Few moments are more precious than when your tornado of a toddler slumbers peacefully in her bed, her breath barely ruffling the silky soft blanket under her chin. You immediately forgive them for eating the cat food, flushing the hand towel down the toilet, and pitching a category F5 fit in the grocery store. Keeping your toddler safe as they sleep involves -- among other environmental factors -- appropriate bedding, including prudently sized blankets.
Standard Size Considerations for Toddler Blankets
Toddler-used beds come in many sizes. Blankets should fit the width and length of the bed with a 6- to 12-inch overhang on three edges (the two sides and the foot of the mattress). Blankets that are too small might not provide enough warmth, blankets that are too large might overwhelm your toddler.
Sizes for a Crib Blanket
Your toddler might still be sleeping in a crib. A standard crib is 28 inches wide by 52 inches long. A comfortable blanket for a crib is 45 inches by 60 inches. A blanket can vary a few inches from these dimensions and still provide a safe sleeping experience for your toddler.
Sizes for a Toddler Bed Blanket
If your toddler has progressed to a traditional toddler bed, crib blankets will be inadequate. Toddler beds are typically 30 inches by 57 inches. An appropriately sized blanket will run about 40 inches by 64 inches. A slightly narrower or longer blanket shape will still work in terms of fitting the bed and providing warmth for your toddler.
Sizes for a Toddler Trundle Bed Blanket
Trundle beds can fit under any size primary bed. One grandmother keeps a crib-sized trundle under her bed for her 2-year-old granddaughter to sleep on. A family with three boys designed and built compact four-poster bunk beds with a twin-sized trundle; the toddler sleeps on the trundle with his older siblings on the bunks. Whatever the placement or conformation for the trundle, mattress dimensions determine proper blanket size. Measure the width and length of the mattress, and add six inches to a foot to three sides for blanket size.
Custom-Bed Blanket Sizes
Do-it-yourself furnishings include custom-created beds. Readily available foam cushioning cuts easily to accommodate a custom-sized toddler bed. As with standard toddler bedding, begin by measuring the length and width of the mattress material. Add a foot or slightly more for the blanket width, and six to twelve inches to the blanket length for a snug toddler blanket.