When I was a child I had a blanket which I could not fall asleep without, it went everywhere with me and I snuggled up to it each night. This was the same blanket my parents had loving me wrapped me in as a baby and settled me with each night. When I grew to old to carry it around, it stayed in my bed ready to comfort me after a tiring day, and when I got to old for that and the blanket had become very worn, I kept a small piece which I still have today.
When each of my children were born, I gave them each a special blanket, I wanted them to feel the same security that I had as a child. Both my boys have now “outgrown” their blankets, though if they’re feeling poorly, we still get them out to lay on the sofa with. A blanket to feel warm and secure wrapped up safely in is something every baby should have the chance to have, yet children from disadvantaged backgrounds may not receive one.
Dettol have launched a campaign to collect baby blankets to donate to disadvantaged children, people are being asked to donate their blankets using a freepost address (see below) and Dettol will wash them in Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry cleanser before handing them to those in need. Dettol commissioned Lab tests to see what nasty germs lurk on a baby blanket, even after they’ve been washed at 40c, and they discovered that a third of blankets carried bacteria linked to those which are found in poo. Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser kills 99.9% of bacteria, even when the washing is done at a low 30c temperature. So, you can donate a blanket for a baby from a disadvantaged family and Dettol will make sure it is really clean, oh and they’ll donate £1 to Sparks for each blanket they receive (up to 5000 blankets) too, so it’s a really great cause! Do please consider sending a blanket and making another parent and baby, some very special memories.
Read about donating a blanket here.