Thursday, January 27, 2011

What is a receiving blanket anyway

A new mother’s best friend


Sometimes it seems that there are an infinite number of infant products on the market, especially blankets. With so many different types of blankets, and often with so many names for the same blanket, it is easy to get a little confused and overwhelmed. One type of blanket that is particularly important and useful is the receiving blanket.

These blankets are the ones used to “receive” a newborn infant after he or she is born. As infants have been in the womb for the previous nine months, they can initially have a little trouble regulating their own body temperature after birth.

Purpose of the receiving blanket


A blanket helps keep them warm as they adjust to life outside of their mother’s body. Often, hospitals will offer new mothers their own blankets so that the newborn is wrapped in something sterile and appropriate. However, some hospitals will allow the parents to use their own blanket. In either case, receiving blankets are used throughout the infant’s first months, usually until he or she outgrows them.

Receiving blankets can be differentiated from other blankets by the following characteristics:



  • They are soft and lightweight

  • They are usually square shaped to make swaddling easier, although some are rectangular instead

  • They are smaller than other baby blankets because they are intended to wrap the infant without being overly cumbersome

  • They are thin to facilitate layering so that the baby will be comfortable in a range of temperatures.

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