So, how do you pick the best children’s fleece blanket?
The ideal fleece blanket is perfect for snuggling with your little one or cuddling together for an evening’s read. Good fleece blankets are, soft, smooth and durable, on the flipside, the wrong fleece blanket can shed all over the room, turn into a pilly mess after the first wash and in the worst case, trigger an allergic reaction such as sneezing and itching. So, what should you know before you buy? First, look for high-quality materials.
The term “fleece” has come to cover a range of materials and a variety of thicknesses. Some companies have trademarked their fleece fabrics (for instance Arctic©), while others use numbers, like 100 or 200, to describe their blankets. Instead of getting mired down by the terminology, look for these important distinctions. Here at Zero to Three Club we proudly carry and stand by our Arctic Fleece Throw Blankets for kids.
SYNTHETIC FLEECE: Often referred to as “polar fleece” or microfleece, synthetic fleece was created as a lightweight alternative to wool. The result is a soft, feather-light blanket that provides incredible warmth. In addition to being lighter than cotton fleece, it’s generally less expensive. There are a number of trademarked fleeces on the market, but the fabrics are generally very similar. An important distinction to look for is whether the fleece is “pill resistant.” Lower quality fleece blankets are prone to shedding.
COTTON FLEECE: Cotton fleece is made from the same material as cotton sweatshirts and sweatpants, except it’s sewn so that the soft pile is showing on both sides. These blankets are generally more expensive and a little heavier than polar fleece, and therefore preferred for colder winter months. If you or your child have allergies, then cotton fleece is a great alternative to polar fleece because it’s made from natural fibers. One important thing to keep in mind is that cotton fleece tend to shrink, so pay attention to care instructions to prolong fleece’s life.
Second, to ensure you’re buying the right blanket for your child, check the weight (or thickness) of the fleece. Fleece weight might have a big impact and if too heavy might not be a good choice for a baby, however older children can use heavier fleece.
LIGHT: The term “microfleece” can mean a number of things in the world of synthetic fleece. Generally, microfleece is the most lightweight (or thinnest) polar fleece. It’s perfect preferred by children, exactly for that reason, these thinner blankets become ‘lovey’ and tend to get dragged around. If this the case, most certainly the synthetic fleece is the best choice.
HEAVY: Visually, it can be difficult to determine which synthetic fleece blankets are thicker than others, unless you are comparing apples to apples, where you can clearly distinguish the difference. If you look at the care tag you should be able to see numbers 100 or 200. In the scale of synthetic fleeces, 100 is the step up from microfleece and is followed by 200, which is the thickest and therefore warmest blanket you’ll see.
At Zero to Three Club, we are extremely selective who we work with in terms of suppliers and manufacturers. We care for kids, and we stand by our product.
Enjoy the selection of Woven Throw Blanket, Mink Sherpa Throw Blanket and Arctic Fleece Throw Blanket of different sizes. Make it personal with our easy story telling personalization method and don’t forget to match it up with Personalized Pillows and Personalized Crib Sheets for a full nursery package.