August 7, 2022

Baby Blanket Size – How to Pick the Perfect One for Your Child

“Hold me a bit longer, rock me a little. Tell me another story. Let me rest on your shoulder. My little smile is precious. Remember, I’m only a baby for so little time.

Blankets can be like warm hugs that wrap little ones and make them feel secure. Baby blankets can be handmade or purchased in stores. They can also be sewn, knitted, crocheted, or quilted and make adorable gifts for toddlers and newborns. To feel safe and secure, they love to keep their blankets close to their chests. Aunts, grandmas, and mommies would love to make a few quilts for their little bundle of joy.

Did you know that blankets are made with a lot more thought than just for babies? Experts don’t recommend blankets for babies under 18 months old as they can cause SIDS (sudden infant mortality syndrome). It can comfort your baby if he’s not in his crib. What are the things you should consider when choosing a blanket to cover your baby’s head? Continue reading to learn more.

What is it important to choose the right size blanket for your baby?

Babies are very fast growing up. Babies will quickly outgrow clothes, toys, and mommy’s arms. No exception is bedding and blankets. You need to choose the right size blanket so that it can last for several months.

You must choose the right type of blanket and bedding for your baby. The size, trims, material and embellishments play a crucial role in ensuring safety and protection against suffocation, strangulation and SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Let’s look at the ideal size blanket.

The Ideal Size for Babies: A Blanket

When choosing a quilt for your baby, one of the most important questions is how big it should be. It should be large enough to cover the baby well for at least three months. It shouldn’t be so big that it is difficult to roll up or carry around while on the move. It should still be able to be used for other purposes, even if the baby outgrows it in a few months.

Every baby is different in terms of their size. The blanket’s shape and size will also vary depending on how they are used. You can have blankets that are perfectly square or rectangular. There will be about half a dozen blankets that you need, each one for a different purpose. You will also find blankets in your laundry more often that you planned.

This is a quick guide that will help you choose the right blanket for your baby.


Types of Blanket Average Size
Swaddle Blanket 40’’ x 40’’ to 48’’ x 48’’
Receiving Blanket 18′” x 18′? to 36’’ x 36’’
Crib Blanket 36″x54″ to 45″x60”
Multi-Use Blanket 30” to 40%
Afghan blanket for children or babies 30”-40”
Baby Blanket – New Born 30” x30”
Baby blanket for small preemies 15″ x15″ to 18″ x18”
Large Preemie Baby Blanket 20″ x20″ to 24″ x24”
Lovey Blanket 10” x10”


We will discuss each blanket in more detail below.

Swaddle blankets

Swaddling is the same as holding your baby close in your arms or in your womb. They will make the baby feel secure and safe. Swaddling can calm and comfort the baby. Square blankets that measure 40″x40″ to 48″, 48″x48″ and 48″x48″ are ideal for tucking babies. They allow parents to relax while the baby is asleep or being held. To keep baby warm, cotton muslin is recommended.

Receiving blankets

Blankets are useful for many purposes. These blankets can be used in the early months of infancy because they are made from thinner material. They are slightly smaller than swaddling and can be used to transport the baby from the hospital, cover the car seat, or use them as a blanket while they nurse or just used as a changing pad. You can give a receiving blanket as a gift to moms, ranging in size from 18″x18″ to 36”x36”.

Crib blankets

A standard crib can accommodate a mattress measuring approximately 27″ x 52″. Ideal crib blanket dimensions are 36″x54″. For larger cribs, you can make the blanket as big as 45″x60″. To ensure the correct dimensions, it is recommended to measure the crib accurately. If you want to hang borders from the mattress’s edge, add a few inches. Bright colours can be used to decorate a crib blanket.

Blankets for Multiple Use

Multi-use blankets can be used for many purposes. Spread them on the ground or use them as travel blankets. You can either place them in the stroller, or you can roll them into a cushion. These multi-purpose blankets come in a variety of sizes and are great for gifting at a baby shower or to give as a toddler. These blankets can be reused for many years. A baby blanket of average size 30″x40″ is ideal for multi-use.

Afghan blankets

Afghan blankets are colorful and adorable. These blankets feature beautiful crochet work in bright colors and can be customized according to size preferences. You can even add your baby’s name, initials, or special message to the loom. You can make them as simple as possible or as complex as you like. Follow the steps and you’ll be able to master the art within a few attempts. A child Afghan should be 30″x40″. You must be aware that Afghan blankets can be too tempting to resist. Knitted/crocheted weaves can lead to accidents. Therefore, AAP (American Association of Paediatrics), advises against them.

Baby blankets for newborns

Baby blankets are typically 30″x30″. You can’t have enough baby blankets, whether you want to use them in a nursery or pink, blue, yellow, or green. You will likely be changing them more often as your baby grows.

Baby with a small preemie

Preemie blankets make the perfect gift for premature babies. Your baby will be perfectly covered by the tiny baby quilts that range in size from 15″x15″ to 18″,x18″. You can choose a slightly larger size if you want to cover your bassinet.

Large Preemie baby

These blankets can be used for premature babies just like swaddles. Preemie blankets can measure from 20″x20″ to 24″, depending on their size.

Lovey Blanket

A lovey blanket is a small square or circle of approximately 10″ x 10.5″. It usually has a toy, a cute stuffed animals or other interesting items for the baby to hold onto. A lovey blanket provides comfort for the baby and helps develop fine motor skills as well as improves the baby’s grip.

You have to know the right material for your baby once you’ve decided on the blanket. Let’s talk about that later.

The Best Material for Baby Blankets

A blanket made from a soft, lightweight, breathable and washable material should be considered. For summer, a thin blanket is best. However, a multi-layer or slightly thicker blanket will keep you warm in winter. Children’s blankets will be washed more frequently so make sure to choose the best quality fabric. It can withstand multiple washes, and still remain soft and smooth. A high quality cotton fabric can be passed to the next child by having a close weave and a high thread count. You can also choose from eco-friendly organic bamboo or cotton blends. Soft wool, such as cashmere and angora, can be used in colder climates. Baby blankets should not be made of synthetic material or materials that are rough to the touch.

Beautiful baby blankets can be purchased online or at a local baby shop. With a little research, you can make a baby blanket with the help of a tutorial. If you are skilled enough, you can either crochet or knit them. You can also add the baby’s initials and cute embroidery to the corners to personalize it. It might become a beautiful blanket to cover your sofa in winter when the baby outgrows it. If you plan to knit the blanket, choose the best and softest yarn.

Baby blankets are essential for keeping your baby warm and comfortable. Be sure to keep your baby safe when you wrap a blanket around him. This could cause SIDS, strangulation, and suffocation. These hazards can be avoided by adjusting the baby’s temperature and dressing him in an onsie, instead of wrapping him in a blanket.

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