An Everyday Parent’s Advice for Buying the Perfect Baby Blanket – Mom of 5 shares about her favorite unique baby blankets and says “perfect is relative”
April, 35, Burlington, KY
Proud mom of Kelsey, Jackson, Sydney, Elisa and Kaira
I think there are a few different kinds of perfect blanket – one that keeps the baby warm, one that can cover them on a spring day, one they can keep as they grow older or one that’s portable (not huge).
It’s been my experience that parents rarely buy blankets. For me, they have usually been gifts. I received some of the blankets at baby showers, with many made by friends and relatives. Being a mom of five, I have received many unique baby blankets over the years and have developed some preferences.
I do have a few favorites:
Waffle knit thermal fabric baby blanket from Target
Target always seems to have cute blankets and I love their colors (a few of my favorites were purchased there), but they have a limited selection. I own a pink “long john” type small blanket purchased from Target—I think the brand is Amy Coe. I like it because it is small enough to fit in my diaper bag. It’s also light-weight, so I can cover the baby while nursing without both of us breaking into a sweat.
Receiving blankets are nice because they can double as a burp cloth, but they’re only practical for the first several months of life.
I own another blanket from Target. It is a very soft, small fleece blanket. It is pink with polka dots and is pictured.
My family also owns several fleece tie blankets (pictured). For my fifth baby, a friend gave us a handmade blanket—the kind made of two pieces of fleece material tied together, creating fringes all the way around. I love fleece baby blankets because they are so soft and warm, and my kids love to play with the fringe. I line her cradle with it right now because it’s so cold outside. I’m sure as she gets bigger, it will be a favorite.
My older kids have they same type of blankets someone had given them for Christmas two years ago and we’ve used them a often in our travels. They’re big enough to cover them, but small enough everyone can grab their own blanket and get cozy in the van. It’s great when a blanket can grow with a child.
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