Monday, June 11, 2012

Baby Essential: Nuscheli

The word Nuscheli does not have an English equivalent. I had never seen or heard of these genius little things until I came to Switzerland. They're the little scarves that Coco is always wearing. They're also burp cloths, sun shades, bandanas, bibs, washcloths, towels, basically anything you need them to be. They're the original cloth diapers here in Switzerland, and although some people still use them as diapers, they're much more commonly used for just about everything else. Last week I got a set of small ones in an array of bright colors for washing Coco's face and hands after she eats. When they arrive, they're perfectly flat and absolutely gorgeous.
Then, after you wash and dry them, they become wonderfully textured and dimensional. It's almost magic how they change!
Nuscheli have become my go-to gift for mamas-to-be and I have pretty much taken to stockpiling them for personal use. They come in three sizes. 30x30 cm, shown here, ideal for wiping noses when dry, or for cleaning faces and hands when wet. This size is also wonderful to tie one onto the pacifier chain as an added soother. Coco loves the texture of her nuscheli. The next size up is 60x60 cm, the perfect scarf or burp cloth size. Finally, the biggest are 80x80 cm, which is good for covering her pram while she's snoozing in there. When we leave Switzerland, I will probably take at least 100 nuscheli back to the States with us. They're indispensable and I honestly can't imagine having a baby without them!

See more after the break.


I like to match Coco's nuscheli to her outfit. She loves the way they feel and enjoyed putting them in her mouth for a long time. Now she's taken to sleeping with one. It's the cutest thing ever!
Here we are still in the hospital. Nuschelis everywhere! And doing serious duty. Like I said, impossible to live without. :)
Or, if you're J, you come up with silly little games and roll up a nuscheli to put on Coco's head. Precious! 
What's your favorite all-purpose-can't-live-without-it baby essential? I would love to hear. 

8 comments:

  1. These are basically a muslin cloth that you would buy in the UK! You just seem to have a wider range of colours.

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    1. If they're in the UK, that probably means they'll make it across the atlantic before too long! :) Here you can buy them in the grocery store!

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  2. I love the nuscheli that you sent Astrid! And now I know what they are actually called. We've been calling them Remy cloths, since Remy (Markus' son, another Swiss baby) always had them around. They are similar to muslin cloths, which are available here now, but the texture is very different. Nuscheli are awesome!!

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  3. I love these things! I am in the same boat as you. My husband and I moved back to the US 3 years ago after living in Switzerland for 4 wonderful years. Getting used to my own country was hard after loving our time abroad! Our first child was born there too! Sounds like we have a lot in common. Happy to have found your blog!

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    1. Switzerland really does get under your skin, doesn't it? It's a tough place to leave and an easy one to miss!!! So nice to know there are others in the same boat. Thanks for leaving your comment, it made my day! xo

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  4. Where can you buy these online?

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  5. I just stumbled across your post here! If you like I sell unique handmade nuscheli in my onlineshop. Have a look! www.pipiza.ch

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  6. I had my Swiss baby 4 months ago in the US and Nuscheli became my absolute favorite cloth for just about anything. My boy already started teething so he always wears them as cute scarfs. I wish I had more of them because I only received a few in the mail from back home. I searched online but most companies from Switzerland do not deliver to the US. Does anyone know in the meantime where to find them in America?? I cannot find any quality equivalent to the original Swiss ones.

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