I’m sure at some point I must have questions what a muslin cloth was for. I’m pretty sure I must have used one when I was younger and got to feed my cousin but I think when I was writing the list of things to purchase for Jaxon’s arrival I was never 100% why I would need muslin cloths (and how many I would need!)
A bunch of bloggers and myself were challenged by Babymoov to find 10 uses for their muslin squares. Their lovely muslin cloths come in a wide range of designs but I chose the DandyChic patterns as they were fun and seemed quite masculine (other than the rock design they are all quite girlie). The set of 3 is £19.99, for that price you get 3 muslins, one larger one which is 80cm x 80cm and two smaller ones which are 60cm x 60cm. It’s a little more than I would spend if I was buying them for me/Jaxon but the set would make a lovely present for a mummy to be.
1 and 2. Superheroes!
This is a silly one to start with but because of how wide the muslin cloth is, it works perfect for a superhero cape. In our house my nickname is SuperHan, I’ve also been nicknamed SuperMum too. Well I had to join in the fun too then…
With Jaxon being a summer baby and arriving in the middle of a heatwave last year we would regularly swaddle him in a lightweight blanket or swaddle in a muslin. For the best part of July when we were at home he was living in a nappy and no clothes, he’d have a muslin wrapped round him to keep him “warm” (that sounds sort of strange in the middle of a heatwave!) He wouldn’t lay still for me to swaddle him so teddy had to assist. I couldn’t find my baby doll she must have grown legs and ran away in a Toy Story kind of way.
4. Sunshade (in the car)
We have the adjustable window shades so normally don’t need the muslin too but sometimes on long journeys you find that the sun comes in around the shade and you need the extra cover to block out the sunshine. We also found this worked really well on a long road trip. I would sit in the back with Jaxon and found that I could lean over his seat and give him a quick top up feed. It would only be for a couple of minutes but it meant that Jaxon got a feed and Chris wouldn’t be distracted by a crying baby.
5. Sunshade (on the buggy)
Back to July last year, having ended up having surgery I wasn’t allowed to drive for six weeks, which meant that i had to rely on Chris and My Mum to play taxi to me, which drove me nuts! I’m so used to being able to drive myself that it was really hard. I did however get out and walk heaps – this probably assisted with losing the baby weight which is good. As part of that I started carrying a handful of washing pegs around with me to peg the muslin onto the buggy because the sun kept going into Jaxon’s face but if I put up both the hoods on the buggy then he’d cook because of the sun shining on it. The muslin meant that a breeze could get in and uncook the baby (but it did need to be pegged on securely – I guess safety pibs might have also worked well).
6. Nap Time For Toys
Well if it can work for baby why not for the baby’s toys? (Yeah I know sort of scraping the barrel here!). Funny that I picked two musical toys that would probably keep you awake rather than help you sleep.
7. Spaghetti Dinner!
When I was younger, my dad use to joke that Mum had done spaghetti or tagliatelle for dinner because he was wearing a white t-shirt. So that was my inspiration for this one. It works as a bib for babies – it also doubles up as a bib for Mummy (or Daddy) on spaghetti night. I also found it works well while eating heaps of pineapple to try and encourage a baby to appear (however be prepared, the enzyme in the pineapple does interesting things to your lips!)
8. Breastfeeding Cover and Burp Cloth
Those of you who know me know that Jaxon hates being covered so now I just get on with feeding him rather than fighting and most of the time when I was using a cover it was an actual cover made for the job (I had two but my favourite was the cover by Faye and Lou).
However, I have a mental to do list as long as my arm so sometimes I would take the muslin and use that. I’d sling it over my shoulder like in my rubbish awkward picture below and hold Jaxon and feed him. It would also then be in the right position to move him round and use it as a burp cloth.
9. Changing Mat
Here is teddy being a cloth bum, I decided for the sake of Jaxon’s sanity when he’s older, I wouldn’t take a picture of him in the near nuddy and share it with the internet. He can do that by accident in the future or something anyway, teddy is being very good and remaining still while I snapped this one (he’s sporting a Charlie Banana in case anyone wondered hehe). Boys (and I’m guessing girls too) have this way of holding in their pee until you take off their nappy and then they go for a wee then and there. Boys also have this way of making it go everywhere!
Muslin or a terry towelling square work really well, you lay it down before baby and then if baby decides to pee, you scoop up the muslin/towel and chunk it in the wash. it also means that baby doesn’t get a cold behind on the changing mat. When you’re out and about it’s handy too because although a lot of changing mats have those pockets for the disposable sheets they are often empty.
10. Fashion Statement
Now I don’t have an image for this final one, but lend me your imagination just for a second. When we were on holiday and Jaxon was about twelve weeks old and still 100% breastfed. So his nappies were often very runny. On this particular occasion, Jaxon had let out a massive blow off followed by the tell tale sound which meant that I had to go change him. Somewhere between our table and the baby changing room which was upstairs, the nappy had leaked and I had a streak down the front of my shirt. Although I had a change of clothes for him, all my clean clothes were about 2 and a bit miles away in the hotel.
In the end I came up with an idea. I grabbed the muslin and tied it around my ribs (just under my chest). I then turned it round so that it sort of looked like a really random apron. It did look a bit silly – it definitely clashed with my t-shirt but it worked until we could get to a shop and buy me a cheap replacement t-shirt to get me back to the hotel without looking super embarrassed lol.
Note to self: if Jaxon has a younger sibling, always pack a clean shirt/vest top in the changing bag
This is a sponsored post, I was supplied with a pack of 3 muslins in exchange for the post and my challenge ideas.