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Babies need a relatively small number of things in their formative years. They need love, food, and to be kept clean, warm and comfortable. One way you can do this is by wrapping them up in a soft and snug baby blanket.
Babies blankets, for one thing, are made from baby safe materials. Materials that are unlikely to catch on their skin or aggravate and irritate them in any way. They are also made to specific guidelines, so they provide just the right amount of warmth.
Top 10 Best Baby Blankets
If you are looking for the best baby blankets, though, you may be surprised at just how many there are available. How on earth are you supposed to choose between them? They all look practically the same, don’t they?
Do you really even have time to take on such a challenge? We are guessing for most new and expectant mothers that although you want to make all the right decisions for your baby, any help you can get with this one would be most obliged.
That’s why we’ve made your search for the best baby blankets easier, by providing the following guide to the top 10 we reckon are the best of the bunch.
1. Simple Joys by Carter’s Baby Girls Flannel Receiving Blankets
From Simple Joys by Carter’s, the first baby blankets we want to discuss are these flannel receiving blankets that come in a cost-effective and very attractive 7-pack set. Simple Joys by Carter’s is known for its commitment to designing and producing products that are soft and safe for animals.
All of the blankets in this pack are made from 100% natural cotton that is as breathable as it is soft. It’s ideal for a wide variety of uses with your little one from simply cuddling the bundle of joy to burping or swaddling (for those moments when they are really doing all they can to avoid sleep).
With 7 great colorful patterns, they are extremely attractive.
2. Boritar Super Soft Minky Baby Receiving Blanket
Next, we have a great pack of receiving blankets from Boritar. Boritar is another company that states that they care just as much as parents do about children and only use high-quality fabrics and materials in their products.
This is good to know as the last thing you want is a blanket or set of blankets that is going to be an irritant or harsh and uncomfortable for your little ones.
Made from 100% pure polyester, the brand utilized a neat and tidy stitching process that enhances the strong connections between the seams and gives greater strength, while still looking sophisticated.
3. Amazon Essentials Baby Swaddle Blanket
Amazon Essentials, if you weren’t aware, is one of Amazon’s many own-brand labels. Products from the Amazon Essentials line, as the name suggests are basic, but important items, designed and made with a very no-thrills approach.
No thrills is how we would describe this next pack of baby blankets. We don’t necessarily mean that in a negative way. After all, they are just blankets.
And these blankets are made from 100% soft cotton, can be washed in the machine and feature tasteful and sweet colors and patterns. What more could you ask for?
4. Luvable Friends Unisex Baby Flannel Receiving Blankets
Luvable Friends are another extremely cool designer brand we’ve featured in other articles here at Utterly Home. Their entry into the baby flannel receiving blankets market are these 7 x 100% cotton extremely soft blankets that come in a variety of elegant and cute patterns, including tiny little elephants.
Luvable Friends are known for taking a lot of care and putting a lot of effort into producing baby-friendly items. You will be able to swaddle, burp or just cuddle your little one using one of these blankets, without worrying at all.
Remember, the only things that matter are that your baby is protected from the cold, that your baby is comfortable and that nothing is going to irritate them. All of this and more is possible with these blankets from Luvable Friends.
5. Hudson Baby Mink Blanket with Sherpa Backing
Sticking with another renowned designer label for our next item, Hudson Baby have a sterling reputation for not only coming up with designs, clothing, and products that are extremely cute. But that is also safe for your little one.
Made from polyester, this blanket is a little bit fancy. It has a very fluffy texture on one side and soft fleece on the other. The contrast helps to elevate it beyond just a normal blanket.
6. Hudson Baby Sherpa Blanket with Satin Backing
We’re staying with Hudson Baby for another extremely pretty and cute blanket that seems very similar to the one above. The difference is with this that it has the Sherpa-style texture on one side, but this time this product has a satin soft texture on the other side.
It still has that impeccable quality that you’d expect from a brand like Hudson Baby and is finished with a nice bow. So, whether you buy it as a treat for you and your own baby or as a gift for a friend or relative, this is a lovely baby blanket to invest in.
Yet another example of the high-quality products and items Hudson Baby have become synonymous with.
7. Custom Catch Large Personalized Baby Blanket
Do you have a baby shower coming up, or perhaps a Christening or are you just visiting a friend or relative who recently had a baby and stuck for a gift that’s unique? Why not consider this generously sized personalized fleece baby blanket with an elegant satin trim?
Personalized how exactly? You can include the newborn’s name in a nice font, and/or you can have a special bunny scroll and the date they were born. This is a perfect way to celebrate with someone you love welcoming their new ones into the world.
We think this is a really cute and sweet idea and the blanket seems to be exceptionally soft and luxurious feeling.
8. Zenssia Organic Cotton Baby Blanket
If you are trying to look after the planet while looking after the needs of either your own baby or that of a loved one, why not consider this baby blanket from Zenssia. This has been ethically made using fully 100% organic cotton.
As well as keeping the green dream alive, the fact its organic cotton means that your baby or the recipient’s baby will have a relaxing and luxurious time when cuddled up in this blanket.
Add to the comfort value, the fact it’s wrinkle-resistant and stretchy meaning it will retain it’s cute looks for a long time to come and the fact it’s completely hypoallergenic so unlikely to cause problems with allergies. Something you would want to avoid when they are so young.
9. Baby Starters Silky Textured Dot Baby Blanket
Sometimes, particularly when you are looking at items like baby blankets, the more simplistic designs are the most beautiful and sophisticated.
That’s what we think of this 2-ply silky texture dotty baby blanket with a satin backing. Baby Starters may not be a brand name that leaps off the page into your mind and gets you excited. Perhaps it should.
There is a real subtle elegance to this blanket. As you’d imagine, it’s extremely soft and comfortable. We think the key to Baby Starters’ success was making the blanket 2-ply.
10. Hudson Baby Unisex Baby Plush Mink Blanket
Finishing off our guide to the best baby blankets we have one of our favorites from Hudson Baby. This is an extremely cozy and comfortably soft plush blanket made using 100% polyester. It will not irritate your baby, instead, it will give them a warm cuddle.
The thing we love more than anything though is the colorful giraffes. We also like the fact that both sides of the blanket offer a slightly different experience. This is the kind of accessory you’d want to have close to hand.
Baby Blanket Buyer’s Guide
Now that you’ve learned all about the 10 baby blankets, we consider to be the best on the market, we thought we’d help make the choice between the shortlist even easier.
In the following section, we will look at some of the most important things you need to consider when choosing the right baby blanket.
Be Careful When Looking at the Fabric Used
The best baby blankets, in order to perform their primary function properly, need to be manufactured using materials and fabrics that will be breathable to allow safe sleeping conditions and gentle on the skin.
As babies can’t exactly tell you that the fabric and product you’ve chosen is making them feel claustrophobic, there is actually a simple test to determine if an item is breathable or not.
Want to know how? You simply take a blanket and hold it up against a fan. If you can feel the air being blown out by the fan, you’ve got a blanket that’s suitably breathable.
Avoid synthetic materials if entirely possible. This shouldn’t be too hard, though, as polyester and cotton are easily available and most of the blankets, we featured were made using those materials.
The other side of things with regards to the blanket you choose, is that the material it’s made from is suitable for the season. Therefore, look at lighter materials and fabrics in blankets if you are buying them for use during the summer and warmer parts of the year and aim to invest in a thicker model for fall and winter.
Safety is Always Crucial
When buying anything for your baby, or someone else’s for that matter, it’s crucial that the safety, good health, and wellbeing of the baby is focused on. This is very true when buying baby blankets. You need to avoid any that have loose ribbons, fringes or even tassels, particularly when they are extremely young.
They could get tangled up in these kinds of elements. It also needs to be designed in a way if you are asleep and the baby is in his or her bed, the blanket is not going to compromise their safety.
Size Is Also Important
This could easily be paired with the point above, but we figured it’s important enough to be discussed separately. The size is a tricky thing, but the main goal is to buy baby blankets that are big enough that they give your baby the necessary warmth and comfort, this is true. But, not so big that it swallows them up.
Hopefully, now that you have seen our selection of the top 10 best baby blankets, and considered our buyer’s guide, we hope you have a better idea of the product you may buy.
We found it hard to pick out any of the above items as being slightly better than the rest. The truth is, we believe you would go right choosing any and it’s more down to personal preference.
The funny thing is, the patterns and colors won’t really matter to the baby. It’s more about picking something that goes well with their various outfits and won’t look out of place outside of their bedroom.
Stick to finding one made with 100% cotton or polyester, one that’s comfortable and luxurious and that won’t suffocate or overheat your baby and you’ll be alright.