They are blankets made for babies. They have a built-in hood with a strap that goes around the baby’s neck. Receiving blankets are commonly used for swaddling (wrap) newborns or infants to provide comfort and warmth. The blanket envelops the baby, so only the arms and face are exposed. They have large openings for the components, which can be wrapped around the baby’s chest. Some of them have a small opening in front, which is convenient for feeding.
The blankets are generally made from light, warm fabrics such as cotton and fleece. They are often decorated with designs such as teddy bears or other animals. The blankets are kept in soft cotton bags when not being used. They can be easily washed and come in different colors and sizes as per the baby’s need.
Different Uses of a Receiving Blanket for Babies:
A receiving blanket can be used as a swaddle. The baby is placed face down on a flat surface with the head towards the top for swaddling. The receiving blanket is folded lengthwise into thirds and then put over the baby’s shoulder. The ends are tucked under the baby’s opposite arm and at the waist. It is recommended that babies are only swaddled for a short time each day, and they should be turned onto their back to prevent them from becoming dependent upon swaddling to get to sleep.
A receiving blanket can be used as a makeshift diaper. They are generally comfortable and do not irritate the skin. However, blankets need to be replaced periodically, and therefore babies may have to be removed from them. Some receiving blankets are designed in such a manner so that they can go over the baby’s head and act as a makeshift diaper while other blankets are not.
A receiving blanket is helpful if the mother wishes to breastfeed her baby. The opening in front is wide enough to allow the baby to be held properly. It also prevents the baby from accidentally rubbing against the mother’s breast while nursing.
A receiving blanket is recommended as a safer alternative for babies who have had their umbilical cord cut, which will prevent the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
As a Snuggle Blanket:
Receiving blankets are designed to provide warmth for the baby, but they can also be used as a snuggle blanket which is especially useful when breastfeeding. As an alternative, an extra layer of clothing could be used instead.
How the Receiving Blankets Are Made:
Receiving blankets are usually made of a felt-like material. A few blankets have a zipper on one side, while others have a velcro fastener on the other. The blankets are usually sewn together with the openings in the top closed with some cord. The cord has a built-in fastener that allows the blanket to be opened and tied up or closed.
They are made in two ways. They are small squares sewn together, or they are made out of long pieces strung together. The advantage of sewn blankets is that they do not unravel. The disadvantage is that they are harder to unfold, while the blankets which come in long strips can be unfolded with ease but may unravel if not correctly fastened.
Safety of Receiving Blankets:
Receiving blankets have been proven safe for babies but should be handled carefully and disposed of immediately once the baby has outgrown them. They should not be used as car seat liners because they are not flame resistant and can cause suffocation if wrapped around an infant’s neck when sleeping in the car seat. Some receiving blankets are machine washable in a washing machine.
The Following Are the Characteristics of Receiving Blankets:
They are made of cotton fabric to keep the baby warm. The stitches used are very fine and soft so that baby’s skin does not get affected. They also have strong threads which can bear the weight of the baby.
The measurements of these blankets vary from 30cm x 30cm to 100cm x 100cm, depending on their use. They can be used as blankets in winters and can also be used as mittens when it is icy outside.
They are made from single or double-layer fabric.
These blankets can be washed regularly at home without any problem.
Parents should consider using receiving blankets when carrying the baby along. This is because they are portable and easy to carry. So, parents can use this simple yet useful item to keep their growing babies warm.