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.
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.
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 are slept 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 best baby muslins 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. LOVE THEM.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A gorgeous tree design on this bamboo muslin blanket, 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.
Not the cheapest muslins (they're £11 each) but beautifully designed and wonderfully soft.
These muslins are made from 70% bamboo and 30% cotton, making them soft and durable.
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.
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.
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 bear prints.
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 uses for baby muslin squares
Not only are muslin squares brilliant when it comes to burping, nursing, swaddling, blanket, sunshading... 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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