Every parent needs to invest in a beautifully soft plush blanket for their new born. Plush, more than any other material, is the softest and most gentle material. Usually it is made from synthetic materials, but there are entirely natural, all organic options in plush.
There are a huge number of uses and benefits to this kind of blanket. Firstly, they are fairly large, meaning they adapt to a number of uses. A plush blanket is ideally suited to a baby's crib, because the soft material is gentle on their skin. From a parent's perspective, a plush blanket also offers peace of mind at bed time: it is thin enough to tuck in properly, but will also keep the baby nice and warm through the night. In particular, the super-soft silk hem on plush baby blankets means no rough hems to chafe soft skin. Most baby blankets some with soft silk ribbons attached, to easily roll the blanket and keep it together - this is very helpful for fitting the blanket under a pram during days out.
Another fantastic use for baby blankets is to place over a shoulder whilst burping a baby. Plush materials are very easy to wash. The material can be washed on a hot cycle for sterilisation and will dry quickly without losing any of the softness. So, if a baby spits up during burping, the blanket can be more easily cleaned than a parent's clothing, plus the added convenience of not needing to get changed.
Baby blankets also make fantastic gifts for baby showers and naming days. Available in a range of colours, including gender neutral yellow, baby blankets can be purchased before the baby is born if the gender isn't known. Embroidery options can allow the gift giver to personalise their gift, or embroider the babies name onto the blanket. In this way, a blanket (which might otherwise be simply an object of function) becomes a sentimental keepsake, which the baby can keep forever even as an adult (in the same way as a first pair of shoes or old stuffed toy). Relatives can become a part of the babies everyday life with messages such as 'To Ann, love from Grandma' in elegant curling writing, or cute child-like lettering.
Furthermore, plush blankets are quite inexpensive so parents can buy a large number of them; this way one is always at hand. Leave a blanket in each bedroom, the living room and the bathroom. Because these blankets are also very absorbent, they can double up as a super soft towel that will dry quickly.
Every parent wants their child to be as safe and comfortable as possible at all times. Plush blankets are ideally suited to a baby's specific needs. As the baby grows into a toddler, it is likely that they will still enjoy their blanket - many children carry 'comforters' around with them during their early years. A blanket, bought for the baby-sized price of $8.59 could last many years.