The first few months of the baby will be spent on sleeping. Sleeping is crucial in their growth. With this, you have to choose a comfortable baby blanket. You have to make sure that the blankets are soft, cuddly, functional and lightweight. In this case, you have to narrow down your options to best yarn for baby blanket.
The best yarn blanket should handle being washed numerous times. If you want to create something memorable, you can personally knit the baby blanket otherwise you have to consider ready-made blankets. Here are some considerations that you need to think about when choosing a yarn blanket:
What are the types of yarn baby blankets?
You can choose from acrylic, silk or bamboo blend, cotton, organic cotton, and cotton/acrylic blend. Acrylic is by far the most recommended type because it is soft. It comes in different colors and is inexpensive. Silk or bamboo blend is expensive. Cotton and organic cotton are soft to touch and smooth. The cotton/ acrylic blend is lightweight.
Is the blanket washable?
Some yarn blankets have special care instructions. It is important that you know the care instructions to preserve the comfort and quality of the blanket. If you do not have time and energy to hand wash it, at least choose a blanket that can be machine washed. The baby blanket should withstand numerous washing. When choosing a washable blanket, choose a yarn that can survive 40°C normal wash. If you consider hot washing, the stitch work may be ruined. There are some fibers that can become loose and itchy if exposed to high temperatures. For acrylic yarns, it will be softer when you add fabric softener.
What colors do you like?
It is always the parent’s choice when it comes to colors and the stitch work. Babies do not have a say. With this, you have to choose a blanket that you feel comfortable and look pleasing.
How much are you willing to spend?
You have to know that there are many beautiful baby blankets. There are baby blankets like bamboo yarn that are very soft but expensive. Acrylic yarns (even non-wool yarns) are comfortable and a bit affordable. There is nothing wrong if you choose expensive yarn but you have to understand that baby blankets are only used during the first year. Babies do not need blankets as they grow up.
Is the baby allergic to wool?
The rule of thumb is if you are allergic to wool, your baby probably is. With this in mind, you have to avoid blankets made of wool. Acrylic, cotton or bamboo yarns are recommended because these materials are easily washable, soft, stain resistant and more importantly, allergen-free. When choosing a material, remember that babies put everything in their mouth. Do not choose novelty yarns because they shed and are fluffy. You do not want your baby to choke on a yarn.
These are just some of the things that you need to consider to ensure that baby blankets are comfortable for the baby and you.