A good, all-purpose baby blanket is hard to find. It must be thick but not too thick; large enough to cover your child in a stroller on chilly days or to use as a floor mat but still able to be stuffed into a diaper bag without crowding; it must be warm but also breathable; and it must be easy on the skin. We’ve tried a lot of baby blankets but one of our favorites comes, oddly enough, from an outdoors company that primarily makes silicone wedding rings. Strange right? But maybe it makes sense that a wedding band precedes a line of baby products. No matter: The new Qalo Hand-Made Serape and Sherpa Baby Blanket is everything we want in a baby blanket: warm, comfortable, and extremely well-designed.
The Qalo Serape and Sherpa Baby Blanket measures 37 inches x 27 inches. It features a different fabric on each side: a hand-woven, patterned acrylic and polyester blend on the “front” and a cozy polyester fleece fabric on the “back”. No two blankets are the same. That pattern on the front , which might best be described as Pendelton-esque, is unique to each (the fleece doesn’t change). There’s also a leather patch on the corner of each blanket that can be custom-engraved with, say, the family name or a baby’s full name. A nice touch for anyone who want to give a customized gift.
The Qalo won us over because it’s just so damn well made. It is thin and easily packable, yet warm and breathable. While seemingly thin, it offers the ideal weight and warmth to cover kiddos on chilly morning stroller rides or wherever you need it. It can even serve as an impromptu burp cloth: Machine washable, the blanket simply needs to be air dried after. We’ve used it for a few months now and, honestly, the blanket is softer after a few rounds in the washing machine, so it can certainly stand the test of time.
Our testers were as keen: “It is thin and easily packable, yet warm and breathable,” said one. “This blanket is cozy enough to cover kiddos on chilly morning stroller rides or wherever you need it,” said another. “Honestly, if they made an adult size I’d get it for me and my wife.”
The Qalo Hand-Made Serape Sherpa Baby Blanket is available in three different colors: navy blue, teal, and pink.