The transition from womb to world is overwhelming for babies, as they wave goodbye to the feel, movement, sounds, sights and smells of the place they’ve called home for nine months. As well as plenty of skin-on-skin time, a comforter is a great way to soothe them as they get to grips with their new surroundings. Babies start to develop their senses from birth too, so a well-designed comforter can be used to help with this journey. Here’s our pick of stimulating comforters, perfect for fine tuning their senses from day one.
For babies, feeling different textures is how they start to develop their sense of touch. From the softest cotton, to silky satin and ribbed corduroy, they learn about the world through their growing tactile development, exploring materials with their hands and rubbing them on their faces. Super snuggly, plush materials are perfect for babies. The softer-than-soft Cuddle Teddy by Nattou is an ideal comforter from birth, with an oversized design that is great for playtime, perfect for soothing and can be used to prop their heads during nappy changes as well. Jellycat’s cute fox design contrasts tactile corduroy and luxury plush which tiny hands will adore. It's the softest fox going.
TAGGIES AND KNOTS
As well as fabric mixes, simple textile manipulation and embellishment on comforters adds texture that babies love to explore. Tactile ribbon taggies, knotted edges and stitched details are worked into the designs, ideal for little fingers to tug, rub and hold. On the Comfort Blanket Raffi by Done by Deer, ribbons of different textures are sewn along a seam of the plush fabric, giving little ones something to play with when they aren't snoozing. Fabelab’s stylish Cuddle Doll is safe for babies from birth, with knots for tiny hands to learn to grasp. It’s a great comforter to develop their fine motor skills and sense of touch.
Babies are born with the ability to only focus at close range, which is why you often see newborns go adorably cross-eyed. High-contrast and geometric patterns are great for helping them develop their sense of sight, which starts to improve in the first couple of weeks. Babies generally have comforters with them a lot of the time, so can be used to help with this. Wee Gallery uses bold black and white patterns on one side of their soft Cuddle Comforters, great for getting babies to concentration on their focusing skills. Aden + Anais’ Security Blanket, which comes in a handy pack of two, has dotted patterns on, with a smooth satin trim for their fingers to explore as they gaze at the design.
Their senses of touch and hearing can be stimulated with crunchy materials. As well as toys with crinkle paper fillings, a comforter filled with fibres which little hands can squeeze and scrunch are ideal for their development. Franck & Fischer's Anika Squirrel Comforter is filled with corn fibres which adds some weight and gives babies something tactile to get their hands on as well. Combined with an organic, cotton plush, it’s an ideal design to provide some soothing and some sensory stimulation too.
Believe it or not, babies learn a lot about the world using their mouths, exploring the tastes and textures with their gums and tongue. Some comforters are designed with teething toys giving babies the opportunity to mouth objects as well as using them for teething when that time strikes. Liewood and Minene have simple teething rings integrated into their comforter designs, perfect for all of that mouthing action. The breathable cotton muslins attached to the teethers are perfect for comforting too and are ideal for babies to take everywhere with them.
So there we have it, our favourite comforters to soothe them and help with their sensory development as well. As always, we've put our top products below 👇 because we're good to you like that.
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