When you bring your precious little bundle of joy home for the first time, you want to keep them as safe as you can. One of the first places you should look to do that is your baby’s brand new crib. Although sleeping with blankets is intuitive—and often a must-have for old kids and adults—it’s very dangerous, potentially deadly, to have your baby sleep with a blanket. Loose blankets can get in the way of your baby’s breathing and cover his or her face. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that cribs be completely bare of loose objects, which includes blankets.
You don’t want your baby to feel cold or uncomfortable at night, which is where wearable blankets come in. The wearable blanket is usually put over your baby’s pajamas. It either has sleeveless arms or long-sleeves and the bottom is sealed, so your baby can’t kick it off. There’s a zipper, which is covered by a protector, at the top or bottom of the sleep sack to remove the wearable blanket.
We found the best wearable blankets for your baby. These three picks are safe—one is even used by hospital nurseries to teach new parents about the danger of loose blankets. Our picks are made of cotton, so it feels gentle against your baby’s skin, and polyester micro-fleece. The selections come in a variety of cute styles and colors, keeping your baby looking adorable and safe at the same time.
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1. HALO Plush Dot Wearable Blanket
This blanket from HALO is nursery-approved. It’s used by 1,250 hospital nurseries to teach parents about babies and sleep. This polyester micro-fleece wearable blanket will keep your little one warm at night—but not too warm. The sleeveless design with the larger neck openings will ensure that your baby doesn’t overheat at night. The wearable blanket can’t be kicked off at night, but unlike other sleep sacks there is enough room for your baby’s hips to grow, as recognized by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
2. Burt’s Bees Baby Beekeeper Wearable Blanket
Keep your baby cozy with this wearable blanket from Burt’s Bees. The organic cotton used to create this wearable, breathable blanket was grown without fertilizers and synthetic pesticides. The wearable blanket is tank-top style, so you might want to put PJs on your little one. There’s a YKK zipper at the bottom for quick late-night diaper changes. The zipper has a special garage, guard and zipper cover to keep your baby safe from it. There are 11 fun patterns and color options to choose from.
3. Hudson Baby Unisex Baby Wearable Sleeping Bag
This 100 percent cotton wearable blanket is soft and great for year-round wear. The zipper sits behind the neck, but your baby’s delicate skin is protected from potential zipper irritation by a special cloth flap. You can buy the stretchy wearable blanket individually, in two packs or four packs. It can be worn without PJs underneath. The unisex blanket makes this baby sleepwear a fun baby shower gift. There are 18 style and set options to select from.