These Blankets for Little Ones Make Incredible Baby Shower Gifts
These sweet, soft quilts will come in handy when the new parents bring their bundle of joy home.
There are few things that are more adorable than baby items—the miniature factor truly ups the cuteness level. That's probably why scouring your favorite retailers for the perfect baby blanket is much more fun than looking for one for your couch or to drape over the foot our bed. Knowing that, eventually, you or Mom- or Dad-to-be will be wrapping a cute little one into the folds of whatever you pick out is so special, which is ultimately why blankets are a baby registry staple and a welcome gift at a shower. That's true whether you're sending a gift in the mail, celebrating virtually, or gathering in-person down the line, post-pandemic.
A good baby blanket should be light enough to keep your little one from overheating, but warm enough to keep his or her little fingers and toes from getting cold. And since baby's skin can be sensitive in the first few days and months, always make sure that the coverlets you're vetting are free from harsh chemicals and dyes; opt to wash them in laundry detergent formulas that are specifically designed with newborns in mind. With that said, there are several different types of baby blankets to choose from. Just remember that most of them, excluding swaddles—which wrap tightly around baby, bundling their arms and legs close to their body in a way that mimics their experience in the womb—will be utilized for décor purposes only during the child's first year of life; quilts and plusher blankets are not deemed safe for use prior to that milestone, per the American Academy of Pediatrics.
In the slides ahead, you'll find a number of our favorite options, from swaddles and quilts to receiving blankets (which are smaller options that can double as swaddles and are also perfect post-bath). All look lovely in a nursery and will be appreciated by your favorite little one when they are ready.
This blanket, made of organic muslin cotton, is light enough to use on even the warmest days, stretchy enough to wrap your baby into a comfortable swaddle, and large enough to pull double-duty as a mat during tummy time.
Shop Now: Stokee Organic Muslin Blanket in Blue Slate Sea, $34, maisonette.com.
Keep her snuggled up tight in this cotton quilt with pom-pom accents. The extra layer of interior battening will ensure no tiny toes or fingers catch a chill.
Shop Now: Pehr "Just Hatched" Little Lamb Quilt, $75, bloomingdales.com.
A stroller blanket is an easy way to ensure walks never get cut short, and this 100% cotton option is as soft as it is warm. To make the gift extra-special, have the baby's name embroidered along the bottom.
Shop Now: Crate & Kids "Comfy Critter" Elephant Stroller Blanket, $39, crateandbarrel.com.
This star-studded cotton blanket—it's light enough to keep your child warm overnight, when he or she is old enough to sleep with a blanket—will make them feel like they are sleeping among the stars.
Shop Now: JR. Star Baby Blanket, $60, rileyhome.com.
A gender-neutral option, this muslin blanket is a guaranteed winner. The bold pattern sets it apart from other gifts, but it's still neutral enough to work in any nursery. Plus, it's a gift you can feel really good about giving: It's made from certified GOTS cotton muslin and is OEKO-TEX certified, which means it's been rated against over 350 harmful substances.
Shop Now: Pottery Barn Mudcloth Organic Muslin Baby Blanket, $69.50, potterybarn.com.
Looking for a blanket with a little style? This blush-hued option has a velvety-soft ruffle trim, which will delight both you and baby. The blanket is perfect for draping over his or her lap while you take them for their first stroller tour across town.
Shop Now: Oh Baby! "Layette" Blanket with Velvet Ruffle Trim, $49.95, maisonette.com.
Bamboo and Rayon
This bamboo blend blanket is made from soft and breathable materials. One side features delicate box stitching, while the other lies flat, making it cute and cozy.
Shop Now: Kyte Baby Blanket in Pine, $45, kytebaby.com.
No nursery is complete without a set of swaddle blankets, since so many newborn babies long for that same wrapped-tight feeling they had during the third trimester. This three-pack (which comes in an English garden-inspired print that works across both genders) delivers just that.
Shop Now: Hill House Home "Swaddle Me" Kit, $75, hillhousehome.com.
A slimmed down version of Burke Décor's popular Pantelho throw, this miniature option is perfectly sized to become your go-to baby blanket. Better yet, it perfectly complements your neutral nursery.
Shop Now: Burke Décor Baby Pantelho Blanket in Peach and Sage, $150, burkedecor.com.
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