Keeping baby snug as a bug during the night goes a long way towards a better sleep (for them and for you). And as Australia’s winter months roll in, there’s no better time to invest in a few cosy baby blankets for cuties to snuggle into.
Soft enough to sleep with yet light enough to take on their travels, a baby blanket needs to provide little ones with supreme comfort while being lightweight and breathable for when the nighttime wriggles begin.
But do you go with wool or cotton? A cot size or bassinet size? Blankets come in all shapes and size, and in all colours of the rainbow, so to lend a hand, we’ve listed some key points to consider when you’re looking for that first special blankie for your wee one.
What to look for when buying a blanket for baby
Breathability: A baby blanket needs to be breathable to ensure a night of safe sleep. To test, simply hold the blanket next to a fan and if you can feel the breeze through the blanket, the material is breathable.
Comfort: Comfort is key. Ensure the material is soft enough for baby’s delicate and sensitive skin, and that no harsh chemicals have been used in the manufacturing process.
Size: As well as keeping baby warm, blankets make fantastic floor mats, sunshades and even nursery decoration. Size range from bassinet to cot and single bed sizes – so think about the ways you’ll use the blanket before you buy one.
Design: As lovely as tassels and ribbons are, they are not considered safe for sleeping. Try to stick to a simple design with no loose parts until bub is a little older.
Ease of washing: Like all things a baby needs and uses, the baby blanket may get a little messy. Look for materials that are machine washable and dry quickly – the sooner bub is reunited with that special blankie the better.
16 baby blankets for super soft snuggles
To help you find the best blanket for your baby we’ve compiled this handy list of unforgettable brands available right here in Australia.
Here are 16 ultra-soft baby blankets available in Australia:
The organic cotton baby blankets from Purebaby are perfect for sleep, play and out and about in the pram. Buttery-soft, the gorgeous range features cable knits and organic cotton and wool blends, all incredibly gentle on newborn skin.
In a choice of 100% organic cotton or luxurious cashmere, Namely Co blankets are keepsakes to treasure. Whether it be sightseeing in the pram or going bye-byes in their bassinet, the blankets cocoon little ones in cosy comfort and warmth.
Snuggle Hunny Kids
In stunning hues and finished with a thwart-wise stitched border, these diamond-knit blankets look as good as they feel. Made of pure cotton, they not only keep babes warm and snug but they allow for healthy ventilation to prevent overheating.
Little Turtle Baby
The organic cotton baby blankets from Little Turtle Baby are made from the finest cotton yarns to keep bubs snug wherever they go. Whether it be for dozing in the cot or a pit stop at the park, they’re ideal for kids big and small. Choose from four timeless colours.
Merino Mana Australia
Crafted from the finest quality Australian and New Zealand merino wool, Merino Mana blankets are keepsakes to treasure for years to come. With natural temperature regulating properties, they ensure baby stays cosy during the colder months and cool in the summer.
There’s something for every little bunny in the Snuggly Jacks range of baby blankets. Generously sized Minky styles combine unforgettable prints with delicious softness, while organic cotton knitted blankets offer timeless comfort.
Designed and made in Austria, these unique cotton blankets come in bassinet, cot and single bed sizes. Available in a huge range of styles including adorable motifs to bold colours and contemporary muted tones, they make truly special gifts for a new baby.
Whatever your nursery style, there’s an Indus blanket that will fit right in. Inspired by nature and made using the finest quality natural fibres, the range includes cosy reversible quilted designs, cotton weaves in adorable prints and classic textured knits in trending shades.
Mini & Me
Crafted from 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton, Minie & Me baby blankets are breathable, soft and perfectly sized to go wherever baby goes. Choose from heirloom and cable knits, playful prints and the prettiest pompoms – the hardest part is choosing.
Aster & Oak
These exquisite heirloom knit blankets come in a choice of six natural hues that will blend in seamlessly with any nursery colour scheme. Made from pure GOTS certified organic cotton, they are both environmentally friendly and gentle on baby’s skin.
Ethically made in Ballarat from the finest natural fibres, Branberry has an exquisite blanket range for babies and kids. From cable knits and herringbone patterns to named blankets that make the perfect gift, there’s something for every little snuggle bunny.
Soft, snuggly and oh-so-warm, the personalised baby blankets from Hexi make a wonderful gift for boys and girls of all ages. Made from 100% cotton, each blanket is knitted to order to ensure they’re a treasured keepsake for years to come.
Generously sized and as soft as marshmallow, Susukoshi Crinkle Blankets are ultra-absorbent and super versatile – use them as baby wraps, burp cloths, pram shades and even floor mats. Ethically made from 100% organic cotton gauze, they come in four colours.
Proudly manufactured in Australia, Uimi baby blankets are made from natural and sustainable fibres that are biodegradable and breathable. Lush to touch, the Egyptian cotton and Merino wool have ideal properties for keeping little lambs warm snug.
The Tartan Blanket Co
Made from moisture-wicking and breathable lambswool, these toasty-warm blankets combine traditional Scottish tartan and a contemporary edge. Hypoallergenic and ultra-soft, they come in a range of sizes, colours and prints. Available from Merino & Me.
In contemporary shades and a practical size for the car, pram or cot, Seaka Boo cotton blankets make outings and naptimes extra special. Choose from the classic GiGi blanket with a knitted border or the exquisite Indian leaf-stitched Mimi blanket.
Where can I buy baby blankets?
In Australia, you can buy baby blankets at large department stores as well as select baby boutiques. Our roundup includes a hand-picked selection of designer brands that use premium fabrics and stunning designs.
How many blankets does a baby need?
Many parents manage just fine with one special blanket for baby, others like to have one for the house and another for when they’re out and about with the pram.
How do you safely use blankets in the cot?
According to Red Nose Australia, if you are using blankets in the cot, you should ensure baby’s feet are positioned at the end of the cot and use lightweight blankets that won’t cause put bub at risk of overheating. Loose bedding isn’t safe in the cot, so blankets should be tucked in firmly so that they won’t cover bub’s face during the night.
How big is a standard baby blanket?
In Australia, sizes vary quite a bit between brands, but most baby blankets are approximately 100cm x 90cm and super convenient for bundling up bubs in the pram, keeping them warm in the car, or even popping on the floor as a play rug.
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