The following post was sponsored by Munchkin and their new Swaddle Angel Collection . Thanks, Munchkin!
Anyway, it got me thinking about this post because it's been well over a year since we were swaddling our babies and/or using burp cloths. But this post is about both. So... just pretend I'm Kate Hudson for a minute and I'm typing this from an office in NYC with all my girlfriends. Except instead of wearing circa 2002 banana clips we're wearing receiving blankets.
In our hair.
Anyway, Munchkin sent me their new line of luxurious bamboo blankets, swaddle blankets and burp cloths and I went a little nuts with the receiving blankets because they are kind of beyond amazing and totally workable for those of us, like me, who are no longer expecting infants. (Which makes me want to cry a lot and sigh a lot all at once. I mean Revi pooped on the potty yesterday. She's not even two! She's like a potty training prodigy or something I mean really. Who does that? Who poops on the potty before they're three? None of my kids... ever... except for her... yesterday. Okay so it was kind of a fluke, long story but still. STILL!)
How to Use a Receiving Blanket in 10 Ways
(Not including swaddling.)
1. Nursing Cover - These are actually MADE with nursing in mind so I'm kind of cheating by listing this first. (The bamboo makes them soft and super cuddly and the extra square of fabric makes nursing more discreet.) I used my swaddling blankets to pump in the NICU as well as nurse Fable for thirteen months. Here I am pretending to be nursing an invisible baby in the mirror. Kind of weird. Also, hi, Fable! (ED: It's summer vacation so children will be photobombing pretty much every picture in this post.)
I am no longer new here, however. I am now old and when Bo and Revi were born I stocked up on receiving blankets knowing I'd use them for all of the above.
Meanwhile burp cloths are being used as receiving blankets for dolls?
Bamboo burp cloth in morning floral print
4. Scarf- I used to do this all the time with the solid white blankets but THESE? These actually look more scarf like than they do blanket like. (You can even tie two together and get an even WARMER more luxurious scarf.) Which is what I did, here with the "diamond" and "boomerang" print blankets.
(These also work for children, FYI... In fact, throw a few receiving blankets in your kids' costume drawer and revel in the amazingness.)
6. Picnic Blanket - This particular picnic is invisible but you get the point.
ED: All of the old baby accessories go straight to Fable for her to play with her baby dolls. It's actually kind of a relief because I don't have to get rid of ALL the baby things. I can give certain bottles and blankies to Fable who will then give them a new life with her large family of dolls.swaddle angel in kaleidoscope
Munchkin Swaddle Angel in Animal print. Rarrrr.
(Speaking of dishes...)
(Speaking of dishes...)
10. Dishrag/rag - This is for the end of your blanket's life but yes, retired receiving blankets make for awesome dishrags and/or rag rags. (Burp cloths, too.)
Also, can we please talk about how cute this stuff is getting?
receiving blankets, burp cloths and these super cute swaddle blankets - color scheme of your choice.) To win? Tell me how you reuse (Macgyver) your baby items. (Or, if you don't have a baby, you can just tell me something interesting, that works too.) I'll pick one winner (at random) next Wednesday, June 19th.
In the meantime, you can shop Munchkin's Angel Baby collection at Babies R Us locations nationwide. Good luck and love ferns for all.
UPDATED: Congrats to commenter, Elisa (Who has been contacted via email and has a three week old at home! Hooray!) and thank you all so much for your comments!