I have learned a fantastic secret about crocheting baby blankets... they don't actually take that long to make. They obviously involve a bit of time and effort, but over all, they crochet up quite quickly.
I have made two in the last couple of months - but they didn't take that long to make! If I had only made each one during the evenings, I probably could have finished them in two or three weeks each.
Baby blanket #1
8ply, 4mm crochet hook, x9 granny squares of 12 rounds each. Both made with a random edging technique I made up as I went.