Mark Every Moment With a Baby Milestone Blanket
Despite the sleepless nights and early mornings, the first year with baby will fly by. And before you know it, your little one will be a busy one-year-old. Many parents have the urge to capture every landmark moment, but finding the time to fill in a baby record book or set up a picture-perfect shot can be tough. That’s where a baby milestone blanket comes in.
Unlike a traditional baby blanket, these printed throws typically feature baby’s age, and form the perfect backdrop for monthly snaps. Take a picture on your phone and collate them into a slideshow for baby’s first birthday party, or use an instant polaroid camera to print adorable photographs to display around your home. Looking for something a little different? Many milestone blankets come with cute props, and some options are designed to document major moments in the calendar year, such as baby’s first Christmas, Thanksgiving or birthday. Whatever option you choose, always keep safety top-of-mind. In preparation for your photoshoot, put the blanket on a flat surface at floor level, and remember to never place soft bedding in baby’s crib. Ready to start your search for a monthly milestone blanket? Check out a few of the cutest options below.
Crafted in soft cotton, this sweet blanket is perfect for your little lion (or lioness). It reads “hello world” and lists the months numerically on one side, with a large lion illustration on the reverse. Bonus: The OEKO-TEX-certified material is free from over 400 chemicals, meaning it’s safe for delicate baby skin.
Looking for an Insta-friendly milestone blanket? The search is over. The adorable woodland-themed blanket has a bright, bold design that’ll photograph beautifully. Better yet, you can switch up the look each time you post; rather than circling a number, use one of the photo-prop cards, shaped like leaves, to display baby’s age. And because baby’s growth isn’t the only thing to celebrate, this set also comes with four first holiday cards: Valentine's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Once your little bud hits the one-year mark, use the muslin blanket as a decorative addition to your kiddo’s nursery.
This Etsy seller creates custom rainbow milestone blankets in soft pink hues or blue tones. It comes in six different fabrics, including a stretchy swaddle fabric, a lightweight fleece and cozy plush or sherpa options. And you can add baby’s name for a sweet, personalized touch. One thing to note is that this blanket doesn’t come with the ring prop.
This plush milestone blanket is the perfect backdrop to commemorate baby’s first family celebrations. Rather than listing each month, it boasts all the major holidays including: Halloween, Christmas and Fourth of July. Dress baby in a fun, festive outfit, and snap a photo of them on the blanket in honor of each occasion.
Searching for a baby milestone blanket that fits into your boho aesthetic and meets your eco-conscious values? Check out this option by Earth Baby Outfitters. The wrinkle-resistant blanket is decorated with earth-toned moons and reads, “Live by the sun, love by the moon.” Better yet, it’s made from a sustainable blend of organic cotton and touchably soft tencel.
Next up is a monthly milestone blanket by Gerber Childrenswear. Made with soft muslin, this pick is beautifully crafted and offers the perfect backdrop for at-home photography. Plus, it comes with a soft, moveable frame to mark each month. And at only $13, it’s a real bargain!
Introduce baby to your favorite Disney character with this darling Winnie the Pooh milestone blanket. The blanket boasts black-and-white illustrations of Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and Pooh. And it even comes with a frame in the shape of a honey pot—how sweet!
Shopping for twins? There’s no need to buy two milestone blankets, this option is double the fun. The soft fleece blanket is extra-large, with a designated spot for each sibling. Sold!
Document baby’s achievements and age with this double-sided blanket. One side lets you track baby’s age by days, months or years, while the other lists milestones, like their first smile, wave and step.
Last up on our list of the best baby milestone blankets, is this padded play mat by Role Play Kids. It’s hand-embroidered and made with 200 thread-count cotton for sumptuous softness. Place baby on the right side of the mat and adjust the day, month and year columns on the left, for memorable photos you’ll treasure forever.