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What is a Receiving Blanket and how is a Receiving Blanket different from a Swaddle?

The name receiving blanket comes from the fact that this is usually the first blanket used to wrap up newborns so that their parents can officially "receive" their newest family member. A receiving blanket is one of the most common items that parents receive as a gift when getting ready for the baby’s arrival. Made from thin, soft material—often cotton, flannel or plush. A receiving blanket is an extremely versatile accessory that you’ll find yourself using for almost everything. They can be used as burp cloths, changing table covers, play mats or as a protective barrier when your child is on the floor. The blankets can also be used as a breastfeeding cover or simply to keep your baby warm after a bath. 

Receiving Blankets vs. Swaddling 

Receiving blankets and swaddling blankets actually have many differences between them. The swaddling blanket is usually larger in size, 47 by 47 inches versus 30 by 30 inches for the receiving blanket. Though receiving blankets are large enough to swaddle an infant, your baby will quickly outgrow them and prefer something larger. Receiving blankets do not have too much elasticity to them, if any at all. The swaddling blanket easily stretches so that you can securely tuck your child in. Some swaddling blankets come with attachments that make it easier to envelop in your child. Others unsnap on the bottom for easy diaper changes.

The Gray Way Baby carries a large selection of traditional swaddling blankets and swaddling sacks or wearable swaddles. The traditional swaddling blankets are all made from 100% natural cotton muslin or bamboo muslin fabric. The wearable swaddles are the "World's Only Legs In & Legs Out 2-in-1 Swaddles" patented and trademarked. 

How many swaddles do you need?

This really depends on the family and how often you do your laundry. But at a minimum, two swaddles are recommended. One to wrap your baby in and one to change if they spit up or have an accident. If your baby frequently spits up, more are recommended. Four to eight swaddles is most common. 

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