Friday Giveaway! Aden + Anais Muslin Blanket


Strange but true, there are blankets that have a cult following! If you find a mom who uses Aden + Anais wraps, watch out, because she just might talk your ear off about how they are the perfect size (big) and fabric (muslin) for secure, not-too-hot swaddling. They're also ideal for emergency burp cloths, sun shades, changing pads, stroller blankets, and nursing covers. Not to mention, they seem to be gracing the babies of every celebrity in Hollywood right now. Enter to win one and you, too, might become a convert!

This contest will close on Thursday, 9/18/08 at 10 PM Pacific Standard Time.  If you missed it, check back every Friday to see the new Friday Giveaway!

To enter to win one of these great blankets, leave a comment below and answer the following question:


What was the one trick you learned that would put your baby to sleep?


And now, for the winner of last week's contest, chosen by a handy-dandy online number generator:


((((( Mary )))))


You are the lucky mama who will be receiving the book Me & My Bag! Please email us your address in the next two weeks and we will send it out to you. Thanks to all of you for participating. We loved hearing all the book recommendations - what a fun discussion!


50 comments:

  1. With my firstborn I tried everything but the only thing that worked was nursing him to sleep. With my daughter, I discovered she goes to sleep when she has a pacifier in her mouth AND her blanket covering half of her face. I had a brother die of SIDS so I am not too thrilled about this but I actually use an Aden & Anais muslin blanket because it is so breathable. Great choice for a giveaway, I have just one and LOVE it!!

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  2. My second born son was a doozie to put to sleep! I tried everything until i finally figured out that the trick was patting him firmly on his butt with my hand! Not rocking, not nursing, not even a pacifier or swaddling (sp)! Some nights i would go to bed and wake up with sore wrists from doing this all day!!
    -KJ

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  3. daddy would have to put him in the little baby carseat, and then hold the handle and swing it back and forth. (funny how he didn't like his swing) It was hard! But it worked.

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  4. Ummm ... nursing always put my kids to sleep. But that's a blessing and a curse, because at some point, I had to break them of that habit and teach them to self-soothe.

    Which is what I need to do IMMEDIATELY with my 8-month-old who is getting up 2-3 times a night again. Sigh.

    Time to put my big girl panties on and make a game plan.

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  5. I'd rub his nose. Seriously, it would make my baby look down and his eyes would close.

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  6. What worked for us was routine! From the very beginning we had a bedtime routine of feeding, wake time, and then cuddles and lay down to sleep when the baby started to yawn or drift away. My goal was to lay down while still awake. Then, when baby was about 6 months, i started reading a little book right before bed at naps and night time. Night time would have the final feeding, bath, book, and to bed routine. it really helped. Both of my kids were swaddled for a long time (7-9 months?).

    I was introduced to the muslin blankets like these while in south africa with a newborn. They are called "muzzies" there, and i fell in love. They are the best blankets for nursing under (not so hot for mama or baby), covering the stroller and still allowing some ventilation, and these are so huge, they are amazing. I was very sad to return home to US and discover that muzzies do not exist. Now they do, and I am happy about that! Thanks aden + anais!

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  7. Fisher Price papasan swing was a miracle worker in my house. We called in the "nap-inator". India loved to sleep in it. We would leave her in there all night some nights. It was a hard habit to break when she reached the weight limit, but it was wonderful when she was an infant!

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  8. My son is 20 months and has just learned to fall asleep by himself. However, he'll still fuss and stay standing when I put him in his crib. If I sit back down in the glider and start to sing a particular lullaby, he'll usually lay down right away and calm down enough to fall asleep, even when I walk out of the room! Hallelujah! Amen!

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  9. My mom said I NEVER would sleep. so to take naps, she constantly put me in the sunlight. It was like a big dose of Nyquil, I was out in a minute. To this day, if I am any sort of resting position in the sun, you can pretty much guarantee I will be asleep. At night, I would not sleep either. Crawling out of the crib, everything. So every night my dad read books to us for hours until we dosed off. Then if I woke up in the night, scared of the dark, I would call out my sister's name and when she responded I would say "just checking." Because she always responded, I felt like someone in the house was still awake.

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  10. For us it is routine as well (same as Ali's). The routine works so well for my son that just this morning he was fussing about a bit and I asked, "Do you want to go upstairs and take a nap?" He nodded and walked over to the stairs and waited for me to follow him. So awesome!!!

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  11. My baby's not due for 5 more weeks, so you can be sure I'll be reading everyone's ideas. I'm totally on board with the swaddling thing, and this blanket sounds pretty cool.

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  12. My second son was VERY easily stimulated, and always gassy (which we later found out was likely due to some severe food allergies). With him we pulled out all the stops. We have photos of him swaddled in a cotton blanket, with a pacifier in his mouth and hit little beanie hat pulled down over his eyes. :)

    -Sara (theinnermostbox)

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  13. My son needed to be swaddled and than on his side with rolled up blankets on both sides and above him...he liked warmth and coziness. My daughter was a different story...I often had to get in the car and drive around for a bit...car rides always knocked her out.

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  14. I know this is a "no, no" but with our daughter, I put her on her tummy! She was just more comfortable on her tummy from the beginning! Now with my son who is 5 1/2 years older, I would NEVER have but him on his tummy! I followed all the "guidelines" and followed all the "rules" with him. That may be why I struggled so much to get him settled down, even with him being wrapped up like a burrito! ;) Julie Lawrence

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  15. We used the car seat rocking action often but even more than that I would hold my daughter and rock her side ways, as in I would twist at my waist, and I rocked her hard....I knew it was weird when my husband's friend(and father of 3) asked me what I was doing...and then asked, "does she like that?" I think I learned it from The Happiest Baby on the Block.

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  16. Well, I guess this isn't a trick per se, but consistency is key. Both of my kids were/are great sleepers and I swear it is because I stay consistent in their bedtime routine. They always know what is coming next and what to expect. I also am a big advocate for snuggling for a few minutes and laying the baby down still awake, so they learn how to fall asleep on their own. Otherwise you get stuck rocking your baby till their eyes close every night-and then when they wake in the middle of the night they aren't sure how to fall asleep without being rocked. CONSISTENCY is key :)
    BTW, I love this blog and that you are so good at updating it! Great job mamas!

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  17. I need this so bad! My first two HAD to be swaddled and there was no such thing as a ready to go swaddle blanket (well, maybe there was but I was too busy swaddling and re-swaddling to notice) both kids needed to be tight and stapped in to sleep, my daughter even slept in her carseat or swing while swaddled and seatbelted in!

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  18. With both of mine what worked was simply swaddling them tightly - they loved it!

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  19. swaddling, a nice babywise-type routine, and the pacifier that I was originally hell-bent against, but was just what our little one needed to self-soothe. These blankets look great!

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  20. Our second had colic.to.the.max.

    Nothing seemed to work for him, he was in so much pain.

    I have pictures of him sleeping on his tummy draped across my husband's belly on our bed. My husband would have to shimmy and shake in a laying down position for movement until baby would finally drift off after screaming and wearing himself out.

    Sounds like fun, eh?

    I am a big fan of the Happiest Baby on the Block though - totally worked with our first, all that swaddling and shushing and swaying.

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  21. My first son, didn't really nap a whole lot, and he slept through the night after the first week. My daughter, slept all day and slept all night, my youngest hardly slept at all. The biggest common factor in getting them all to sleep, was to put them to bed IN THEIR beds whether it was nap time or bedtime. Now, just the other morning, when I was trying to wake up my daughter, she snuggled into her blankets and smiled up at me. "I love my bed!" She announced. I thought, "I love MY bed too!"

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  22. Our first was the tough one... or maybe it was just my inexperience, but for some reason I thought that when babies were tired they would just fall asleep lovingly in your arms, so if he cried i assumed he was still hungry... overfeeding was probably much of his problem. What finally worked was his mommy realizing that he didn't need to be shuffled around from carrier to swing to bed to other carrier and into 4 different positions in order to sleep. He just needed a calm consistent mommy to soothe him and assure him that sleeping was ok. To this day he still needs the same thing.

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  23. With my little darlings, the thing that worked the best was the Fisher Price fish machines. Atleast that's what we call them. They hook to the crib, you push the button, when they are old enough they push the button, and whala... off to sleep they go.
    I know, I know, we are not supposed to use props, but this worked for both of my kids and seriously it was just an environmental soother.

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  24. We swear by the Safe T Sleep sleepwrap for my son - www.safetsleep.com. (one of the many awesome products from my homeland NZ.) Like SA, NZ also has muslin blankets and they are the best, but I would love to give A + A try for #2. Especially since all the celebs are using it :-)

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  25. ...still looking for the answer to this one! I have a child that has fought sleep since the day he was born :) I do know that when my son is tired I can rub his head/comb my hands through his hair and that usually works pretty well to at least get him relaxed and close his eyes.

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  26. Usually my daughter falls asleep nursing, but for the times that she is super tired and just wont give in we usually have to rock her, sing to her and pat her back all at the same time.

    livlifelov at yahoo dot com

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  27. Oh gosh, we have this whole elaborate routine which changes bit by bit. I'm trying this week to wean him from some of it so he learns to fall asleep on his own.

    Here are the big parts of getting him to go to sleep:
    Swaddling
    Nursing
    Lullaby cd
    spraying lavender mist (essential oils mixed with water)

    Works every time, but I know it's not going to be the charm forever.

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  28. My first baby loved to be tightly swaddled in a blanket. So I would make a "Jessica Roll" and nurse her until she was groggy, then put her down in the crib and gently keep my hand on her back/side until she was out like a light!

    Thanks

    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  29. I'm one of those lucky ones everyone hates...our baby started sleeping 10-12 hours a night when she was three weeks old. It was great! Only now she's making up for lost time...just over a year old, and is wide awake way too late and up so early. Seems she sleeps best if we keep her on a schedule though. Quiet things down, lower the lights, have some milk, and then lie her down in her crib. I sing her a song, kiss her goodnight, turn the white noise machine on low, and walk out. And I make myself NOT check on her for at least half an hour...too many times I've gone in to tuck the blanket around her and woken her back up just as she was drifting into dreamland!

    Thank you for the giveaway! These will make a wonderful gift for my sister, who is expecting her first baby in a few months.

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  30. My second son LOVED our white noise machine. We have one called the "Sound Sleeper". I like it so much I bought 2, one for the kids' room and one for our room!
    I set it on Ocean Waves and it worked like a charm! It worked so well that when we went on a family vacation to the beach last summer and he was 8 months old, every time we went to the ocean he fell asleep! It was funny but a bit pitiful because I had visions of him playing in the sand and that never came to fruition.
    So the Ocean Waves from the white noise machine definitely work!

    onlycancan at hotmail dot com

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  31. We have a sleep sheep that helps...but dad's rocking is really the only thing that works...and sometimes nursing.
    andrewandkristan(at)hotmail.com

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  32. To help my 7 week daughter Summer fall asleep I caress her eyebrows. She just loves it and it really relaxes her.
    jen
    jen62728@aol.com

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  33. Our baby is due in January, so I didn't learn this from him, but instead from my friend and her baby... Cayden has a great bedtime routine which works, but also, my friend uses the "Cloud b Sleep Sheep" (has soothing sounds, I believe he likes the ocean one best) and really seems to help lull him off to sleep. Plus, she can take it with her when they're traveling or at her parents for the night, and he has some familiarity for his sleep. Thanks for a great giveaway!!

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  34. Emma was the most difficult sleeper when she was born, only sleeping in 20 minute spurts. Finally, we learned that a tight swaddle and the bouncer/swing was a magic combination for her!

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  35. Well, my baby is due Friday (!), so I am not sure what will work with this little one yet... BUT one of my good friends babies will almost always go to sleep if in a sling. She says it works everytime!

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  36. I have a different view than most of western society on infant sleep. I believe it is natural & healthy for a baby to nurse frequently during the night, however the thing that saved MY sleep when I had infant twins was co-sleeping, it meant I could sleep while baby happily nursed herself back to sleep.

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  37. wow i love to try and win this my little girl she realy could use it she loves going to sleep with a blankit and i feel much savfer if she had a muslin one to go and sleep with thanks

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  38. Actually, swaddling. I have a 12 week old that has been sleeping through the night from 6 weeks and I swear it is the swaddling. When I don't get her in tight she wakes up during the night!

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  39. With our first son the trick was to to lay him in his crib with a blanket that he could hold to his cheek. He started this at 9 weeks old and didn't stop until he was well over a year. He had to have his blanket touching his face.

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  40. My greatest secret to putting my baby to sleep was to have a consistent routine so each day she knew it was nighty nighty time and we would read a story and sing a song and down she would go with her eyes open wide and fall asleep all on her own! I promise it works, consistency is the KEY

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  41. I use to use a swaddling blanket and wrap them up with their arms tucked to their sides in almost like a hotdog in a bun style. They never gave me a problem sleeping after I tried that method. By the child being free to jerk in their sleep it wakes them up.

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  42. i never figured out how to put them to sleep.

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  43. Swaddling. The best ever.
    The 5S's saved my sanity, sort of.

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  44. My little guy fights sleep like you wouldn't believe...I once walked him for 2 hours to no avail! I seem to find that routine works best for me, he has a warm bath, then feeds, then (if I'm really lucky) he falls asleep watching a light projection on the ceiling from his crib toy. Then comes keeping him asleep...I have to make sure his suckie stays in (woe be to me if it pops out - I stay up half asleep listening for the stirrings that indicate it has popped out), and he also has to stay nicely covered up or he's up an not going back down!
    natasha_sacopaso[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  45. Funny, I read the first post and thought - "that's pretty much my three too!" The first nursed to sleep - the second I swaddled in a miracle blanket and then later a pacifier (thank heaven for that) and my latest at a week old will swaddle as well. I found a lot of help from the Babywise book series in scheduling my last two little ones and by 6 months, I too was already getting a full night's sleep.

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  46. Swaddling! Have you seen the Happiest Baby on the Block DVD? He is a big fan of swaddling. If that doesn't work, the rest of his tips usually will.

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  47. I would have to say definitely swaddling the baby in the little velcro swaddlers was how I got my children to sleep.

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  48. Sleep tricks? For the very new - definitely the Karp technique. As they get a little older, we sing the same song every time it's time for sleep and that has always worked well.

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  49. My baby was fussy every night from 6 to 9pm when he went to bed. What I finally found that worked was walking him back and forth in the hallway next to the laundry room and listening to the clothes dryer while I would pat his back. This is how I got him to sleep every night for about 3 months.

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