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Receiving blankets for newborn

(17 Posts)
moomin35 Tue 15-Apr-14 12:36:06

Sorry lots of questions today! Do we have to take in your own blanket(s) for baby to be wrapped in when baby is born in hospital? Is there a particular kind/size/type etc to take? And is this whats called a "receiving blanket". Do we take one in along with the babygrow, hat and mitts I presume?

PenguinsLoveFishFingers Tue 15-Apr-14 13:06:02

As far as I recall, no. They have towels and blankets and things. Memory is pretty hazy though.

We did have a blanket for tucking in around DD1 in the car seat.

WeeClype Tue 15-Apr-14 13:20:08

I'd check with the midwife as I'm sure every area won't be the same. My hospital provide everything, blankets, nappies etc I even got clothes for the baby as I never took in enough vests and baby gro's hmm my DD decided she was going to be sick on every time she was changed.

pmgkt Tue 15-Apr-14 13:23:08

No they supply blankets while you are in, but depending one for the car seat on the way home

katandkits Tue 15-Apr-14 13:23:52

Hospital will have blankets.
Cellular pram/Moses basket size blankets are a good size for a newborn but not very stretchy. Giant muslins are handier for swaddling. You dont need to pack them for hospital though.
Baby shops have lovely pram blankets which are great for your pram and car seat. Tk maxx often have some good bargains in this area.

Artandco Tue 15-Apr-14 13:35:29

A 'receiving blanket ' is to pass baby around easier originally as baby would be wrapped up from cold ( no central heating), and a bigger bundle was easier than a loose baby!

Kind of the same today. You can wrap baby up then give to relatives / friends to hold without worrying one wont hold babies arms/ legs / body in right way. Bundled up there only really is one way. On your lap

ThinkIveBeenHacked Tue 15-Apr-14 13:39:02

The hospital blankets are amazing - I wish id snaffled one when I had dd

moomin35 Wed 16-Apr-14 10:28:30

I guess I better ask where i plan to give birth. Do some places really provide you with a blanket to take away?

Mrswellyboot Wed 16-Apr-14 10:31:08

I packed a couple of small cellular blankets (think they were from aldi actually) but hospital gave us them. I used ours for going home. Also liked the white home washed ones over the hospital one.

PenguinsLoveFishFingers Wed 16-Apr-14 10:31:22

I don't think anyone is saying that they got one to take home, just that they had blankets to use whilst they were in. Or am I mis-reading someone?

ThinkIveBeenHacked Wed 16-Apr-14 10:35:46

Blankets to use in the hospital only, not to take away.

Think you get a hat though!! usually knitted by some granny that lives roubd the corner of the hospital

PenguinsLoveFishFingers Wed 16-Apr-14 10:38:53

Hacked - in my hospital it was a bit of tubular bandage twisted back on itself. Glam!

rallytog1 Thu 17-Apr-14 12:46:53

I know a few people who've 'accidentally' taken the hospital blankets home with them! They're so lovely and it's hard to find anything similar to buy anywhere.

Your hospital will definitely have blankets for the baby as soon as it is born - can you imagine them just leaving a newborn to freeze because you didn't bring a blanket?!

crazykat Thu 17-Apr-14 12:53:22

Our hospital had blankets to use while there but you couldn't take them with you.

I took a couple of blankets anyway as I wanted to use my own. I just used Moses basket sized ones which were soft cotton and a warmer knitted blanket for going from hospital to car as they were all winter babies.

ShadowFall Thu 17-Apr-14 16:59:22

Our hospital provided blankets and little sheets to use in the hospital cribs. They were hospital property and not to be taken away from the hospital though.

moomin35 Thu 17-Apr-14 17:58:25

Oh I see, so I do need to take my own in then? That was what I was asking really.

katandkits Thu 17-Apr-14 18:26:58

Yes, just one to put over the baby when going home in the car seat if it is cold or night time. Any sort of baby blanket will do for that, I would use a small pram blanket. Of course if it is 25 degrees the baby will not need a blanket on!

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