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What age can my toddler/baby sleep with a blanket safely?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
6 months: Generally speaking, a baby should be able to free themselves if their face gets covered or they get choked. For most babies this is around 6 months. The peak incidence for sids is 4 -16 weeks, so during that time it is especially important for your baby to sleep on their back with nothing extra in the crib. Even afterwards if the temperature is comfortable a blanket shouldn't be necessary.
Dr. Evelyn Hurvitz
Pediatrics 37 years experience
6 month: At 6 months, a baby is out of the greatest risk for sids and can easily roll out from under a blnaket.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Why????: Why does a baby ever need a blanket? If the room temperature is reasonable, the pajamas are warm, i see no need for a blanket. There are safer things to use for comfort.
Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 26 years experience
6 months: The risk of SIDS greatly drops around six months. It is ok to sleep with a blanky at this time. I'd still stick with a flat, silky kind of blanket, nothing super fluffy. You can try tucking it in on the sides of the crib at his chest level.

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