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Factors to consider while selecting the perfect baby blanket

Factors to consider while selecting the perfect baby blanket

Baby blankets are used to keep your baby warm, cozy, and comfortable. The blanket is no substitute for a parent’s or grandparents’ snuggle and hug. However, they provide the much-needed comfort that a baby can get while away from the crib.

Medical experts have not recommended blankets for children below 18 months of age. Using a blanket may lead to suffocation or SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) while in the crib. However, you may use the blanket to keep your baby warm and relaxed when not in the crib.

In today’s post, we’ll explore the factors needed to consider while selecting baby blankets.

Picking the perfect baby blanket

Selecting the correct baby blanket matters as their size and feel will mostly tell what comforts your baby.

  1. Buying the right size– As babies grow in size, you will find that the blanket you bought is no longer of any use. While this is bound to happen, it would help if you bought that size that might last longer or can be repurposed, passed on, or preserved for any other future use.
  2. Ideal size to cover the baby adequately– The blanket size should be big enough to cover the baby except for its face and head. The blanket shouldn’t even be too big, so much so that it becomes difficult to wash or take while traveling.
  3. Skin-friendly material– Cotton should ideally be your best bet or a blanket layered with cotton underneath. Blankets that are too furry may pose a risk to babies. The fur can come out loose and reach into the nostrils or mouth of the baby, leading to suffocation or breathing challenges.
  4. Avoid buying a hooded blanket– A hooded blanket may cover your baby’s head and face, leading to suffocation.
  5. Swaddle blanket – If you want the blanket to wrap around your baby, a swaddle blanket helps. It gives them the same feeling as being held in their arms or being in the womb.

At Choconillas, you can get a variety of baby blankets available in the size, shape, and color preferred. There are different patterns and designs suited to match your expectations, from modern prints to global styles, made from 100% cotton muslin.

Are you looking for different types of baby blankets?

Apart from the swaddle blanket, you can get blankets based on how you wish to use them. Here are a few baby blanket types that may interest you.

  1. Receiving blanket– Slightly smaller and used for early infancy, used to bring the baby home from the hospital and cover the car seat.
  2. Crib blankets– They are used to cover the crib and are available in varying sizes depending on the size of the crib.
  3. Multi-purpose blankets– You can use these while traveling, spread them on the floor, line them in the stroller, or roll them into a cushion.

There are many other types of baby blankets available. If you are looking for a particular kind, connect with us to help you.

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A Baby Sleeping Bag and Night Light for the Perfect Night’s Sleep

Baby Sleeping Bag and Night Light for the Perfect Night’s Sleep

As a parent, you want your baby to get their baby to sleep. This is possible with baby sleeping bags. To add to it, a cute baby night light that does more wonders than you can imagine.

Let’s first get into the reasons for getting a sleeping bag for your baby.

Four reasons why your little one needs a baby sleeping bag

Baby sleeping bags are typically designed as a wearing blanket. The bag is developed to cover your baby’s legs and upper torso. The sleeping bag will zip up from the front area. Some bags are zipped on the bottom and sides with a clip at the top.

Here are the four reasons why your baby needs a sleeping bag:

  1. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that loose bedding may risk covering your baby’s face. This may result in suffocation or rebreathing of carbon dioxide. Comfy baby sleeping bagsare available and designed to ensure that your baby has a safe and secure sleeping position.
  1. Your baby will feel warm and cozy while asleep, especially during cold winters. This wearable blanket will stay with your baby as they move at night. Therefore, this eliminates the risk of the blanket coming off during cold nights.
  1. You can do so many things while your baby is comfortably tucked into their sleeping bag. You can unzip the bag from the bottom when changing their diaper. When feeding them, you can keep them in the bag, settling and snuggling them back into their sleeping environment.
  1. Sleeping baby bags offer a routine that your baby can familiarize themselves with to fall asleep. The wearable blanket aids in helping the baby realize that it’s night-time and they need to sleep.

We hope your baby’s sleep goals are met with our quality baby sleeping bags.

Does a baby night light also help boost sleep?

A baby night light has a few benefits relevant to your baby’s sleep. Doctors recommend a night light as it helps boost visual development. A night light is particularly crucial from birth till four months of age.

When parents check on their baby in their room, the night light also helps prevent switching on the main bright light in the room, thus waking up the baby.

It is recommended to place the night light at a fair distance from the baby and not too close to them. Buy a low-wattage light lamp, dim enough to keep from disturbing your baby’s sleep. As your baby grows, a night light can help them sleep through abrupt fears at night or combat separation anxiety.

Your baby deserves a good night’s sleep every night. Their safety and comfort are our priority at Choconillas. Having a comfortable baby sleeping bag and a night light can also assure you of your baby’s well-being. If you are looking for the right sleeping bag size and a playful night light, contact us to help you with any queries that you may have.

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BABYZEN Yoyo Review: Best Travel Stroller (2021)

After 18 months of use across 21 countries, we wanted to share our Babyzen Yoyo review! One of the best travel strollers on the market, the super compact Babyzen Yoyo is suitable from birth and is airplane cabin friendly. If you are searching for a travel stroller, we hope this Babyzen Yoyo review helps you in your choice!

Features of the Best Travel Stroller

When we were deciding on our travel stroller, we looked for four key features:

  • Cabin friendly: being able to take the stroller on board as part of cabin baggage is a key requirement for two reasons
    • We often travel with hand luggage only and don’t want to have to wait around for a stroller to be delivered to the aircraft door or the luggage carousel.
    • We’ve been on a ton of flights where the strollers are delivered to the luggage carousel and parents have had to juggle kids and cabin baggage on long walks from the plane.
  • Reclining stroller: kids nap everywhere and anywhere on the road so a recline is essential!
  • Strong and durable: travel strollers need to work in multiple environments and take frequent and hard usage.
  • Price: value for money is essential but we were willing to pay extra for quality.

Babyzen Yoyo+

Weighing in at less than 7kg, the Babyzen Yoyo is one of the most compact travel strollers on the market. The Babyzen Yoyo stroller meets the hand luggage size requirements of most airlines and the ability to take into the cabin and store in the overhead locker is one of its biggest selling points –

Key features of the Babyzen Yoyo

  • Stroller Weight: 6 month+ version weighs 6.2 kg, newborn version weighs 6.6 kg
  • Stroller Dimensions: 52 x 44 x 18 cm when folded
  • Recline: backrest of 6 month+ stroller reclines up to 145 degrees
  • Weight Capacity: birth to 18kg, approximately 4 years old
  • Suitable from birth: newborn version suitable from birth, converts to 6 month+ stroller with a switch of fabrics
  • Car seat compatible: compatible with a selection of Group 0 car seats
  • Canopy: pop up canopy with 2 positions and UPF 50+
  • Rain cover: included in initial stroller purchase

The Babyzen Yoyo collapses to a cabin friendly size

The Babyzen Yoyo comes with a sleek black or white frame, under stroller storage basket, canopy, rain cover and a protective travel bag. The Babyzen Yoyo is available in two versions:

  • a newborn bassinet style stroller suitable from birth to 6 months
  • a 6 month+ front facing strollerIt’s easy to switch between the newborn and 6 month+ configurations by changing the fabric set.

    Pros and Cons of the Babyzen Yoyo

    With two kids under 18months, we’ve most definitely tried and tested the Babyzen Yoyo stroller and all its features to its limits! If you prefer a summary version of our Babyzen Yoyo review here it is: we’d highly recommend the Babyzen Yoyo and consider it the best travel stroller on the market!

    The biggest benefit is that the Babyzen Yoyo meets cabin baggage requirements for most airlines. There’s no waiting for the stroller to arrive at the aircraft doors after landing or having to make a strollerless journey to the baggage carousel to collect a gate checked stroller!

    The Babyzen Yoyo has a ton of other positive features including:

    • Cabin friendly stroller
    • Suitable from birth to 18kg (approx 4 years old)
    • Lightweight but strong and durable
    • Stroller reclines for naps
    • Easy to manoeuvre with one hand
    • Easy to open and collapse with one hand
    • Handles bumpy terrain and cobblestone well
    • A range of compatible group 0 car seats can be attached
    • Canopy with two positions
    • Good storage for a travel stroller
    • Easy to carry with the strap when not in use
    • Washable fabrics
    • Modern design with a nice range of colours

    Our 6month+ Babyzen in Tokyo, Japan

    There aren’t really any drawbacks to the Babyzen Yoyo except that it is one of the more expensive travel strollers. Although it is a more expensive option, for us, it’s more than worth the cost!

    • More expensive than other travel strollers on the market but the quality, durability and potential to use as a primary stroller make it worth the price.


    Babyzen Yoyo review tip: we use the BabyZen Yoyo as our main single kid stroller both at home and while travelling. It’s perfect for our city life and we’re so impressed with how little wear and tear its showing despite having endured over 1.5 years of hard use!

    Car Seat Compatibility

    Car seat compatibility was a big deal for us as we are massive road trip fans and always travel with our own car seat. It was essential that we were able to attach the car seat to the stroller for navigating airports and, occasionally, to make a seamless transition from the car when J or E were napping.

    The Babyzen is compatible with several Group 0 car seats. Babyzen offer their own car seat but we opted for a Maxi-Cosi car seat which can be attached to the stroller with separately available adaptors.

    Babyzen Yoyo review tip: Group 0 car seats are suitable from birth to around 12 months depending on the size of the baby. The car seat can only be attached to the Babyzen during this first car seat period.

    The Babyzen in Action!

    We’ve used the Babyzen in 21 countries and our stroller is still in excellent condition. We’ve used it in airports, on trains, in subways and on buses.It’s even made it as far as our airplane seat on rare occasions! It’s been wheeled through safari lodges in South Africa, castles in Germany, over cobblestones in Rome and explored night markets in Taiwan. It’s performed well in every situation.

    Babyzen Yoyo Travel Accessories

    There are a range of branded and generic accessories available for the Babyzen Yoyo + depending on your needs. The official range includes a parasol, a cup holder and an attachable bag holding up to 10kg. There are also mosquito nets, a leg rest, a stronger protective cover and a footmuff available. There’s also buggy bars and sunshades among the generic accessories available.

    The babyzen yoyo is available on Choconilla’s

    source Dannah