As you all my know I have three kids. My oldest, Riley, is 6 years old. My middle child, Reagan, is 4 years old. My youngest, Lincoln, is 7 months old. Riley was a pacifier girl. Until the age of two she had to have a pacifier at all times. Reagan on the other hand was a blankee and bear type of girl. To this day she still has to have her blankee and bear (yes she's sitting on the couch watching cartoons with them right now) with her at nap-time and bedtime. I think it is soooooo cute because I too was a blankee and doll type of girl when I was little. I love to watch how she strokes the fabric feeling it's texture, or smells her blankee without even knowing she's doing it. I too did the same things. Now that Linc is here I wonder what type of comfort items he will go for. He does use a pacifier, but not as often as Riley used to. Being the blankee & doll kid that I was I hope that he will adopt a blankee and bear like his sister. Since he was born I've been trying to find the perfect blankee and stuffed animal. They keep changing as I'm always finding a better one. I think I've went through about four or five blankets already looking for the perfect one. In the end I guess it isn't really up to me, but I can't help it. I have a blankee addiction.
That being said I was very intrigued when I was asked to review the itti bitti Minkee Blankee. I didn't even know that itti bitti made blankees. All I knew was that I LOVE the feel of my itti bitti tutto diaper and I hoped that the blankee was just as nice. When I got it in the mail I was instantly in love! The feel of the Minkee Blankee is to die for! Yes, I know I'm a blankee aholic so I'm slightly strange like that, but seriously this blanket is so soft. They should make these in a bigger size that I can wrap around myself. I'd be up for one.
Materials: Super soft minkee on both sides
Size: 39" x 29.5" (mine is actually 38.5" x 30" if you want to get technical)
Colors/Prints: There are 8 different colors/prints to choose from. Each blanket has a print on one side with a small accent solid color strip. On the other side of the blanket there is a solid color with an accent strip of the print.
What I Like:
I LOVE the feel of this blanket of course!!! The minute I touched it I fell in love. How could you not love it? It's even softer than Linc's Taggies blankets and they're pretty soft. The minkee is soft in all directions instead of just one direction and seemed to get even softer after the first wash. Sometimes minkee is stiffer in one direction. If you have one of the itti bitti diapers you know what I mean though. Sooooo soft!
I love the size of the blanket. It's just big enough that I can wrap him up in it to keep him nice and cozy, but not so big that I have to carry around this huge blanket. These blankets are the perfect size for a carseat, stroller, baby carrier, or just wrapping them up in. It's even big enough to use as a blanket when you convert their crib to a toddler bed. It's just perfect. I also like that it's a good size to lay on the ground for them to sit on, although it's so nice I'd never do that outside. I'm sure it would wash up fine, but I don't want to chance it.
I love the weight and thickness (more like the lack of thickness) of the itti bitti Minkee Blankee. It's only two layers of minkee (no filler layer in between) so it's very light and thin. This is great when you want to fold it up to take on the go. I can easily fit it in my diaper bag... as long as I don't have it overstuffed with too many diapers. This also means it won't take up much storage in his closet, but I'm sure we'll have it out all the time so no need to store it.
I love that it's great for the winter AND the summer! Minkee seems to have a feel to it that keeps you both warm in the winter, yet cool in the summer. I don't know how it does it, but it does. All the rest of Linc's blankets are designated summer or winter, but this one swings both ways.
What I Would Change:
The itti bitti tag is not so itti bitti. Haha! It's kind of big actually. I know I could just cut it off, but it's such a nice looking tag that I feel bad cutting it off. I just wish it was a little smaller. I'm all for branding, but this tag is a bit much.
I'd come out with some new prints. itti bitti seems to be hit and miss with their prints. Some are SUPER cute, but some I just don't know why they picked it. I'm not sure if it's because they're an Austrailian company and they have different tastes than Americans do or what, but I'm not loving all the prints. Yes, it could just be me. That being said I do love most of the prints so I guess you could say it's more a plus than a negative... I'm just picky with prints. I can't wait to see what their next batch of prints will be!
I would make a bigger size so that us mommies (and daddies) can have a minkee blankee for ourselves. Haha! Maybe I should say so us blankee aholics can have one for ourselves.
I'm in LOVE with the itti bitti Minkee Blankee and I hope that Linc picks it for his favorite blankee. Right now I use it while he's breastfeeding, napping next to me, sitting in his car seat, or just about anything else, so I'm sure it's going to stick with him for a good while. I would totally recommend this blanket to anyone stocking up for their next baby... or even those that already have a baby or toddler. It's a great addition and I'm tempted to say necessity for any child.
** Please note that while I aim to provide the most thorough and honest reviews possible, this review is based on my own preferences and experiences. Each baby is different and each parent has different likes and dislikes. What works for one may not work for another, so keep that in mind while doing your research.**
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