Baby blankets & quilts
There’s just something extra cute about baby blankets. Maybe it’s their cosy soft texture against silky smooth baby skin. Perhaps it’s their tiny size. Whatever the reason, a baby blanket is great for short naps. And to make life with an infant even easier, our cot blankets are machine washable.
Types of baby blankets
- Swaddling blanket: Some people believe that very young infants sleep better when they are swaddled. The wrapping of the blanket around the baby is believed to simulate the confines of the womb. It is thought that when babies are swaddled, they do not startle themselves into wakefulness. A swaddling blanket can be light or thicker, depending on the climate that you live in. You can also buy both types for warmer and cooler days. Swaddling is not recommended for older babies who can rollover.
- Receiving blanket: As the name suggests, this is usually the first blanket that the baby is wrapped in when you ‘receive’ the baby. It is more of a sentimental keepsake than a practical blanket. Most hospitals provide the receiving blanket if the parent does not have one. Some parents personalise and preserve the receiving blanket. Others use the receiving blanket as a swaddling blanket.
- Crib blanket: Young babies should not use blankets in cribs. Once a child is around a year old, or on the advice of your paediatrician, you can start using crib blankets. The thickness of a crib blanket depends on the climate that you live in. The size of the blanket will have to be just right for the crib. As your child grows older, you can transition to larger blankets.
- Stroller blanket: If the weather is chilly, you might take a stroller blanket along when you take your baby out. So, ensure that it is attractive and stands up to washing without looking worn. This blanket should be easy to carry around. If it is too heavy or too large, it will become inconvenient when you are on the move.
Choosing a baby blanket
- Age: Very young infants may or may not use a swaddling blanket. Choose a very special blanket that is sized for a newborn as a receiving blanket. Do not use blankets for babies until they are a year old. Instead, put them in clothing appropriate for the climate that you live in and in a breathable and safe sleep sack if required.
- Colour: The colour of the baby blanket that you choose depends on the preferences of the parents. Colourful items are stimulating for the baby and look cheerful in the nursery. Plain colours are more likely to match whichever colour the parents have chosen for the nursery. For an older baby, choose colourful themes that will look attractive and encourage the imagination and curiosity of the baby.
- Size: Think about where the baby blanket is going to be used and choose a size. A swaddling blanket could be a small blanket. A crib blanket should be sized right for the crib. A large thick blanket like the RÖDHAKE quilted blanket is ideal for spreading on the floor for playtime when your baby is young. It can be used as a crib blanket once your baby is old enough. Choose a decorative heirloom style blanket such as the GULSPARV blanket for a receiving or special occasion blanket.
- Material: Pick a blanket in a suitable material for the climate that it will be used in. The LEN cotton knitted blanket will keep a baby warm and cosy in both warm and cold weather. The LEN fleece blanket is more appropriate for cooler days. A lighter blanket will be easier to fold and carry along. It will also be easier to store.
- Texture: Babies have soft and sensitive skin. Any material that comes into contact with their skin should be as soft and breathable as possible. So choose the softest fabrics that will grow even softer with each wash. High-quality cotton is usually a good choice.
- Maintenance: Baby blankets are prone to get easily soiled. It is also important to maintain high standards of hygiene for babies. So, pick a blanket that is easy to wash. Washing bedding at higher temperatures is the best to get rid of dust mites. So, choose a blanket that will stand up to frequent washing without looking worn.
- Blanket price: Baby blankets are used a lot over a short period. So consider the blanket price when you buy. Buy the best but don’t go overboard on the blanket price unless you buy a very special receiving blanket.
- Environment friendliness: An organic and sustainable product will be kinder to the environment. It will also be made without using harsh chemicals, which is a good thing for a baby.