FAQs on Kids Blankets
How do baby blankets help with a newborn's development?
A blanket can hold a certain amount of familiarity, especially if the blanket smells like you. If you swaddle your baby, it reduces their stress and they learn about self-comfort which helps with healthy detachment in the long term. It’s also a tactile sensory stimulation and can be their first introduction to colours and touch.
What types of materials are best for baby blankets?
Natural cottons are best as they’re breathable and warm but you can also find blankets in fleece, flannel, wool, cashmere, and more. Whichever you choose, stay away from synthetic materials and make sure it’s non-toxic.
Can I use a regular blanket for my newborn, or should I purchase a specific type of baby blanket?
For your newborn baby, you should consider a Baby Sleep Sack rather than a blanket in their cot as this is safer for the baby and reduces the risk of entanglement and suffocation.
Are there any safety concerns when using blankets with newborns?
Definitely. Bedding should be carefully considered for your baby, especially newborns. Thick blankets, quilts, and pillows can block an infant's airway, leading to unintentional sleep-related suffocation. This type of bedding can also increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
As your baby grows, you can start to transition them to standard bedding as they have started to learn their mobility skills and can easily roll over, thus reducing the risk of SID’s.
How many blankets should I have on hand for my newborn?
The choice is yours. Two to three blankets would be average to help make life a little easier. Think of one being used, one in the wash and one on the shelf. That way you can rotate them. But then you might want different colours and fabrics. Some for winter and some for summer.
Our blankets can be used all year, but on the colder nights, you may want to add another layer.
Can I use a blanket as a swaddle?
A blanket is probably too thick to use as a swaddle. Generally, when you swaddle your baby it’s in a light, breathable blanket that helps them feel calm. You don’t want your baby to overheat and a blanket provides warmth.
What are some features to look for in a high-quality baby blanket?
Look for breathable fabric, washing machine safe, durable and versatile. And make sure it’s soft.
When is it appropriate to stop using a baby blanket with my child?
Generally, at about one year, your child has learned the mobility skills to reduce the risk of SID’s. It’s around this time that you can start to transition them to standard bedding.
How do I properly clean and care for my baby's blankets?
Simply pop the blanket in the wash, a delicate cycle is best and line dry.