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I’ve had four kids now, so you would think I had this mothering thing down. Every child is so different though, so I feel like I learn something new every time. Austin still loves to wake up at night to nurse, so he’s getting a lot of extra liquid. Every night I’ve had a choice: do I change his diaper in the middle of the night, causing him to have a hard time getting back to sleep, or do I leave it and deal with changing wet sheets at 5 am? This was every single night, and it was starting to get old. The solution for us was Huggies OverNites Diapers. No more diaper changes in the middle of the night, and no daily sheet changes at the crack of dawn. We’ve both been sleeping better, and anyone with a baby knows how important that is!
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It’s also important to make sure that baby stays nice and warm to sleep well. While it isn’t safe to put a baby to bed with a blanket, you can still use one to help put them to sleep. Flannel receiving blankets are always so soft and cute, but they are never big enough to use very long. I thought of an idea to reuse them and make them into a bigger blanket that baby can keep using long after they have outgrown their swaddle.
To make this easy baby quilt, you’ll need:
- flannel receiving blankets
- 1 yard of flannel for the backing
Cut your receiving blankets into squares. I made mine 10.5 inches square, but you can make them bigger or smaller for a different look. I had four blankets, and I cut three squares of each for a total of 12 squares. This made a 29 1/2 x 39 inch baby quilt.
Arrange your squares and sew them, right sides together, with 1/2-inch seams. I like to start by sewing them into rows like the photo below, and then sew the rows together. Make sure to iron the seams open as you go.
Cut your backing to be the same size as the finished quilt top. Pin the top and backing with right sides together. Sew around the quilt, leaving an opening a few inches wide for turning the quilt.
Clip the corners without cutting the thread. Turn the quilt right-side-out through the opening and iron all of the edges flat.
Top stitch around the entire edge quilt which will also sew your opening shut. I used a decorative stitch with a contrasting color thread, but you can also just do a regular stitch.
This was so easy to put together, and it would make a great baby shower gift! I even had enough fabric leftover to make some matching burp cloths!
I think Austin likes it! I just had to share this cuteness. He put the blanket over his head and was playing peek-a-boo! This kid seriously melts my heart! I can’t believe he’s almost a year old already.
Also take a look at How to Make a Blanket for a Baby.