I took a plan trip with a 3 month old baby last week, meeting connecting flights in both directions. Along the way, I picked up a couple of new uses for the ever-present receiving blanket.
- As a teething toy – Tie a knot in one corner of the blanket to give baby something to hold and chew.
- As a nursing cover – Most receiving blankets aren’t quite big enough to make a really good nursing cover, but remember that knot you tied in the corner? Catch that corner over the baby’s head and you’ll find that the rest of the blanket covers the business areas rather handily. The pocket formed by the knot makes it harder for baby to surprise you and bystanders by tugging the blanket loose.
- As a changing pad – Lay blanket down before you change baby to protect the surface beneath.
- For playing/lying on the floor or other questionable surfaces – Many receiving blankets are printed only on one side, so they have a “right” side and a “wrong” side. Just place blanket wrong side down to give baby a clean surface to lie or play. Re-use as many times as desired, always placing wrong side down. In between uses, I like to fold mine carefully to keep the wrong side from touching the right side.
- A play surface for legos, etc – Spread the blanket on your play surface for quieter play. Clean up is a snap: just gather all 4 corners
- To cover an infant seat – Drape over an infant seat to give baby a private area for napping or unwinding. If your baby becomes used to this, it becomes a portable bedroom and baby always feels right at home no matter where you are.
- To catch people jumping from a burning building – Stretch the 4 corners between 4 strong people and…well, maybe not…
- To wrap a baby gift – Use a receiving blanket and a bit of ribbon to wrap baby gifts, or to pad and decorate a basket of baby goodies. Cute and useful!
- As a burp rag – Handy, and it does the job.
- Make a quilt – If standard issue receiving blankets are too small for your taste, cut 2 or 3 into squares and assemble into a simple quilt that is more to your taste.
- As an emergency cloth diaper – Most receiving blankets are flannel, the perfect fabric for cloth diapers. Just fold yours into the right size & shape and lay inside a waterproof cover. It’ll do in a pinch.
- As a lap cover – Did the baby manage to ruin your clothes? Drape a blanket over your lap to hide the damage until you can change. If it’s going to be a while, try tying the blanket around your waist or wrapping it loosely around the baby and letting it drape strategically over the problem area. With a baby in your arms, nobody will give your fashion choices a second thought.
- Adjustable blankets for baby – Add or remove lightweight receiving blankets to keep baby comfortable in varying temperatures.
I’m sure you can add to the list. What else do you do with receiving blankets?