In Anticipation of CousinsMonday, August 22, 2011
In a few weeks time, I get to be an auntie and my girls get to be cousins. Over the last week we have been sorting through the baby bedding and putting a care package together for my sister in law*. Of course, the package had to be topped with a new quilt for the baby. The girls are also pretty excited about getting a cousin.
Sorting through the bedding I realised that I really do have a lot of baby quilts. It got me to thinking about what makes a good baby quilt and this is what I came up with:
- Baby's are not always clean - make the quilt washable
- Mum's are often pushed for time - make it MACHINE washable, quilt it tight so that it will hold up to the machine.
- Some Mum's are scared of what the machine might do - prewash and dry the quilt so all the shrinking is over and done with.
- Babies love cuddles and soft things - consider using flannelette backing.
- Babies temperatures are very sensitive - use materials that will breathe, avoid polarfleece or polyester batting.
*For those of you who were at the engagement party on the weekend and are wondering where the bump was, all I can say is it's the OTHER sister in law.