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. Luna & Curious merino wool colourful blanket

For: The Mum that likes to be different and support independent stores.

What: From a fabulous independent shop in Shoreditch, comes this eye-catching red and camel diamond patterned merino wool blanket made here, in the UK.  It’s so incredibly soft that I want one for myself. Also available in a yellow and green colourway. Measures 100cm x 60cm

From: Luna & Curious

Price: £45.00

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

Price: £39.95

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

Price: £39.50

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.

From: Amazon

Price: £34 plus (prices vary depending on pattern).

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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!

From: Donna Wilson

Price: £57.50

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

Price: £49.50

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

Price: £95

8. Grey and white stars cotton blanket

For: A great all-rounder in terms of price, size and composition

What:  Zara sells an excellent range of affordable baby blankets in a range of colours, patterns and materials. Our favourite is this yellow textured geometric knit blanket with small checks (£19.99).

From:  Zara

Price: £7.99 and upwards

9. London bear blanket with matching hat

For: A London 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

Price: £20

10. Handmade

Knitting needles and pink wool

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 online for complete beginners to knitting experts so the only expense is wool, knitting needles and, of course, your precious time.

From:  Various websites online

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?