When can Babies Sleep with Blankets?

When can babies sleep with blankets?When can babies sleep with blankets?

Your baby will spend most of his or her time sleeping. After the birth of your baby, you may have some concerns about blanket safety, the ages and stages of sleeping with or without it, and how you can contribute to the safer and happier sleep for your little one. I’d like to share some information with you, regarding this sensitive topic. 

When you first take home your baby, chances are you’ve already made sure that all the necessary provisions have been taken care of in advance, this includes where the baby will sleep, what your baby will sleep in and which blankets/throws and décor will be in his or her bed.

There have been so many reported infant deaths within the US and around the world, mostly from SIDS (Sudden infant death syndrome) but also as a result of accidental strangulation and suffocation. Many parents are unfamiliar with the importance of blanket safety. It is understandable though; do we not put a sheet or blanket over ourselves during the colder, winter nights!? But, parents should be informed about crib safety and made aware of the dangers.  

A newborn, up until 12 months of age will have no control over the twists and turns the covering will make while asleep; this is why blankets and all covering including pillows, stuffed toys, as well as loose clothing, could be so detrimental.


What you can do to Minimize the Risk
during the First Months of Life.

  • Remove all loose blankets, throws, and sheets from your baby’s cot/bassinet, etc.
  • Remove cot bumpers should you have any.
  • If your baby appears cold, add a layer of fitted clothing instead of a blanket or sheet.
  • Onesies are a perfect example of safe coverage.
  • Do not let your baby sleep with a pillow. Your baby’s reflexes are erratic and unpredictable and may cause the pillow to move over the breathing area and cause accidental suffocation as with a blanket.
  • When it comes to swaddling, always make sure the swaddle blanket is secure and comfortably fitted without your baby being able to maneuver his/her hands and arms out from underneath the covering; taking care not to have it too tight. If your baby cannot move his/her hips, the swaddle is too tight and may restrict their breathing.
  • Tuck your baby into a sleeping sack instead of using blankets etc.
  • Do not let your baby lie down or fall asleep in loose fitted clothing items, including all forms of head and hand coverings. These are likely to be just as risky and dangerous for your little one.


When can my Baby Sleep with a Blanket?

When it comes to sleeping with a blanket, most experts agree that all forms of sheets/covers should be avoided until your baby turns 1. At this stage, your baby will begin to have more control over their body’s reactions.

Many discussions take place where professionals debate the ages and stages for blanket safety, and the majority still agree on one thing, instead use a sleep sack.

When in doubt, trust your instincts or speak to your healthcare advisor or expert regarding additional ways in which you may be able to increase safety for your baby during times of sleep.


Using a Sleep Sack

With a sleep sack, your baby will be safe from strangulation or suffocation. Sleeping sacks can be found as a thinner material for summer days, and warmer, thicker materials for the colder winter nights. Your baby will also be unable to twist and turn too much, which may help them stay put, and prevent them from getting out of their crib/bed. 

Sleeping sacks can be used from birth to over 24 months of age. They can be purchased relatively affordable, or you can make them yourself and save on the cost of having to buy blankets. While it is said to be okay for your one-year-old toddler to sleep with a blanket, most mommies prefer the use of sleeping sacks for peace of mind. 

Sleeping sacks are also called bunting bags or wearable blankets, and they are available in a variety of fabrics. The sleep sacks offer comfort and security for your baby and even appear to look like clothing. The convenient zipper and or buttons make it impossible for your baby to remove the item, and become entangled in it. Here are a few suppliers of sleeping sacks for all ages and stages of your baby’s life.

Online suppliers of sleeping sacks:

www.halosleep.com, www.toysrus.com, www.takealot.com, www.alibaba.com, www.napsack.com, www.aliexpress.com, www.thesleepstore.co.nz, www.snugbags.com, www.babysense.com, www.merinokids.co.uk

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References

Saveoursleep.com

Gro.co.uk

Childsafetyexperts.com

Onsafety.cpsc.gov

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