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It’s a bit of an understatement to say that baby blankets are adorable. But in addition to being a cute memento of a moment in time in baby’s life, they’re also incredibly functional.

In addition to keeping little ones warm and cozy, you can use baby blankets for swaddling and tummy time, and even repurpose them as throw blankets after your children outgrow them.

But with so many styles and materials to choose from, the options can feel limitless. We’re highlighting what you need to know to pick the perfect baby blanket for your tiny tot, as well as a few recommendations to help narrow your search.

Babies have sensitive skin, so consider that the materials in your baby’s blanket should be chemical-free, with minimal risk for irritation.

Babies — especially infants — have underdeveloped temperature regulation. So, you’ll want to look for breathable fabrics that encourage airflow and don’t trap sweat or heat. Top fabric options for babies include:

  • cotton
  • bamboo rayon
  • fleece
  • gauze

To create our roundup, we focused on the following features: weight, fabric type, size, reviews, and style.

Of course, we also prioritized options that were safest without any dangling items like ribbons, tassels, or even buttons that could pose a choking or tangling hazard.

Price guide

  • $ = under $15
  • $$ = $15–$30
  • $$$ = over $30

Best baby blanket for newborns

Hudson Baby Plush Blanket and Animal Security Blanket

Price: $

This soft and cozy blanket from Hudson Baby is a great option for newborns. Not only is it super soft and snuggly, it comes with a matching stuffed animal lovey. Plus, with multiple gender-neutral prints to choose from, this set is perfect for gifting.

The blanket measures 30 by 36 inches and the lovey measures 14 by 14 inches. Most parents say it’s “ridiculously soft” and that their little ones quickly fell in love with the lovey, but a few warn about quickly unraveling threads.

Best baby quilt

Little Unicorn Cotton Muslin Baby Quilt

Price: $$$

These 100 percent cotton muslin quilts from Little Unicorn are a favorite of our editorial director. They’re definitely more of a splurge, but the detail and durability might just be worth it. Available in several different solids and patterns — from space to veggies! — these 47-by-47-inch quilts make for a solid, snuggly nursery staple.

Best budget-friendly baby blanket

Luvable Friends Receiving Blankets Bundle

Price: $

Considering how many items your baby is going to need in the first year, you’ll be relieved to notice that baby blankets are usually a budget-friendly product — especially if you can buy them in multi-packs.
These sweet flannel receiving blankets are made from 100 percent cotton and come in packs of seven. If you’re looking for an everyday blanket at a great price, this is a solid option.

Worth noting: Parents say they’re on the smaller side (30 by 30 inches), so they don’t make great swaddles and are better used as burp cloths. And a few folks mentioned that the edges frayed pretty easily after a wash or two.

Best baby blanket for winter

Hudson Baby Printed Mink Blanket with Sherpa Backing

Price: $

Colder weather calls for a snuggly baby blanket to keep little ones nice and toasty, and this plush, sherpa-lined baby blanket from Hudson Baby offers 30 by 40 inches of fuzzy warmth in over 20 different patterns.

Fans of this blanket love that its machine washable, solidly made, and comes with a low price tag. However one mom warns that it lost its shape after a few washes.

Best personalized baby blanket

Stork Wares Personalized Baby Blanket

Price: $$$

Stork Wares makes an adorable fleece blanket that comes in a variety of themes (safari, floral, dinosaur) and can be personalized with baby’s name (for no added cost!). They’re printed in the United States and have cute packaging that makes them a great baby shower gift.

Parents say these blankets are super soft, and even softer after one trip through the washing machine.

Best wearable baby blanket

TILLYOU Cotton Wearable Blanket

Price: $$

By now you know that babies should sleep with absolutely nothing in their crib except a mattress and a breathable crib sheet. But if you’re concerned that your little one might get a bit chilly, these wearable blankets are a great way to safely keep them warm as they snooze.

This set of zip-up sleeveless wearable blankets are available in four sizes and can fit babies from the newborn stage through 24 months. Plus, each of the four cute prints feature a two-way zipper so you can quickly change your baby without having to take the sleep sack completely off of them.

Best baby blanket for strollers

JJ Cole Urban Bundleme

Price: $$$

This is a bit of a splurge, but especially if you live in a colder climate, it’s so worth it. This pick from JJ Cole is technically a bunting bag, but we like that it’s meant to properly keep your baby warm during cold-weather strolls or car rides.

The Urban Bundleme bunting bag has a warm and cozy sherpa lining. It’s designed to conform to the shape of most standard strollers and baby carriers, and features easy zip-up access so you don’t have to struggle to get your little one in and out. Plus, the bag has side slits so you can safely use your stroller or car seat’s straps to keep baby secure.

Best baby blanket for travel

Boritar Baby Minky Blanket

Price: $

For parents who are always hitting the road or skies, you’ll want a blanket that’s not just cozy, but travel-friendly. This highly rated minky blanket from Boritar is super soft and can be quickly rolled up when not in use. It’s also machine washable for when the inevitable happens.

It’s ultra-plush, yet compact and measures 30 by 40 inches (or you can opt for the oversized blanket that measures 50 by 60 inches). And if your little one isn’t using it, you can use it to keep your own legs warm on your next flight!

Best baby blanket for swaddling

aden + anais Cotton Muslin Swaddle 4pk

Price: $$$

Let’s face it, swaddling can be hard. But these large, lightweight muslin swaddles from aden + anais make it a little easier. Made from 100 percent cotton, parents love these swaddles for the wide variety of patterns available, the versatile 47-by-47-inch size, and the ability to toss them in the washing machine.

These come in a pack of four, yet are still slightly pricier than other muslin swaddles you can find online. And few folks complain about inconsistency with the overall softness of these swaddles.

Best eco-friendly baby blanket

Parade Everything Organic Baby Blanket

Price: $$

You can combine your love for your baby with your love for the planet without breaking the bank. This pick from Parade is made from sustainably sourced, 100 percent certified organic cotton and uses eco-friendly dyes in all of their many hand-printed patterns.

Parade’s blankets come in one size (40 by 40 inches) and get rave reviews from parents. However a few note that the coloring truly does vary from what you might see in the photos, so manage your expectations accordingly.

When you’re shopping for a baby blanket, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • Breathability. Whether a blanket is breathable or not is easier to confirm than you might expect. Simply hold the blanket up in front of a fan or air vent. If you can feel a breeze, it’s a smart option for warmer temperatures.
  • Materials. Keep in mind that you might need a different weight for cooler weather as opposed to in the spring or summer. Most likely, you’ll end up with many baby blankets, so pick a few options in a range of fabric weights.
  • Safety. Avoid baby blankets with attachments like tassels, hanging ribbons, or buttons. Anything that can potentially fray, fall off, or cause a choking or tangling hazard should be avoided.
  • Size and thickness. Baby blankets come in a range of sizes from the traditional receiving blanket to much larger, thicker options. You might want a variety of sizes and thicknesses for different purposes, from swaddling to tummy time.
  • Style. This is, of course, up to you! Consider what you’d like on display in your baby’s nursery and your home.