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PLUSH AND SNUGGLY BABY BEDDING
MAKING SENSE OF THE CHOICES
With so many choices out there, how do you start to make sense of what each blanket is, what you might need it for and how many you need.
Receiving blankets are quite versatile. Usually lightweight, they are ideal for swaddling newborns or as burp cloths. Since these get used a lot, you might want to buy 6 or more of them.
Swaddle blankets are designed for snuggly wrapping newborns, promoting better sleep. They are often made of a soft cotton gauze. They come in various sizes. Make sure to feel them before buying and that you are buying the right size to swaddle your baby safely.
Security blankets, often called loveys or binkies, are not really blankets but more like a cross between a toy and a blanket. Babies tend to love them. If your baby becomes attached to their lovey, make sure to stock up, you might find them attached for quite some time and you don't want to run out.
Regular baby blankets are usually about 30" x 40". They can be used for multiple purposes and are usually thicker, made from fleece or some other cozy fabric. Very often these are also decorative, featuring appliqués and embroideries.
Quilted blankets or throws are often made of cotton with cotton filler and traditionally quilted. Thicker than other blankets, for smaller babies they are great to put on the floor for tummy time or to sit or lie and play on.
With all blankets, prioritize safety by avoiding loose or bulky blankets in the crib and following safe sleep guidelines.
GOT A QUESTION?
Many parents will tell you that you cannot have too many baby blankets. You may need more of some than of others. For example, stock up on burp cloths or receiving blankets you are using as burp cloths. Unless you are planning to do laundry every few hours, you will need a 4-6 of them to have clean ones on hand when you need them. Similarly, we recommend at least four blankets to be used for swaddling and other purposes so that you can reach for a clean one when you need it.
In general, follow the care instructions provided by the manufacturer. Different fabrics require different care. Pay attention when buying your baby blankets to ensure ease of care. Most baby blankets are machine washable. We always recommend using a mild and baby-friendly detergent, gentle cycles, and cold or lukewarm water. Defintiely avoid harsh chemicals and bleach. Follow care instructions for drying.
Blankets are often overlooked as a way to add an element of design into the nursery. Drape folded blankets on a rocking chair, fold them in colorful stacks on a changing table or open shelf or hang them on decorative hooks on the wall. Take time to think about how they coordinate with your nursery bedding, curtains, rugs or paint color. Blankets are often appliqued or embroidered and may fit beautifully into the theme you have chosen for your nursery. Blankets can be more than functional, they can add that little touch of something extra to your nursery.