Pros: cute, great for swaddling
Cons: small for older babies, not practical (almost all white for babies???), pilling after several washes
The BarnYard Fleece Blanket was another of my purchases made to go with the Barn Yard 6 pc bedding set. I got mine online for $10, but I only see them now for almost $13. This was one of the coordinating items that I was unable to find at Babies R Us, as well; it almost seems as if Kids Line might be phasing this piece out.
The fleece blanket measures 36 x 48. It, of course, coordinates with the rest of the set. The majority of the blanket is just plain off-white fleece. It has a thin green plaid border around all edges. On the lower corner is located the familiar coordinating pattern: 3 embroidered animals, a horse, cow and sheep, set against red, green and yellow color blocks. These are about 3 big each, taking up a small amount of space on the blanket in its entirety.
The blanket is fairly thin fleece material, which makes it warm, but not TOO warm. Kid is a sweaty sleeper and has been since birth, so if the blanket was any thicker we couldve never used it. This is a pretty good blanket for swaddling because it is stretchy material, allowing you to a get a tight wrap, and the stickiness of the fleece helps it stay in place. Beyond swaddling, we didnt find this blanket very useful; it was way too small to use as a sleep blanket by the time Kid was 6 months old, and hes never been a Linus (blanket-carrying child). Even if he were, I wouldnt recommend it for that purpose read on.
The blanket is machine washable and can be tumbled dry, which is a plus because when a blanket is primarily open off-white space, it shows everything. Every last drop of drool, snot, food, diaper rash cream or infant Tylenol. Therefore, even though we only used it for a total of 4-5 months, I had to wash it at least a couple times per week! Its still very soft, but after that amount of washing, it also started pilling pretty badly, so its not as nice looking anymore. I definitely wouldnt purchase this for a child who wants a blanket for a lovey; it shows everything and will look quite worn after a few weeks. I doubt it would hold up well after a year of consistent use.
I think this piece was meant as more of a show nursery item, which may be why it is harder to find who needs that?