Blanket As Gift For Jamaican baby?

QUESTION about: Blanket As Gift For Jamaican baby?

I was thinking of making a hand-crocheted (lightweight) baby blanket to bring as a baby gift for someone I met in Jamaica who is expecting.

Do you think this is a good idea? Do parents in Jamaica use baby blankets?


ANSWER: by Keisha Stewart, Associate Writer, February 2018


Hello friend,
It’s super-sweet and thoughtful of you to think to invest so much time and effort to make the blanket. So I would first say Big Up! (Kudos) to you for that.

I think it’s a fabulous idea to make a blanket for your Jamaican friend. I too got blankets for my two children from friends and relatives and even though they were store bought I was absolutely thrilled. I even have them today, even though my oldest is 18 years!

Giving a blanket can create many fond memories for parents and children. I still remember a blanket with a matching set of crocheted booties and headwear, very cute if I should say it myself.

And hey, can I tell you a secret? Yes? Of course.
My son would not leave home for a sleepover unless he had his blanket.

That was tricky sometimes. Plus I also found that a blanket is pretty handy to bundle up the baby in when it’s cold out or when you want to take the baby out at night.

Jamaicans think 21 degrees Celsius is cold and when this happens we usually dress up in cardigans and wrap our babies in blankets.

Ideally you could try to find out the color the expectant mother prefers for the baby (be creative if you want your gift to be a surprise) otherwise just inquire.

If no preference is indicated, then you could go traditional- pink for girls, blue for boys. Or you could add some spice and go for the color of the baby’s birth month or something like that.

Here’s one more thing I’ve noticed. Blankets are like statement pieces in a baby’s wardrobe here, it acts like a tag that says, “Look everyone! I’ve got a cute baby!” Then we carefully peel the blanket away to show the baby’s face so that the person can properly appreciate the cuteness of the baby.

At that point I would let the fact that a friend from ‘foreign’ made it just for my baby, slip from my mouth. Loads of envy expected here :-).

So my friend, have fun crocheting. I think your gift will be well appreciated.

Regards,
Keisha Stewart, Associate Writer

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