There’s a recent thread about yarn for baby blankets, and the issue of safety came up. Baby blankets are wonderful to knit, especially because they can be fairly easy and “mindless” and are so appreciated by new parents. But it’s probably a good idea to inform the recipient that they should only be used for carrying the baby, car seats, etc. Because the National Institute of Health is now saying that babies should never be covered with a blanket when sleeping in their cribs (AND THEY SHOULD ALSO ALWAYS BE PLACED ON THEIR BACKS!).
Sudden Infant Death Syndrom is the leading cause of death in babies between 1 and 18 months. The rates of SIDS in babies is much higher when sleep on soft bedding or covered by blankets, and they should be placed in sleep sacks if the room is cold. If you are a more advanced knitter, sleep sacks or buntings are a great idea. If not, or if you really enjoy knitting baby blankets, then by all means do! I would just tell the parents what it’s for.