Baby blankets are a great way to keep your little one warm and snuggly - wrapping them up with love. However many new parents are unsure just how soon it's advisable to introduce blankets into your baby's routine. We did the research so you don't have to.
Babies can sleep with baby blankets when they are 12 months old according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Their research shows that the soft bedding in a crib increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) but once babies are 12 months old, they have mostly reached a stage where they can roll over and are able to move baby blankets away from their face.
You can buy unisex baby blankets, baby boy blankets, and baby girl blankets which can be very soothing for your baby after they have turned one and reached the milestone of being able to roll away themselves. Blanket size varies so choose the size that you feel will most soothe and comfort your baby.
According to The Bump, a popular go-to site for new mothers and fathers, "the difference between organic cotton and the regular kind is that organic is farmed without the use of pesticides, so it's less likely that chemicals will come into contact with baby's skin if his or her clothes and sheets are organic."
It's important to emphasize that baby skin is very thin and porous. Bernard Cohen, M.D., Director of Pediatric Dermatology at John Hopkins Children's Center says, "A baby's skin starts out thinner, has less pigment, and doesn't regulate temperature as well as the skin of bigger kids and adults...it takes about a year for that epidermis [the skins top layer] to get up to speed and function effectively."
With that knowledge, it's important to think about everything that is coming in contact with your baby's skin being organic and pesticide-free: baby blankets, baby onesies and baby hats are just the beginning.
The average size baby is born 7.5 lbs and grows approximately 1.5 to 2 lbs each month, and 1 to 1 ½ inches in height each month.
3-6 months = Chest: 12-14 inches Height: 20-24 inches Weight: 12-17 lbs
Size translation: Buy this size when you want Mom and Dad to dress the babe up in your purchase for Instagram stories; and, for those fun early refrigerator magnet pictures with Granny and Grandpa!
6-12 months = Chest: 14-16 inches Height: 25-28 inches Weight: 17-21 lbs
Size translation: Buy this size when you cannot make the baby shower. Mom and Dad will appreciate it!
12-18 months = Chest: 16-18 inches Height: 29-31 inches Weight: 22-24 lb
Size translation: Buy this size when you cannot remember when the baby was born—but you think--in the last year and a half! Or, pop into the 2T toddler t-shirt section.
2T = Chest 20 - 21 inches Height 32 - 36 inches Waist 19 - 20 inches
Size translation: Buy this size when you want a t-shirt for a 2 year old. This size can also be worn as a beach cover-up.
4T = Chest 22 - 23 inches Height 36 - 40 inches Waist 20.5 - 21 inches
Size translation: Buy this size for a big 3 year old and a 4 year old.
6T = Chest 24 - 25 inches Height 40 - 43 inches Waist 21.5 - 22 inches
Size translation: Buy this size for a big 5 year old and a 6 year old.