• Baby Blanket Buying Guide

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A baby blanket is the sweetest thing in your baby’s childhood. Your little one will spend his or her early days wrapped in its comfort, and their earliest memories will start from there. The baby blanket will keep the little one warm and comfy, during summer and winter. It facilitates their sleep, hugs them and gives them security when you are not there. 

But do you know what to look for in a baby blanket? Our team spent much time on this question, and put together a guide below to walk you through this important choice. 

Overall, you need to think about fit, comfort, and of course, budget!

A baby blanket for every developmental stage

Blankets for Newborn and up to 12 months

Babies under 12 months old sleep really well in a tight embrace. They often enjoy being wrapped in a swaddle, sleepsuit, or wearable blanket. The key here is to choose the right material and fit for your baby. Your little one needs to have enough room to move, and at the same time, want to get the snuggly feeling of the soft surroundings. 

When you are out and about, remember to add in a stroller blanket, too. They need not be fancy, but to keep your baby warm in chilly temperature. Our super soft & dreamy blankets are perfect for that. You can also get many different colors and designs for the little ones so that you can stroll in style.

Just a quick reminder that for sleeping, babies shouldn’t be in conventional blankets, because they present a risk. Please read the official safe sleeping guideline here. 

Blankets for 1 year olds

Once your baby turns one, the baby can enjoy a separate blanket piece just like you. Here, of course you still have to exercise caution. Our recommendation is to get a breathable blanket in case they unwittingly cover their heads at night. Many materials are breathable, which you can read more about here.



Blankets for active babies

Several times during their development stages, such as when babies learn to stand up, or start walking, they will be very active during their sleep. Many babies are practicing standing up while sleeping. For that reason, you want a flexible blanket for your active babies. The best choice here is a wearable blanket, or a sleepsuit with holes for arms and legs.

Baby comfort: pay attention to the blanket materials

Who doesn’t want to wrap their babies in the softest materials ever? Soft blankets help babies relax, feeling like they are surrounded by touch, and sleeping better at night. All of this is determined by the blanket materials. Below are the best materials for softness:

Natural materials: wool, merino

Hybrid/man-made materials:

Some wearable blankets will come with a TOG score. This helps you determine the best temperature to use them.

Price: What is your budget?

Of course, the safety and comfort of your baby are important, but it also has to fit your budget. Natural, organic materials tend to be more expensive. A highly advertised brand blanket, made from Australian wool merino, may set you back by $100. Is it worth it?

It is tempting to buy cheaper blankets, but the decision should be driven by utility. How long can you use it for? If a high quality blanket lasts for years, from your first baby to second and third and more, then maybe it is not as expensive as you thought. 

On the other hand, maybe you don’t need it to last for years. You might live in a place with mild temperature and the baby only needs the blanket once in a while. Then it might not make sense to invest in something that stays in the closet the majority of the time.

A mid-range blanket will cost you around $50-60. We think that this is the right investment for the blanket. 

How to take care of your baby blanket?

As with other beddings in your home, baby blankets need to be washed regularly. In fact, in the earlier days of their lives, babies might burp, or spit milk into their beddings. You might want to wash the blanket as soon as possible when these incidents happen, otherwise, the blankets, especially natural materials will absorb the smell and become smelly.

The material of the blanket will determine how to take care of your blanket. Please read about the blanket’s material carefully.

Use baby detergent to make sure that harsh chemicals are not leaving residue during wash.

Baby Blanket Styles

Baby blankets come in many different styles, and it is important to choose the right one for your needs and your baby developmental stage.

Swaddle

Swaddles are blankets that you can wrap babies in. They are perfect for newborns and younger babies (under 4-6 months). Swaddles come in two styles: free style swaddle, or a pre-made swaddle. 

Free style swaddle look just like a piece of cloth, allowing you to wrap your babies in them in different ways. If you are curious, here are some video instructions for swaddling babies.

Pre-made swaddle: they often have zippers or Velcros, and are made to enable certain ways of wrapping your baby. You cannot wrap in any way you want, but often it is more convenient, and you don’t need to learn how to swaddle. Just need to zip up or put the Velcros together. A few better known brands are Halo, or Nested Beans. 

Wearable Blanket / Sleepsuit

Babies can wear these blankets to sleep. They often stay close to the baby’s body, and are hard to escape from. In some cases, a pre-made swaddle is a wearable blanket. The terms are almost interchangeable in these cases.

Wearable blankets come in many shapes and forms. Many only have holes for arms, while others look like stuffier and thicker onesies. Again, depending on your baby’s developmental stage, you might prefer one style vs. others. For example, younger babies probably don’t need foot holes. However, when they learn to stand up and / or walk, having foot holes are important, so that they don’t get up and trip in the crib.

Similarly, many wearable blankets are arm-less. Do you need the arms of the baby to be covered too? Then it might be better to go with a sleepsuit, such as a Merlin sleep suit.

Just beware just since wearable blankets limit the movement of the baby, babies might outgrow them fast.

Conventional Blanket

Often has square or rectangle shape. Easy to use, but also easy for your baby to get tangled.

Conventional blanket has the advantage of never expiring. You don’t have to worry about fit. When the baby grows up, you can also reuse their blanket for other purposes as such additional beddings. 

When choosing a conventional blanket, you should think about the material. We recommend a breathable material for safety and comfort.