Spring is the time for baby showers. There are so many gifts to choice for a new baby. But most baby gifts are easily outgrown and then quickly discarded. For a lasting gift we suggest giving a baby blanket. The baby blanket is the most used and cherished item that is bestowed on a child. You can dress a baby in recycled onesies from your neighbor’s child or reuse a toy from your first baby, recover your old infant carseat, clean up the old high chair, but there is nothing you can do to disguise an old baby blanket.
Baby’s need the warmth and security of a soft blanket from the minute they are born. A blanket represents the loving arms of a parent and helps baby fall asleep and stay asleep . It is the security blanket that allows him to travel in his carseat or stroller without being upset. The baby blanket has its own special smell that the baby recognizes; the blanket has a familiar feel to young fingers. Whether you take your baby out for the afternoon or leave him at grandmas for the weekend, if he can feel or smell his own blanket and he is a happy camper.
Baby blankets come in all sizes and colors. You can choose a crib blanket measuring 30 by 40 inches or a stroller size blanket that measures 22 by 28 inches. There are all sorts of sizes in between the crib and stroller but anything smaller is usually too small for the average baby who is betwen 18- 22 inches at birth. If you choose a crib blanket much larger than 40 inches , it can be cumbersome and difficult to carry and launder.
Baby blankets are available in a multitude of fabrics and designs. You can choose a cashmere baby blanket for the ultimate in luxury or a simple synthetic blanket . Many young mothers prefer 100% cotton for the purity of the fiber. Other mothers insist on organic fibers so that they are guaranteed a blanket without harmful dyes and pesticides.
Personalizing a baby blanket makes the gift extra special.Having a baby’s first and last name or monogram fully represents the child. Embroidering the name on the baby blanket shows the item was made for a child instead of being conveniently found at a store. Many personalized baby blankets provide the child’s first and last name, birthdate and pounds and ounces. Some blankets can feature embroidered messages welcoming the new baby with a special greeting. Blankets can be embroidered in Spanish, English, Hebrew, and Greek to name a few special fonts that are available at most embroidery workshops.
The ultimate baby blanket is often one that is customed. Not only can you choose the embroidery color, font and special message, but you can practically design the blanket. Custom blankets can be ordered in hundreds of color combinations with a million and one designs ranging from sports, to flowers , animals, transportation and more.
A loved baby blanket follows a child from cradle to college. Many kids cut off scraps of their blankets to take with them wherever they go. Others save the blanket for their own kids and it can become a family treasure.