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Seven Uses for Muslin Cloths

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When you’re buying items for your baby, one thing that’s really useful is having a selection of muslin cloths. These cloths appear very simple, but they can be used in many different situations. In this article, we take a look at seven different uses for muslin cloths. 

Newborn swaddle

One way to help your baby feel safe, secure and comfortable is to swaddle them; this is when you wrap your baby up so they’re snug, just like they were in the womb. The aim is to get them secure and comfortable, but the swaddle shouldn’t be too tight as this could be unsafe and uncomfortable for your baby. Muslin cloths are great for swaddling your baby; if you’re unsure about how to do this safely, do some research before attempting to swaddle your baby. 

Breastfeeding privacy 

Muslin cloths are thin, lightweight, and the perfect size to provide extra privacy when you’re breastfeeding your baby. You can simply drape one over your shoulder and your baby to give you privacy. The thin material of muslin cloths will ensure your baby doesn’t overheat. It can also help keep your baby calm and comfortable and stop them from being distracted while trying to feed. 

Pram cover

If you’ve forgotten your sunshade and need to protect your little one from the sun, you can place a muslin cloth over the pram to provide them with shade. The material is breathable, so air will be able to flow through the cloth. However, you should keep a close eye on your baby to ensure there is enough airflow in their pram or pushchair. This is a good temporary solution, but it won’t necessarily protect your baby from the sun completely; always head into the shade or apply baby-safe sun protection to your baby on hot sunny days. 

Lightweight blanket

If your country's weather gets very hot, you might not need a blanket on your baby during the summer months. A muslin cloth is a very thin layer that can act as a blanket layer for your baby, keeping them snug and comfortable. In cooler weather, you may need to use several different blankets to keep your baby warm; a muslin cloth is a good extra base layer that can form part of your baby’s bedding. 

Baby bib

When your baby is feeding, you’ll want to keep their organic newborn clothes as clean as possible. To do this, you can use a bib or use a muslin cloth as a spare bib if you don’t have one to hand. This will prevent any spit-up from getting on their clothing during a feed; it can significantly reduce the amount of washing and baby changing you need to do every few days. When using a muslin cloth as a baby bib, just make sure it's not too tight around your baby's neck. 

Changing mat 

When you’re out with your baby, it can be hard to carry everything you need; this includes their changing mat; plus, it's very easy to forget the changing mat on occasion. A muslin cloth can provide a clean surface where you can change your baby if the need arises and there are no facilities available. In addition, your baby might prefer the feel of the soft muslin cloth rather than the cold plastic feel of a regular changing mat. 

Teething toy

When your baby is a bit older and teething, sucking and chewing on things might help them with the pain and uncomfortable feeling of their teeth coming through. You can wet a muslin cloth, place it in a freezer bag and freeze it for your little one. Chewing or sucking on the cold muslin cloth will provide relief for your baby during this difficult time. Even without wetting and freezing the muslin cloth, it can be a great way to keep your baby happy and provide them with some comfort. 

These are just some of the uses for muslin cloths when you have a baby. They’re incredibly versatile and helpful for babies of all ages. All parents should carry a clean muslin cloth in their bag when they’re heading out with their baby; you never know when you might need one. 


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