Soft Baby Blankets
Looking for the softest baby blanket? If so, there's no doubt that you can't get any softer than faux fur or minky.
Here are two examples: the one on the left is a $50 blanket from Pottery Barn Kids and the other has both faux fur and minky (with the soft little bumps) on Amazon for just $17.99.
These (very) soft baby blankets feel wonderful to the touch. We have large faux fur blankets in our home to snuggle under while watching television. But we don't think they are the best option as a soft baby blanket. Here's why:
They're 100% Polyester
Sellers use terms like "sherpa fleece" or "sherpa baby blanket" or "chamois" to sound exotic, but it's polyester. We even saw a description of sherpa fleece as 100% vegan. Of course it's vegan! It's artificial - the device you're reading this on is too - we're not talking about food here!
We don't have a problem with an all-synthetic baby blanket. Just be clear about what you are getting.
These materials are factory-produced into rolls, cut into baby blanket shapes, then finished into blankets. You're told nothing about conditions in the factory or all the energy consumed by their machines. Perhaps that's OK with you, but you do have other options.
They Are Not Very Breathable
We're pretty familiar with these materials because we use them for the backs of our smaller blankets called loveys (the fronts are hand-knitted). Because it's a small item, breathability is not a major issue, but we would not be comfortable using faux fur or minky for a larger blanket that could easily get wrapped around a baby's head.
A Better Option?
Given the source of these faux fur blankets, why not consider hand-knitted? Softness varies with yarn and we can point you in the right direction.
Hand-knitted items are also inherently breathable, because hand-knitting produces many small holes for air to pass through. You've probably noticed this in hand-knitted scarves or hats that old ladies in rocking chairs used to make!
See all the holes in a hand-knitted blanket below? There's also machine knitting, which doesn't necessarily produce the same result.
Our blankets are knitted by a group of 10 women who work in the living room of the house we built in rural part of Nicaragua, the poorest country in Central America. These expert knitters sit on our sofa or in rocking chairs, with fans overhead and music playing if they wish.
There's no pressure on them. They finish when they are able, but often help each other so that as many as possible complete a blanket each week (and get paid).
Helping the Poor
Our knitters work to feed their families in a country with almost no jobs. 100% of the "profits" from Sheep Dreamzzz blankets goes to them. Sheep Dreamzzz is part of Sheep Not Goats, a 501(c) (3) charity specifically designed to help the poor.
We don't give a "portion" to charity - we are a charity and not a penny from Sheep Dreamzzz sales provides income to anyone other than the knitters in Nicaragua. You'll feel great knowing that you helped a family in need. We even tell you who made your blanket and a little about her.
Construction & Materials
Sheep Dreamzzz blankets are all knitted by hand. This is a time-consuming process that yields an heirloom blanket with quality like that old grandma might produce, in fact since our ladies make so many of them, they're probably better.
Most of our blankets are blends of cotton or wool and synthetics, mostly acrylic or nylon. We choose our yarn very carefully and with experience have learned which produce the softest baby blankets.
Almost all blankets found on Amazon, at Target, Pottery Barn, etc. are completely polyester or some other synthetic and made in a foreign factory in order to yield a high profit margin for whoever puts their label on it. They are in business to make a profit.
But Sheep Dreamzzz is not. We do this to help women in the poorest country in Central America. So they can feed their families. We hope you appreciate that. We know that whoever receives a Sheep Dreamzzz blanket from you will!
The gift that is so much more - ★★★★★
Gorgeous soft and cozy blankets that are very well made, thoughtfully wrapped, and bearing a personal note about the knitter. Steve and Sandy have been changing the lives of women in Nicaragua by giving them much needed training, skills, and employment. My daughter, who is expecting her first child, loved not only the gender neutral tones of the blanket and lovey that we chose for her, but also the fact that disadvantaged women were being helped to raise their own standard of living and that of their families. Beautiful gift that does so much more. I plan to buy more for the daughters of my friends.
Our Softest Handmade Blankets
Soon we'll have a way to search for our softest blankets, but here's the list: