Receiving blankets sound formal, like something a Victorian-era mother might see her baby wrapped in for the first time before being whisked away by wet nurses and nannies. In reality, they’re the Swiss army knife of baby accessories. Basically a thin, oversized blanket, your baby will be likely swaddled in one soon after being born.
You don’t need to limit yourself to the hospital-issue ones, however. There are tons of receiving blankets on the market that are as cuddly as they are cute. And even if you opt to switch out from receiving blankets to swaddlers you’ll still find lots of uses for these blankets after you’re out of the hospital. Spread one out when you need an impromptu changing table (or changing table cover), use one as a towel in a pinch, or fold one over a few times for a burp cloth.
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Some receiving blankets may even turn into a lovey or become a family heirloom. Of course, if your receiving blankets just become another casualty to one too many blowouts and burps, that’s okay, too. No matter what the blanket’s journey after baby’s first days, however, these options have you covered.
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1. aden + anais Muslin Swaddle Blanket
Aden + anais’s muslin swaddle blankets are the ultimate multi-taskers — beyond being a soft receiving blanket for your baby, these 47-inch by 47-inch wraps can serve as changing table covers, burp cloths, nursing covers and more. With over 20 packs to choose from, ranging from minimalist gray stars to colorful cacti and llamas, the variety alone is enough to win us over. Each blanket is made out of breathable, high-quality muslin that’s designed to be soft out of the box — and they’ll get even softer with every wash.
2. Luvable Friends Cotton Flannel Receiving Blankets
At 28-inches by 28-inches, these Luvable Friends Cotton Flannel Receiving Blankets won’t grow with your baby the same way our top pick will, but their smaller size also comes with a smaller price tag. The soft flannel feels warm and cozy, and makes a good burp cloth or changing table cover, too. Plus, these blankets come in more than 30 bright color and pattern variations — if you can’t pick, why not pick up a few?
3. Simple Joys by Carter’s 7-Pack Flannel Receiving Blankets
From Amazon’s exclusive line with Carters, these receiving blankets — which come in a handy set of seven — are also smaller than our top pick at 30-inches by 30-inches, but they can still accommodate your baby in a cozy swaddle. Because they’re made of cotton flannel, they’re also absorbent and good for catching the occasional spill (hi, burp cloth!). And if you are using these soft blankets in multiple ways, the set of seven lets you stretch out the time between laundry.
4. Burt’s Bees Baby Set of 2 100% Organic Cotton Receiving Blankets
Made from 100% organic, GOTS certified cotton, you can rest easy knowing that these blankets will be extra gentle on your baby’s skin. Lighter than flannel and heavier than muslin, these blankets will also be a great toddler blanket for sleeping or a lovey for cuddling. And we love the chic, unisex gray color scheme.
5. Posh Peanut Baby Swaddle & Receiving Blanket
Looking for a chic, higher-end option?, These Posh Peanut Baby Swaddle & Receiving Blankets are perfect for newborn photoshoots. Each blanket even comes with a matching headband for even more styling potential. And once the cameras stop flashing, these still make excellent, high-quality swaddles. The blend is 5% Spandex, 95% ultrasoft milk silk, giving you a bit of a forgiving stretch as you swaddle, and the oversized blanket is opaque enough to be used as a nursing cover, too.