The NHS advises that a room temperature between C is ideal for little ones, and you can adjust how warm they are by using layers of lightweight blankets. At this temperature, your baby will only need one or two cellular blankets — the kind they use in hospitals — and if the blanket is folded that counts as two blankets.
We've answered all your baby blanket safety questions below, or you can click here to see the 11 best and safe baby blankets on the market. When can my baby use a blanket? We spoke to safe sleeping charity The Lullaby Trust and they reassured us that it is safe to use a lightweight blanket from birth, as long as you follow the official advice on safe sleeping. No, not from birth. The really important thing to remember is that duvets, quilts, thick blankets and pillows should not be used for any baby under 12 months old because of the risk of suffocation, says the NHS and The Lullaby Trust.
How big are baby blankets? Depending on the type of blanket, baby blankets can range in size. Generally, a blanket to fit a pram, crib or Moses basket is around 70cm x 90cm, while a blanket to fit a cot or cotbed is around cm x cm, but could be smaller, around cm x cm.
First, to prevent your baby wriggling down under the covers, place them in the "feet to foot" position. This means their feet are at the end of the crib, cot, Moses basket or pushchair carrycot. The baby mattress you use should be firm, flat, well-fitting and clean, and waterproof on the outside, and covered with a single sheet.
Tuck the covers in securely under your baby's arms so they can't slip over their head. Use one or more layers of lightweight blankets, and remember a folded blanket counts as two layers. Don't use duvets, quilts, cot bumpers, wedges, bedding rolls or pillows in a crib or cot.
What types of baby blankets are there? Acrylic cellular blankets — just like a cotton cellular blanket, but woven from man made fibres. Receiving blanket — this is a US phrase which essentially simply means a baby blanket, they can be made from fleece, flannel, cotton or just about any blanket fabric. Muslin-style receiving blankets tend to be larger than regular muslins at around 75cm x cm.
Baby coverlets and comforters — these covers are often embroidered, decorated or patterned and offer the thickness and warmth of a sheet and blanket combined, so should be used only when your baby needs that much warmth. Fleece blankets — generally made from polyester, these easy care blankets are machine washable and cosy.
Knitted blankets — whether in cotton or cashmere, a knitted blanket can look super cute for a baby and be useful as a throw long after your little one is all grown up! Muslins — the quintessential baby cloth for burping, mopping up spills and stains, and other baby goop!
Usually around 60cm x 60cm, you can also get extra large sizes measuring around cm x cm. Stadium blanket — not technically a baby blanket, this US-inspired throw was originally designed for covering up at the side of a chilly sports pitch, but could be just the thing for an impromptu picnic with your little one.
Baby sheepskin fleeces — a liner rather than a cover, a baby sheepskin fleece can be used in the buggy or cot and is thermostatic, meaning it cools in summer and provides warmth in winter.
What can I use instead of a baby blanket? An alternative to blankets are baby sleeping bags , which are essentially wearable blankets with neck and armholes in different sizes and togs depending on the age they are for and what warmth you need.
They keep your little one at the right temperature without worrying about blankets getting kicked off or tangled up.
Should I swaddle my baby? Swaddling is claimed to calm and soothe babies and there are online guides and books to show you how to wrap your little bundle. The blanket needs to be lightweight yet large enough to wrap, normally at least cm x cm.
The Lullaby Trust says that while it does not advise for or against swaddling, it should be done for each day and night time sleep as part of a regular routine, using the following guidelines: Machine washable A twist on the classic cellular blanket, George Baby has created these chevron cellular blankets, which have been woven in a zig zag pattern, rather than the traditional grid design.
They come in either pink or blue, and measure 70cm x 90cm, plus can be machine washed and tumble dried. Machine wash on cold setting The pure cashmere baby blankets from British company Turtle Doves are designed and made in Shrewsbury and come in a range of colours, from neutral pastels to bold brights. We love the unisex Jolly Bright design, which comes in a colourful mix of red, orange, blue, green, yellow, purple and pink, and the fact the business has won awards for its eco credentials.
The single cashmere layer is soft and warm and the best bit is that it can be machine washed on a cold setting and laid out to dry.
You can buy the cashmere baby blanket from Turtle Doves. Machine wash at 40C The large size of this luxuriously soft fleece blanket makes it perfect for snuggling up with your little one as they grow older, as it will even fit on a single bed once your baby has grown out of cribs and cotbeds!
Machine wash at 40C This great value cellular blanket comes in a range of colours, and sizes to fit either small cribs and Moses baskets, or larger cots and cot beds.
Cotton, polyester, elastane Washable: Usually around 60cm x 60cm, you can also get extra large sizes measuring around cm x cm.
Cotton, polyester, elastane Washable: Machine wash at 40C This blanket is designed for using out and about, whether on your buggy, or keeping your baby cosy in their carrier. The size is just right for a pram or crib, and the green and white dinosaur print is reversible, so you can pick your look for the day. You can buy the dinosaur pram blanket from John Lewis. Machine washable at 30C As you might expect from Dutch pushchair brand Bugaboo, this soft blanket is chic, well-made and designed to make sure your little one is as cosy as possible.
Made from pure Merino wool, it naturally repels dirt hooray! Slightly larger than the usual crib-size cellular blankets, the Abeille version also comes in six different colours that include a gorgeous deep red and a practical and stylish navy, as well as white, cream, pink and grey.
The bold rainbow stripes stand out a mile, and it co-ordinates with the rest of the Little Bird nursery collection, which includes a Moses basket, changing mat, bunting and even clothes hangers. You can buy the Little Bird knitted blanket from Mothercare. Machine washable The soft stretchy cotton of this swaddle blanket makes it super comfy for babies from newborn to 3 months old, and it is shaped to make swaddling that bit easier.
Plus all the swaddle blankets are part of a matching bedding range, so you can co-ordinate your crib!
Baby coverlets and comforters — these covers are often embroidered, decorated or patterned and offer the thickness and warmth of a sheet and blanket combined, so should be used only when your baby needs that much warmth. Books are a nightmare because the littlun loves them but likes to get ALL of them out and look at just one or two pages then toss it aside and go for the next one, I spend ages putting them all back and they always loose their covers or get ripped etc
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