These Blankets for Little Ones Make Incredible Baby Shower Gifts

baby laying on blue blanket in crib

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.

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maisonette stokke baby blanket in blue slate

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,

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Cozy Cotton

coyuchi organic cotton white baby blanket

Made from chenille and cotton, this organic blanket is perfect for whatever your little ones needs, whether it be a snuggle or something to play on.

Shop Now: Coyuchi Cozy Cotton Organic Baby Blanket, $128,

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Patterned Quilt

bloomingdales little lamb quilt baby blanket

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,

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Stroller Blanket

Stroller Blanket with Elephant Motif
Courtesy of Crate & Kids

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,

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Patterned Cotton

white and grey riley home baby blanket

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,

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Geometric Design

Geometric Baby Blanket
Courtesy of Pottery Barn

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,

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Ruffle Trim

baby swaddled with pink blanket

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,

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Cashmere Solids

grey cashmere baby blanket

Made from 100-percent Mongolian cashmere, this soft knit blanket offers a thin layer of comfort for the baby in your life. It's a great light-weight option for tucking over tiny laps as they ride in the car or stroller.

Shop Now: Quince Luxe Knit Cashmere Baby Blanket, $59.90,

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Cashmere Patterns

pink cashmere baby blanket

This star-speckled blanket by Scully and Scully is as soft as it gets—and ultra-gentle on his or her skin.

Shop Now: Scully and Scully Halcyon Days Cashmere Baby Blankets, $350,

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Organic Cotton

shop toy pink baby blanket

Rest easy knowing that the blanket you've wrapped your little one in (like this one!) is free from chemicals and harsh dyes.

Shop Now: TØY Baby Blanket, $34,

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Plush Velvet

beige baby blanket soft

Available in six different colors, this pick makes a great addition to your tiny addition's room. Opt for the monogram service and have the blanket personalized.

Shop Now: Sferra St. Moritz Blanket, $59,

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Bamboo and Rayon

forest green baby blanket

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,

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Cotton Swaddle

set of three baby blankets

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,

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Cotton Throw

baby laying on pile of blankets

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,

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