Baby Swaddling (or not) with MagicMil

by Lauren on March 3, 2015

Hi Guys!

Hope your week is off to a great start.  We are still knee deep in some nasty winter weather here, but the weathermen are promising a more “spring-like” weekend, so I’m keeping my eye on the prize.

Today I have a fun product to tell you about, one that will most be of interest for moms or moms-to-be.  If baby swaddle blankets are of absolutely no interest for you, feel free to skip this post.  But if you are the mom of a messy, drooling, little peanut like myself, you might want to stick around, especially for a great giveaway at the end!

So, let’s talk swaddle blankets for a second.  At my baby shower, I was told my multiple moms that you can NEVER have enough of two things….burp clothes and swaddle blankets.  Boy were they right! These are hands down the two most used items in our house and we are basically doing laundry every single day because we have SO MANY dirty blankets.  Now, my child hates to be swaddled.  Like literally hates it to the point where he will break out of the tightest most professional swaddle tie there is.  Trust me, we have tried just about everything and eventually, I realized he was a much happier little boy with his arms and legs free to sprawl.  But even though he hates the swaddling part, that doesn’t mean I don’t cherish a good swaddle blanket and here is why….

  1. They make the best burp clothes! – If your baby is a spitter like mine, you will be cleaning up milk vomit all day (sorry but its true).  
  2. They also make excellent teethers.
  3. They are easy to take everywhere.
  4. They double as a pretty awesome nursing cover.

So obviously swaddle blankets are a high commodity in the world of a new mom, but the type and brand really do matter!  I was recently sent a pack of Bamboo Baby Swaddle Blankets by MagicMil and I have to say, these by far are some of my favorites!

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They are made up of 70% bamboo and 30% cotton for extra soft comfort for baby.

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I immediately loved the designs!  I admit, all of current swaddle blankets are very girly.  I think it was my mistake when I registered for them because we got them as a gift, but I didn’t realize that most of them had pink flowers and butterflies on them. John always calls me out on it when we go to use them!  So when the MagicMil blankets came, I was so happy to finally see some more gender-neutral colors and patterns.

I also loved the size! Each blanket is 47″ x 47″ so large enough to completely cover your baby but lightweight enough to carry around anywhere and everywhere.

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Now if you choose to use the blanket to swaddle (which you should if your baby is into being swaddled), I can see how easy these would be to manage.  The material is soft and stretchy but extremely durable.

Grayson refused to have the blanket wrapped tightly around his little body, but he did welcome it over his body.  This kid LOVES to hold blankets up to his face.

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Grayson is at the stage where he enjoys holding a blanket, and the MagicMil blankets are easy enough for him to handle.

 

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Most importantly though, he loves chewing on them.  I’ve tried dozen of teething toys but the only thing he really wants to chew on is his muslin blanket.

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We honestly carry one of these MagicMil swaddle blankets with us everywhere we go, even if it’s just a short trip from the couch to the kitchen.  I still can’t trust my baby’s reflux so I’m constantly cleaning up his little messes throughout the day.  Often times, a burp cloth doesn’t do him justice, but the swaddle blanket will clean them up and even allow for multiple use before it needs to be washed for the day.

Grayson also loves having one with him in his carseat.  They definitely have become a form of comfort for him and it has gotten to the point where we can’t leave the house without one.

 

 

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Like I said, there are many varieties of muslin swaddle blankets on the market, but the bamboo/cotton blankets by MagicMil have been my favorite.

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DISCOUNT

The company has arranged for you all to take part in an exclusive discount!  You can order a 5 pack of these (shown above) for only $44.77 (normally $80)  You can go here to take advantage of that deal.

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And even more, they have offered to give away one 5 pack as well!  To enter, simply go to their Amazon page and use one of their social share icons on the right side of the screen, then leave me a comment letting me know you’ve done so.  I will announce a winner on March 18th.

 

Thank you to MagicMil for giving me the opportunity to try their product and thank you to all of you for supporting these posts as they give me the chance to share my opinion on products I believe in to help support my family. 

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What We Ate {Some Recent Dinners}

by Lauren on March 1, 2015

Hey Guys!

Happy March!  I always get excited when March rolls around, only to realize how disappointed I am a few days in because the reality is that March is still winter.  Example, today we got a few inches of snow and freezing rain.  So far, you fail March!

Aside from the crummy weather, we have been eating really well around here!  I’ve been on a cooking spree and making some really delicious dinners.  Here are some highlights from last week.

 

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado, Kale, Walnut Pesto, Chicken Sausage and Roasted Broccoli 

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Wegman’s Spinach Pesto Whole Wheat Naan Pizza with added goat cheese and avocado

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Sweet Potato and Kale hash with Apple Chicken Sausage, Fried Egg and Goat Cheese

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Chicken Burrito Bowls

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The weekend was fairly low key and included a family day date on Saturday followed by a girls night in with my good friend Jess.  We ordered sushi and drank wine after the little one went to sleep.  Today I was on a mission to organize Grayson’s closet and put away a bunch of his 3 month clothes, wash and put out his 3-6 and 6 month clothes.  Little guy is growing up so fast! I remember looking at a 6 month onesie and thinking, “how will he ever fit into this?”  I’m not gonna lie, transitioning the clothes is always such a hard thing for me to do but thankfully, I found a bunch of new outfits that he got from Christmas that made it a little easier.

Another busy week ahead!  Hope you guys had a great weekend and are enjoying what’s left of it.

Check It Out: I was featured on the Today Show website for my Slow-cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili Recipe.

 

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