When Can Babies Start Sleeping with Blankets?
We frequently see images of adorable sleeping babies snuggled in cozy blankets, so it’s only natural to assume that’s the way it should be. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies should not start sleeping with blankets until they are at least one year old.
That doesn’t mean that you need to throw all of your baby’s blankets away or that you can’t give baby blankets as gifts anymore. You just need to be more informed about how to use blankets safely and the appropriate age range for babies to start sleeping with blankets.
Why Your Baby Shouldn’t Sleep with a Blanket
It is not recommended for babies under 12 months to sleep with blankets because of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), SUID (Sudden and Unexpected Infant Death), and strangulation concerns. Soft blankets, pillows, and other objects placed in the crib can cover the baby’s nose and mouth and prevent proper breathing.
Older children are able to move their arms and legs and can push away something that is obstructing their breathing. Babies under 12 months, especially very young babies who cannot sit up or roll over independently, are not able to do the same.
When they aren’t sleeping, babies can have blankets as long as they are supervised. For activities such as snuggling or breastfeeding, just make sure that the baby has adequate room to breathe and that their nose and mouth are not covered.
Keeping Your Baby Warm Without a Blanket
For those who worry that their baby will not sleep well or will be too cold without a blanket, you can put your mind at ease. Babies do not have blankets in the womb, and they aren’t born needing them. There are much safer alternatives to keeping baby warm and well.
Use a baby swaddle. Babies traditionally used to be swaddled in blankets. However, this poses the risk of suffocation if the baby rolls out of the swaddle in the night. Now you can buy zip-up swaddles that are essentially like stretchy sleepsuits. Your baby will stay warm and comfortable all night with no danger posed to their breathing.
Use a sleep sack. Sleep sacks are very similar to baby swaddles, but they allow the baby’s arms to move freely rather than keeping them tight to the body. These might be better for slightly older babies who want a bit more space to move when sleeping rather than newborns.
Don’t Crank Up the Thermostat. Since your baby will be sleeping without a blanket, you might be tempted to increase the heat in the home at night. But babies actually sleep better when cool, and temperatures that are too high increase the risk of overheating. The ideal temperature range is between 68° and 72°F.
Why Are Baby Blankets So Popular?
Baby blankets are well-loved because they are so versatile. They’re soft and can help soothe baby, they can provide cover and shade, and they can even become a plaything. There is so much more use you can get out of a baby blanket besides putting it in the crib.
Here are just a few ways you can use a baby blanket:
- Swaddling (when baby is awake)
- Cover for breastfeeding
- Floor mat to place baby on
- Changing table cover
- Cushion in a stroller
- To play peekaboo
Baby blankets can help parents and babies connect. They are an essential item for every new parent, and they make great gifts too.
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