Blanket Sizes

1. Preemie & Newborn(4 lb +): 15" square up to 20" square

  • This would be in the softest knit/crocheted yarn in baby friendly colors
  • A very small blanket (16"x16") can easily wrap a premature baby but in many hospitals they prefer a 30"x30" blanket used to cover the entire bassinet, so any size is utilized.

2. Newborn (0 – 6 months): 20" square to 24" square

  • This would be in the softest knit/crocheted yarn in baby friendly colors
  • We prefer the 'square' for the preemie, newborn and infant as it's easier to wrap and cuddle a baby in a square

3. Infant (6 months – 1 year): 24" square up to 35" square

  • This would be in the softest knit/crocheted yarn in baby friendly colors
  • We prefer the 'square' for the preemie, newborn and infant as it's easier to wrap and cuddle a baby in a square

4. Toddler (age 2 – 4): 35" x 45" or approximate (ie: 40x50)

  • They have so many printed panels that are suitable for toddlers and we believe that's the approximate size they are or thereabouts. As they become toddlers, they are taller and don't need to be wrapped in the blanket, just cuddle under it; it can be more rectangular.

5. Youth (age 5 – 9): 40"x50" or approximate

  • Again, for youth or young children ages 5-9, they can be more rectangular as they are stretching up.

6. Tween (age 10 – 13): 40" x 60" or approximate

  • There was such a big span from a 5 year old to a 13 year old, we added that in be-'tween' stage and gave them a larger blanket. We just had an experience where a 13 year old received a blanket that was way too small for him and it would probably have suited a 5 year old in the youth category. That's why we added another category to cover the older youth (or 'tween') that will be taller and bigger than the youth.

7. Teen (age 14 – 17): 40" x 65" - 70" + or approximate

  • These can be larger, but again, keeping in mind, we want them to be bright and colourful to cheer them up. This size can cover 'almost' adult size young people, so any larger size is suitable. Our one concern is that they not be too thick as some chapters require them to be folded into a package that will fit into an ambulance along with other blanket sizes. For this size, chapters have been trying to make lots of fleece blankets as they are cuddly, soft and warm but don't take up as much room when folded. There have been many comments about tied fleece blankets and the knots being so uncomfortable when wrapped under the individuals. Check with the chapter you are considering assisting to ensure they accept the knotted fleece blankets and not just the fringed or edged style.

PLEASE NOTE: Always check with your local chapter for sizes needed or accepted in their area. For example, not all chapters have the facility to use preemie blankets.