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There's nothing like a blanket
Cotton Cellular Blankets
Member Name: arleek
Cotton Cellular Blankets
Advantages: Keep you warm
Disadvantages: Old fashioned?
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.
Summary: Great for my toddler's bed
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