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.
- Swaddle a baby – had to get that one on the list
- Cuddle blanket for older child – a “softy” that is useful and comforting
- Nursing cover-up – lightweight to keep temperature down
- Stroller shade – when the sun is in your child’s eyes you don’t hear about anything else
- Burp cloth – new parents can never have too many
- Hot swing protector – playground swings in the sun can be like LAVA
- Car seat shade – keep the sun away from little eyes
- Car seat cover up – hot car seat parts can burn skin if left in the sun
- Play mat – throw down anywhere
- Light beach towel – breathable fabric makes it quick drying
- Grocery cart germ barrier – keep those gross belt buckles out of mouths
- Diaper – fold into several layers and dispose after use
- Pacifier/teether – dip corner in water or juice and let baby suck on it
- Washcloth – wet wipes are unavailable and something NEEDS to be cleaned
- Bib – fold into a triangle, then tie corners loosely behind neck
First Aid Uses
- Sling – fold into a triangle, tie two corners across the body and behind the neck
- Cold pack – fold into a pouch then fill with something cold
- Compress/bandage – can fold blanket or cut into smaller pieces
- Splint securer – rip into strips to secure an emergency split until you can get help
- Tourniquet – use only if life is in danger
- Feminine hygiene -- think you’re-driving-across-the-country-and-have-no-other-options type of emergency
- First aid tie – hold bandage or cold pack in place
- Washcloth – either for food prep or personal hygiene, but please, not both
- Belt – roll up or cut into strips
- Hat – keep the hot sun off of your head, Lawrence of Arabia style
- Neck bandana – dip in cool water to keep heat away
- Dust mask – fold into small triangle and dampen to keep from breathing dust
- Underwear – I mean, if you really need it, it could work
- Winter Scarf – wrap around several times
- Sweat band – when you need something to prevent sweat and sunscreen from running into your eyes, it does the trick
- Shawl – if you are on a frigid flight, throw it over your shoulders for a light shawl
- Wet hair turban – soft, absorbent fabric makes it perfect for this
- Ear muffs – either from sound or cold, fold is several times and then around your head
- Blindfold – for use in games or use to block light during a nap
- Tablecloth – nasty picnic tables, anyone?
- Napkin – could share different corners or rip into smaller pieces
- Cheesecloth /strainer– okay, not the most practical, but the fabric would work incredibly well. So if you have a hankering to strain some cheese and all you have is a muslin swaddle blanket – you’re in luck!
- Hot pad – fold up several times to be as thick as possible
- Food wrap – wrap up dry goods (think bread) to make portable
- Dish towel – lay wet dishes on or dry off directly
- Bug cover – lay over food to protect from bugs until ready to eat
- Gift wrap – wrap around a small item and secure with a ribbon, practical and cute!
- Toilet paper – rip into strips in you’re desperate, then dispose (but please, only if you’re desperate)
- Flag – good ol’ fashioned “capture the flag” or if you summit a new peak and need to stake your claim
- Rucksack – put items in the middle, bring corners to the top and tie together – hobo style
- Pillow – either bunched up on itself or covering other soft items
- Yoga mat carrier – Place mat in the middle then tie corners together, carry on tied up corners like a grocery bag
- Glasses cleaner – soft fabric will do
- Toothbrush – wet corner and clean teeth
- Trash bag – wrap trash up if you have nothing else and are far from a trash can
- 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.