I saw the Cuddledry apron towel at the NEC Babyshow a few years ago and liked the look of it, but never took the plunge to buy one for our son, so I was delighted to win this and couldn't wait to try it out with our daughter. The prize was made up of a Cuddledry apron towel, cuddlemit and cuddleduck.
When I took the apron towel out of its package, I was really surprised by the quality and softness of the towel. As recommended in the instructions, I washed the towel before first use. I then dried it mostly on the line outside (yes, it was one of the few warm days this year!), but finished it in the tumbler to soften it up.
It's made up of two separate layers; the brown layer is really silky soft and cuddly, like a teddy bear. The towelling layer (that goes next to baby's skin) is unbleached cream colour and is a good quality very soft towelling material.
The towel measures 112cm x 74cm, and it has a hood to cover baby's head in the bottom corner. The top of the towel has a 'collar' with two press-stud attachments so it accommodates different sized heads and necks and can be worn. The label states it's washable at 40 degrees. The package states the towel is made up of unbleached cotton (35%) and natural bamboo fibre (56%) and base layer polyester (9%).
The idea is that you wear the towel which stretches from your neck down to mid-thigh, bath baby and then lift them onto your chest and lift up the towel over them to cover them immediately, whilst still supporting them. This saves moving a slippery wet baby across the bathroom, while they inevitably get cold and start crying.
So baby girl was bathed, and I lifted her onto the towel on my chest. No tears. Success! I covered her up quickly and easily and snuggled her into me while I moved across the bathroom to her change mat.
To keep her in the towel I had to lean over her change mat to lie her down, and then unfastened the studs to 'release' her. Still no tears! The towel was big enough to wrap her in it completely and with a quick rub, she was dry. The package states the towel is 'highly absorbent and fast drying', and it really is!
Disclaimer: this product was free as a competition prize. Today's Child Magazine and Cuddledry were both unaware of my intention to blog at the time of entering and winning this competition.