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A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Baby Blanket for Your New Baby (incl. Safe Sleep Advice)

Preparing for the arrival of a new baby can be an exciting and overwhelming experience, especially for first-time mums. Among the essential items you'll need is a baby blanket—a comforting companion for your little one's first months and years. In this guide, we'll list the basics of safe sleep, the different types of baby blankets available, how to choose the right one, and why cellular blankets are the recommended choice for newborn babies.

Baby boy sleeping covered with a blue baby blanket

The Importance of Safe Sleep

Safe sleep practices are crucial for the well-being of your baby. Here are some key tips to remember:
  • Back to Sleep: Always place your baby on their back to sleep, whether it's for day naps or night-time sleep. This position reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

  • Firm Sleep Surface: Provide a firm and flat sleep surface for your baby. A cot, moses basket, or a similar secure designated sleep space with a firm mattress and fitted sheet is the safest option. Avoid placing pillows, soft bedding, or toys in the sleep area.

  • Breathable Bedding: Choose breathable bedding options, such as cellular baby blankets of an appropriate size and from breathable, natural materials (such as bamboo or cotton), to ensure thermal comfort with air circulation and reduce the risk of overheating.

  • Room Temperature: Keep your baby's sleep environment at a comfortable temperature, usually between 18°C to 20°C. Dress your baby appropriately for the temperature to avoid overheating or chilling.

  • Avoid Overdressing: Dress your baby in light and breathable clothing, considering the room temperature.

  • Always Be There: Sharing a room with your baby for the first six to twelve months is recommended.

Different Types of Baby Blankets and How To Use Them

When it comes to baby blankets, various options are available. Here are some popular types and their uses:

Pram / Cot Blankets: These versatile baby blankets are ideal as a safe bedding to keep your baby cosy during naps, night-time, but also when out and about with a pram or in a car seat. Due to hygienic reasons, we recommend to have two blankets.

Swaddle Blankets: Designed specifically for swaddling, these blankets help your baby feel secure and can promote better sleep. Usually they are elastic and square to allow for easy swaddling.

New baby swaddled in a mint bamboo swaddle from Lullalove UK

Cellular Blankets: These blankets have a unique design with small holes, providing breathability, thermal comfort, and safety for newborn babies.


Why Choose Cellular Blankets for Newborns

Cellular blankets are highly recommended for newborn babies due to their features:

  • Breathability: The cellular design allows air circulation, reducing the risk of overheating, suffocating and providing a comfortable sleep environment.
  • Lightweight and Soft: These blankets are gentle on your baby's delicate skin while still providing warmth and cosiness.
  • Versatility: Cellular blankets can be used in various ways, as a cot blanket, for swaddling or as a pram blanket for walks.
  • Durability: Our cellular baby blankets are made from high quality natural materials, bamboo viscose and cotton, ensuring they withstand the test of time.

Baby with a pink cellular baby blanket from Lullalove UK

Choosing the Right Baby Blanket

Consider the following factors when selecting a baby blanket:

  • Size: Opt for baby blankets that are large enough to provide adequate cover for your baby without being overwhelmingly big leaving too much loose material in your baby's cot.
  • Material: Choose soft, hypoallergenic materials suitable for sensitive skin like certified cotton, bamboo, or merino wool, which are gentle to your baby's skin.
  • Safety: Ensure the blanket is free from any small parts that could pose a choking hazard and avoid blankets with loose threads or decorative elements.
  • Easy Care: Look for blankets that are machine washable and can withstand frequent washing (alternatively don't require frequent washing such as merino wool blankets).

Baby in a car seat with a cellular bamboo baby blanket from Lullalove UK

Selecting the perfect baby blanket for your little one is an important decision. By prioritising safe sleep practices, understanding the different types of blankets available, and making an informed decision about the choice of your baby's blanket, you will provide your baby with comfort, warmth, and security.

(Note: This article serves as a general guide. It is always recommended to consult with healthcare professionals for personalised advice and recommendations.)

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