Newborns who cuddle with a plain solid-color blanket or quilt could be missing out on an opportunity for some valuable brain stimulation, while those who snuggle with homemade baby quilts might reap that benefit.
Just think about the difference. Baby Number One is curling up with a plain pink blanket. What happy ideas might that inspire? It’s hard to say. Baby Number Two is cuddling with a homemade baby quilt designed as a patchwork of flowers and whimsical animals. Each patch is the starting point for a wonderful adventure. Perhaps stroller rides in the flower garden will start percolating in the baby’s mind, or maybe the monkeys and giraffes in the design will call to mind the jungle stories Mom and Dad sometimes read at bedtime. If the quilter has fashioned the quilt with random placement of matching squares throughout the design, then there’s always an opportunity to play a brain-tickling match-up game.