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About the blankets;
Mothercare cellular blankets are made of 100% cotton, and come in a range of colours to suit your nursery layout. They are available in different sizes - moses basket, cot and cotbed - and are priced to reflect the size you buy, starting from £7.99.
The blankets are machine washable, at a 40° temperature and may be tumble dried (a useful factor for a new parent!).
I bought these cellular blankets before my daughter was born - I got the lovely pale yellow version for our cotbed, as we wanted a neutral look for the nursery (just in case the hospital were wrong about the baby's sex!). We got them on offer for Buy 1 Get One Half Price (which still occasionally occurs, so keep a watch out!), with several other bedding items (fitted sheets, etc) and were very pleased with them.
I knew from my experience in the childcare sector that cellular blankets are popular for use with babies, and that they are what are used in hospitals for newborns as they are considered safer to use than fleece blankets, because they are less likely to overheat your baby.
The blankets from Mothercare were lovely and soft, and provided a lovely snug bed for my little one, once she had transferred from her Moses Basket to her cotbed. They wash very well, coming from the tumble dryer just as soft as when first bought. My blankets went through a lot, and even by the time my little one was getting her first duvet, they were still as good as new (and in fact have now been passed along to our future niece!). I would highly recommend them for their quality - yes, you may pay a little more than at supermarkets or low-cost retailers, but it is definitely worth it for the quality received.
I would say get a couple of blankets though, should you decide to buy these - it's always handy to have a spare for when one is in the wash!
Before having my son I had seen babies in cellular blankets and didn't really understand why they should be on my must buy list. These are however the best blankets for your new born baby and you will notice that they are the same blankets that hospitals use.
The reason for this is that new born babies aren't very good at controlling their body temperature so these blankets are great as they help to keep your baby's temperature regular. Ideally the temperature in the baby's room should be 18. Mothercare have a range of bedding for babies so I purchased mine there.
The blankets were ideal when my son was a newborn and in his moses basket. The blankets didn't feel too heavy and stayed on well. He didn't like being swaddled much but we could tuck these under the mattress and he slept well then. The hospital used a cellular blanket to wrap him up in on his first night in hospital so I could see how to use them and get some tips from the nurses. As you will quickly become a sleep deprived mum anything that helps your baby sleep is a great thing. Of course babies being babies there will always be little accidents to deal with! Fortunately I found that these blankets were also easy to clean and also dried fairly quickly. My only criticism is that I would have preferred them to be a little softer but my son didn't seem to mind this. I did think they might become softer over time but unfortunately this hasn't happened. Once he was older he became a real wriggler so we used growbags but the blankets were still used as an additional layer if we were out with the buggy. They are therefore a very handy item to have.
I would recommend these blankets as they have been well used and despite frequent washing have lasted well although there is some fraying at the edges now. They do come in a range of colours but I bought the cream ones so this review is based on them. The smaller moses basket ones cost £7.99 and the large cot ones are £11.99. I would say that you need at least two blankets as they will be washed a lot if my experience is anything to go by! Overall I am going to give these blankets 4 stars as I would like a little more softness in my blankets.
Mothercare cotton cellular blanket
When I was stocking up on baby basics before my little bundle of joy arrived I wanted to make sure that I had more than enough blankets. I may have gone a little over the top with blankets and we have at least a whole drawer in the nursery stuffed with various kinds, I am definitely going to blame the really harsh winter for all the blankets that I did end up buying instead of my love to shop.
Cellular blankets in my experience can be found in almost all of the baby shops, they seem to be a baby basic. They are simply a cotton blanket that are made with a cellular construction, which allows the blanket to be breathable but still able to keep your little one cosy and cuts down on the chances of overheating your baby. Cellular blankets because of their design are ideal if you plan on swaddling your wee one.
Instead of just buying one blanket from Mothercare I ended up buying three of these cellular blankets all in the smaller crib size, as I was determined to have a stock of everything that I might need. And having at least three of these blankets has so far always come in handy, as I keep them in different places around the house and changing bag instead of having to hunt down a blanket when it is needed.
Personally, I did use these cellular blankets to swaddle my baby, because especially in the first few weeks of her life swaddling really seemed to settle her when little else would. However, now that she is that little bit older swaddling doesn't seem to have the same appeal as it once did so these blankets mostly get used for her daytime naps and just as an extra layer to any other blankets if it's a bit cold outside, which at the moment in the UK it always is.
I don't have many problems with these blankets and I have been using mine for a while now without too much complaint, but if anything they just look a little worn and they are not all that soft to the touch. The majority of baby blankets are extremely soft and inviting and these cellular blankets just seem a little bit rougher than I would like. They also don't look as appealing as almost every other blanket that I own, and the material is fraying at points. I know that these blankets have been through the wash a lot but I would expect them to be of a slightly better quality than they are, because they were not a cheap purchase.
The smaller cellular blankets typically cost £7.99 and the larger blankets retail for £11.99, but in my experience of shopping in both Mothercare and their online store the cellular blankets do often go on special promotion. The cellular blankets are also available in blue, pink, white, lemon and cream. As I mentioned I have the blankets in the smaller crib size but Mothercare do offer a larger cot/ cot bed size depending upon your needs or preferences.
I would hesitate to recommend the Mothercare cellular blankets because although we have gotten quite a lot of use out of ours I am not sure that I would purchase these blankets again. Personally, I think that I would probably try a different brand or at the very least I wouldn't buy all the cellular blankets that I wanted just from Mothercare.
Three out of five stars.
When I was expecting my little girl (over four years ago now!) I deliberately bought very little - only going for the basics. And one of those basic items was, for me, a simple cellular blanket.
Although she was expected during winter, I wanted something light and breathable to be able to wrap her up in without worrying about anything covering her face.
These Mothercare blankets are available in white, lemon, cream, pink and blue and come in two sizes - 70x90cm (at a cost of £7.99) and 120x155cm (at a cost of £11.99. I went for the larger size although I am pretty sure I didn't pay this much - but like I say this was over four years ago now. And as I didn't know my girl was a girl I opted for the blue as it was a nice pale, neutral shade. The blankets are 100% cotton and can be machine washed.
Her first blanket
I took this blanket to hospital with me so it was the first blanket my daughter was wrapped in. It isn't the warmest of blankets - however the bigger size can be doubled over to make it more snug. The cellular construction means you feel reassured that this is safe for baby to use as in those early days it is easy to be paranoid about these things! This blanket is, as you would expect, soft to the touch and my baby certainly seemed cosy in it!
However, I must admit I didn't use this too much once my baby was a few weeks old. As it was winter I moved onto thicker fleecy blankets and these always seemed so much more snug and warm. Although I still used this blanket now and then, I probably didn't get as much use out of it as I first thought I would - it felt a little too thin I think. Even now she much prefers snuggly fleecy blankets!
And now baby number two has arrived and as he was born in May I did use this lighter blanket in the summer months. But now it is way too cold for this one, and it is tucked away at the bottom of a drawer. And I am not sure I will use this one again so it may be bound for the charity shop.
Nice but not essential
So for me I didn't get all that much use out of this blanket and although they are lovely products I just felt that my daughter was always more snug in her fleecy blankets, and it was only useful for my little boy for the first few months. I also think £12 may be a little overpriced for quite a basic, simple item.
A nice basic blanket although it is quite expensive. We didn't get very much use out of this blanket, and although there is nothing wrong with it as such, I think new parents would get more use from a cosier blanket.
When my first daughter was due I bought a bedding set from Mothercare and within it I got two of these blankets one in white and one in lemon, this was our safe bet as even though we had been told we were having a girl I didn't quite dare believe it and buy pink.
These blankets are available in white, lemon, cream, pink and blue so there is a great range of colours even if you don't know what sex you are having, the blankets come in two different sizes 70 x 90cms to fit your moses basket or cot and 120 x 155cm to fit a cot bed, we personally picked the cot bed set as we felt it was a better idea to buy a cot bed rather than a cot.
The idea of a cellular blanket is that the tiny little holes within the blanket help to keep baby warm by providing insulation and breathability, these blankets are 100% cotton and when we first took them out of the paket I was disappointed as to me they seemed rough for a baby to use however after a wash they came out really soft and I was happy to use them for my baby.
The blankets cost £14.99 for a cotbed size and £9.99 for a cot size however looking at the site there is 20% off them at the moment, we found that you could buy cheaper blankets when we were looking but not much cheaper and I trust the Mothercare brand which was why we choose these.
I like these blankets, they are lovely and soft and keep my daughter warm, we are now using these for our second daughter and they are really durable a they barely even look used and considering they are nearly five years old now i think that is fantastic. My older daughter has kept the lemon blanket for herself and she likes to curl up in it when she watches TV.
I think these blankets are really useful and don't have to be just used at bedtime however I like the whole range of Mothercare bedding as you can layer it to make sure your child is kept at the correct temperature which is of course an important factor when it comes to cot deaths.