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One of the first things a new parent learns, amidst the sleep deprivation and endless diaper changes, is that their tiny baby grows FAST. It seems like each new month (or even week!) brings another development—they laugh for the first time, their hair is growing in, they can keep their head up longer, a tooth is popping through. And as parents frantically add each of these big moments to their baby memory books, making sure it’s all documented, they often realize that they need more pictures to look back and remember all of the many changes that happened from month to month. That’s where baby milestone blankets come in and why they are such a smart (and fun!) purchase for a family expecting a new baby.
What are baby milestone blankets?
A milestone blanket is one of those things parents always say “I’m so glad I had one of those!” There’s nothing better than flipping through an album of your baby from the first day to the 365th day of their life, all on the same blanket. Plus, a milestone blanket offers you the chance to “mark” their age—whether it’s three months or six, so when you look back on old pictures, you don’t have to wonder how old your baby was.
What is the best size for a baby milestone blanket?
Baby milestone blankets come in a variety of sizes, mostly starting at 30″ x 40″ and going all the way up to 60″ x 80.” Consider the size of your space when purchasing—where you do you think you’ll lay out the blanket for a pic? How far out do you want to zoom so you can include the entire design? Also, consider that baby will be growing, so a small one might be perfect for your tiny newborn, but once they’re a squirmy 10-month-old, you might wish you’d have purchased a bigger one.
How to take pictures on a milestone blanket
It’s simple, really, and super fun! Usually around the first of the month (or honestly, whenever you think of it because we know you’re still in that desperate “When does parenting get less exhausting? phase) you lay out your blanket and check for good lighting (you are taking a picture after all). Then you set up the rest—how will you “mark” the month? Did your blanket come with a ring to encircle the number or numbered cards to place? If not, you can choose whatever marker or cut-out you want, like an empty picture frame, your favorite bracelet, or even just make a circle with a piece of string or ribbon. Or, make your own numbered cards out of card stock or felt!
Finally, once the blanket is set up, place your baby down on it, and get ready to snap those pics and share away with everyone you love.