Burp cloths, receiving blankets, swaddles. WAIT, what are they each used for?
Let’s break it down really quick. It can be confusing, all this parent lingo!
1. Receiving blankets
These are thin blankets used when feeding baby, for spit up, swaddling a newborn, for diaper changes, or really anytime.
Not very absorbent but relatively large, which makes them easy to use.
Standard size is 30 inch x 30 inch, but depending on the company, can be smaller or larger than this.
Many are flannel, which makes them soft and warm
2. Burp cloths
Thicker and smaller than receiving blankets used primarily for feeding a baby and burping a baby.
These can come in various sizes an shapes. These are more absorbent than receiving blankets and ARE MY GO TO WHEN FEEDING A BABY.
The largest of the three linens listed.
THESE ARE MY OVERALL FAVORITE
They can be used to swaddle a baby, for tummy time on the floor, feeding/burping, diaper changes when out, a nursing cover, a drape over the carseat, as a baby blanket in the carseat or when being held, to use on the changing table as a cover over the pad, to play peak-a-boo and more.
The term Muslin refers to how the cotton is loosely woven to make this blanket. So now you know when you hear the term Muslin swaddle they are referring to the light, breathable nature of the fabric.
This is the MOST VERSATILE and useful as the baby gets older. Though you can swaddle a newborn with a receiving blanket, these being larger make it easier as baby grows to swaddle or fully cover baby when holding them.
They are thin, very soft and prevent baby from overheating.
Sizes vary, typically between 44 x 44 inches and 47 x 47 inches.
Machine washable and do not quickly show signs of wear
Here is a picture comparing the sizes of a receiving blanket and swaddle.
IN SUMMARY, these three types of linen can ALL be used for feeding a baby, for diaper changes, and for any messes. When making a registry, all three are good to put on, as it is nice to have some of each. I would aim for at least 4-6 swaddles, 6-8 receiving blankets, and at least 8 burp cloths at the minimum. It really all depends on how often you want to do laundry. You can always have extras and you’ll be using them!
Have toothbrushes/travel sized items packed so you don’t have to scramble when you’re in labor grabbing those last minute things that could have been already packed well away.
At least one nursing bra if you plan on breastfeeding to wear
Cell phone charger
For all those adorable pictures you’re going to take of your little babe, along with letting family and friends know about the arrival of baby.
One or two comfortable outfits for lounging in the hospital room and for going home
Yoga pants and a loose fitting t-shirt are my pick for going home, around the room I like to wear a nursing gown and cotton robe 🙂
One or two outfits for newborn (at least one newborn size and one 0-3 size)
Most infants will fit into newborn clothes but it can’t hurt to have a 0-3 month size packed too just in case you have a nice healthy baby! Of course, feel free to bring a few favorites if you’re indecisive like myself.
Fuzzy socks or comfy socks to wear in the room
When you are in labor, it’s nice to wear your own comfy socks or after that first shower at the hospital.
Hairties and comb/brush
For brushing those gorgeous locks!
Optional but NICE to have:
Robe (in case the room/hallways are breezy)
Personal items for baby like muslin swaddles, headbands/hats, favorite infant outfits and an infant going home outfit, letter board to take a cute picture of baby’s arrival, personalized blankets/etc
Makeup – I always pack it but don’t always use it, but it is nice to have the option ❤
Headbands for mama when laboring or afterwards
SNACKS – most cafeterias are open 24/7, but having trail mix, granola bars, crackers or other favorite snacks can’t hurt if you are hungry
Note: You’ll need to have a carseat installed so you have a way to get baby home.
Happy delivery mamas!
❤ Hope, nonstopmomlife.com
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