In a country like India where most of the year tends to be hot and humid, one might think that blankets might not be a necessity for babies, and that a simple swaddling cloth might suffice. But having the perfect blanket for your infant can be helpful in many ways.
In their first few months, your baby is going to be sleeping a lot! And he/she needs support with maintaining body temperature, sleeping in comfort and feeling safe & secure.
A good baby blanket will ideally be made from an extremely soft material which is breathable, gentle on the baby’s sensitive skin, machine washable and is very comfortable. So, what are the factors to consider when picking a blanket?
Does the perfect baby blanket exist? Yes! Here’s how you can know
There are blankets made from many different materials such as polyester, bamboo rayon, fleece and other synthetic materials. But these can cause skin irritations, they may be too heavy and may not be very breathable.
Like we mentioned before in our blog “Best Fabric For Your Baby”, the most recommended material for baby blankets is 100% organic cotton. Cotton is very lightweight and is breathable. It is also safe on skin and makes for a great blanket.
The other material that is perfect for blankets is Muslin, which is a finely woven cotton material that happens to be softer, lighter and more absorbent than cotton.
One of the most common questions about choosing the right blanket is what size to pick. Basically, you don’t want to get a blanket that is too small or too large for your baby as either would be uncomfortable for them.
The standard size for a baby blanket is 36 by 42 inches or even slightly larger size of 60 by 44 inches.
A blanket of this size can be very versatile as you can use it as a bedding, a floor mat or even as a holding sheet.
Safety is absolutely essential when thinking about baby blankets. Avoid blankets that have loose tassels, fringes, or ribbons; babies can get tangled in them. This becomes slightly less of an issue as the baby gets older.
Just because your baby might not be able to appreciate good designs and art, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t indulge in picking out the most aesthetically pleasing designs in blankets.
You will be spoilt for choice while choosing a wonderful design for blankets in our catalogue. So, don’t hold back!
There are, of course, many alternatives or substitutes for baby blankets that you can choose depending on your geographical location and the season.
A sleep-suit or a snuggle sac is perfect for when your baby is over 6 months old and misses the warmth and comfort of a snuggle. A snuggle sac eliminates worries about loose blankets in the crib, which could choke a sleeping infant.
And then there is a Dohar, which is made of 100% organic cotton and is layered for extra comfort. It can be used as a normal blanket, a stroller shade or a floor blanket.
Finally, there is the ubiquitous cotton quilt, which is perfect for babies living in a colder part of the country. Cotton quilts are soft, are extra layered for more cushioning, and are warm and cosy. Cotton quilts are also perfect for bundling up your baby in an air-conditioned room.
So there you have it, the factors to consider when picking out the perfect baby blanket and the possible alternatives for them. Choosing the perfect blanket for your precious baby is no longer a chore!
To make things even easier, we have made a list of recommended products that you can choose from:
The perfect blanket for your tiny tot!
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Have your little one be snuggled up in this cosy snuggle sac!
A great alternative to a blanket with extra padded softness!
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A warm, light and soft quilt for those harsh winter nights.
What our happy customers say: “I received the quilt today. My baby instantly fell in love with it ♥️ It’s super light & super soft. I’ll definitely shop more. Thanks.”
For those summer days or warm picnics in the park!
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