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Posted by on Dec 19, 2012 in Reviews/Giveaways | 99 comments

Giveaway: The Essential Newborn List Part 2 – Swaddling wraps

See this? It may look like just a piece of fabric but it’s actually a new Mum’s secret weapon.

It’s a swaddle wrap. For countless generations Mothers have swaddled their children to give them comfort and help them sleep. But wait, there’s more. This wrap isn’t just a swaddle wrap. It’s also a scarf, a beach throw, a late night mid-feed shoulder warmer, a milk mopper-upper, a baby blanket, a school-run baby warmer and a makeshift sarong. Phew! Talk about multi-tasking.

But don’t be fooled, not all swaddle wraps are created equal. This particular wrap is super-charged. It’s a Great Swandoodle from Cuski and it’s made of 100% bamboo muslin from organically grown bamboo which makes it super-super-soft and warm without being bulky.

Every night I wrap Peanut in his Swandoodle after a feed, pop him into his basinet alongside our bed and cross my fingers that he’ll settle himself to sleep. So far he’s been pretty good and is stretching himself out to between 3-4 hours which can give me a good 2 hours sleep between feeds if I’m lucky, safe in the knowledge that he’s snug and secure. Doesn’t sound like a lot but I’m a new woman because of it. And I put it down to swaddling. I know he won’t put up with being swaddled for ever, but in my opinion having such a good quality wrap makes all the difference.

When he’s feeding in the early hours of the morning I often get quite chilly, boobs exposed (as you do) so I drape the Swandoodle around my shoulders to take the chill off and there’s extra fabric left over to drape around Peanut so that he’s parcelled up on my chest. The Swandoodle traps my body heat and keeps us both warm.

Unfortunately I use the Swandoodle every day and as such it gets quite grubby and it’s in the wash and tumble dryer a couple of times a week. So far it’s coped really well with this, retained it’s shape and colour and hasn’t lost any of it’s softness. While it’s having a bath I’m lucky enough to be able to replace it with another Cuski wrap – the Sweet DreameezZ (great names eh?).

This is the first jet black swaddle cloth that I’ve come across and it’s prettily decorated with silver stars. It’s made from natural breathable anti-bacterial muslin and is fully machine washable at 30°C. “But wait, black?” I hear you ask with your eyebrows raised? Yep, and here’s why. When Peanut is a bit bigger I’ll be using it to block out light from the pram at nap time or shade him from the sun in the summer. And black is the new black of course so it’s tres a la mode and a perfect gift for new Dads too.

For colder days the aden + anais Cozy collection is perfect as the swaddles are made with two, rather than one layer of muslin. These wraps are made of 100% cotton muslin and the fabrics light, open weave allows a babys body temperature to regulate itself naturally which helps to prevent overheating. The double layer of muslin helps make baby comfortably warm on cold nights, winter school runs and brisk walks through the park. As well as swaddling with it I use this wrap over the top of the Cuski Great Swandoodle as a blanket for an extra layer of warmth. The other great thing about aden + anais wraps is that they are extra large, measuring 47″ x 47″ and just like the Cuski wraps they can also be used as burp cloths, nursing and stroller covers, portable crib sheets, stroller and car seat liners, tummy time blankets, change table covers, and more.

The Cuski Swandoodle and The Cuski Sweet DreameezZ cost £21.99 and they are available from & Fenwick department stores and

The Jungle Jam Giraffe wrap from Aden + Anais is £29.95 and is available from

Woo hoo! I can’t recommend these wraps enough so I’m delighted that the lovely folks at Cuski and aden + anais have kindly given me some of their wraps to give away to some lucky readers. I have 3 Cuski Sweet DreameezZ (1 of each colour), 2 Cuski Great Swandoodles (in Lucky Fish and Angel Heart designs) and 1 aden + anais Cozy Collection Muslin all up for grabs. It’s easy to enter using the Rafflecopter widgety thing below. The winners will each receive one of the wraps. Good luck!

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Disclaimer, terms and conditions and the all-important small print: We were sent a Great Swandoodle, Sweet DreameezZ and Cozy Collection wrap to review. We received no other compensation and all opinions are my own. Cuski and aden + anais have also offered me some of their swaddle wraps to be used as a giveaway prize. I received no other compensation. This giveaway is open to UK residents aged 18 or over, one entry per household. There is no cash alternative. The winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize or another winner will be chosen, again at random using Rafflecopter. You DO NOT have to subscribe to Bod for tea or like my or follow me on as part of your entry.

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  • Laura Finch

    Lucky Fish xx

  • Beverley

    I love the black/stars one!

  • antonia richardson

    lucky fish

  • Samantha Ripley

    Jungle jam is my favourite

  • Sue Jackson

    I like the lucky fish. :)

  • Claire GriffithssoontobeAldrid

    love the Jungle Jam Giraffe wrap :)

  • Willowgreen

    Lucky Fish!!

  • Sallie Guest

    loving angel heart x

  • Hannah Ellis

    Love love the angel heart design xx

  • Sally Poole

    Jungle Jam

  • Miranda Laraine

    Loving Daisy Love

  • Shauna McAleavey

    Angel heart

  • Jennie Jackson Mse

    I like the angel heart design

  • Rebecca

    daisy love

  • Michelle Kinsey

    I love the purple star design SweetDreameezZ, it is definately my favourite x

  • nikki reynolds

    I love the lucky fish one from cuski! So cute! That might be because I live at the seaside though :)

  • Lani Nash

    I love the Heart of an Angel design.

  • nicola barter

    Daisy Love :)

  • Alice Beaumont

    I like the angel heart design xxx

  • Joanna Sawka

    Angel Heart design

  • Lesley Bain

    I love the ‘Lucky Fish’ design of the Cuski Swandoodle :)

  • jayne underwood

    the angel design x

  • Sarah Davies

    orchid angel

  • Clare Marie

    Love the Angel Heart design

  • Mickie Bull

    Jungle Jam Giraffe

  • suzanne

    Angel design

  • Emma Bradshaw

    Like the Daisy Love swandoodle the best!

  • Anthony Lee

    Serendipity is so serendipitous

  • Danielle Vedmore

    I love the Angel Heart design – very pretty! xoxo

  • dogwithnobrain

    i love the “sweet dreams” ones, and the “man muslin”. there’s nothing more attractive than a man swaddling his baby

  • stacey schofield

    orchid angel is my favourite

  • Lisa W

    I think they are all lovely but my favourite is the Cuski Star Grey

  • olivia kirby

    The giraffes are adorable.

  • AliThorpe

    I like the Cuski Hear of an Angel design.

  • emma freeman

    I love the orchid angel

  • Leah Gorman

    jungle jam giraffe is lovely

  • Emma Weaver

    orchid angel

  • nicole

    I just adore the ones from aden + anais

  • Stu Wakefield

    Jungle Jam Giraffe looks really nice

  • P Phillips

    I like the Heart of an Angel.

  • Jill Webb

    The lucky fish looks fab

  • kiki

    super stars swaddle – I’m a sucker for stars!

  • Kerri F

    I like the Heart of an Angel

  • Alice Hindley

    The Jungle Jam Giraffe wrap

  • Jenny

    The Giraffe wrap is super cute!

  • isabelle

    jungle jam xx

  • Justine Meyer

    jungle jam giraffe

  • Hayley Pemberton

    super stars swaddle

  • Carolin

    I love the Moonlight design from aden + anais
    We are having a little boy in February, so no pinks and purples :)

  • Vicky Limerick



    I would be pleased with any of them as all the designs look fab. Good luck everyone x

  • Alana Walker

    The purple star Cuski wrap.x

  • Michelle Moloney

    love the The Great Swandoodle By Cuski ~ Lucky Fish

  • abigail edkins

    I really like the Jungle Jam Giraffe wrap, so cute

  • Barbara Shaw

    Love them all – so cute

  • mrs susan martin

    love them all but i think my fav is the jungle jam wrap. super prize giveawayx

  • Margaret Mmcdermott

    I love the Jungle Jam Giraffe wrap

  • hayley

    I love the Jungle Jam Giraffe wrap x

  • JuneMLord

    My favourite is the Jungle Jam Giraffe wrap

  • Clare F Wood

    I love the daisy love

  • Emma walters

    LOVE the blue star Cuski wrap – the Sweet DreameezZ

  • Andrea Miles

    The Jungle Jam Giraffe wrap is so cute

  • Andrew Dommett

    I also love the Jungle Jam Giraffe wrap

  • Solange

    I love the Jungle Jam Giraffe wrap

  • Jill Mann

    I love the Jungle Jam Giraffe wrap.

  • Lou Mse Turner

    I like them all but I’ve rather fallen in love with the Jungle Jam Giraffe wrap from Aden + Anais – those giraffe are gorgeous!

  • Celia

    The giraffe wrap is super cute! My wee man loves being swaddled, would love to win one of these to add to our collection :)

  • Stephanie tsang

    I love the Jungle Jam Giraffe wrap

  • Lana Leman

    Cuski Sweet DreameezZ

  • Ash

    very nice :)

  • Sam

    I love the Luck Fish ones!

  • Kia Ru

    The Sweet DreameezZ please. I have 3 a+a from kiddo #1 that I LOVE but cannot pass up the idea of a black muslin swaddle.

  • Sarah P

    I love the Cuski Lucky Fish design :)

  • Mother Badger

    I’m waiting for Badger Cub to arrive in January, so this would be great. The black ones would go more with my goth tendencies, but any would be lovely!

  • Sarah Spencer

    The Cuski Sweet DreameezZ

  • Susie

    I am going to be a new mum at the end of January when my baby boy arrives in this world. I love the sound of these, so useful and stylish at the same time. I think I read that Peaches Geldof is a fan too! If they’re good enough for her…!

  • Sharon

    Thank you for this great giveaway!

    I really love the heart of an angel, looks lovely!

  • umm ziyad (anna)

    I like them all but my fave is the Sweet DreameezZ – anna m

  • Iain Maciver

    love them all

  • bod for tea

    They are lovely aren’t they? :-)

  • Domestic Diva

    I like the boy in blue from a&a — the black star wraps from c are great too. So many fantastic designs!

  • Kerry Kilmister

    I adore the Jungle Jam Giraffe wrap – my daughter would love it.

  • Claire Thomson Little

    the Jungle Jam one is perfect

  • julie baxter

    lucky fish

  • Happy Homebird

    All so gorgeous but we are giraffe mad in our house so it’s the Jungle Jam Giraffe wrap from Aden + Anais

  • Sian Hallewell

    loving the jungle jam giraffe

  • Zoe Corkhill

    I like the aden + anais star struck organic :-)

  • claire

    definetely Aden + Anais , very cute!

  • Mariana Camacho

    The jungle jam is so cute!

  • Kerry Brown

    Sweet DreameezZ, they all look Fab :)

  • Amy Cray

    The giraffe one :)

  • Julie Picton

    The Jungle Jam Giraffe