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  • Your Ultimate Guide To Kids Blankets

    13 min read

    a baby is sleeping over the thula tula blanket

    All you need to know about Kids Blankets

    Besides picking mom as their best “human”, some babies will develop a strong attachment to their favorite "blankie" and will not go to sleep without it. Latching onto a “favorite thing” may appear to be a passing phase, but on the contrary, this trait remains ever-present throughout our lives. 

    We all appreciate a great blanket, especially in the colder months when a little extra warmth is as easy as snuggling up on the couch under your trusty blanket.

    Children grow up with blankets being essential to their comfort, security, and emotional wellbeing. 

    However, they may only realize later in life just how much of a role their many blankets played in their forming years. Yes, mom was most likely responsible for the early blanket choices. 

    All children go through phases, and as they grow, the size of everything changes, including the size of their bedding, from crib to their first bed to more changes through teenage years and into adulthood. There are blankets to fit every childhood phase and every season. 

    you child sitting on a blue and black basotho heritage blanket on san clemete beach with pier in background

    A thin and ultra-light summer superhero blanket may serve as a bed cover over a warm winter blanket just to keep your little one’s imagination alive. I’m sure you all know that there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to kids and blankets.

    So, just how do mothers choose kids’ blankets? Let’s find out.

    General Considerations for your Kids Blanket

    Blanket choices for kids mostly revolve around the child’s age, the climate in your country, the type of fabric, and how easy it is to care for the blanket. But as children grow older, the choices may narrow down somewhat to conform to their developing personality and as an extension of their youthful imagination.

    thula tula dino kids blanket on bed

    Each person is unique in their own way, but one common trend that prevails with blanket choices is comfort. Associated with comfort is the softness and breathability of the fabric. It’s common for many parents to opt for 100% cotton blankets due to their comfort, breathability, availability, and price.

    Location climate and temperature

    The climate in your country will to a large degree, dictate fabric choices but linked to this is culture and traditions.

    For example, the Basotho people of Lesotho, southern Africa, opt for wool blankets because their mountainous kingdom experiences severe cold in the winter months and only moderate heat during summer. Wearing blankets is part of the Basotho culture, and blankets are among their most prized possessions, so the expense is seldom compromised.

    Washing and general blanket care is a big consideration as well. Younger children’s blankets will have to be washed more frequently than older kids and adult blankets. Consequently, kid’s blankets should be machine washable and tumble-dryer friendly so they can be washed at short notice regardless of the weather. 

    Although cotton is by far the most popular overall blanket choice, other fabrics like wool are just as popular and might be the number one choice in some countries. Let’s take a look at blanket choices in relation to age.

    Cotton kids blanket on a beach in San Clemente

    Baby Blankets.

    Believe it or not, there are four different types of baby blankets, each with a unique function.

    They are receiving blankets, security blankets, swaddling blankets, and crib blankets. The size of each blanket type differs, and although they are all purpose-specific, most tend to end up as multi-purpose blankets.

    Swaddling blankets are used to regulate your baby’s temperature. This is an extremely important function that relates to the general climate and regulated indoor heating, which is common in many colder countries.

    In hot or moderate climates, babies still need swaddling blankets to regulate their temperature while they sleep, and thinner blankets normally do the trick. 

    In colder climates, thicker yet breathable blankets are preferred. It’s important to remember that infants are dressed for sleep, so loose bedding is really a minimal requirement.

    Textiles have come a long way, and there is such a wide variety of blanket fabrics to choose from. As mentioned, 100% cotton is very popular, but there are some fabrics that are softer and more appealing, like bamboo blankets which get softer the more they are washed.

    Baby blankets are generally affordable, and the variety of colors, patterns, designs, and personalized options are endless. You get hooded baby blankets, soft fabric toy characters sown onto the blanket, which serve as security blankets, and embroidery added to personalize blankets, just to mention a few variations.

    Close up of a plush blanket for kids by thula tula

    Some common fabrics used for baby blankets are:

    • Cotton: Flannel is 100% cotton; organic cotton is a great option for baby blankets.
    • Minky and Fleece Are both 100% polyester. Although commonly used for baby and kid’s blankets because of their softness, polyester is not breathable and, as such, is not a good fabric choice as it can cause overheating.
    • Wool: An unrivaled natural fabric that is breathable and regulates temperature, among other health benefits.
    • Cashmere.Bamboo.
    • Hemp.

    It is always best to read the label on baby blankets to make sure what fabric it is and whether it is a blend of organic. This will tell you a great deal about the fabric and the process used to manufacture that fabric. Any fabric that uses dangerous chemicals in its manufacturing process or growing process should be questioned.

    young girl wrapped in a brown mali mudcloth

    Cotton Is a Natural Choice for kids blankets

    Cotton is often blended with other fabrics like polyester, and the blend percentage may be small, but the small blend difference may no longer qualify the blanket to be labeled organic. Organic fabrics have specific characteristics and benefits that can easily be influenced through blending. 

    Wool, organic cotton, and other natural organic fabrics are the better options to consider. They may be a bit more expensive, but in the long run, they offer benefits conducive to quality sleep, which promotes good health and development.

    Young girl on a hammock on beach

    Toddlers and Older Kids Blankets.

    Once your little one starts speaking, you will be able to get a good idea of his or her personality, and theme-type blankets will become the order of the day. Cartoon characters and superheroes will be a focal point.

    This won’t be limited to bedding alone as clothing, sippy-cups, school bags; in fact, any product designed for children will sport the wide and often trending array of cartoon characters. Kids are not concerned with what’s best from a health perspective; all they want is what looks “cool” in relation to their small world.

    Parents will have to purchase new bedding almost as much as they have to purchase new clothes just to keep up with what is trending in their child’s life. To reduce unnecessary purchases like this, it is good to have standard neutral bedding with real benefits that improve sleep quality and to rather accessories bedrooms to facilitate changing trends.

    kids unicorn blanket

    Fleece Blankets are a big hit

    Fleece blankets are a big hit among older children because they are very soft and comfortable.

     Adults have a liking to them too but as soft and comfortable as they are, regulating temperature is not one of their strong points. However, they do help people with sensitive skin as the polyester fibers are very thin and soft, but because overheating can occur, fleece blankets may contribute to creating an environment where bacteria will thrive that will end up exacerbating sensitive skin conditions. 

    Blankets and other bedding items should be seriously considered before purchase. As parents, you do have the final say, even if it may not always look that way. Create a home standard and educate your children about the real value of items in the home. Talk to your children about the importance of a healthy sleep environment and emphasize the need for quality sleep.

    A cotton superhero or princess duvet cover can be purchased, and instead of a duvet inner, use an organic blanket you already have in your home as the fill. In this way, the benefits of a healthy blanket are not lost or substituted with synthetic fabrics. 

    A Word on Children’s Weighted Blankets.

    Weighted blankets are considered a viable therapy to help prevent interrupted sleep and are fast becoming a must-have item in many homes. 

    There are mixed reviews about weighted blankets, with some parents praising them while others think they are a wasted investment. 

    Either way, there appears to be a disconnect in the understanding of weighted blanket therapy and how to go about getting the right weighted blanket.

    Purchasing a weighted blanket should only happen after consultation with a qualified medical practitioner, and recommendations should be followed to the letter. If your child has developed a sleep disorder, it’s wise to try and pinpoint the cause and address the problem from there. Being bullied at school can’t be fixed with a weighted blanket, even if it does provide a sense of security. 

    Weighted blankets are not safe for infants who have not fully developed their motor skills, nor are they safe for toddlers, older children, and even adults with respiratory conditions like asthma. Other medical and neurological conditions must also be considered, so without a thorough and complete diagnosis from a specialist, purchasing a weighted blanket is not advised.

    For sleep disorders, it’s best to consult a specialist. In the U.S., there are a number of hospitals and clinics that deal with sleep disorders, like Nationwide Children’s clinic. Each country will have specialists that deal with sleep disorders, and a consultation may be all that’s needed to determine how best to help your child sleep better.


    Kids' blankets are a part of who they ultimately become. Blanket designs, colors, and prints have an impact on the minds of children, even if they don’t fully understand the health benefits of their blankets. But they do know what comfort and security feel like, which is already half the battle won.

    Parents want what’s best for their children, but some blankets that might look great with a superhero or princess print are not ideal for quality sleep. This is where parents should become more proactive in knowing about the benefits of specific blankets and not rely on hearsay from the neighborhood or friends. The right blanket is a sound investment in your child’s future.

    Natural organic fabrics are a good starting point to discover the true benefits of a healthy sleep environment. The health and wellbeing of every person greatly depend on the quality and quantity of daily or nightly sleep.

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    FAQ - The Questions You want Answered

    What is the best fabric for baby blankets?

    When choosing the best fabric for baby blankets, there are a few factors to consider, such as softness, breathability, durability, and ease of cleaning. Here are some of the most popular options:

    1. Cotton: Cotton is a popular choice for baby blankets because it is soft, breathable, and easy to care for. It is also hypoallergenic, which makes it an excellent option for babies with sensitive skin.
    2. Muslin: Muslin is a lightweight, breathable cotton fabric perfect for swaddling blankets. It is soft, durable, and can be easily washed.
    3. Bamboo: Bamboo is a soft and silky fabric that is also hypoallergenic and moisture-wicking. It is an excellent option for babies with sensitive skin or who tend to overheat.
    4. Fleece: Fleece is a soft, warm synthetic fabric often used for baby blankets. It is easy to care for and can keep your baby warm and cozy during colder months.

    Ultimately, the best fabric for a baby blanket will depend on your personal preferences and the needs of your baby. You should choose a fabric that is soft, breathable, and easy to care for and that will keep your baby comfortable and cozy.

    What kind of blankets for babies?

    Regarding the safety of baby blankets, the most crucial factor to consider is whether the material is breathable and non-toxic. Here are some of the safest materials for baby blankets:

    1. Organic cotton: Organic cotton is grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, making it a safe and non-toxic option for baby blankets. It is also soft and breathable, which makes it comfortable for babies to snuggle with.
    2. Bamboo: Bamboo is a naturally hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial material safe for babies. It is also moisture-wicking and breathable, which helps to regulate body temperature and prevent overheating.
    3. Wool: Wool is a natural and flame-resistant material that can be a safe option for baby blankets. However, it is essential to choose high-quality wool that is free from synthetic fibers and chemicals.
    4. Muslin: Muslin is a lightweight, breathable cotton fabric that is safe for babies. It is easy to clean and can withstand frequent washing without losing shape or softness.

    It's important to note that some babies may have allergies or sensitivities to specific materials, so it's always a good idea to test a small area of skin before using a new blanket. Additionally, it's essential to follow safe sleep guidelines and avoid using loose blankets in the crib, as this can increase the risk of suffocation or SIDS.

    What is the best filling for baby blanket?

    When it comes to the best filling for a baby blanket, there are several options to choose from. Here are some of the most popular:

    1. Down: Down is a soft and lightweight material that provides excellent insulation, making it a great option for colder climates. However, it's essential to choose a high-quality down that is hypoallergenic and free from harmful chemicals.
    2. Polyester: Polyester is a synthetic material that is often used as a filling for baby blankets. It is lightweight, durable, and easy to care for. However, some babies may have allergies or sensitivities to polyester, so it's essential to choose a hypoallergenic option.
    3. Cotton: Cotton is a natural material that is often used as a filling for baby blankets. It is soft, breathable, and hypoallergenic, making it a safe and comfortable option for babies.
    4. Wool: Wool is a natural and flame-resistant material that provides excellent insulation and is a great option for colder climates. However, it's essential to choose high-quality wool that is free from synthetic fibers and chemicals.

    Ultimately, the best filling for a baby blanket will depend on your personal preferences and the needs of your baby. You should choose a filling that is soft, comfortable, and safe for your baby to snuggle with.

    What is the softest fabric for babies

    Regarding the softest fabric for babies, there are several options to consider. Here are a few popular choices:

    1. Cotton: This is a classic choice for baby clothes because it's soft, breathable, and gentle on delicate skin. Look for high-quality cotton with a tight weave to ensure maximum softness.
    2. Bamboo: Bamboo fabric is becoming more popular for baby clothes due to its softness and hypoallergenic properties. It's also eco-friendly and moisture-wicking, which can help keep babies cool and dry.
    3. Cashmere: Cashmere is an ultra-soft, luxurious fabric that can be an excellent choice for special occasions or as a cozy layer for cold weather. However, it can be quite expensive and may require special care.
    4. Fleece: Fleece is a synthetic fabric that is soft, warm, and lightweight. It's often used for baby blankets and outerwear because it's easy to care for and holds up well to frequent washing.

    Ultimately, the softest fabric for your baby will depend on their preferences, sensitivities, and personal preferences and lifestyle. It's always a good idea to touch and feel fabrics in person before purchasing or to opt for brands and materials specifically designed for a baby's delicate skin.

    What is luxury fabric for baby blankets?

    Several luxury fabrics are commonly used for baby blankets. Here are a few examples:

    1. Cashmere: Cashmere is a soft, lightweight luxury fabric known for its warmth and durability. Cashmere baby blankets are often considered a luxury item due to their high quality and expense.
    2. Silk: Silk is a soft and silky luxury fabric often used for baby blankets because of its hypoallergenic properties and ability to regulate body temperature. Silk baby blankets are also known for their durability and sheen.
    3. Chenille: Chenille is a plush and velvety luxury fabric often used for baby blankets because of its softness and durability. Chenille baby blankets are known for their cozy and cuddly feel.
    4. Minky: Minky is a plush and soft luxury fabric often used for baby blankets because of its softness and durability. Minky baby blankets are known for their fluffy texture and cozy feel.

    How do I choose a baby blanket?

    When choosing a baby blanket, there are several factors to consider to ensure that the blanket is safe, comfortable, and functional for your baby's needs. Here are some tips on how to choose a baby blanket:

    1. Consider the size: Choose a baby blanket appropriate for your baby's size and age. A smaller blanket may suit newborns, while more oversized blankets may be better for older babies.
    2. Choose a safe fabric: Look for a blanket made from a safe and hypoallergenic fabric that is gentle on your baby's skin. Natural fibers like cotton, bamboo, or wool are often preferred, as they are breathable, soft, and easy to care for.
    3. Check the quality: Choose a blanket with a high-quality weave or stitching to ensure it will withstand frequent use and washing. Avoid blankets with loose threads or rough spots that could scratch or irritate your baby's skin.
    4. Consider the weight and warmth: Choose a blanket appropriate for the season and temperature. A lightweight, breathable blanket may be better for warmer weather, while a heavier blanket may be suitable for colder temperatures.
    5. Think about the style: Choose a blanket that matches your style and preferences and your baby's needs. Some blankets may feature fun patterns, colors, or designs, while others may look more classic or straightforward.
    6. Look for added features: Some baby blankets may have features like attached toys or teething rings, which can provide extra stimulation and comfort for your baby.

    Ultimately, the best baby blanket is safe, comfortable, and functional for your baby's needs while also fitting your personal preferences and budget. Always choose a blanket designed specifically for babies and meets all safety standards when in doubt.

    Which cloth blanket is best?

    Several types of cloth blankets are available, and the best one for you will depend on your preferences and needs. Here are some popular options to consider:

    1. Cotton blankets: Cotton blankets are popular for their softness, breathability, and easy care. They are versatile and can be used in various climates and seasons.
    2. Wool blankets: Wool blankets are a great option for colder weather, as they are warm, durable, and insulating. They are also naturally flame-resistant and hypoallergenic.
    3. Cashmere blankets: Cashmere blankets are a luxury option known for their softness, warmth, and durability. They are lightweight and make an excellent choice for chilly nights.
    4. Fleece blankets : Fleece blankets are made from synthetic materials and are popular for their softness, warmth, and affordability. They are also easy to care for and come in various colors and patterns.
    5. Muslin blankets: Muslin blankets are a lightweight, breathable option ideal for warmer weather. They are also soft and gentle on delicate skin, making them popular for babies and young children.

    Ultimately, the best cloth blanket meets your needs and preferences. Consider the season, climate, and purpose of the blanket, as well as any special features or materials that may be important to you.

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