However, it helps to consider how you expect the quilt to be used, and for how long. Babies grow fast so what’s perfect for a newborn will soon be too small.
This baby quilt from AccuQuilt is 40 1/2″ x 40 1/2″.
Plus, consider fabric usage, and especially the backing. Quilts over 42″ wide will likely need a pieced backing, so baby quilt patterns often stay under that limit.
HansWerks from Quilting Board suggests the following:
“These dimensions are easy to remember – 34″ x 43″. You use only 1 yd for the top and 1 yd for batting and back.”
Baby quilt patterns often come in sizes for newborns, cribs, play mats and more. One important point, as stated byis:
“Please do keep in mind that babies should NEVER sleep with a quilt. The use of a quilt increases the risk of the sudden infant death syndrome. I have always waited until my babies were at least 6 months old and able to move on their own in their crib before adding a quilt.”
Claire has put together an informative article that considers the issues and recommends sizes for various uses.
Another good source of information is a thread on Quilting Board that starts with the question “Does anyone know the standard size for a crib quilt?” You’ll find a lot of good suggestions to consider from fellow quilters. Read it here.
An article from Bluprint recommends these standard sizes:
- For newborns – 30″ x 30″, although 30″ x 40″ provides some growing room and is a nice rectangular shape.
- For a crib – 36″ x 52″, as crib mattresses are typically 28″ x 52″.
- 36″ square and larger is great for a play mat.
After reading through the recommendations we decided on a 56″ x 56″ quilt. This allows plenty of room for mom and baby to snuggle under together, for nursing, story time and cuddles for a long time to come. That’s an unorthodox choice, but as they say, we can make a baby quilt any size we want.