An Everyday Parent’s Advice for Buying the Perfect Baby Blanket – Swaddling blankets and multi-purpose blankets – Babies need different blankets as they grow
Lisa, 33, Eastgate, Ohio
Proud mom of Nolan, Rylie and Ashlynn
Below, Lisa, mom of three, explains that babies will require different types of blankets as they grow and as their needs change. To help other parents and blanket shoppers in their baby blanket searches, she describes her criteria for swaddling blankets and her preferences for blankets for swaddle graduates (older babies).
For newborns you need a great swaddling blanket! Look for blankets that are:
1) perfectly square
3) big (when I’m using them to swaddle, most regular receiving blankets don’t feel big enough)
I own a receiving blanket made of thermal material that I would recommend. It’s made by Koala Baby and can be purchased at Babies “R” Us. The blanket is green, made of 100% cotton, very stretchy and perfectly square. You can easily swaddle a baby with it and it keeps the baby warm during the colder seasons. A great swaddle would keep my baby comfortable and sleeping.
I would not suggest buying regular, cheap receiving blankets for swaddling infants. At my house, they just ended up being used as burp cloths.
Swaddle Graduates (older babies)
As babies get older and more active, I recommend blankets that are:
2) soft (babies LOVE soft materials for cuddling and playing, especially silk or satin)
3) durable (during this stage, babies become attached to certain items—namely their blankies—so you want one that will hold up)
4) big (it’s nice to have a blanket big enough to throw on the floor at other people’s houses and let the baby play)
One word of warning: In my experience, the blankets that have a solid silk or satin side with the opposite side made of a soft material tends to make babies sweat profusely. The sweating is usually worst if they are touching the silky side of the blanket. This is one of the reasons I recommend breathable material.test Filed under Baby Blankets, Info, Interviews | Tags: advice from parents, Baby Blankets, Play Blankets, silk blankets, Swaddling, swaddling blankets | Comment (1)