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As a mother of three I can confidently say every mum to be should purchase at least two of these blankets. You can purchase them in different colours including white, cream, lemon, mint, blue and pink. I usually buy them from Asda for about £4 or £5. They are available in pram/Moses size and also cot/cotbed. I have only used them during the first 3 months and have therefore only used the pram sized ones.
They are very soft having been made from 100% cotton and do not lose their shape, wash after wash. They have tiny little holes in, which gives me comfort that if baby covers their face accidently, they can still breathe.
They have so many different ways of using them. I also used them for swaddling as they are lightweight enough for use during summer but are still thick enough to keep baby warm. All my babies were born during the summer months and I much preferred using one of these than a fleece or knitted blanket. You can also layer them up in winter to create a thicker cover. I like this as it means they can be used all year around by simply adding a layer or taking one away. Do remember though, that a folded blanket is classed as 2 layers.
From swaddling to using as a makeshift changing mat and using as just what it is, a blanket. It really is a multi purpose essential. In fact, you will find many gift hampers and nappy cakes contain these blankets as I don't think there is a substitute.
They wash beautifully and retain their softness and shape and as they are 100% cotton they are not itchy or scratchy against your baby's delicate skin. They are super soft and some even come with a pretty satin trim that babies seem to like the feel of. Whenever I see a baby or toddler with a comfort blanket, it always seems to be a cellular.
An essential item in your hospital bag and baby's bedroom.
When my granddaughter was born I bought her a lovely celluar blanket from Toys R Us. I had some for my own children when they were babies and when I saw a lovely soft baby pink one in the babies section of Toys R Us I couldn't resist buying it for my new granddaughter.
It came rolled up and tied with a satin pink ribbon, just the packaging of it like this made it all that more attractive. It cost £12 which I thought was an average price to pay. I have seen them cheaper elsewhere but this was a large blanket- cot sized so I think £12 was a good price especially seeing as it's very good quality.
There were other colours available including white, lemon and baby blue. When I was there there were not any bright colours, all just pastels.
The blanket is made from 100% cotton which makes it soft and kind to baby's skin.
Before using this with my granddaughter I did wash it first and tumble dried it so that it remained soft. It washed really well and was lovely and soft afterwards. My granddaughter uses this blanket regularly. Because she is only small it wraps round her about 4 times which at the moment is useful seeing as the weather is so poor! I know that within a matter of months though she will be filling the blanket! It is a really lovely, warm blanket that helps to keep her snuggled up against the cold and wind when we go out. We also use it to put over her in her moses basket too and it's lovely to keep her warm.
I have washed this several times and it remains in good condition, it hasn't lost it's shape or become worn or bobbly looking and I know it will be used daily for a good while so think that £12 was a very reasonable price considering it's quality.
Whilst I was in hospital after the birth of my youngest son I realised that the blankets I had packed in my baby's hospital bag were no way as effective as the ones the midwives had wrapped my son up in.After enquiring I found out that they were actually cellular cotton blankets and my son seemed much more content in these as they were preventing him from wriggling about as much.When I tried to swaddle him up in the frilly shawls and fleecy blankets that I had brought for him he would wriggle his tiny hands and arms out in no time.
Cellular blankets are generally made of cotton and the tiny gaps that appear as a result of the criss cross stitching means that theyare more breatheable and therfore more comfortable for your child to be wrapped up in.I personally prefer the stretchy cellular blankets as they are more effective if you are swaddling your child by keeping them snuggly restrained and therefore asleep much longer.
These blankets come in a variety of sizes but the fact that they are so lightweight means that even the larger blankets do not weigh too much and are easy to handle.They are very easy to maintain and I am constantly washing mine as they are very easy to dry once they have been spun in the washing machine.These blankets are very durable and although physically not that attractive to the naked eye they are extremely practical so I keep on coming back to using these.All the pretty blankets and shawls I spent so much money on are just lying about redundant as I only use them when I have to take my son out and about to cover him up in his pram.
I would definately recommend that you add this blanket to your essential baby's shopping list as for me they are indispensible.They retail for around £5-£10 depending on where you buy from ie. local baby shop or somewhere like Mothercare.
WHAT ARE THEY?
Blankets for newborn babies. They are made from cotton and have got a feel of being crocheted because there are gaps in between all of the stitches.
WHY DO YOU NEED THEM?
I think these blankets are essential and they are a lot better than baby quilts or thick and fleecy blankets because they are very thin and that makes them versatile. I still use them for my daughter and she is 10 months old now but they are good if she is sleeping in her chair because of the size of them, they are unsuitable for using in a cot because they are too small.
You can not buy cotton cellular blankets from very many stores now, I think Mothercare is the only store I have seen them in in England but small baby supplies stores will sell them also. The ones I have got now are from Mothercare and they are all green in colour, some of them have got a ribbon trimmed around the edges but some of them have not. They are very thin and that is how they are supposed to be, you can double them over if it is very cold or have them as a single layer if you want to just cover your babys skin to keep off the chill. The cellular design makes sure that the blankets hold the heat in and so they make it very easier to keep a good control over your babys temperature when they are sleeping.
WHAT I THINK
I like cellular blankets and think that they are the best thing for very young babies, that is why hospitals use them when you deliver your baby. They are cotton so the blankets will not make your baby sweat and if they get dirty with milk or vomit (or usually milky vomit) they can be washed at a high temperature in the washing machine without them being damaged, the blankets I have got now are suitable to go into the tumble dryer but my ones before when my other daughter was a baby could not be dried like that.
I have got 6 of the green Mothercare cellular blankets and they are all 10 months in use because I bought them when my youngest daughter was about 4 days old. When she was very small I sometimes would have to use all 6 blankets through the day and night but that was when she slept in a crib instead of a cot, now I do not use the blankets daily but keep them in a downstairs cupboard for if I need to cover her in the day. I used to use one of these when she went out in her car seat because even though she was born in June it was not very hot last summer and I feared she was going to catch a cold.
From Mothercare these blankets are quite expensive and cost £7.99 each. I think that is value because they are very good quality but it is expensive also because there are cheaper blankets that you can buy. The blankets measure 90 x 70cm and you can buy one of several different colours and designs.
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When i was pregnant i spent hours looking up and trying to research what type of blankets i would need in what size, i did not realise there were so many different kinds and it got quite confusing! I settled on buying cellular blankets for the moses baskets along with flat and fitted sheets. These are great for newborn babies and one of the reasons i chose these over the fleece blankets is because these are breathable and much safer for newborns. The fleece blankets are too fluffy and this can get up babies noses and into their throats and lungs which is not good for them.
The cellular blankets feel comfy and i would often use them double (folded in half), they were still lightweight enough not to cause a problem for baby. They have small holes all over them which is good for trapping heat between layers to keep baby warm but also to allow air to circulate over and around baby.
I personally bought some of my blankets from asda and they are of great quality, held their shape well and even now my daughter is 9 months old they are still a great essential to have around if you need a quick extra cover or even something to lay on.
Before my baby was born, I got carried away in the excitement of the pending new arrival and bought all manner of things - some of which I am now using and very grateful for and others which have not been quite so successful and are now consigned to the backs of drawers.
One of the items that I did buy, and wish that I had purchased more of, are cotton cellular blankets. I purchased mine from mothercare, but they are widely available at any baby-type shop, for example mamas and papas. I also purchased blankets made from different materials - for example fleece - but I find the cellular cotton blankets much better as they prevent baby from getting too hot. This is because of their construction - they are made of a thin cotton, the blanket can be doubled over for extra warmth. The cellular pattern means that there are small 'holes' in the fabric for good breathability and this also offers good insulation.
In warmer months, this offers baby sufficient warmth in the pram or moses basket. They are also really lightweight and can be used to lay baby on rather than place baby on a cold surface (handy when getting weighed!). In mothercare, they come in a variety of different colours - I have purchased in cream and white - they also come in lemon, pink and blue. Being so lightweight, they are also easy to fold up and take with you (they fit nicely in the changing bag without taking up too much room).
I have also found that they wash up really well in a normal 40 degree wash - softness remains and all stains removed. No shrinkage has occurred and no plucking or fraying (which I was initially concerned about!). They can also be purchased in various sizes - to fit the pram and moses basket or for a cot or cot bed. I paid £9.99 for my blanket and bought the second one at half price as part of a promotion at mothercare - I have found this to be great value.
I have just read an excellent review about these blankets, and it reminded me of my own experience using them with my own children. The first experience I had of using these blankets was actually in the hospital when my babies were born, as these were the only type of blankets they used for the newborn babies.
There are many advantages to using cellular blanets for babies rather than a thicker blanket or duvet. There are many warnings about the banger of babies overheating, and cellular blankets do much to reduce this risk. My third baby was born in june, and only needed a single blanket at night, whereas my daughter, who was born in December needed several layers of these soft, snuggly blankets at night. It is very easy to add extra layers as needed to achieve the desired level of warmth for your baby. I also liked the fact that you could tuck these blankets tightly under the bottom of the cot matress to prevent them riding up and covering the babys face.
The cellular blanket has infinite uses when you have a young baby. As well as being perfect on a cot or moses basket, you can use them in a pram or pushchair to keep the baby warm in winter. They are also very comforting, and I remember a friend of mine having a 4 year old daughter who used to drag her bedraggled cot blanket everywhere with her! When the baby is able to support it's head, a cellular blanket is great laid out on the floor as a playmat for the baby to roll over on and practice crawling.
The waffle weave of these blankets enables the air to circulate and release exces heat. The holes are usually very small to prevent tiny fingers getting caught in the blanket. The fact that they are made from cotton means that they are suitable for the very sensitive skin of newborn babies and will not cause irritation or allergy.
These blankets wash really well, and dry very quickly, when aired over a bannister or on a washing line. They do not really lose much of their softness with washing. Another advantage of these blankets is the variety of colours that you can get them in, so it is easy to co-ordinate them with your decor, or the colour of your pushchair. They also make a really good gift for new parents, as you can never have too many of these!
The good thing about these blankets, is that they wear really well, and will last many years, so can be passed on or used for subsequent babies. When those days are over, they can always be used as blankets for the kids teddies and dolls!
It may seem somewhat old fashioned to think about buying this type of cotton cellular blanket for use in your newborns cot or moses basket. Back in the day they were the very thing that all mums went out and bought for use at home and I feel that they still have plenty to offer still.
The lovely hand made knitted and crocheted over blankets that we had, we kept for best and going out and so these cotton cellular blankets were a great option for every day use. We bought some of these in a selection of colours to suit the scheme we picked and they proved to be very long lasting and washed really well.
We picked a nice clean looking white blanket and a lovely light lemon coloured blanket. The blankets we bought in the end came from Mothercare and we bought them in moses basket sizes, although they also came in cot sized blankets.
At the time they came in a choice of pink, blue, lemon, white and cream, which can suit lots of different nursery schemes. In terms of price you can buy these now for £7.99 for the smaller moses basket sized blanket and £12.99 for a full sized cot blanket.
Whilst you can buy cheaper cotton cellular blankets which are very similar in the way they look, we found these to be the nicest, which is why we didn't mind paying a little extra for them.
The moses basket sized blankets were 70cm wide by 90cms deep, so were just enough to use for a newborn. They fitted really nicely into the moses basket and we felt that it was best to start off using them in that, as the cot seemed huge and too spacious, where as the moses basket had a nice slightly more enclosed feeling.
The cellular blankets have no rough edges and so were perfect when used with a simple cotton sheet underneath them. Quilts do seem to make younger babies warmer than they ought to be and we felt that using these cotton based blankets was a much better option.
We found that we could easily use one blanket on top of the other, with the under sheet on colder nights, yet easily take off the top blanket without disturbing the baby if need be. The little holes in the blankets trap warmer air between the layers and make for a nice snuggly environment which doesn't get too hot.
These Mothercare ones seemed much softer and nicer to touch, than the cheaper non branded ones we had seen elsewhere and although they were a little more expensive to buy we thought the fact they were softer in texture made them worth the extra outlay. They also washed really well and were simple to tumble dry on a medium setting. We found that they will shrink back a little if you tumble them on too hot a setting but soon give again when in use.
These cotton cellular blankets are so very handy to have as you can easily wash and dry them, layer them and transport them with no trouble at all. They are less bulky than quilts and are a really good easy care bedding product.
Its worth spending a little more to get a really good quality soft feeling blanket such as the Mothercare ones, as they will stand up to plenty of washing and drying and still be as soft and full as when you first bought them. These cotton cellular blankets are a definite 5 star product that should not be overlooked.
When I was having my first child. I had no idea of the types of blankets I wanted. I knew, I wanted what was best for baby. But I wasn't sure what was the best blankets about. Having talked to various friends and family members, It became clear that these cotton cellular blankets were a favourite.
I bought my cellular blankets from Mothercare. They were available in a huge variety of colours. I chose a cute shade of pastel green. There were also a variety of sizes to suit all occasions, when baby may need a blanket.
When I first felt the blanket, I was comforted by it's softness. However, I was not entirely sure of it's appearance. I thought it looked quite thin and was worried it may not be thick enough to keep baby warm.
When my daughter was born, I had lots of blankets bought for me as gifts. Frills, bows, beads you name it, my girl had a blanket with it on. However, I found that despite these pretty blankets. I kept coming back to these cotton cellular ones.
I found that they were so easy to use. When she was wrapped in this blanket, she not only seemed much more content, but also I found it much easier to handle her. The blanket is not bulky. Infact the thiness which had slightly put me off at first, was now the reason that I loved these blankets so much. I just felt more at peace when she had one of these blankets around her as I knew she was more comfortable and peaceful.
These blankets wash magnificently. They were in and out of the wash all the time. But never failed to come out as good as new. The colour, shape and quality of the blanket remained the same. Which proved to me that these blankets are of an excellent quality.
As my daughter grew out of their use. I put these blankets in storage and when my son was born, I used them on him. Again, I noticed that he appeared far more settled when cuddled up in one of these blankets. My son also had quite sensitive skin and so these cotton blankets were kind.
I can not praise these cellular blankets enough. They are so reliable, hard wearing and great quality. Always coming up like new after a wash. I would not hesitate in advising anyone to use these blankets. They are so kind and gentle. Granted, they may not look as attractive as alot of the fussy blankets you can get. But I guarantee you your child will be far more comfortable in these cellular blankets.
When I was pregnant with my 1st child, I was told by various friends/relatives and magazines that I would need cellular blankets. I panic bought about 10 of them, before sitting back and thinking that most would probably never be used - how wrong I was.
Cellular blankets are usually made of cotton and are quite thick. They are knitted in a rope kind of stitch, so there are lots of tiny gaps in the material. They are usually very hard wearing.
When you have a baby one of the many things you are paranoid about is their temperature - whether they are too warm or too cold. I quickly realised that in the Summer cellular blankets were brilliant as they were light enough to keep your baby warm without making them sweaty and uncomfortable.
In the Winter, the larger cellular blankets can be doubled over to make your baby extra cosy and all the holes in the material make for an extra layer of insulation so keep baby warm on even the coldest of nights.
The blankets I bought for my 1st baby are still going strong and now being used by my 2nd and 3rd child as well. The blankets are nearly 5 years old, but look like new, despite extensive use.
They wash well at 40 degrees and the way they are knitted means that they hide stains well!
I bought the majority of my cellular blankets in Mothercare and Dunelm Mill. The prices varied, but I seem to remember paying around £5 - £8 per blanket, depending on the size.
They are so useful. I keep a couple permanently in the car, to tuck in around children in car seats on cold days, one in the pram and each child also has a personal favourite that they keep in their bed.
Some cellular blankets can be a bit rough to the touch, but make sure you have a feel before you buy - there are some softer types out there if you shop around.
I personally think that cellular blankets are an essential item for anyone with a baby and would thoroughly recommend them.
I purchased loads of these for each of the areas where my first baby would sleep thinking they were essential and would be used for years. How wrong was I? I found that they were great in the early days for swaddling and for when having daytime naps but in the evening when not swaddled my baby would kick them off and wake up cold. We replaced them at night with Grobags so the blankets were made redundant.
We still used them in the daytime for floor play, daytime sleeps and for a light blanket in warmer weather.
With my second baby I purchased a couple of cot blankets rather than a couple for each sleeping area. This was ample as during the day I could double the cot blanket up to use in the crib - perfect considering they were a winter baby, I also did the same when using it in the pram underneath a thicker blanket if needed.
Most of the major stores/baby stores sell cellular blankets at low prices. I found that the cheap ones were fine although they edges would shrivel so looked better if ironed but that was just me. The quality was fine and other than what I have already mentioned they always washed well.
All in all cellular blankets have there place however my advice is to not go over the top with buying them until you know that they work for you.
This is strange thing to review, but I'm clutching at straws at the moment but need to make more money for Christmas!
I've recently swapped back to using blankets for my toddler, the reason for this is that she moved from a cot to a bed, and her quilt wasn't big enough to tuck under her mattress to stop her from falling out. So I dug out her cellular blankets from when she was a baby, and they were big enough to tuck in either side to sandwich her in bed and ensure she stayed put all night.
At first I wasn't keen on using blankets again because I think a quilt seems much cosier, but after nearly a year of using these cellular blankets, I am totally converted and I'm not sure we will go back to using her quilt. Unless I give it to her baby sister (who actually uses sleeping bags at the moment).
There are a few reasons I have decided I like these blankets so much.
First of all, they are quite heavy so keep her nice and warm when it is cold, but also they don't cause her to overheat if it's particularly warm in her bedroom - the little holes let the air in so she can breathe! (We have a fleece blanket for her as well which I find makes her overheat sometimes). Also, depending on the temperature you can add or remove blankets to suit. With a quilt, you cannot do this - you are either roasting or freezing.
At the moment, my daughter has a sheet, 2 blankets and a coverlet (which I made myself I'm very proud to say) and she is very warm and cosy in bed. And because the blankets are quite heavy, they stay put and usually stay tucked in too, I could imagine a quilt would never stay on top of her because she is quite a wriggler. She moves around a lot in bed but the blankets manage to keep her covered all night long which I am really impressed with.
The second reason I love these blankets is because they are quite quick to dry on a washing line. I think because of the way they are made, the drying time is pretty quick, especially compared to drying a quilt. I had her blankets out on the line today actually and they were dry within 4 or 5 hours, which I'd say is quite good for a cool autumn day.
They are also very easy to store. A bit of a feeble reason for liking them, but if you compare having a spare quilt folded up somewhere as opposed to a few blankets neatly folded up in a drawer...the blankets (in my opinion) would win every time. I have 5 of these blankets and the spares just sit neatly in the bottom drawer of her wardrobe, whereas her redundant quilt is stuffed in a cupboard somewhere taking up far too much space.
My final reason for loving these blankets is that a bed made up with blankets and a cover, neatly tucked up around the edges looks so much neater and tidier than a messy crumpled up quilt.
Prices vary. I think the average price is around £10 and they are available from most baby stores (including Mothercare & Toys R Us) and many internet companies.
Thanks for reading.
When I was expecting my son all those years ago, I was highly worried about him suffocating him self on his blankets - it was at a time when cot death was always in the news.
Therefore when I chose his bedding in mothercare I chose the cotton cellular blankets with the silky edging so that my son would be able to breathe through the blanket if it happened to go onto his face when he was sleeping.
At the time the blankets cost me around £8 each.
5 years later my son still goes to bed every night with his 'white blanket' it is positivly thread bare, but he seriously can not sleep with out it (unfortunately!) Everynight he wants tucking into his grown up duvet but with his cellular blanket thrown on top so he can rub the silky edge on his face. Not ideal but my son never sucked his thumb or used a dummy so for that I think if all kids become as attached to their cellular blanket its great!
Oh and the fact they say they are long lasting 5 yrs is pretty good!
Whilst expecting my first child, I was advised by many (older generation) people to buy cellular blankets. They said they had all used them and were great for various reasons. I decided to buy a couple of the small moses basket/pram ones at first and I'm so glad I did, they have been an invaluable buy that I would continue to recommend to others.
I now have 3 small moses basket/pram cellular blankets, 1 on, 1 in the wash and 1 in the drawer. I originally used them as blankets for night times but my son has now outgrown them whilst lying flat, they are just used for day time naps and in his buggy.
I love the design of them, the 'air holes' are fab for the 'not hot, not cold' weather England suffers with. They are also ideal as my son likes to rub his face with his blanket when he's tired and will often fall asleep with one over his face.
They must have been washed well over 30 times each (babies get supprisingly dirty) and they have come up like brand new on a 30 degree wash each time, even though they are white.
I also have 2 large cot/cotbed cellular blankets for night time
use. My son is only 8 months and small enough for it to be folded in half, meaning extra warmth without extra blankets.
I bought my cellular blankets from Matalan, for the pricely sum of £2 for the small and £4 for the large. You can buy them from many different places for various prices. They come in a range of colours ready to match your babies outfit or nursery.
Mine are still going strong after 3 and a half years of use. I bought 3, a pram size, a cot size and a cot bed size. The larger one can be folded if it's colder and there is still plenty of room to tuck it in and the pram size was great to tuck aroud them whilst in the car seat but is now 'teddy's blanket'. They wash really well, mine are white and on a hot wash come up as good as new. You do need to use fabric conditioner if you don't tumble dry them or they can be a bit hard - I would recommend tumbling to make them extra soft and snuggly. Since I bought mine you can get a wider range of colours to match your nursery. I know there are some gorgeous little blankets around, but for durabilty and ease of laundering you can't beat these old favourites.
Made of 100% natural cotton, cotton cellular blankets aim to be hard wearing and long lasting