How To Choose The Right Fabric For A Baby Blanket
When it comes to taking care of your baby, no detail is too small to overlook. This is certainly true when it comes to selecting a baby blanket either for your little one or as a gift.
In the past your choices for baby blankets were often very limited to cotton, cotton blends or wool options. However, today there are many different synthetic options, organic and natural fibers and even synthetic and natural blends to consider. There are several different factors to consider when choosing baby blanket fabrics and understanding the pros and cons of each will help you to make the right decision.
Fleece Baby Blankets
Fleece is not a natural fiber but it is a very popular synthetic option. Fleece, or microfleece or plush fleece is all made from polyester, or polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and even from recycled plastic. However, because of processing, it is very soft, plush and cuddly. It is also a very good option as it is easy to wash and dry and stays looking and feeling new even after years of use.
Fleece is a very warm fabric and is not suitable for summer use in many climates. However, for colder times of the year it can be a great option instead of wool.
Wool Baby Blankets
Wool is naturally very soft, especially lambswool, or Merino wool, and has always been a popular option for very young children. Research indicates the baby’s that sleep on lambswool have better and longer sleep periods and tend to wake less frequently.
Wool is also a great natural moisture wicking fabric, which helps to keep the body temperature regulated throughout use. Modern wool blankets can be laundered easily at home and can even be treated to be stain resistant, an important consideration for busy parents.
Cotton Baby Blankets
Cotton, and specifically organic cotton baby blankets, are considered to be a very beautiful, soft and comfortable option for even very tiny infants. If they are organic they will contain no dyes or chemicals that can cause skin irritations for infants and toddlers.
As a natural fiber these blankets are extremely soft, non-allergenic, and a very good choice for any babies that have respiratory problems including asthma. Cotton can also be washed in very hot temperatures without breaking down the fiber, ensuring that you can thoroughly clean the blanket at home.
Choosing from any of the baby blanket fabrics mentioned above is a good choice. Blends often incorporate elements of the various fabrics, which can make them a very beneficial choice in a baby blanket as well.
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