I still have a stack of Simon’s receiving blankets from when he was an infant and we would half swaddle him every night. (Only halfway because he always needed his hands by his face, and would cry if we took them away.) This summer when we had nights that were warm, but still wanted him to have the security of a blanket I would try draping a receiving blanket over him, but even such a small one-year-old as him barely fit under them. Plus, he turns and rolls around a lot in his sleep, never waking up in the place he started, so his smaller blankets just get balled up and discarded through the night.
One day I was wondering what to do with all those leftover receiving blankets. They were the perfect weight for a light blanket, but much too small for a toddler. I found myself wishing I could just combine two of them together and he would have the perfect sized blanket for his crib.
So I put a request in, to my mother and her sewing machine. Not only did she sew two of the blankets together, but she added a nice soft sheet layer to it. Now he has the ultimate, cuddly, lightweight blanket for his crib. The size is perfect, and it can be layered with a heavier blankie for added warmth as we head into winter. It is so perfect that she took another stack of receiving blankets with her today to make a couple more! I also feel good about the fact that we reused something we already had and gave it a new life.
I highly recommend this idea to any other parents out there whose kids have outgrown receiving blankets and would like to repurpose them.
Note: In the middle picture you can see the mobile I made for Simon when he was still in my tummy. Perhaps I shall post on that in the future.