There are receiving blankets that are thermal, flannel, cotton, small, large, and everything in between. My main criterion for receiving blankets is that they successfully swaddle my newborn. This seems simple, yet many blankets do not do the trick. Some are too small to wrap my baby into a tight burrito. Some are too thick and hot; making my baby sweat. Some- including the swaddle-me wraps- just don’t contain my little Houdini. A couple of years ago I started seeing aden + anais blankets everywhere I looked. They seemed promising, but expensive. Then I started seeing them on bargain sites. I decided to see what all of the hype was about. Not only did they successfully swaddle, but they became a staple of mine for their myriad of other uses. They are thin, so they fold small enough to keep in my purse, but they are large enough to be used as blankets for my older kids too! I have also used them as nursing covers, burp cloths, tummy time blankets, diaper changing surfaces, and towels. They are soft, breathable, and come in a variety of designs. They make great gifts and provide years of multiple uses.