The 8 Best Blankets to Buy for Kids in 2018

Wrap young ones up in a throw that fits their style

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Our Top Picks

Best Baby: Monique Lhuillier Baby Blanket at Pottery Barn Kids

"Comes in four different pastel colors, one of which is sure to match your nursery decor."

Best Mermaid Tail: Mermaid Tail Blanket for Kids at Amazon

"Perfect for sleepovers, pretend play, car rides, or just snuggling up on the couch."

Best Shark: Blankie Tails Shark Blanket at Amazon

"Little feet can fit all the way down into the shark’s tail, while 'sharp' teeth decorate the top."

Best Sports: NCAA Collegiate Fleece Blanket at Amazon

"Perfect for wrapping up in to watch some ball, whether from the couch or out in the elements."

Best Weighted: YnM Weighted Blanket at Amazon

"Offers a sense of security and can simulate the feeling of being hugged."

Best Hooded: Born to Unicorn Hooded Blanket at Amazon

"Ideal for kids whose imaginations run wild."

Best for Teens: Fur Rific Faux-Fur Throws at PBteen

"Makes a stylish addition to any room and is perfect for snuggling up in to watch TV or read a good book."

Best Superhero: Marvel's The Avengers Blanket at Amazon

"Featuring some of Marvel’s most powerful heroes, the blanket is up for any job, even if that’s just cozying up on the couch to watch a movie."

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    Best Baby: Monique Lhuillier Cable Knit Pom Pom Baby Blanket

    Monique Lhuillier Cable Knit Pom-Pom Baby Blanket
    Courtesy of Pottery Barn Kids

    There’s nothing sweeter than a baby all swaddled up in a cozy blanket. This one is among the coziest and most beautiful baby blankets imaginable.

    Designed by fashion designer Monique Lhuillier for Pottery Barn Kids, the cable knit blanket features soft, sweet pom poms for a pop of style. Simple in design, it comes in four different pastel colors, one of which is sure to match your nursery decor.

    This blanket measures 30 by 40 inches, and it can be machine washed on the gentle cycle and tumbled dry on low heat. It’s a gift that will be treasured for years.

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    Best Mermaid Tail: The Original Blankie Tails Mermaid Tail Blanket for Kids

    This mermaid tail blanket from Blankie Tails will make a serious splash with little girls who dream of living under the sea. The minky fabric blanket comes complete with a fin that she can slip into anytime. It’s perfect for sleepovers, pretend play, car rides, or just snuggling up on the couch.

    The tail measures 56 by 27 inches, and it comes in beautiful rainbow ombre color. The blanket can be machine washed and tumbled dry. The manufacturer recommends that you don’t wash it with zippered items that could snag it.

    Customers say the quality is excellent, and it’s comfortable and fun. A majority of the 500-plus reviewers on Amazon gave it five stars.

  • 03 of 08

    Best Shark: Blankie Tails Shark Blanket

    For those who prefer a bit more of a ferocious take on things, there’s this super fun shark blanket from Blankie Tails. It puts little guys and girls right in the mouth of danger, in the most adorable way. It’s designed for kids ages 5 to 12 and up to 4 feet, 11 inches.

    Soft and cozy, little feet can fit all the way down into the shark’s tail, while “sharp” teeth decorate the top. It measures 56 x 27 inches, is available in four fun colors, and is machine-washable. 

    Great for sleepovers, camping, or just lounging about, this blanket makes a great gift that’s both useful and fun. The majority of customers say it’s well made and that their kids flip for it.

  • 04 of 08

    Best Sports: The Northwest Company NCAA Collegiate Fleece Blanket

    NCAA Collegiate School Logo Fleece Blanket
    Courtesy of Amazon

    For the sporty set, there’s The Northwest Company's fleece blanket that’s emblazoned with their favorite NCAA collegiate school. From Alabama to California and everywhere in between, you can choose from all of the schools.

    Made of 100 percent fleece polyester, it’s warm and soft, yet lightweight. It’s perfect for wrapping up in to watch some ball, whether from the couch or out in the elements.

    It measures 45 by 60 inches and is machine washable. Great as a graduation gift, customers say the colors are vibrant, and it makes a great decoration as well. While most like the weight of the blanket, some say it’s thinner than they’d like.

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    Best Weighted: YnM Weighted Blanket

    Some children and teens with anxiety, insomnia, and other conditions may benefit from a weighted blanket. They offer a sense of security and can simulate the feeling of being hugged.

    This blanket from YnM gets high marks from customers. It comes in a variety of colors and sizes, which should be selected based on your child’s weight; the blanket should weigh approximately 10 percent of their body weight. The weighted liner is made of 100 percent cotton, and it’s filled with glass beads. A duvet cover to fit over it can be purchased separately.

    While some report that it can get hot, most customers say they like the weight of the blanket and have seen positive results in their children’s sleep habits as well as their own (it comes in adult sizes too). It gets top ratings on Amazon from a majority of reviewers.

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    Best Hooded: Born To Unicorn Hooded Blanket

    For a bit of whimsical magic, there’s this Born To Unicorn's unicorn blanket is ideal for kids whose imaginations run wild. Complete with a horn-studded hood and colorful fringe, it will keep them cozy from head to toe. And talk about adorable! It’s perfect for pretend play, but it’s also practical for snuggling up when things get chilly.

    It measures 40 by 36 inches and can be machine washed on the cool or hand-wash cycle. Customers rave about it and say little ones adore it. One reviewer on Amazon wrote: “The blanket was a big hit with my granddaughter and the envy of the others. Really pleased with how well made it is.”

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    Best for Teens: Fur Rific Faux-Fur Throws

    Furific Faux-Fur Throws
    Courtesy of Pottery Barn Teen

    It's time to get a little fancier with a fabulous faux-fur throw from Pottery Barn Teen. Fashionable tweens and teens will flip for its fluffy feel and stylish colors.

    It comes in blush, plume, grey, and ivory, so it's sure to fit any decor.  At 45 by 60 inches, it's also an ideal size for curling up and it can be machine washed and dried.

    This will make a stylish addition to any room and is perfect for snuggling up in to watch TV or read a good book.

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    Best Superhero: Marvel's The Avengers "Band of Heroes" Fleece Throw Blanket

    Pow! Boom! Splat! If they dream of saving the day superhero style, this blanket from S.L. Home Fashions is a super choice. Featuring some of Marvel’s most powerful heroes, the blanket is up for any job, even if that’s just cozying up on the couch to watch a movie.

    Made of 100 percent fleece polyester, it’s not a thick blanket, but rather a lightweight one that works well when you want just a little bit of extra warmth. It measures 50 by 60 inches and is easy to take to the beach, park, or anywhere else.

    While some customers say they wish it was a bit thicker, many others say it’s perfect for summer or other occasions when a heavy blanket is too much.