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What can you gift the parents of a new-born baby who have everything? Parents who have already had a baby or two will already have objects like a crib, baby’s clothes, a pram and most other items, but the one gift that is always appreciated is a personalized or handmade knitted blanket. Home knitted baby blankets are much better than shop-purchased baby blankets and can either be passed down or kept to give to the baby twenty years later as an heirloom.
Up until fifty years ago, many people, such as aunts and grandmothers knitted and it was fairly common to see hand-knitted baby blankets. This all but died out in the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties, but handcrafts have seen a resurgence in the new millennium. This has to be a positive sign. Coupled with this is the fact that contemporary wools, yarns and other fibres are more sturdy and safer than ever before.
That means that a hand-knitted baby blanket is a better gift than ever before. There are dozens of colours and textures which makes it easy for the knitter to match any theme that the parents may have decided on for the baby’s nursery.
A hand-knitted quilt or blanket is a very special gift which can either be passed down to the next baby or can be put away to be a present for the ‘baby’ at a later date, in the same way that a bride might put away her bridal gown for her daughter if she ever has one.
When you are deciding on a design for your baby blanket, you ought to make safety your prime consideration. That should include thought for the size or the blanket. The blanket has to fit the cot precisely so that there are no dangerous folds or gaps. The weave should also be tight enough so that small fingers and toes cannot get tangled up in them.
It is not a good idea to have beads sewn into the blanket either. That is because babies soon start teething and you do not want your baby to bite off a few beads and choke on them. Traditionally, parents used blue colours for a boy baby and pink for a girl and although this distinction blurred for a few decades it is being respected again so you will have to find out the sex of the baby – subtly if the knitted blanket is going to be a surprise present.
There is no parent in the world that would not treasure a hand-knitted blanket or quilt for their new baby. It is a very extraordinary present that really will be considered as an heirloom to be passed down through the family or kept as a very extraordinary twenty-first birthday present. Embroider your name in a corner so that the person you gifted it to will always remember you as well.
Owen Jones, the writer of this article, writes on many topics, but is currently involved with Valentines Day Gift Baskets. If you have an interest in romantic gifts, please go over to our website now at Romantic Gifts Ideas
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