Welcoming your baby into the world means stepping into an arena of endless choices. Among these, the humble baby blanket often emerges as a surprise contender for careful thought. After all, these snuggly essentials can spell the difference between a peaceful sleep and a restless night.
Embracing Safe Sleep Essentials
Before diving into the world of baby blankets, it's crucial to understand why they matter. Safe sleep practices are not just about comfort – they are instrumental in preventing risks like Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The right blanket maintains your baby's body temperature without overheating, providing an embrace of safety and snugness.
Delving into Textile Tales: The Best Material for Baby Blankets
Bamboo Baby Blanket
An eco-friendly marvel, bamboo stands out for its exceptional qualities. Bamboo baby blankets are breathable and naturally thermal-regulating, ensuring your baby stays comfortable. As a fibre, bamboo is hypoallergenic, resisting allergens and bacteria – making it an excellent choice for sensitive baby skin.
Merino Wool Blanket
A gem from nature, merino wool possesses an innate ability to regulate body temperature. This ensures your baby stays warm during chilly months and cool during warmer times. It's also naturally fire-resistant and doesn't retain odours, offering extended freshness. And the best of all, merino wool is non-itchy (unlike standard wool).
Evergreen and trusted, cotton is gentle on the skin and incredibly durable. Cotton blankets stand the test of time, making them heirloom pieces passed down through generations.
Blended Natural Blanket
In order to create a versatile, durable, extremely soft baby blanket, materials can be blended like for example the All Season Baby Blankets. These are made from a blend of bamboo viscose and cotton, bringing the best of both materials together in one blanket that you can use throughout the year and it will grow with your baby.
While synthetic materials might be easy on the wallet and tempting with their "plushy" soft texture, they don’t provide the natural benefits of their counterparts. Synthetic blankets can trap heat, leading to discomfort, and might not be gentle enough for baby's delicate skin. For long-lasting comfort and safety, natural materials remain unparalleled.
Baby Blanket Categories: Finding the Right Fit
Universal Pram Blankets
Whether you're out for a stroll in the park or just enjoying a quiet evening in your backyard, pram blankets ensure your baby remains snug.
They are the most versatile baby blankets that can also be used for day naps, bedtime or just to provide your baby with warmth when they are playing or relaxing on their play mat.
They will also come in handy during baby classes, you can use them as a mat for your little one.
Standard pram blankets come in variety or materials and designs,
- All-Season Bamboo Blankets: Durable and versatile, these blankets are perfect for any weather. And they become softer with each wash!
- Merino Wool Blankets: Ideal for cooler climates or chilly nights. The natural properties of merino wool guarantee warmth and comfort without overheating. Perfect for winter babies.
Cellular Blankets for Newborns
Specially designed for newborns, cellular blankets have tiny holes that increase airflow. This ensures better temperature regulation – making them perfect for your little one’s first weeks.
More than ever, with cellular blankets, the choice of material is crucial - we always recommend to choose either bamboo or cotton.
The art of swaddling dates back centuries. Swaddle blankets are designed to recreate the snugness of the womb. Not only do they can help babies sleep longer and sounder, but they also keep those tiny arms and legs safe from startle reflexes.
Though we don’t offer these, it's worth mentioning for your knowledge. Weighted blankets apply gentle pressure evenly, which can be soothing for some babies. However, always consult with a health visitor or GP before opting for this kind of blankets.