When youíre expecting, there are so many things to think about, what colour youíre going to decorate the nursery, which spectacular buggy or travel system youíre going to purchase and how many nappies of which size are you going to need. One thing that might not be at the front of your mind are comforting baby blankets and bedding. Most people are bought these kinds of items by friends and family as gift, so you tend not to think about them.
Baby blankets are very important accessories to have for your new born. They can be used in a number of ways, from wrapping them up when youíre out and about, using as a cover to keep them warm whilst sleeping or just even laying them on, a soft blanket so they can have a stretch.
They come in many fabrics, from cotton to cashmere and you can even get them embroidered. The best fabrics are the ones that are soft and not abrasive to the skin. Some fabrics are not advisable on newborns so make sure you do some research before you buy or ask a member of staff in a shop to advise you. It is also good to get advice on the thickness of the blanket, as some types can be quite warm and you must be aware of this, as not to overheat your baby.
You can get a colour that will match your buggy or nursery, or just go for a neutral colour, like cream, baby pink or baby blue. When washing your blanket, be sure to follow the washing instructions and obey the temperatures, so as not to shrink your blanket or loose the softness. Baby blankets tend to be reasonably priced but itís best to research before you buy, to get the best price.
There are many companies that also sell an item called a comfort blanket. These tend to be a bear or doll, dressed in a silky or soft fabric. They are designed for your child to cuddle up to when sleepy and make them feel relaxed and comforted. These can be a great replacement to deter your little one from sucking their thumb or needing a dummy.
The size of baby blankets is a very important factor, you need to consider if you will be using it in a Moses basket, standard cot or cot bed. Square shapes arenít very good for swaddling, so the best option is to go for a rectangular shape.
You can buy baby blankets from most baby online stores, as well as high street retailers. However if youíre feeling very creative, you can even knit or crochet your own or have someone do it for you. To crochet a baby blanket, all you need is a hook, yarn, a needle and colour yarn. Once you get the hang of it, you will have the blanket finished in no time. Then all your baby friends will be so jealous and want you to make one for them too.