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Baby blanket sizes vary from newborn to toddler. We make all sizes. We have a size chart we go by when deciding on the baby blanket sizes needed.
When thinking about the size of a baby blanket, knowing the average length of a baby can help you determine how big it needs to be to comfortably wrap the baby. I have a size chart as a guide when making baby quilts. This helps me determine the amount of fabric needed when getting supplies together for making one. Here is how I determine a handmade baby quilt size:
A preemie - 13″ – 18" long.
A newborn baby - 18″-23″ long .
A 3-6 month old baby - 22″-27″ long.
A 6-9 month old baby - 25″-30″ long.
Measure the size of the baby bed to begin with, if possible. This is a breakdown of mattress sizes when determining a quilt size.
Small Cradle – 15″ x 30″
Large Cradle – 18″ x 33″
Crib – 28″ x 52″
The size of a standard crib bed mattress size is 27" x 52". I like to make them around 32 - 34" wide and 52 - 56" long. This gives a little extra around the edges to tuck in or wrap around the baby as he sleeps.
When you don't know the size of the baby mattress, it is still a general measurement for a standard mattress and you can't go wrong with it.
If you are wanting a bigger one than that, it will have to be a special order. The ones I make are no longer than 56".
Most fabric rolls are 44" wide which is perfect for the backing width, but a larger width back to accommodate for a larger quilt will have to be customized for the extra width.
The bigger the quilt, the longer the baby can use it. A regular sized mattress quilt can be used for a newborn or a toddler.
Let's look at the type of baby blanket and the general size:
Receiving Blanket - 28" x 34"
Baby Blanket - 34" x 46'
Toddler Blanket - 42-46" x 52 - 58 "
Baby crib Blanket 30" x 36 "
Standard crib quilt - 36" x 54"
If you are wanting a square baby blanket, you need to order according by baby size. Of course, you can always get a larger size to be used longer than just a baby size.
Babies grow so fast, it is best to think ahead and get one that can be used for a longer period of time.
This is what I go by when making a square baby quilt:
Preemie - 18" - 20" square
Between preemie and newborn - 20" x 24" square
Newborn Baby - 30" square
Baby blanket - 34" - 36" square
Receiving blanket - 38" - 40" square
Child blanket 40" - 44" square
I hope this helps you make a decision on the size of baby blanket you need. Keep in mind, babies need room to grow, so get one he can use for longer than a couple of months.
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