Moms carry too much stuff. We have to have a hang bag inventory for. every. single. emergency (and I-forgot-my-favorite-sock “emergency”). To help simplify, today we share the truly multi-use nature of one of motherhood’s most present items: the lightweight, breathable muslin swaddle blanket.
Below are MORE than 50 uses for the swaddle blanket. Some of them are legitimate emergency uses (and might destroy your swaddle), but others are reusable everyday uses we just might not have thought of. Read on and simplify your life by carrying around one of these lightweight, endlessly-useful blankets instead of other 51 one-use items.
1. Swaddle a baby – had to get that one on the list
2. Cuddle blanket for older child – a “softy” that is useful and comforting
3. Nursing cover-up – lightweight to keep temperature down
4. Stroller shade – when the sun is in your child’s eyes you don’t hear about anything else
5. Burp cloth – new parents can never have too many
6. Hot swing protector – playground swings in the sun can be like LAVA
7. Car seat shade – keep the sun away from little eyes
8. Car seat cover up – hot car seat parts can burn skin if left in the sun
9. Play mat – throw down anywhere
10. Light beach towel – breathable fabric makes it quick drying
11. Grocery cart germ barrier – keep those gross belt buckles out of mouths
12. Diaper – fold into several layers and dispose after use
13. Pacifier/teether – dip corner in water or juice and let baby suck on it
14. Washcloth – wet wipes are unavailable and something NEEDS to be cleaned
15. Bib – fold into a triangle, then tie corners loosely behind neck
First Aid Uses
16. Sling – fold into a triangle, tie two corners across the body and behind the neck
17. Cold pack – fold into a pouch then fill with something cold
18. Compress/bandage – can fold blanket or cut into smaller pieces
19. Splint securer – rip into strips to secure an emergency splint until you can get help
20. Tourniquet – use only if life is in danger
21. Feminine hygiene -- think you’re-driving-across-the-country-and-have-no-other-options type of emergency
22. First aid tie – hold bandage or cold pack in place
23. Washcloth – either for food prep or personal hygiene, but please, not both
24. Belt – roll up or cut into strips
25. Hat – keep the hot sun off of your head, Lawrence of Arabia style
26. Neck bandana – dip in cool water to keep heat away
27. Dust mask – fold into small triangle and dampen to keep from breathing dust
28. Underwear – I mean, if you really need it, it could work
29. Winter Scarf – wrap around several times
30. Sweat band – when you need something to prevent sweat and sunscreen from running into your eyes, it does the trick
31. Shawl – if you are on a frigid flight, throw it over your shoulders for a light shawl
32. Wet hair turban – soft, absorbent fabric makes it perfect for this
33. Ear muffs – either from sound or cold, fold is several times and then around your head
34. Blindfold – for use in games or use to block light during a nap
35. Tablecloth – nasty picnic tables, anyone?
36. Napkin – could share different corners or rip into smaller pieces
37. Cheesecloth /strainer– okay, not the most practical, but the fabric would work incredibly well. All I'm saying is if you have a hankering to strain some ricotta and all you have is a muslin swaddle blanket – you’re in luck!
38. Hot pad – fold up several times to be as thick as possible
39. Food wrap – wrap up dry goods (think bread) to make portable
40. Dish towel – lay wet dishes on or dry off directly
41. Bug cover – lay over food to protect from bugs until ready to eat
42. Gift wrap – wrap around a small item and secure with a ribbon, practical and cute!
43. Toilet paper – rip into strips in you’re desperate, then dispose (but please, only if you’re desperate)
44. Flag – good ol’ fashioned “capture the flag” or if you summit a new peak and need to stake your claim
45. Rucksack – put items in the middle, bring corners to the top and tie together – hobo style
46. Pillow – either bunched up on itself or covering other soft items
47. Yoga mat carrier – Place mat in the middle then tie corners together, carry on tied up corners like a grocery bag
48. Glasses cleaner – soft fabric will do
49. Toothbrush – wet corner and clean teeth
50. Trash bag – wrap trash up if you have nothing else and are far from a trash can
51. Educational tool - with a clever print, you can teach your child as she grows
There you are--51 uses for a lightweight, muslin swaddle blanket. And you thought it was useful with just the five baby uses shown on the blanket packaging!
Swaddle on, multitasking moms.