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Understanding The Size and Measurement of a Baby Blanket

Tulika Nair
For making a baby blanket, you need to know the standard size for a baby blanket size. Whether you choose to knit by yourself or you prefer to buy, take measurements of the crib and then only proceed further as the blankets are majorly used in cribs only.
Whether you are buying a baby blanket or knitting one, deciding on the best baby blanket size can be a problem as there is no standard size that is perfect for every baby. So, how do you decide which is the perfect blanket size for the blanket you are knitting? There are some very easy tips that you can use to decide on a perfect size for a baby blanket.

Choosing the Correct Blanket Size

Before deciding on a baby blanket, it is important to learn and understand what the standard size and measurements of baby blankets are. If you look at the blankets available in the market, you will notice typically a blanket measures around 36 x 52 inches.
This size of a baby blanket may be slightly big for your taste but it can be a perfect cover for a mattress that you place on the crib. A good choice for a blanket that you use to swaddle the baby in would be 34 x 36 inches. This can be the perfect baby blanket to cover the baby in.
Choose a fabric that is light weight (medium weight for cooler climes) made of fabrics like cotton of fleece. This is the perfect size to wrap around the baby and as he grows older he can use it as a cover at night. Also with a lightweight fabric, you can easily store the blanket in your diaper bag.
If you are looking for a smaller, lightweight option for a blanket, then there are alternatives available in the market that are about 30 square inches in size.
These blankets are great to place under the baby while changing them, but they may not be the perfect option to cover the babies with. Note these sized for baby blankets if you are knitting or crocheting a blanket using different knitting patterns for baby blankets.
Another important thing to keep in mind is the material of the baby blanket. Infants have very sensitive skin and therefore, along with a blanket of the proper size, it is important to choose the right fabric as well. It is important that the blanket be made of a material that is hypoallergenic and made of either cotton or fleece.
It is important to keep in mind the weather conditions and also the temperature inside your house. Stick to fabrics that are organic in nature and avoid any synthetic fabric
If you are buying blankets in many different sizes, remember to check that it does not have constituents like polyethylene terephthalate or polyester as this fabric does not breathe and can cause breathing problems in babies. It can also lead to a skin rash.
There are many other minor factors that you should keep in mind while making a personalized baby blanket. To decide on the best size for a baby blanket while crocheting, measure the size and dimension of the crib as this is one of the main places where the blanket or quilt will be used.
A normal crib tends to be around 36 x 52 inches, so you can knit or crochet a blanket accordingly.
Another factor to keep in mind is the age and size of the baby you are buying or making the blanket for. The size of the baby blanket will depend on how tiny or big the baby is.
There are many different baby blanket ideas that you can use to make a baby blanket but remember to keep the size of the baby blanket in mind. You do not want to buy or make a blanket that is either too big or too small for the baby.