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It’s my baby blanket, something I’ve held onto my whole life.
Emma to Nicholas src

Emma’s Baby Blanket is an item featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the first episode of the first season.

History

Before First Curse
In the Enchanted Forest, while a pregnant Snow White and her allies are figuring out how to stop the Queen from casting the curse, one of the war council members, Granny, knits a baby blanket for Snow White's unborn child, Emma. On the day the curse arrives, Snow White goes into labor early, giving birth to Emma, who she and Prince Charming swaddle in the baby blanket. Because Emma is the prophesied savior who will break the curse one day, Prince Charming cradles Emma in one arm, as he battles the Queen's knights with his other arm, in order to put her into the wardrobe and send her to another world. ("Pilot", "The Stranger")

During First Curse

Moments after arriving in the Land Without Magic, Pinocchio sees baby Emma come through as well. He picks her up, while she lays snugly in her blanket, and brings her to a diner across the street. The story of Pinocchio finding Emma later becomes a written newspaper sensation, with the article mentioning that Emma was found with the blanket bearing her birth name. The two children are placed in the same foster home together, where Emma rests in a crib with her blanket, but Pinocchio ends up abandoning her for freedom. ("The Stranger", "True North", "Family Business")

During the winter of 1990, a young Emma runs away from her group home and seeks shelter with other kids under a bridge. To keep warm, she covers herself with her old baby blanket while sitting next to a fire. ("Tougher Than the Rest")

Twenty-one years later, while Emma is living in a Boston apartment, she keeps the blanket draped on a chair. That night, Henry, proclaiming to be the son she gave up eleven years ago, persuades her to come back to Storybrooke with him. The next day in Storybrooke, Henry continues to try and convince Emma that the town is under the Evil Queen's curse and she is the savior who will break it. To prove she is the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, he gives her ripped out pages from the storybook, which show an infant Emma with her blanket being cradled by her parents. Later, in an effort to make amends with Henry, Emma burns the pages so the Queen won't catch on that they know about the curse. ("Pilot", "The Thing You Love Most")

Once Emma decides to stay in Storybrooke for Henry's sake, she has her belongings delivered to the town from Boston. During one morning, sometime after moving into Mary Margaret's loft, she receives the box, with the blanket and other items inside, and begins unpacking. ("The Price of Gold")

Finding two children, Nicholas and Ava Zimmer, without a legal guardian, Emma tries to track down their biological father, by showing them her baby blanket as an example of something she got from her birth parents, and she asks them if they have anything similar. Ava gives her a compass, which belonged to her mother. At the pawnshop, Emma learns from Mr. Gold that someone named Michael Tillman bought the compass from him. After convincing Michael to take in the children as his own, Emma talks to Mary Margaret, wondering what it might be like if she could find her own birth parents. Mary Margaret believes she might, to which Emma humors her, recalling that Henry thinks Mary Margaret is her mother. As Emma gets up to go outside, Mary Margaret moves to follow, when she suddenly notices Emma's baby blanket in the box. Mary Margaret curiously picks it up and holds it, but she then puts it back and walks away. ("True North")

After Second Curse

Looking for clues about her past with the Snow Queen, Emma examines a box with personal belongings, including her baby blanket. Eventually, she finds a camera with recorded videos of herself with Lily. ("Breaking Glass")

To rescue Emma, who has become the Dark One and fled to the Enchanted Forest, the Apprentice gives her allies his wand, telling them that they can cross realms only if someone with both light and dark essence can wield the wand. Zelena eventually gets hold of the item and creates a cyclone, but Regina renders her powerless using a bracelet and later uses the wand on Emma's baby blanket to redirect the cyclone into taking her and her group to the Enchanted Forest. ("The Dark Swan")

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Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

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