too. 

Material: Cotton

Size: 23.6 x 23cm

Design: Silver stars or pink zig zag

How many? One blanket. Comes with attachable teething rings

Review: "Absolutely in love with this. Very useful to breast feed and also to pump. I found it very useful in the first days after delivery at the hospital. However, though material is light it gets warm, otherwise very useful product."

This bamboo muslin blanket is made from 100% bamboo, so you're saving the planet a bit as well as using a super-soft muzzy. Measures 120x120cm so it's big enough for anything really. 

Material: Bamboo

Size: 120x120cm

Designs: Elephant ( Also available dinosaur, clouds, animals, giraffe, flamingo, stars)

How many? One large cloth

Review: "I like this as its elephant which i love anything elephant pattern. I am a breast feeding mum and muslins are perfect for covering up."


Not the cheapest muslins, normally they're £11 each but are on offer. They are beautifully designed and wonderfully soft and perfect if you don't have time to wash you new muslins. 

Material: Cotton

Size: 75 x 75cm

Design: Star print, six colours

How many? Pack of 3

Review: “Lovely fabric! So soft! I cannot wait to see my little baby all wrapped up in one of them.”

These muslins are made from 70% bamboo and 30% cotton, making them soft and durable. 

Material: Bamboo and cotton

Size: 60 x 60cm

Design: Three animal designs, white

How many? Pack of 4

Review: "Nice size and cute patterns. So soft! Our daughter loves snuggling them and have now brought a few sets to replace the rougher cotton ones we had previously."

Muslins by Mama Designs are real statement muslins, not just your average muzzy squares, but they won't break the bank. These are double-layered for extra comfort. 

Material: Cotton, double layered

Size: 60 x 60cm

Design: 4 patterns (2 print, 1 plain in a pack)

How many? Pack of 3

Review from TOWIE's Cara de la Hoyde: "This is not an advert I just want to say for all the mumma's out there these are the best quality muslin cloths and grow bags I have come across. Trust me, your bubba will thank you!"

Lovely bright colours on these bamboo muslins mean you won't get confused over which ones are yours when you're at the baby playgroup. 

Material: Bamboo rayon

Size: 60 x 60cm

Design: Stars and stripes, multicolour

How many? Pack of 4

Review: "Gorgeous product if a little pricey. Lovely & soft. Much prefer these to normal cotton ones as they feel silky & they look lovely too. Will be sending some as a gift to a friend when her little one arrives."

Add to your everyday essentials with this handy pack of five muslin squares, which have been made from pure cotton in classic white, finished with charming safari animal prints.

Material: Cotton

Size: 70 x 70cm

Design: 3 x Safari animal print 2 x Plain white 

How many? Pack of 5

Review: "Good sized muslins that are really soft. Nice designs."

How to wash baby muslins

If you're currently prepping for the arrival of your little one and popping all their baby grows and clothes into the wash, ready to be worn, you might want to toss the muslin squares in too for a wash before using them.

Muslin squares can be washed in the washing machine with the rest of your baby's clothes - just be sure to fasten up any buttons and zips to avoid them catching on the cloth and don't wash with Velcro items. Wash them below 40 to avoid shrinking and tumble dry on a low setting. In terms of detergent, it's up to you, but it's a good idea to go for something gentle that will be kind to your baby's delicate skin.

You can read more of our best baby detergents for washing your baby's things here.

Other muslin cloth uses

Not only are muslin squares brilliant when it comes to burping, nursing, swaddling, blanket, sun shading... the list goes on, but they can also come in handy for loads of other things. 

  • Looking for a new facial exfoliator? A damp muslin cloth will work the same, especially when exfoliating dry skin from your lips. 
  • If you love to make homemade jams and marmalades, you can use a muslin square to strain the mixture to remove any lumps or seeds to leave you with a tasty smooth spread. 
  • There's nothing worse than getting little lemon pips in your food when cooking, so a good solution is to wrap your lemon wedge in a muslin cloth before squeezing the juice out - you'll still get the lovely lemon flavour, minus the pips.
  • For an alternative gift wrap, you could use a muslin cloth to gift wrap some presents. Add a colourful ribbon or bow for a chic looking gift. 
  • Got a blocked nose? Dab some airway clearing oils to a muslin cloth and sleep with it under your pillow at night. 
  • You can never have too many dusters. Add your old and unwanted muslin cloths to the under-the-sink cupboard collection. 

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She is passionate about raising awareness around postnatal depression and is a Mental Health First Aider.

Sophie studied History at the University of Sheffield and has been in journalism for 16 years. 

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