An Everyday Parent’s Advice for Buying the Perfect Baby Blanket – My top three criteria include Fabric, Functionality and Style
Heather, 28, Florence, KY
Proud mom of David, Marisa, Joseph and TBD
The perfect baby blanket depends on the owner. It has to be perfect for you and your baby. My top three criteria for finding a baby blanket I love are:
fabric, functionality and style.
The feel of the fabric must be comfy for the baby and not irritating to me. The fabric should be heavy enough to keep my baby warm, but light enough so that the baby does not wake up drenched in sweat. I avoid heavy fleece, thin cotton that allows my baby to feel a draft and all fabrics that are not breathable.
I despise cheap cotton/flannel receiving blankets. They end up all skewed and out of square after the first washing. I know there’s no way to check for this before buying them, but my Gerber receiving blankets all did this, along with others from cheap stores. Name brands like Carters make really sturdy, much higher quality receiving blankets and it’s well worth paying a bit extra for blankets that hold up. I use receiving blankets for EVERYTHING. I love them.
The blanket has to be big enough to swaddle with. There are few things more annoying than trying to swaddle a baby with a blanket that is just a centimeter too small.
Also, since babies are professionals at getting things dirty, the blanket must be durable and able to withstand many washings. As stated above, I suggest avoiding cheap, cotton/flannel receiving blankets.
The blanket must be cute and unique. There is a large selection of baby blankets on the market, so I look for one that meets all of my criteria. With a little searching, I can always find a baby blanket that has a comfy fabric, functionality and my style.