Congrats! Your baby has graduated from swaddles – to sleep sacks – to blankets. Now that the cooler weather is here, you may be wondering what the best winter blankets are to keep your toddler warm. Below, we’ll talk about the difference between toddler and baby blankets below, as well as our favorite fabrics for winter blankets.
What is the Difference Between a Toddler Blanket and Baby Blanket?
Size is the key difference between baby blankets and toddler blankets. Store-bought baby blankets, like receiving blankets, are generally not large enough to cover a growing toddler. However, baby blankets can still be great soothers for your toddler to snuggle with, but they will not serve as comfortable blankets to cover them when they’re sleeping.
Toddler blankets on the other hand are larger, especially for toddler bedding. These blankets should measure 40×60 inches. This is the standard crib blanket size, although you’ll find many variations, such as:
- 36×50 inches
- 40×50 inches
- 42×52 inches
- 45×60 inches
Best Winter Blankets for Toddlers
Here are some of our favorite winter blankets for toddlers and why we love them…
Fleece blankets. Fleece is such a staple, from toddler items all the way into adulthood! Fleece is particularly wonderful for blankets because it dries so quickly, making it great for messy little ones. Speaking of messes, fleece resists stains. It keeps its softness after washing, too.
Sherpa blankets. These blankets are deliciously cozy. Like fleece, Sherpa is made from 100% polyester, but the fabric is much denser and oh so cozy!
No one knows sherpa quite like American fashion brand, Ugg, and this Casey Sherpa Toddler Blanket option from Buy Buy Baby is crisp and super soft. It is woven with linen and cotton as well for added interest and texture.
Minky blankets. Minky material is 100% polyester with a “brushed pile” that gives it its plushness! These blankets are a wonderful layer for the toddler bed that provide warmth without weight.
This Toddler/Baby Blanket is a chic option and includes a soothing satin border trim. It works well to layer with other bedding or for snuggling up by itself. Pluie CEO, Addie Gundry, uses this blanket for her daughter.
Wool blankets. Wool is a wonderful option. When you find a wool blanket that is deliciously soft, you can forget your own early childhood memories of those scratchy wool outfits! These days, wool can be silky smooth and wicks away moisture while providing the perfect level of warmth.
We love this beautiful blanket option!