The Ultimate Receiving Blanket

The Ultimate Receiving Blanket

Many parents and nurses tout the rewards of swaddling newborns, insisting that a well-swaddled baby will not only fuss less, but will also sleep better and for longer. If you believe in the benefits of swaddling, you'll be happy to know that the best swaddling blankets out there don't have any fancy trimmings or complicated designs. In fact, you need the very opposite in a preemie blanket, and the simpler it is, the more versatile it becomes. This puts the Ultimate Receiving Blanket from Swaddle Designs ahead of the pack.

 

This is a case of how the right mix of simple elements will result in an immensely useful product. Nothing too surprising in this 42 by 42 inch square -- all you'll find here are lightweight and super soft cotton flannel, happy designs and a tag with easy swaddling instructions. What makes this blanket so great is the large size and breathable fabric: the dimensions of the square make it perfect for draping over your baby in a stroller, as a nursing cover or as a mat for tummy time, and you won't have to worry about overheating when baby's all bundled up. Since preemies can get particularly fussy, a blanket that you can use quickly and comfortably is the perfect choice for the nursery, car and anywhere else you go.

Caring for a premature baby is easier said than done, but the right tools will help you over any hurdles you come across. A good rule of thumb is to shop with an eye toward simple products that will relieve some of your worry and take on a bit of the work -- these nursery staples promise to lighten the load, keeping baby comfy and mommy happy from the very start.