Baby blanket

Nothing is more exciting for a couple than the arrival of a newborn baby and before you welcome your little one into the world, it’s important to make all the necessary preparations.

This includes having a selection of clothing and toys ready, as well as the one thing every infant needs to stay cosy and warm in those early days – a baby blanket.

If you’re a dab hand at knitting, then why not have a go at making a baby blanket yourself? The late stages of pregnancy can be particularly trying for mothers and if you’re looking for something to keep you occupied and relaxed, knitting is the perfect hobby. Here are four things to keep in mind when choosing your baby blanket wool or yarn:

1. Before you start you’ll have to gather all the right materials before getting started, such as needles if you don’t have them already, instructions and yarn.

2. Do you already know the sex of your baby? If so, then this could help you choose the colour of the yarn you’ll be knitting with – blue for a boy and pink for a girl, as tradition dictates. However, don’t feel like you have to stick to these rules and if you’re feeling creative, you could opt for a bolder shade and even mix and match, like in the image above!

3. No matter what colour you plump for, you must ensure your yarn is soft, as this will make your little one feel comfortable when adjusting to their new surroundings.

4. Remember to make sure whatever fibre you choose is easily washable. As every new mother will know, things don’t always go to plan and there may be more occasions than you’d hoped for when washing your baby’s blanket is needed!