Whenever someone asks me for my No. 1 must-have item for a new baby, my answer is always the same: muslin swaddling blankets. They’re brilliant for wrapping newborns all snug and tight for sleep, but they’re also great as nursing covers, floor blankets, stroller blankets, and burp cloths. When the baby is no longer a baby, they become perfect for all his or her caped-superhero and blanket-fort-building needs.
These days you can order muslin swaddling blankets in a million different colors and patterns, but it’s way more fun to order plain white ones and customize them yourself, especially if you’re giving them as gifts. You may not win all the baby shower games, but you’ll probably have the best gift if you make one of these stamped swaddlers. Buy a pack of several blankets so you’ll always have some on hand when you need to whip up a q
uick afternoon baby present. It’s so easy to do; honestly, deciding on a stamp is the hardest part.
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