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When I first found out I was pregnant with my son, I can remember receiving a new mum pack from the midwife with a book on pregnancy related issues and advice, and inside this book was a list of what I needed to have ready for when my baby came into the world.
Now not all of these lists are great and often tell you to get things that you really do not need, or are defiantly not essential, but like all new mums, especially when its your first you think that you actually do need all of this list, or else it's the end of the world!!!....I can remember keeping the list on the fridge and freaking out at 8 months because I had not brought muslin cloths...how silly I was!!! I blame it on the hormones!
I can remember reading on the this list that I needed cellular blankets, and I A. did not know what they were and B. did not know why I needed them..... I got them anyway and thankfully have since realised what they are for and why I needed them.
The cellular design of the blanket (which basically is a blanket with small holes in it) allows you baby to breathe easier and also keeps them warm, without the danger of overheating so I was told by my midwife at the time.
The hospital use cellular blankets also, and it was good actually when my daughter was born as I forgot my blankets....well actually my husband forgot them in the excitement of finding her pink Liverpool baby grower...silly man!!....but the midwife gave me three of theirs to keep, which was really nice of them and also really handy for me.
The ones I purchased for my daughter and son were the ones from Mothercare, at the moment they range from 5.99-11.99 dependant on size, they come in 8 different colours white, lemon, cream, pink, blue, lilac, aqua and lime. They are all 100 percent cotton and wash beautifully.
I had one of the crib size and two of the cot size ones, and my children loved these blankets and to be honest my daughter still used her blankets up until a couple of months ago, more for comfort I think than anything, and the amount of stuff she would get on the blankets and yet they always washed up perfectly.
I have kept the six blankets I brought over the time I had my children plus the three from the hospital and have gave them to my brother in preparation for his first child, hopefully he does not have a boy as two of them are pink!!! But at least they will come in handy again.
I think these blankets are a good buy and were great for swaddling, although I think my sister in law told me, that she has been told that you are not allowed to swaddle your children now, due to the risk of cot death, well that's what a midwife told her anyway.... not sure how true this is, but I'm glad it was not told to me when I had my children as both of them liked to be swaddled and that's the only way they got to sleep, so I think I may have had a few sleepless nights if this rule was told to me then.
If You are interested in buying these blankets, then I would either get them from Mothercare or Kiddie care.com, whom do packs of two from 9.99, remember to check hot uk deals.com firstly to see if there are any money off voucher codes first to use on these sites, if you are buying online.
As most of you will know i am a big fan of the baby sleeping bags but this was definately my favorite type of blanket to use when we didnt use a sleeping bag.
I loved these blankets which are made in a woven type of way to leave small holes in the squares as they are a lot better at letting the air circulate so this will stop your baby from swetting or over heating so easily.
They are very light and thin so are ideal in warmer weathers, ideal for taking out of the house with you as they can be folded up and put in your bag easily but the best part with these is that they are soft and gentle, fluffy, dont loose fluff that your baby could choke on, can be machine washed at 40' and dry very quicky because they are so thin.
A friend brought me a fleecy blanket when my daughter was born and i never used it as i loved and trusted these blankets so much.
I have had these blankets for both of my boys. I swear byt hem.
They are lightweight compared to other blankets. They are easy to wash.
My kids both loved sticking thier fingers through the holes nad holding onto them.
This sort of blankets is designed to prevent your child from overheating, It is recommended that you dont use a duvet for at least a year for this reason alone, they make the child overheat too easily.
Cellular blankets are a great alternative to fleeces too, which can also overheat baby.
I love this kind of blanket somuch I even have two for my own bed.
You dont think theyre going to be very warm seeing as there is as much holes as blanket in them, if you konw what I mean, but they are suprisingly warm things to have. Yet at the same time you dont get too warm in them, or at least i never have.
My kids still have this type of blanket also, and they are 7 and 2 now.
we have duvets too, but sometimes it's too hot for a duvet but you want something extra other than a sheet.
You can get them in all sorts of colours too, and they are fairly cheap if you go to the right place.
The little ones i had for my sons moses basket are too small for his ebd now, but I find them just the right size for when he is in his buggy, so you can really make good use of them, it not something yur baby will grow out of using within a short time.,
As for taking to hospital with you, I foound there was no need as the hospital has thier own, but it depends if you would prefer to use your own baby bedding or not.
A blanket is not essential, it just takes up space in your bag that you could use for something else. All hospitals have cellular blankets that do the job. In fact it is probably better to use theirs just in case yours gets lost. Now, I know it's going to sound hypocrytical of me, but I did take a blanket with me for my daughter. She was in special care for 3 weeks and I thought it would be nice to have something personal for her. But lets face it, she didn't really care as long as she was warm! When it came to going home, I had aquired so much stuff over the 3 weeks that I wished to God I had never taken the balnket in the first place. Very awkward it was! You dont need one!