Updated on October 7, 2020 by Lyric Fergusson
If you have a baby, or even a toddler, you’re going to need a lot of blankets. Swaddling a newborn is one of the best ways to ensure both you and your baby are going to get some sleep. Your baby will feel all snuggled and warm, making them feel secure and safe. Toddlers love their blankets too, and usually create an attachment to their favorite one.
You may end up going through a lot of blankets before you find the right one for your child. Check out this list of my top 7 blankets and you just might be able to avoid that!
The Best Baby Blankets
(Best budget option — $)
Why it’s great: This comes with 7 blankets in the set and is very low priced, making it perfect for a first blanket set. As a new parent, you’ll go through a lot of blankets and be constantly washing them, so having a big pack to start is perfect. They are flannel, so slightly thicker than normal swaddling blankets, but that makes them perfect to use for burp cloths, tummy time, and extra warmth. With multiple cute pattern options to choose from, you can easily find one that matches your nursery theme.
Keep in mind: These are a little less durable, which is why it’s great that the set comes with so many at such a great price.
Good for: New babies that go through a lot of blankets for varying uses.
(Most adorable — $$)
Why it’s great: These blankets come in the most adorable patterns. There are several options to choose from, so you’re sure to find one that suits your child. It is made from organic muslin cotton, so it is light and breathable and gets softer with every wash. And yes, it is machine washable, making your life much easier! It’s also hypoallergenic, for those with sensitive skin. It’s also a little bigger, so you can use it as a tummy time mat or for a toddler as well. Its cute designs and versatility make this one of my favorite baby blankets.
Keep in mind: While it is very breathable, its size makes it a little bulky for swaddling.
Good for: Babies or toddlers that need more versatility and style from their blankets.
(Best set — $$)
Why it’s great: These muslin swaddle blankets are made of organic bamboo, which is hypoallergenic and soft against your child’s skin. It comes in a set of three in cute gender neutral prints. Because these blankets are so lightweight and breathable, they are also perfect for car seat covers or nursing covers. They are just the right size to get the perfect swaddle for your baby, giving you both good rest.
Keep in mind: These are slightly pricier, but they come in a three pack and are such great quality that definitely makes them worth it.
Good for: Babies that need multifunctional blankets that give the perfect swaddle.
(Best comforter — $$$)
Why it’s great: This blanket is made with a light cotton shell and filled with natural white goose down. It’s hypoallergenic and super soft and fluffy. The goose down is very lightweight, giving just the right amount of warmth without the extra weight. It is the perfect comforter to use in a crib or toddler bed. It can be used on its own or you can put a duvet cover on it to give it some personality.
Keep in mind: This is more of a comforter for nighttime use and less of an all day blanket.
Good for: Slightly older babies and toddlers who are ready for a comforter.
(Best value — $$)
Why it’s great: These blankets come in a pack of four and have so many different pattern options, making it easy to find a set that you love. The muslin cotton is light and airy, so there’s no risk of your child overheating. Naptime and nighttime will be a breeze with these because they are just the right size to get a perfect swaddle. Your baby will feel secure and comfortable while they sleep.
Keep in mind: These may not feel extremely soft when they’re new. They get softer with every wash though, and hold up very well.
Good for: Babies who need a good swaddle blanket to sleep.
(Best sack blanket — $$$)
Why it’s great: This sack comes in multiple cute patterns and is easy to wash and care for. The great thing about this sack is that you never have to worry that your baby will be able to kick their legs out of a swaddle, ensuring they will stay warm and secure during their nap or bedtime. They are weighted in the chest, which is calming and soothing, making it feel like they have a parent’s hand on them. Your child’s arms will be free to move, so these are great for babies that like to have a little freedom, while still getting the security that they crave.
Keep in mind: These give your baby’s arms freedom to move, so it’s not a full swaddle.
Good for: Babies who like feeling secure, but who have parents that struggle with swaddling
(Best quality — $$)
Why it’s great: The Zoog company makes organic products and uses natural dyes. This means that you don’t have to worry about any chemicals harming your child, plus it holds its color well. This blanket is knitted in a unique pattern and is super soft and comfortable too. It is machine washable and high quality organic cotton, so it holds up well even after numerous washes. With babies, that is a super important quality to have!
Keep in mind: This is sized for an infant, so while it is perfect for babies, it will likely be small for a toddler.
Good for: Newborn babies that like to cuddle in soft blankets.
FAQs about baby blankets
1. What are baby blankets used for?
Baby blankets have a variety of uses. That is the best thing about them. They can be used to swaddle your baby, warm your baby, as a tummy time mat, burp cloth, car seat cover, and more!
2. What are the benefits of swaddling?
Swaddling keeps your baby feeling safe and secure while sleeping and reduces anxiety. It also prevents unnecessary sleep interruptions from the startle reflex by restricting their arms and legs. The biggest benefit is that it is safer than using a regular blanket, as there’s little risk of suffocation if the swaddle is secured properly.
3. Can I use a blanket in my baby’s crib?
It is not recommended to have blankets, pillows, or toys in your baby’s crib with them. However, using a swaddle or sleep sack can keep your baby warm, without the safety risks.
4. At what age can I allow my baby to sleep with a blanket?
As I’ve said before, you can use a tightly secured swaddle blanket or sleep sack from infancy, but it’s recommended that you don’t use a regular blanket or comforter for at least 12 months. Even then, you’ll want something lightweight and less restrictive to prevent suffocation.
5. What type of material is the best?
Baby blankets are typically made from cotton, muslin cotton, flannel, or bamboo. There is no one right answer. Muslin and bamboo tend to be thinner and more breathable, making them a safer option for swaddling. Flannel and cotton give a little extra warmth since they tend to be slightly thicker.
6. What size blanket should I buy?
This will be determined by what you need out of your blanket. If you need to swaddle your baby, a burp cloth, or tummy time mat, a smaller size works just fine. If you’re looking for a car seat cover, stroller blanket, or bed covers, you’ll need something bigger.
Baby blankets are one of the most used items by newborn moms. They take on various uses from burp cloths, swaddles, mats, and covers, to loving companions and treasured possessions. Picking the one that your child will love is simple if you know what features you need.
Do you want something that can grow with your child? Or are you just looking for something that will help your baby sleep longer? Do you want something that’s versatile and can do multiple jobs? Or do you just need something to comfort your child? Deciding what you need out of blanket will make finding the right one for your child a breeze.