Know your BABY’S BLANKET & QUILT SIZE

baby blanket size

Baby blankets are one of those things that people love to make. They can be crocheted, knitted, quilted or sewn with suitable material.

Baby Blankets are also among one of those most frequently bought gifts when someone you know have a baby. And it can also be one of the useless gifts they must receive from well meaning relatives and friends – after one month or two that pretty blanket gifted by your aunt is big enough to wrap your tiffin, not your happy wriggly baby.

I measured one such blanket and it measured just about 22 inches. Not nearly big enough to cover, let alone swaddle, a happy healthy and active three month old baby. And babies do grow up pretty fast.

A cozy swaddle in a blanket can give your baby the same comfort she or he got in the womb. The quality of sleep of your baby is increased as a result of the improved comfort while sleeping. Make a big enough one for your little baby so that you will not have to look for another blanket before a month is out. But not too big that you cannot roll it up and keep it in your bag for any emergency when you are traveling with the baby.

Let us see what are the standard sizes for a baby blanket or quilt. So that, next time you are out shopping for a baby blanket or about to make one yourself you will have a useful one in which the baby can be swaddled cozily, or rest peacefully.

baby blanket sizes

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how to sew a baby blanket

Typical body length of babies 

A preemie is typically 13″ – 18 inch long ; newborn baby is 18″-23″ long ; a 3-6 month old baby is 22″-27″ long ; a 6-9 month old baby is 25″-30″ long.

Typical dimensions of mattresses 

Small Cradle – 15″ x 30″ ; Large Cradle – 18″ x 33″ ; Crib  – 28″ x 52″

crib sheet

BABY QUILT SIZES

You spend so much time to lovingly sew up countless fabric pieces to make a baby quilt and  in a few months time the baby grows too big for the quilt – you will be so disappointed. A big enough quilt can be used for many many years even after your baby has outgrown it, as a throw or as picnic blanket. 

The standard Crib bed mattress size is 27 inch * 52 inch. You can make a crib quilt of 36 inch * 54 inch for this mattress, which will give a good enough overhang also. The width of 36 inch can be increased to about 45 inch, so that you get more overhang. 

For a standard baby quilt a 40-42 inch square is a good measure, as you can use a single fabric which is 44 inch wide for the backing. A big quilt of 45 inch by 60 inch is a good size which will hold for many years, even after the baby has grown. The sizes mentioned for the baby blankets below are applicable for baby quilts as well. 

Standard sizes of Baby blankets

This is one crib sheet which belonged to my daughter and has been through countless washes but is still very soft, smooth and nice – the consequence of buying a good quality cotton sheet with a close weave and high thread count. Check out the post on the 20 different good quality fabrics you should look at when choosing bed linen

 WidthLength
Receiving blanket28 inch34 inch
Baby Blanket34 inch46 inch
Baby Afghan30 inch40 inch
Toddler Blanket42-46 inch52-58 inch
Baby crib Blanket30 inch36 inch
Standard crib quilt / crib blanket36 inch54 inch

Size of a Baby blanket as a square

Small Preemie Baby18- 20 inch square ( 45-50 cms)
Large preemie baby24 inch square
Newborn Baby30 inch square(75 cms)
Baby blanket34-36 inch square
Swaddling blanket
45 inch square
Child afghan / blanket40-44 inch square ( 102 -112 cms)
Receiving blanket40 inch square

A light to medium weight fabric which is breathable and preferably has a stretch, is the fabric of choice for making baby blankets. Fabrics like cotton or light weight flannel are the best choices. There are even ecofriendly blankets made in organic cotton or bamboo. It is better to avoid making baby blankets in fleece as it can stick to the skin of the baby.Choose a hypoallergenic fabric if possible. Ensure that you are not using any rough material or synthetic material to sew blankets for babies.

If you have handmade the blanket yourself or embroidered letters or initials of your baby on it you will want to keep it for a long time. Not throw it away after one month or two.

I have seen pretty baby blankets used as a throw and they look wonderful draped over the arm of a sofa. Get the size right and it is a keep sake for, you never know, generations. Also remember, a swaddled baby is a happy baby.

blanket sizes

Here are some cute baby embroidery design motifs  you can embroider on your finished baby blanket/quilt

embroidery for kids clothes

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Comments 18

  1. Thank you so much for all this info. It was truely helpful. We didn’t have a baby in our family for a very long time, and measurements had to be googled often. This guide is just awesome.

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  2. You have a lot of great information here, thank you. However, I take exception to your comments about fabric choice. Many mothers love fleece blankets for their infants; they are warm and very easy to wash. I have never heard of the problem of the fabric sticking to a baby’s skin; maybe a preemie, and maybe not suitable to wrap a damp baby in after a bath, but in general fine. Also I do not understand your comment about only natural fabrics. I no longer live in the USA and where I live, natural fabrics are hard to come by and people tend to use remnants and recycle old items where the fabric content cannot be discerned by the average sewist. I think blanket statements such as yours are unhelpful as they discourage people from using what they have or can afford. I hope in the future you will use qualifiers such as “I believe it is preferable to use… for these reasons…” rather than up-and-down do/do not. Other than this, I loved the post.

    1. Hanna,
      The comment about fleece sticking to the baby’s skin refers to the event of a fire. In a fire fleece will melt as it is polyester and stick to the baby’s skin causing severe burns and scarring. In a fire, cotton and other natural fabrics will ignite and quickly turn to ash and cause less damage to baby.

      Also, she suggested that cotton and natural fabrics are the best choices, not mandatory. When I read people’s blogs, I always consider that what they are writing is their opinion, what works for them. I take what I need/want and leave the rest behind. There are way too many resources out there, often giving conflicting advice. Take what you can use, and move to the next one! Happy quilting!

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      Hi Hanna,
      What you said is somewhat right – I should not persume that everyone has access to all kinds of fabric. But what I have written is from my experience. I have a very sensitive kid and she always complains if anything synthetic touches her skin. You can read from this post on fleece fabric that it is made of synthetic fibers. And in the event of a fire you know synthetic fiber melts and sticks. So my opinion stands. But then there are countries where cotton is also banned because it catches fire faster. And many of the commercial blankets for kids available in the market are made of fleece.

  3. I was given inches 16inches across by 25 inches to 29 inches down by someone who knits for neo natal unit in Manchester chenille wool from James C Brett on line does this seem correct to you?
    Regards Brenda

  4. Exactly what i needed, been a while since a infant around and i need to make disney theme items. I have fabrics i bought that are knit or lycra/spandex. to make little blanket that they could also drag around when a toddler. I’m leaning towards 36″ square with just a silk ribbon binding? Baby will be born in Arizona hot July weather and i’ll make those out of gauze fabric. Thanks so much for this info.

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  5. Thank you for writing this, it was very helpful to have so much information in one place. It would be nice to have a printable chart for size reference added.

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      Hi Lucia
      Glad to know that it was helpful to you. I suppose you can just save the picture (with the measurement) on the post by right clicking it and then clicking save.

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