When my son, Óg, was born, he received many beautiful and practical gifts. Many hand knit. Some sweaters, some vests, some booties, and blankets too. One item that seemed most prevalent, yet useful and lasting, was the baby blanket.
From jersey to fleece, flannel to hand knit, each little blanket has its own personality and purpose. I found that when Óg falls asleep in our arms, it is a fleece or thick flannel blanket that needs to take our warm arms’ place around him. When he just needs a light layer to keep him cozy, but not overheated, in the car, cotton jersey or flannel is the way to go. For swaddling when he was brand new in this world, we always chose muslin. Out and about in even slightly chilly weather (to full winter cold), we always opt for a layer of fleece or flannel to keep our Ógster comfortable. And in his bed, he enjoys a loving layer of hand knit wool or cotton with plenty of holes in the pattern to keep air flowing (especially important in case the blanket covers his face in the night).
What are my top picks for each of these baby blankets? You’re about to find out. I even included a sweet photo of our favorite flannel blanket with Óg modeling it. This is just a partial list.