In terms of essentials, baby blankets are pretty fundamental. How do you work out what types to get and what to choose? There is just so much choice and it can be a minefield, so here are a few tips for choosing baby's first blankets.
Think about the temperature when the baby will be using it. Midwives suggest that babies should only wear one layer more than their mom to avoid overheating. If it is a warm place then look to light blankets/fabrics, if cool then look to thicker blankets/fabrics.
Bamboo, thinner cotton and muslin blankets would help keep baby cool in warmer places and on sunny days. Chenille, velour, wool, flannel and thick cotton would all count as two layers but are lovely and snug for cool places, cooler seasons or nights.
There are also different types of blankets that you might want to think about. Receiving blankets are typically used from day one, which are reasonably plain in shape and size but have a spectacular range of uses. There are swaddling blankets which you can use safely for the first couple of months and can calm unhappy babies.
Crib, cot and stroller blankets are used for those specific purposes and which are sized accordingly. There are also security blankets which tend to be a small square which can be carried and gives a baby and later toddler, some security. It may be that you will need a combination of these for different purposes, weathers or seasons over time.
The color is the easy bit. You’ll see something you like and whether that is bold prints/plain pastels, there will be something right for baby.
To make that special blankie extra special, there is nothing better you can do except personalizing it with the baby’s name and perhaps a cute picture. This will ensure that the baby will cherish it for all of time and no doubt for generations to come. Find all of these and more at www.cuterascals.com
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