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Needing a baby shower gift that the parents will actually use? Looking for the softest baby security blanket that will soothe your irritable kids instantly? We found the answer to both of these questions and many more when we discovered Aden + Anais Dream Blankets. In fact our discovery caused me to ask one additional question, Do they make it in a King Size?
Finding a Favorite Baby Security Blanket
Our firstborn received one of these blankets along with an entire truckload of other blankets and swaddles. We immediately found that we liked the Aden + Anais Muslin Swaddles because they were softer, more breathable, and lighter weight than most. Eventually he outgrew the swaddle phase. As we pulled blankets out of the closet we found multiple duplicates of the velvety fleece type blankets. At first touch these feel soft and are cute but they don’t handle spills well and start to pill after a couple of washes. At some point along the way our baby developed an attachment to two different blankets. We realized the new favorite baby blankets were just thicker versions of the swaddles he had used since birth. They were Aden + Anais Muslin Silky Soft Dream Blankets (a link to search results with several different styles and sizes) .
Why we Love Aden + Anais Dream Blankets
No body wants their kid to be like Linus from Charlie Brown, dragging his baby security blanket around in the dirt on all of his adventures. But at the same time it is really nice to have a favorite blanket that is capable of calming an upset little one. Over the years we’ve collected multiples of the Aden + Anais Silky Soft Dream Blankets. In fact both of our kids still use them. Its not uncommon to find one or two of them on the couch or in the playroom too.
Early on before our kids were mobile, we liked to spread one of the blankets on the floor for tummy time. They were soft on their skin allowing them to wiggle around without irritation from the carpet. And also created a good barrier between them and any pet dander or dirt that we may have missed. And at 47″ by 47″ the Standard Dream blanket is large enough to allow for some wiggle room. Many other baby blankets we came across simply were not big enough. If this is too large for you there is a 27.5″ x 27.5″ stroller blanket as well.
After years of rocking or cuddling with the kids trying to get them down for naps or bed time I’ve actually grown pretty fond of the Aden + Anais Dream Blankets myself. In fact I was disappointed to learn that these aren’t made in a King or Queen size, trust me I looked! The largest available is an over-sized Muslin Blanket at 60″ x 72″.
Dream Blanket Material and Durability
The Aden + Anais Dream blanket is a 4 layer muslin cloth (loose weave) which makes it far more breathable than most blankets on the market. There are two varieties of material to choose from. 100% Cotton Muslin or a 100% Viscose Bamboo Muslin (Silky Soft Dream Blanket) that gets softer with each wash. Looking at the blanket I expected a light airy feel but they are actually much heavier than they look. I think this adds to their appeal as a security blanket for our little ones.
I’ve been impressed with how well our favorite baby blankets have held up to the abuse our kids can put them through. As you would expect from a loose weave material a snag occurs occasionally. But it doesn’t seem to effect the integrity of the blanket. The variety of patterns available makes them versatile for both boys and girls and helps to hide any stains or misadventures that might occur during the life of the blanket.
Aden + Anais Silky Soft Dream Blanket Summary:
An Aden +Anais Silky Soft Dream Blanket was likely the best baby shower gift we received that we had not registered for. The viscose bamboo blanket is extremely soft and gentle on the skin. In addition it has enough weight for comfort while remaining breathable to prevent overheating. At 47″ x 47″ kids can toss and turn a little and still remain on or under the Dream Blanket. The Dream Blankets come in a variety of reversible patterns and designs for both boys and girls. So if you have a baby shower or baby’s first birthday coming up get a gift you are proud to give and order one today! Your friends and family will thank you!