Muslins, muslins everywhere
Muslin, described by Marco Polo in his book The Travels as far back as 1293, then imported into Europe in the 17th century, is a fabric rich in history. In fact there is much debate about where the name muslin originates, some saying it’s from the name of the city Mosul in Iraq where it was produced, and others saying it’s from the word “mousse”, French for foam which would describe its delicate and soft texture.
Fast forward a few centuries, and muslin has regained a lot of popularity, especially when used for our precious little ones.
What’s the big deal with muslins?
- Softness – Muslin is one of the purest and most gentle fabrics available.
- Breathability – Muslin is made with an open weave; the threads go over and under each other, allowing it to be lightweight and breathable.
- Temperature control – Muslin prevents your infant from overheating, since his/her body heat can escape through the open weave, while still keeping baby snug and cosy. Other swaddling blankets can keep baby’s body temperature inside, which can cause overheating (a risk factor for SIDS).
- Long lasting – Muslins are long wearing and can withstand many many washes. In fact, it gets softer the more you wash it.
- Comfort – Muslin baby blankets also have a natural stretchiness allowing you to swaddle baby but leaving enough give for them to move a little bit keeping them warm and cosy, just like in the womb.
- Multi use- all these factors make muslins perfect for use as anything you can think of like swaddling, shade cloths, nursing covers etc
Remember that like any fabric, there are various qualities of muslin. Mass produced muslin fabric made in China and the like may have harsh chemicals and dyes used in processing which may negate the positives of using them.
Cloud+Co muslins have the huge benefit of being GOTS certified organic. Conventional cotton is made by using a range of different toxic chemicals and these chemicals are usually retained in the cotton after it is converted into baby goods.
The process of producing organic cotton is a lot more complicated and avoids the use of any factory chemicals or harmful toxins. Did you know cotton is one of the most sprayed crops in the world! On the other hand, the process of producing organic cotton is a lot more complicated and avoids the use of any factory chemicals or harmful toxins.
Besides being safe for baby, since the fabric isn’t roughened with as much chemicals during manufacturing, the fabric feels much softer against baby’s skin.
Our favourite muslins are the Cam Cam Copenhagen Muslin Swaddle in Navy and the Cam Cam Copenhagen Petit Muslin in Mustard. These work amazingly well as a pair in such hot colours of the season. They are also gender neutral making a great gift. The swaddle is generously sized to really swaddle your baby comfortably while the petit sized muslin is large enough to serve as a pram blanket, nursing cover or car seat cover but compact to quickly slip into a handbag.