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The best baby blankets

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Shopping for a baby blanket is a special moment. Not only does it make a little one’s arrival feel real, but many of them become treasured keepsakes passed down through generation. An ideal gift for baby showers, baby blankets – or receiving blankets, as they’re known in the US – come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and designs. 

A swaddling blanket is one designed to be wrapped around your baby to prevent her from startling herself awake. Coverlets and comforters tend to be thicker blankets are best used in the buggy or when it’s very cold. A cotton cellular blanket is the ideal choice for your baby’s bed, as it allows the air to circulate at the same time as adding a layer of warmth.

From a practical mindset, it’s important consider how they’re used day to day. Keep in mind that the risk of SIDS is increased with overheating. A baby can overheat if the room is too warm, or because of too much clothing or bedding. Safe sleeping guidelines recommend using layers of lightweight blankets because it’s easy to adjust your baby’s temperature by removing or adding a blanket. 

It’s better to use fewer blankets and add to them rather than using too many layers. Also remember that if you fold the blanket, it’s the equivalent of using two blankets. Meanwhile, if it’s very warm, you may not need to use any at all. A lightweight baby sleeping bag is a good alternative to a baby blanket, with the added advantage that your baby can’t kick it off at night.

When using a blanket, make sure you place your baby on her back with her feet touching the bottom of the crib or cot. Blankets should be tucked in with no loose bedding, and they should not come up above your baby’s shoulders. 

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Mimixiong Cellular Baby Blanket

Add a layer of stylish warmth to your baby’s bedding

Excellent value
Allows air to circulate
Not machine washable

Made from super-soft 100% acrylic, this is a medium-weight knitted baby blanket that would make a beautiful yet practical gift for a new baby or expectant mum. 

Available in a range of different stylish colours – you can even match it to your baby’s nursery if you plan to use it on her bed. It’s also suitable for use as a stroller or pram blanket and since it’s generously sized for maximum coverage, it could even be used as a picnic blanket or child’s play mat. Mimixiong make children’s products with a focus on health, using high-quality, breathable fabrics.

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Bubzi Co Baby Monthly Milestone Blanket

Capture precious moments of your baby’s first year with this unique blanket

Brilliant baby shower gift
Keepsake item
Not as thick as other blankets

This is such a brilliantly designed baby blanket. You can use it to take commemorative photographs of your baby to record key milestones, week by week and month by month, right up until her first birthday. It has an enchanted woodland theme, and it’s made from soft cotton that’s hypoallergenic, breathable and gentle on your baby’s delicate skin. 

This blanket would make the perfect new baby gift for a social media loving mum. It’s ideal for a baby shower gift and is sure to become a keepsake item that parents will want to pass down to future generations! It’s also super easy to use – simply place the little green leaf and yellow circle to ring the relevant number of weeks or months.

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TILLYOU All Season Micro-Fleece Plush Baby Blanket

Prepare your baby’s room for winter with this warm blanket

Great value
Silky soft
Can be tumble dried
Thinner than other blankets

This plush baby blanket is made from 100% premium flannel fleece, which is stain resistant and more durable than cotton, making it an attractive yet practical choice. Its fuzzy fabric is extra soft to the touch and since it’s wider and longer than standard baby blankets, it could even double up as a mat for tummy time and floor play.  

Care instructions are pretty straightforward: simply pop it in the washing machine on a cool cycle and tumble dry on a low heat.

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Hudson Baby Mink Blanket with Sherpa Backing

Make bedtime extra cuddly with this cosy blanket

Super-soft to touch
Machine washable
Less durable than other blankets

Hudson Baby specialises in stylish, premium quality baby blankets that won’t break the bank. This blanket's sherpa backing is especially soft and cosy to the touch, so this is another good choice for snuggly bedtimes – we can picture little ones getting very attached to this blanket! 

Nevertheless, the fabric is durable and machine washable, so it should wash and wear well over time. This is a good size for use as part of your baby’s bedding or in a pram or stroller.

Heidi Scrimgeour

Originally from London, Heidi Scrimgeour is a freelance writer who lives near the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland with her husband and their daughter and two sons.