Blankets can be used when your baby is sleeping at home, or in a buggy, to keep them warm and toasty. They’re therefore especially useful in the colder months, but are an essential all year round.
The NHS advises that a room temperature between 16-20°C is ideal for babies, and you can adjust how warm they are by using layers of lightweight blankets.
At this temperature, your baby will only need 1 or 2 best cellular blankets – the kind they use in hospitals with interspersed holes. Remember, if the blanket is folded then that will count for two blankets.
Top 10 best cellular blankets in UK 2021
To help you understand which type of blanket you’ll need, we’ve put together a detailed guide below taking you through all of the essential information. We’ve also put together a list of 10 different blankets you might want to consider for your baby.
1.Bloomsbury Mill – Extra Soft Cellular Baby Blankets
A twist on the classic cellular blanket,Bloomsbury Mill has created these chevron cellular blankets, which have been woven in a zig zag pattern, rather than the traditional grid design.
They come in either pink or blue, and measure 70cm x 90cm, plus can be machine washed and tumble dried. And at this price, they won’t break the bank either!
The value for money was a key part of the praise for these blankets.
2.Clair de Lune Cellular Baby Blanket
The Claire de Lune Cellular Baby Blanket features a beautifully crafted cellular blanket available in blue, cream, grey, pink, and white colours.
It also comes available in two different sizes. Pick the 100 cm x 150 cm size for a blanket suitable for use in your baby’s cot, or if you’re looking for a cellular blanket for use in the pram or the Moses basket, go for the smaller 70 cm x 90 cm one.
The Claire de Lune Cellular Blanket is made of incredibly soft 100% cotton fabric, so you’re sure that your baby is not only safe but also extremely comfortable, such that your baby’s delicate skin won’t be irritated by any roughness. The edges are neatly sewn, making it extra safe for your baby.
It’s okay if your little one has any spills, leaks, or accidents on the blanket, as you can wash them in the machine at 40 degrees and it dries relatively quickly.
Also, these blankets are lightweight at only 499 grams for the cot-sized blankets, and the pram-sized ones weigh only 181 grams.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, these blankets are priced reasonably, which is why it is our pick for the number spot on our list of the ten best cellular blankets in the UK for 2021.
3.Clair de Lune Over The Moon Fleece Blanket
Sometimes you’ll want to have a few spare blankets just by the cot so you can layer accordingly when your baby feels cold. Made from fleece and cotton, you can hang this blanket over the frame to create a cosy and warm environment for your baby while not in use.
Plus, while affordable, it’s made from a polyester-cotton blend that may not appeal to everyone. But it’s always better to have a few blankets lying around the house than none!
4.Aden & Anais Classic Swaddle Blankets
We can’t imagine a list of the best baby blankets that don’t have the Aden + Anais classic swaddle blanket at the top of its list. It’s soft and comfy yet durable and versatile.
In one day, you can use these large, square blankets to tightly swaddle your babe, provide a germ-free surface for tummy time and diaper changes, and as a lightweight nursing cover. When it comes to the best overall baby blanket, these classic muslin swaddles go the distance!
5.Knitted Cellular Baby Blanket
100% Cotton – Soft against your baby’s sensitive skin.100x 80cm Idea for use in Pram, crib, car seat or Moses basket. The quality woven pattern which maintains its shape.Machine Washable.
6.ClevaMama® Cellular Blanket
ClevaMama® Cellular Blanket is a must-have bedding item for all parents. Our 100% Cotton Cellular Blanket is designed to provide great insulation and warmth while at the same time ensuring increased breathability. This cellular structure means it is perfect for keeping your baby fresh in the summer and cosy in the winter.
For added security our Cellular Blanket is a lightweight and does not have added items such as tiny ribbons, fringe or any decorations which could be dangerous or a newborn baby.
Cot/Cot Bed size 120 x 140 cm. The blanket is machine washable and tumble dryer safe.
7.Elli & Raff Baby Cellular Blanket
100% Cotton Cellular Blanket from Elli & Raff. A must-have bedding item for your baby. The cellular design of this blanket helps provide greater insulation and can be layered so you can achieve the right level of warmth for your little one.
Measures approximately 75cm x 100cm. Machine washable.
8.Silentnight Safe Nights Cellular Blanket
This Silentnight traditional style cellular blanket is lovely and warm but breathable too. Crafted from 100% cotton, this blanket’s cellular construction combines insulation with breathability to your baby warmer in winter and cooler in summer. The blanket is Ideal to use in your pram or cot to keep your baby warm and snug through the day and night.
9.Little English Llama Cotton Cellular Blanket
100% Cotton – Soft against your baby’s sensitive skin.100x 80cm Idea for use in Pram, crib, car seat or Moses basket. The quality woven pattern which maintains its shape. Machine Washable.
10.Dudu N Girlie® – Cellular Baby Blankets
Multi-purpose can be used as a household blanket, sofa blanket, and decorative blankets or as a throws. The “cell” structure and design allows for both air flow and insulation keeping your body cool during the warmer months and warm in the winters. The zero twist construction together with the combing process removes any shorter cotton fibres and gives the blanket a light weight feeling.
How to choose the best baby blanket
There are lots of different baby blankets on the market made of a range of fabrics and in styles suited to various ages. The below guide explains everything you need to know so you can choose the best blanket for your baby.
When can my baby use a blanket?
We spoke to safe sleeping charity The Lullaby Trust and they reassured us that it is safe to use a lightweight blanket from birth, as long as you follow the official advice on safe sleeping.
This means making sure your baby is placed on their back and ‘feet to foot’ in the crib or cot, with their feet at the bottom of the crib/cot.
Blankets should be tucked in firmly and should not come above your baby’s shoulders.
Can I use a baby pillow or duvet for a newborn?
No, not from birth. The really important thing to remember is that duvets, quilts, thick blankets and pillows should not be used for any baby under 12 months old because of the risk of suffocation, says the NHS and The Lullaby Trust. We have more on baby pillow safety here.
How big should a baby blanket be?
Depending on the type of blanket, baby blankets can range in size. Generally, a blanket to fit a pram, crib or Moses basket is around 70cm x 90cm, while a blanket to fit a cot or cotbed is around 130cm x 160cm, but could be smaller, around 110cm x 130cm.
What types of baby blankets are there?
Cotton cellular blankets – this classic baby blanket is woven from 100% cotton with holes (or cells) for airflow and insulation when layered.
Acrylic cellular blankets – just like a cotton cellular blanket, but woven from man made fibres.
Receiving blanket – this is a US phrase which essentially simply means a baby blanket, they can be made from fleece, flannel, cotton or just about any blanket fabric. Muslin-style receiving blankets tend to be larger than regular muslins at around 75cm x 100cm.
Baby coverlets and comforters – these covers are often embroidered, decorated or patterned and offer the thickness and warmth of a sheet and blanket combined, so should be used only when your baby needs that much warmth.
What can I use instead of a baby blanket?
An alternative to blankets are baby sleeping bags, which are essentially wearable blankets with neck and armholes in different sizes and togs depending on the age they are for and what warmth you need.
They keep your little one at the right temperature without worrying about blankets getting kicked off or tangled up.
Wouldn’t it be great to be an infant again to experience the soft and cosy touch of your favourite comforter? Impossible as that may be, you now know how to choose the perfect blanket for your own baby – let’s hope it helps them to drift off peacefully!