What Should Be The Size Of A Baby’s Quilt?
Every baby needs to have a quilt which can be used to wrap them. Baby quilts come in all shapes, colours, sizes and fabrics. Some baby quilts are adorned with patterns of animals and other exciting drawings that make them special. You can also get a specifically personalised quilt for your baby.
“What size is a baby’s quilt?” You may ask. Well, since baby quilts come in different sizes and shapes, it is hard to point out the right size for your baby since the purpose of your baby quilt will determine its size.
Therefore, before you buy your baby a quilt, it is important to be aware of what you intend to use it for and how you intend to use it. This is because there are many types of baby quilts out there, and they differ in sizes and what they are used for.
Types of Baby Quilts and Their Sizes
As far as baby quilts are concerned, there are four types. These include swaddling quilts, crib quilts, security quilts and receiving quilts.
Quilts can be used to swaddle the baby to provide her with comfort; to calm her and make her feel relaxed so she can quickly fall asleep. They are designed to make swaddling the baby comfortable and safe since they come with attachments that make it easy to wrap the baby in the quilt safely.
The sizes of these quilts may vary since different manufacturers have their own sizes. Usually, the standard size of swaddling baby quilts is 25” by 30”. You can go for a size that will perfectly wrap your baby without becoming loose and expose your baby to the risk of being suffocated.
There are many types of quilts available that you can use in your baby’s crib. What you should keep in mind is that you should never use the quilt as a blanket to cover the baby while she is asleep. This is to avoid suffocation that may lead to death. Experts say that suffocation due to loose blankets and quilts is the leading cause of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndromes).
The size of the baby quilt will be determined by the size of your baby’s crib. The standard size of most crib quilts is always 36” by 52”. The only safest way that a baby quilt can be used inside the crib is as bedding, where you spread it for the baby to sleep on. Ensure that the quilt is tightly tucked around the mattress, leaving no loose parts that can suffocate the baby.
These baby quilts have no standard sizes and are made in such a way that they are wearable by the baby hence providing her with a soothing comfort even when you are outdoors, and that is why they are called security quilts.
The size you go for will depend on the size of your baby. These types of quilts are usually suitable for babies between 0 to 12 months. You can go for personalised quilts with stuffed animals attached to them since your baby may hold on to them to remind her of her childhood.
Receiving Baby Quilts or General Purpose Baby Quilts
These are the most versatile baby quilts since they can be used for several purposes. They can be spread on the floor so the baby can lay on them, they can be spread outdoors so the baby can play and crawl on them, and they can even be used to swaddle the baby. They are usually lightweight.
The standard size of most general purpose baby quilts is 30” by 40”. There are also other larger sizes available.
You can also make your baby’s quilt on your own at home. By designing it on your own, you can choose the size, the colours and patterns of your choice. I would recommend that you go with the size of 34” by 40” since it can easily fit on any crib and can perfectly swaddle the baby.
You should also use fabrics that are easy to wash since it is likely to spend a lot of time in the washing machine. You know how messy babies are.
Are There Precautions to Take When Using Baby Quilts?
Yes, care must be taken when using baby quilts to cover your baby, especially when if you will be using them in her crib. It is important to keep the following in mind:
- In case you use baby quilts to cover the baby when she is sleeping, ensure that it is made of a lighter material like cotton so that it won’t suffocate the baby in case it accidentally covers the nose.
- Do not cover the baby up to the head and face. The baby quilt should cover up to her shoulders.
- Ensure that you tuck in the baby quilt tightly under the mattress so that it doesn’t loosely hang around the crib since it suffocates the baby.
Baby quilts are very important and each, and every baby should at least own one. They come in different sizes depending on where you would want to use them. You should, therefore, choose a baby quilt that will suit its purpose in terms of size.
You can also make your own baby quilt. This's a video that will help you get started on how to make for your baby a quilt.