A soft baby blanket makes a wonderful gift for a newborn as they are practical, versatile, have longevity and you can never have enough. According to the experts, blankets with natural fibres (cotton and wool) are deemed best for a newborn baby due to their breathability.
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Here is a round-up of our Top 10 baby blankets:
1. Boden Knitted blanket
For: Buying a homemade looking blanket without having to knit a stitch
What: A traditional gorgeous knitted blanket made with a cotton-cashmere blend which is machine washable to boot. Soft and pretty. Measures 100cm x 75cm
Price: £39.50 (promotional discounts are common)
2. Breton striped soft felted lambswool blanket
For: The stripe-loving mum
What: A classic Breton striped blanket in felted lambswool which makes the wool extra soft. Finished with a blanket stitch edging. Choose from red, fawn, blue, pink or grey. Size 70cm x 78cm.
From: Tuppence and Crumble
3. Lala & Bea pure wool baby blanket
For: Injecting a bit of colour
What: A traditional pram blanket made out of 100% pure new British Wool. The rainbow stripes will turn heads with its bright colours and fold over fringe edging. It also comes in Sea Mist (green) and Grey Herringbone. Size 68cm x 73cm
From: Lala and Bea
4. Aden & Anais Classic Dream blanket
For: Believing the hype
What: Whilst I feel uneasy listing a celebrity endorsed product, the hype is true. This blanket is made of four layers of muslin which, as per their standard muslin, are deliciously soft. Washing is easy and the blanket gets softer each time. This is the largest of all blankets listed (120 cm x 120cm) so Mum can snuggle up underneath too. We love the double sided Winnie the Pooh blanket.
Price: £34 plus (prices vary depending on pattern).
5. Donna Wilson rainy day blanket
For: The style-conscious mum
What: A 100% soft lambswool blanket. Comes in three colourways, mustard/pink, blue/white and ebony/white. Slightly larger than most other blankets listed at 95cm x 62cm which means Mum can use it too!
6. FairIsle pram blanket
For: The Mum that loves Christmas. Have that Christmassy feel all year round with this warm intricately woven blanket. Best for babies born in a colder climate/winter.
What: A thickly felted wool blanket in a heritage design with a contemporary twist. Comes in red, blue and pink. Size 70cm x 78cm.
From: Tuppence and Crumble
7. Personalised baby blanket
For: The mum that appreciates the personal touch.
What: A beautiful Victorian inspired animal design blanket which can be personalised with baby’s name and birth date. The blanket is double sided and measures 85cm x 58cm. As each blanket is made to order there is a lead time of about 10 days.
From: Dora Mouse at www.notonthehighstreet.com
8. Grey and white stars cotton blanket
For: A great all-rounder in terms of price, size and composition
What: Zara sell an excellent range of affordable baby blankets in a range of colours, patterns and materials. Our favourite is this reversible unisex grey and white star blanket (£19.99)
Price: £7.99 and upwards
9. London bear blanket with matching hat
For: A London summer baby
What: A jersey cotton blanket with matching hat inspired by all things London (double decker buses, black cabs, crowns, etc.). The blanket is relatively thin so perfect for a summer baby or used as a swaddle. The blanket forms part of the London Bear range which includes pyjamas, sleepsuit and a sleeping bag.
From: The White Company
For: Some homemade magic
What: Whilst you may not appreciate a homemade adult jumper, there is something special about hand knitted clothes and blankets for little ones. It is a gift that tells a story and can be handed down to the next generation. There are lots of free patterns on-line for complete beginners to knitting experts so the only expense is wool, knitting needles and, of course, your precious time.
From: Various websites on-line
Price: £15 and upwards
Other worthy contenders
Cellular blankets, whilst plain, are popular with new parents, however, not all are soft. After extensive research, The White Company is by far the softest. Measures 75cm x 100cm (£18).
Over to You
Do you have a favourite baby blanket? Perhaps you still have your baby blanket from when you were a baby?