Monday, August 25, 2014

Cotton & Laden Weighted Baby Blankets for Charity- review and giveaway

You know that thing that babies do where they get all surprised that you've laid them down so they punch  themselves in the face to punish you?  Oh yes, we've all been there- with the putting weight on their torsos and sort of kind of holding their arms down, but not too much or they know what you're doing and not too little or they freak out.

So a few weeks before Mr. Chombie was born (have I explained how Chombie became his nickname?  Charlie the Burrowing Wombat became Chombat the Wombat which became Chombie Wombie which became just Chombie for short because that's super normal), when Freya of Cotton & Laden was all "Hey, do you want a special treat that will help your baby not to punch himself in the face?", I responded with a most enthusiastic "I am want all the treasures this very instant!"

And lickety split an absolutely adorable weighted blanket arrived in the mail.

My sweet boy at 8 days old with his magic blanket
From the product description:

Like all baby blankets, these provide warmth and comfort. But ​our weighted blankets help soothe your little ones and keep them sleeping longer. Use these when your baby is ready to sleep as a gentle transition to nap times and bed times. ​The light and evenly distributed weight acts like a mother's hand on your baby's chest and keeps your baby feeling cozy. (read more here)

Geeeee.  Neeeeee.  Us.

The blanket is really well made, the fabric has a high thread count for durability, and it's really easy to care for: machine wash, tumble dry.   Super-dee-duper important, friends.  SUPER.DEE.DUPER.
11 days old staring at the lions that are aaaaalmost out of frame. This pic is not really helpful but I wanted 3 and isn't he presh?


And you wanna know something that is tres, tres, tres amazing?  Probably the most amazing part of this entire enterprise?  Freya's business is not-for-profit.  All money, aside from operating costs, is donated to Save the Storks, a beautiful pro-life organization that provides mobile medical units which offer free pregnancy tests and ultrasound services to women.

 I know.  Big wow.
2.5 months old, still rockin' his C&L

Now I've never not had this blanket with this baby, but he really is an incredibly good napper when we use it.  And as of last week last week, he's been sleeping for (here comes the jinxing, I just know it) eight entire hours (!!!). In a row (!!!). During the night (!!!).

I can't make promises, people, but you know it can't hurt to try.

Wanna get yourself one of these lovely blankets?  Wanna get one for someone else?  Wanna order one just so Freya can make another donation to Save the Storks?  Snatch one up at Cotton & Laden and use code chombieonthe8th for free shipping.

You can also enter to win your very own custom blanket by hoppin' on the rafflecopter train down below, so git to hoppin.'

a Rafflecopter giveaway


p.s. Stop by my facebook page on Labor Day to see if you're the winner.  Good luck!
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115 comments :

  1. I want anything that might make my expected twins sleep decently... Love the lions and the rain boots patterns!

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  2. All the patterns! I love them aallllll!

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  3. He is a-DOR-able! And delicious. I want to gobble him. And kiss him. And cuddle and love him and call him Chombie with complete knowledge of his nickname's back story.
    Sigh. He is precious.

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  4. Love the gentle stripes! Beautiful blankets!

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  5. Clearly you have great taste because those lions are da bomb. But the bike pattern is also super cute.

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  6. The rain boots are adorable!

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  7. I like the gray and white chevron print.

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  8. The purple flowers are the cutest, followed by the lions.

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  9. I am one of those reads-but-never-comments kinda people, but I suppose this is a good excuse to finally comment! I very much enjoy reading your blog. I find it hilarious and inspiring. We are Catholic (both converts) and aspire to have a garden, chickens and homeschool our kids...although, we only have one 1 year old so far, so I guess we've got some time. :-) Never too early to learn a few tricks! Thanks for continuing to put yourself out there and share your thoughts and experience!

    Oh, and I like the Bikes the best :-)

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  10. Those rain boots are so fun!

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  11. So torn. The bike print is cute, but I think my favorite is "Perfectly Perched".

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  12. Those look like a great idea! We did something similar for our middle son who had colic/reflux and such and it really helped him after he outgrew the swaddle to still have a heavy blanket over him to stop that mean startle reflex where he'd punch himself in the face. And what a great company, thanks for telling us about it!

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  13. Hmmm I am not seeing my comment so I'm trying one more time, even though I'm sure the other one will inevitably show up right next to this later...the lion blanket is so cute but I also love the gentle stripes for a girl!

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  14. Gentle stripes for the gender neutral win :-)

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  15. Perfectly perched is soooooo adorable!

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  16. Love the rain boots and the chevron!

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  17. Sounds good to me. Numero five is due any day, and I'll do anything to jump on the sleeps more bandwagon. Your little one is really selling those lions, but I might have to say the gentle stripes is my favorite.

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  18. I'm going against the tide here and saying that the Happy Horses are super cute.

    Also, I so wish I'd had one of these for my ridiculously startly baby when he was wee. But he is 9 months now and STILL doesn't sleep, so.

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  19. the perfectly perched pattern is adorable!

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  20. I like the lions and the Chevron. Love this idea.

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  21. If I win, I'm giving this to my godparents' daughter, who just had her fourth child. I think the stork pattern is super cute.

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  22. This blanket- SO SMART!! We are battling the transition from rock and play to crib with my 4 month old, and this could be the answer and saving grace for my sanity! I am torn between the bicycle pattern and polka dots!! Oh so cute!

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  23. Bikes or lions! I would do anything for a good sleeping baby!

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  24. The small grey dots are so soothing and classic....love them!

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  25. I love everything related to polka dots and/or chevrons! I think the grey dots may be my favorite of favorites though

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  26. Lions or chevron stripes. Can't decide!

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  27. Well, I don't see the bikes everyone else mentioned (maybe it sold!), but I like the rainboots print.

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  28. Baby pictures are my weak spot! Chombie is a peanut! Also, lion pattern for the win.

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  29. I love the grey dots! Expecting baby #1 in 13 days (so any day, really) and this seems brilliant!

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  30. I think my comment disappeared on me! We recently announced the impending arrival of spring break 2015 baby #6! Any magic...especially as cute as the stripes....that would allow this momma some rest after this new one arrives would indeed be magical!

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  31. I love the gray chevrons. It would be super cute for boys or girls.

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  32. This might be a miracle blanket, for serious! I love the chevrons!

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  33. I love the Perfectly Perched and Gray Dots prints!

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  34. Definitely loving the Perfectly Perched pattern =)

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  35. I like the gentle stripes pattern and the lions.

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  36. Perfectly perched! Love the background color. :)

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  37. Happy horses - My daughters would swoon over this! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Natalie

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  38. O. Em. Gee. Dwija, where have these been all my life? WHEEEEEEERRRRREEE? Must have. If I win, I will take the rain boots, or the lions, or the storks. Or any of them, really. And if I don't win, you can bet your patoot I'm gonna buy one for this little lady. The now for the chance!

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  39. I love the blue dots one. So cute!

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  40. Perfectly Perched! And thank you! :)

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  42. Love they grey dots. Great with pink or blue!

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  43. mmmm.... I think the chevron. We haven't found out the sex of our little one yet, so that would be super cute for either! :)

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  44. Those Gentle Stripes are gorgeous!

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  45. I guess I like the lions, because that seems to be the only one that has more than one blanket available, and I'd hate to prefer something that would so easily be unavailable. But the lions are definitely cute!

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  46. So hard to pick, but I think I like the horse one best!
    ~Ruth Anne

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  47. I love the polka dots & chevron.

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  48. Love the gray chevron, and I love that she donates the proceeds!

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  49. I'm torn between the happy horses and the lions - both so adorable!

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  50. OK, adorable baby, adorable blanket, awesome giveaway! I would love to win the blue bird version for my youngest baby boy, but any of these would be great. :) Love the chevron pattern, too!

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  51. I love the gray chevron pattern and I love your blog! (And pictures of your adorable Mr. Chombie)

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  52. The "gentle stripes" is so sweet and a great neutral.

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  53. This is awesome! I am forever doing the arm-to-crib transfer which takes a full 5 minutes of delicate weight shifting and hand pressing! I like a lot of the patterns but the perched one is bright and cute for both genders, I also love the navy balloons! Your boy is adorbs.

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  54. What a great idea! I love the lions and chevron patterns

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  55. Purple flowers would be perfect for our first little girl this winter. What a great idea!

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  56. I like the navy balloon tree pattern!

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  57. I like the red floral blanket the best. This blanket would be perfect for a couple from the Congo that we are mentoring & just had a baby girl. They are having trouble getting her to sleep without being held, so this would be great for baby Gloria.

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  58. I love the small grey chevrons.

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  59. Awww. Bear, bunny, you, and me!
    :-)

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  60. I love the gentle stripes or the bikes for myou little flailer :-)

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  61. I love the lions or hippos!! Is there an option for Freya to make one w/ baby elephants? Cuz. How. Cute!!

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  62. I have a thing for chevron, especially grey chevron so that's my fave! Gender neutral, too. These blankets are such a great idea!

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  63. I love Bear, Bunny, Battlestar Galactica - or whatever it is called. But, I might need to pick a new fave if I win cuz I sink I gonna buy it naaaawwwww.

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  64. I love the purple and chevron, how cool!! We're about to have twins so maaaaaaaaan...I could use all the sleep help I can get. ;-)

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  65. The Bear, Bunny, You & Me one is so precious. .

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  66. The bear, bunny one! I have a 7 week old who thinks 15 min. naps are the best - please let me win!

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  67. I love the gray dots! The purple flower too :)

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  68. Oh LOVE these blankets & they seem like they would be a mama life/sleep saver! I adore the Purple flowers one especially!!

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