PSA: I received a personalized baby blanket to facilitate this review. As always, opinions are my own.
Review » Personalized Baby Blanket from Fill in the Blankie
When Ethan was born in 2002, my mother made him a baby blanket. She had planned on making Trent a baby blanket too, but he was born 13 weeks early so he never got his own baby blanket – until now. I recently ordered a personalized baby blanket from Fill in the Blankie and I’d like to share my experience with you.
Fill in the Blankie offers several different styles of baby blankets which are sorted from soft to softest on their website. It took me a bit to decide which blanket I wanted and I decided on the Hazel’s Pride and Joy style. Once I decided I was a bit disappointed to discover that my choice of color – laskeside reflection blue, was not available. I knew for sure that I wanted that blanket style so I settled for the gingersnap cookie color. This particular style of blanket is available in two sizes – 33×33 or 26×26 inches. Being that Trent is now almost 8 years old, I decided to go with the larger blanket.
After I decided on my blanket style, size and color I had to decide what I’d like embroidered on the satin on all four sides. I also had to choose the font style (they offer several) and color of thread I wanted them to use for the embroidery. They offer glow in the dark thread in several colors so that is what I chose. Unfortunately, their machines have a hard time handling some of the glow in the dark thread so I had to choose regular thread. That was a bit of a disappointment, because Trent would have loved the glow in the dark thread. You can have whatever text you’d like embroidered on your blanket or up to 50 characters per side. They also have many different suggestions if you’re unsure of what to have put on your blanket. Trent and I have our own special song (Rock-a-bye Baby), so that is what I had embroidered on his blanket.
Fill in the Blankie also gives you the opportunity to add a special icon and/or a cute little stuffed animal to your order. I showed Trent the site and asked him which animal he would like, and as it turns out the only one available was the pig. We settled for the pig and Trent anxiously waited for the blanket to arrive.
We received the blanket less than two weeks after placing the order, which isn’t bad considering each blanket is personalized. Trent liked the blanket but was a bit disappointed about the size. Of course you have to consider that he isn’t a baby or toddler so to him it does seem small. The blanket style I ordered (Hazel’s Pride & Joy) was rated a 10/10 for the cuddle factor or softness and listed as a medium weight. I was expecting a super-soft blanket with a substantial weight to it and it was nothing like I expected. The material is scratchy (even after laundering) and I would say it is not much thicker than a flannel sheet. We have a cotton blanket I purchased at a department store for $13 (full size) that is softer and better quality material. This baby blanket would have cost me $160 if I had purchased it myself. For that kind of money I was expecting a luxurious, high quality baby blanket and that’s definitely not what I received. If I would have purchased it myself I would have been an unhappy customer.
The little stuffed pig we received with the blanket was a welcome surprise. It is made of corduroy and is very soft and cuddly. If you choose to order a stuffed animal with your blanket it does cost an additional $24.
Pros & Cons
|large selection of blanket styles, fonts and thread colors||not everything on the site is available to order|
|site is easy to use||quality is not as advertised|
|reasonable shipping speed||pricey|
|email order confirmation||no return policy listed|
You can purchase a personalized baby blanket online at www.fillintheblankie.com. Prices vary depending on the blanket and any extras you choose to order.
Visit Fill in the Blankie to learn more about their baby blankets. You can contact them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.