Do all children choose a favorite blanket? As far as I can tell, they do! I bought or received – and then monogrammed – probably dozens of baby blankets before my twins arrived, and I loved them all. Somehow — out of all of these choices — my boys both settled on white plush blankets from Barefoot Dreams … embroidered with a castle and “sweet soul.” Baptismal gifts from their godmother, the blankets have been treasured companions for six years now. I shudder to think of losing one! Unfortunately, these particular blankets were discontinued shortly afterwards — meaning I was too late to purchase a spare for rotation.
My twinks stayed in their cribs until they were about three and a half years old, but even after they moved into “big boy beds,” their blankets were really the only cover that they wanted. Of course, I’ve dressed their beds with coverlets and quilts — and they used those — but their comfort was always that blanket.
Lately, they have been telling me that they are too tall for their blankets … and I need to find a bigger version! Exactly how is a mom supposed to do that? Barefoot Dreams does make a plush twin blanket, but it is missing that all-important satin ribbon that so many baby blankets have … including the ones I’m trying to super-size. It’s totally the silky-soft combo, don’t you think? Those blankets also don’t match the color scheme, so you can guess how I feel about that! Ha! Little Giraffe — another perpetual baby blanket fave — doesn’t have any twin-sized options, so no luck there. Color me empty-handed.
But look what I found while cruising the aisles of Target? The Simply Shabby Chic Cozy Blanket — available in lavender, pink, aqua and white. Score! With the Chic Cozy Blanket coming in at $49.99 for a twin — compared to $189 for the Barefoot Dreams twin blanket — my pocketbook wasn’t quite as chagrined at the “yes, I always purchase two of everything” phenomenon that we twin moms are so familiar with. After all, I’d rather spend that money on their Euro shams from Leontine Linens!
Best of all, my boys were beyond delighted … and now they curl up with their baby blanket and their big boy blanket. At least the twin blanket won’t be nearly as embarrassing when it goes to college with them. And isn’t the most important thing about a “big boy” room that it is comfortable for the sweet souls who occupy it?