When I opened the fifth baby blanket I received this month, I tried to be objective in evaluating its features as I felt the angst of saying something new and fresh about another gorgeous item. It turned out to be easier than I thought. The Shootsie is an all-satin, impeccably hand-sewn and finished, ruffled/ruched/piped/filled blanket that is more than just heirloom quality. It’s a blanket that comes with a philosophy. So I thought, well, here’s something new in baby bedding…and proceeded to find out more. The Seattle-based designer and founder, Memoree Casey, notes that the Shootsie’s "…colorful hues, soft satins, and detail elements are designed to attract and retain a child’s attention, and teach early self-soothing skills…and parents appreciate the blanket’s calming influence, washable satin and keepsake quality." If it’s beautiful, effective and practical, is it the perfect blanket? I decided to use my at-home laboratory, staffed with two babies, to find out.
I touched and played with our champagne-colored ‘Stardust’ Shootsie (we’re on a first-name basis) before handing it over to my toddler, and thought it was a lovely addition to an elegant nursery, and a stunning baby gift. But my initial thoughts included "What if someone drools on it? Will it ruin the luscious satin?" and "I hope I don’t sit on it..it might wrinkle." But it was drooled on, stepped on, and played with a lot, and it held up like a workhorse. Three washings later, it is shimmering and new like the day we unwrapped it. The Shootsies seem to have personalities, just like the kids they are designed to soothe. Enjoy the creative descriptions of these lovely hand-crafted blankies, which range in price from $122-144: Dragon Along, My Oh Maya, For Baby Eyes Only, Popsicle Panache, Jazzy Jaguar and the rest of the collection.
Lily decided it was an excellent surface for playing, since it is a generous 40" square from ruffle to ruffle. I asked my 5-month old for his considered opinion, and he just let me snuggle it around him, but it was a bit bulky for wrapping him up just to carry around. And then, one day, I became a believer. When I tried to put the little guy down for a nap for the Nth time that morning (he much prefers to nap in my arms) I used Shootsie to gently cuddle and cushion him as I lay him down, and he went out like a light. I’ve used it every time I want to put him down for a daytime nap, and sure enough, when he’s wrapped in Shootsie, it’s a peaceful, easy transition for him.
I don’t know that there is a silver bullet of a baby blanket out there, any more than there is the perfect stroller for every purpose, but Shootsie has so many sensuous and luxurious qualities that my baby seems to love.
More from the designer: "If you watch kids with Shootsie blankets, especially at quiet time, TV time, airplane or car time, it’s very telling. Parents can teach them to self-comfort at those times when they need to disengage and relax (don’t we all need those skills in this hectic world?)." Yes, we do, and can a Shootsie blanket help with those skills? My son is sending in his endorsement, and so am I.
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