Information By Kyla Quinlan click here for link to original ezine
When it comes to baby blankets, there are 4 main sizes: car seat, crib blankets, swaddling blankets, and receiving blankets. You may not have known it, but each of these has a specific purpose.
Crib Blankets: are exactly what the name says. Think of this blanket as a bedspread for the baby crib. This blanket is usually around 36″ x 52″ and while it’s perfect for making the crib look nice and keeping an older baby warm at night, it is too big to swaddle a small baby. This is also perfect to decorate the baby’s room.
Swaddling Blankets: This small blanket is used when the baby first comes home from the hospital. Usually lightweight, it is about 30″ square and is perfect to wrap tightly around a baby to give them that ‘in the womb’ feeling. This is a good blanket to swaddle a baby to give a sense of security at nap time.
Receiving Blankets: If you want to get the most use possible from a knit blanket, this size 34″ x 36″ is perfect. It’s small enough to snuggle a small baby but also perfect for the baby to carry around when he reaches toddler age. This size also works great in baby carriers and car seats.
Car Seat Blanket: The standard for this style of blanket seems to be 20” wide x 24” long.
Now that you know the standard sizes, all you have to do is decide on the blanket that best suits your needs. Once you’ve made that decision, choose your favorite pattern, buy your yarn and get those knitting needles clicking.