To be clear up front, this is not a must-have and it’s a bit spendy for what it is, but it is a super nice-to-have. So when your rich friend’s mom asks what your little one needs, tell her you could use a house in Antigua and if she doesn’t go for that, ask for this double-layer chenille blanket. It is soft as a cloud, very warm, and just the right size for the crib when s/he can sleep with blankets next year. Astrid was lucky enough to get one as a gift when she was a month old and it was an instant favorite for snuggling in the swing and on the couch with dad in the early morning. We have two now so we can wash the first one occasionally.
P.S. Do NOT put your beloved blanket in the dryer for more than a 5 minutes on super-low. The cloud-like nature will disappear even on low heat. Just put it in to fluff briefly at the cool end of the cycle.