Hospitals are always in need of appropriately-sized blankets for their tiny angels and some of our volunteers like to provide them along with their diapers. I am often asked what those "appropriate sizes" are.
When our volunteers make blankets to specifically coordinate with individual diaper sets, they often use:
Anything between 18 x 18 inches and 22 x 22 inches to go with the small sets
Anything between 22 x 22 inches and 24 x 24 inches to go with the large sets
What Materials Should I Use?
All materials are welcome for bereavement blankets. Flannel, cotton, quilted, crocheted, knitted, knits. Whatever your skills and resources are, blankets bless families! We recommend against fleece for the tiniest blankets, as the fuzz gets stuck on their usually damp skin. And if you use cotton, you must use flannel on one side that is the soft side against their extra fragile angel baby skin. Flannel blankets should be double thickness to help with the moisture of these very small babies.It is also OK to put cotton on one side and flannel on the other side.
Knitted or crocheted blankets are also great, especially if they are slightly muted in color. Knitted or crocheted blankets should be closely woven with no large holes for extremely tiny hands and legs to be caught on or slip through. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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