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Jul 18, 2019 14:01:30   #
deenashoemaker
 
My 6 week old son had to go to ER because his little toe got wrapped in a yarn. My mother almost died, she made the lacey blanket.
 
Jul 18, 2019 14:27:53   #
seamer45 (a regular here)
 
Here’s my take on baby blankets. The latest thinking is not to put any blankets with a baby in its crib. And I put my babies down with only blankets that were solid and any blanket knit or crochet, was used only when I was with them. The other thing I heard about when I worked on a fabric store was why didn’t we carry flame retardant fabrics. Well they stopped making that fabric because children were found to have the chemicals in their blood. But in fact children often don’t die of burns in fires, they mostly die of smoke inhalation. And keeping the children away from Fire starters of my kind is crucial. I had several women who for nasty and rude about lack of that fabric. Not my fault folks I just sell fabric. So
When they asked what is so if it was my child I gave this advice, no candles lit in their rooms and Don’t
let them smoke in bed. They were always so stunned by my “advice” that they just left. Funny we never lost a customer. They always came back and didn’t ever give me a bad time after that.
Jul 18, 2019 15:31:22   #
mathrox (a regular here)
 
deenashoemaker wrote:
My 6 week old son had to go to ER because his little toe got wrapped in a yarn. My mother almost died, she made the lacey blanket.


My daughter started crying uncontrollably when she was maybe three months old. I couldn't figure it out .... my mother had told me that when in doubt, strip the baby naked and shake out the clothing. So I did that ...diaper and all ... only thing left was her socks ... red cotton socks, commercially made.

First one came off no problem but when I tried to remove the second one, the cries turned to shrieks of agony. Turned it inside out and found that there was a loose thread from the toe seam,tightly wound around her big toe. Grabbed the naked baby, and ran for small scissors and cut the sock off and carefully unwound the thread. Rubbed circulation back into the toe, spoke to the doctor, everything was fine .... crying stopped as soon as the thread was cut.

From then on, she always wore her socks inside out .... they were always solid, cotton, and I inspected all clothing diligently for loose, long threads. Taught her to do that for her babes. Especially with the feet of one-piece footsies that you can't put on inside out because of snaps.

There is no quality control in clothing.
Jul 18, 2019 16:05:51   #
mirl56 (a regular here)
 
fergablu2 wrote:
The new recommendation is to put babies down for the night without any loose bedding. If I give a blanket with decorative openings, I tell the recipient that it should only be used under supervision.


this is what I do, too
Jul 18, 2019 16:22:40   #
deenashoemaker
 
mathrox wrote:
My daughter started crying uncontrollably when she was maybe three months old. I couldn't figure it out .... my mother had told me that when in doubt, strip the baby naked and shake out the clothing. So I did that ...diaper and all ... only thing left was her socks ... red cotton socks, commercially made.

First one came off no problem but when I tried to remove the second one, the cries turned to shrieks of agony. Turned it inside out and found that there was a loose thread from the toe seam,tightly wound around her big toe. Grabbed the naked baby, and ran for small scissors and cut the sock off and carefully unwound the thread. Rubbed circulation back into the toe, spoke to the doctor, everything was fine .... crying stopped as soon as the thread was cut.

From then on, she always wore her socks inside out .... they were always solid, cotton, and I inspected all clothing diligently for loose, long threads. Taught her to do that for her babes. Especially with the feet of one-piece footsies that you can't put on inside out because of snaps.

There is no quality control in clothing.
My daughter started crying uncontrollably when she... (show quote)

WOW😯Surprising how tightly the tiniest threads can get. We couldn't get it off. Dr. had to use a scaple.
Jul 18, 2019 16:39:39   #
grtmema (a regular here)
 
mathrox wrote:
A childrens hospital once asked me NOT to make blankets with holes .... they preferred knitted to crocheted, for that reason.
They said little fingers become tangled in the holes AND, more important, hospital IVs get caught and pulled out ... a disaster.
For personal use, not donation to hospitals, small openings should be fine .... like with double crochets and no skipped spaces. I did a brick pattern with three colors and that was fairly tight .... hospital liked it. The granny style, no good.
The brick pattern one is pictured below.
A childrens hospital once asked me NOT to make bla... (show quote)
Very pretty.
 
Jul 18, 2019 19:06:11   #
mathrox (a regular here)
 
seamer45 wrote:
Here’s my take on baby blankets. The latest thinking is not to put any blankets with a baby in its crib. And I put my babies down with only blankets that were solid and any blanket knit or crochet, was used only when I was with them. The other thing I heard about when I worked on a fabric store was why didn’t we carry flame retardant fabrics. Well they stopped making that fabric because children were found to have the chemicals in their blood. But in fact children often don’t die of burns in fires, they mostly die of smoke inhalation. And keeping the children away from Fire starters of my kind is crucial. I had several women who for nasty and rude about lack of that fabric. Not my fault folks I just sell fabric. So
When they asked what is so if it was my child I gave this advice, no candles lit in their rooms and Don’t
let them smoke in bed. They were always so stunned by my “advice” that they just left. Funny we never lost a customer. They always came back and didn’t ever give me a bad time after that.
Here’s my take on baby blankets. The latest thinki... (show quote)


My babies were born in the 80s when we were told sleepers had to be flame retardant. And not to wash in Ivory soap because it 'killed' the flame retardency .... my take was the same .... no one smoked in our home, EVER! Not allowed.
The babies were not running around barbecue pits. Smoke inhalation is the bigger problem. And polyester clothing MELTS when heated .... cotton fabrics could not be made flame retardant.

My babes grew up in 100% cotton clothing ... thats what they slept in .... blanket sleepers were too hot as I kept my home warm .... but, we DID use blankets (quilts, actually) and padded bumpers AND we put them down on their bellies to sleep so they wouldn't spit up in the middle of the night and aspirated their vomit into their lungs.

It really is amazing that any of them survived. Philosophies change constantly. The best thing is for babies to sleep with mommies ... mine did. I never rolled over on them nor did my husband.
Jul 18, 2019 22:50:39   #
Neeterbug (a regular here)
 
I never knit a baby blanket with holes. I worry about toes and fingers getting twisted in them.
Jul 19, 2019 04:20:14   #
Peggy Beryl
 
For younger babies, some current research suggests they thrive in swaddling clothes--or in modern terms, "sleep sacks." This is what I made for my two great-grandsons. They should be only large enough for the baby to fit snugly so they cannot slip off and become a hazard. My pattern only came in newborn size, so I just made them larger by casting on additional stitches as the babies grew. I chose the style with the buttoned bottom so that necessary diaper changes could be done without removing the entire sack.
Jul 19, 2019 06:10:23   #
grandmatimestwo (a regular here)
 
I think it's a personal choice. My children all had blankets with holes, some were knit and some crochet, and never had a problem. But when I knit for today's moms, no holes. My daughter wouldn't use the ones she was given that had holes, and her friends said similar things. Same for anything lacy or frilly....a definite no! So, when I make a blanket I stick to knitting a basketweave pattern, or something similar that has no holes. If I'm going to take the time to make it, I want to be sure it's used.
Jul 19, 2019 06:48:48   #
JackieS (a regular here)
 
I have given quite a few granny blankets However, I use one chain in corners, and NO chains in the body. Makes the holes much smaller. I also reverse each round, so that I'm also working no the wrong side every other round. Love the results!
 
Jul 19, 2019 06:52:44   #
Loulame5
 
For knitted baby blanket I use the honeycomb stitch or one of the variations, for crochet blanket I use the corner to corner pattern.
Jul 19, 2019 06:53:24   #
sdvrn
 
37 years ago right now i had a 2 month old baby girl, in the heat of summer. My neighbor had crocheted her a "mesh" pink blanket. It was PERFECT! If it was cool a thin receiving blanket went inside the "mesh" blanket and if not it worked beautifully to swaddle her without adding extra heat. Yes, you needed to be careful with the holes, but it was my favorite blanket when she was tiny and small.
Jul 19, 2019 07:16:07   #
Monkey68
 
When I was pregnant with my son (now 13), I read to avoid crochet blankets with holes since fingers could get caught, trap blanket over face and suffocate. I don’t know how likely it is, but I sure wouldn’t want to have it happen!
Jul 19, 2019 07:34:19   #
Cathie bargenda
 
No holes. Little fingers and toes can get caught in them.
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