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Are there special blankets used to swaddle babies?

Are there special blankets used to swaddle babies?

Yes: There are some swaddle blankets you can buy at stores with baby equipment, but these are not necessary in order to swaddle your baby effectively. You can also use a large square blanket. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Safety (Definition)

Safety is a topic that includes recommendations for making the home and outdoor environments safe, especially for kids. This topic includes ideas on childproofing cabinets, keeping dangerous items locked up, ensuring balconies and stairs are safe, covering wiring and outlets, fencing off pools, staying away from cars, watching ...Read more


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Is sucking on a blanket dangerous for my baby?

Is sucking on a blanket dangerous for my baby?

Possibly...: ...If the blanket has loose or frayed edges, then your child runs the risk of having a piece of the blanket come off and pose an aspiration risk. As a general rule, you usually do not want to allow babies to have objects which may break off, fall off, or otherwise separate into tiny objects that can obstruct airways. If you must give something, a baby teething ring or pacifier will do just fine! ...Read more

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Is it normal for my baby to like sucking on her blanket?

Is it normal for my baby to like sucking on her blanket?

Yes: Sucking is very soothing for babies, be it there thumb, a pacifier or favorite blanket. Sucking normally decreases with age and does not need to be discouraged at this age. ...Read more

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When can I start covering my baby with a blanket at night?

When can I start covering my baby with a blanket at night?

A year: This should be avoided until the baby has the physical ability to stand up and move in a coordinated fashion about their sleeping areas. Infants that cannot control their body enough to do so are at risk of smothering/suffocating if movement during sleep wraps the blanket around them. ...Read more

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Can my child sleep with a blanket?

Can my child sleep with a blanket?

1 year: The american academy of pediatrics recommends keeping all blankets out of cribs until at least 1 year old. This is in order to decrease the risk of sids (which dramatically decreases after 12 mo). Instead of using blankets for your young ones dress them in warm footie pajamas. After 12 mo most babies have the ability to remove a blanket from their face or roll over. ...Read more

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Is it ok for my baby to sleep with blankets?

Is it ok for my baby to sleep with blankets?

No: Babies should be placed in the crib, on their backs, with no blankets, stuffed animals, or other items in the crib. Babies should always be put down on their backs because doing so has been shown to dramatically reduce the risk of sids (sudden infant death syndrome). ...Read more

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When is someone too old to sleep with a baby blanket?

When is someone too old to sleep with a baby blanket?

Loaded question: Why do you ask? If an 80+ year old wanted to take his/her baby blanket with them to bed i wouldn't care or stop them. Kids usually give up these comfort things when they begin to sense peer pressure at school age.I do not recommend taking them from the child, ever! a kid should be provided his/her own space to decide what comforts them.Adults can be creative in finding ways for kid to give it up. ...Read more

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At what age can I start covering my child with a blanket in her crib?

At what age can I start covering my child with a blanket in her crib?

When they can stand: The sad truth is we loose babies every year who suffocate in their blankets or with their nose trapped against a soft bumper.When they can reliably move to shift out of such a position when half asleep, blankets are okay.I wait until they can stand. A well insulated sleeper outfit satisfies all of babies needs. Blankets are not necessary. ...Read more

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How can I make sure my baby is warm enough at night without using blankets?

How can I make sure my baby is warm enough at night without using blankets?

Dress appropriately: In general when dressing your baby you can dress them as you would dress yourself plus one thin layer. In wintertime, depending on your home temperature, it is usually best to dress him with a short sleeve snap top, followed with a warm footed one piece. If this is not enough, add another layer and see if your baby is sweating. In the warmer months remove layers accordingly. No blankets needed. ...Read more

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It's okay to use the bernat baby blanket yarn to crochet a diaper cover right?

It's okay to use the bernat baby blanket yarn to crochet a diaper cover right?

Tight stitches: Yarn made for baby blankets should be fine to use as long as the stitches are tight. Large stitches leave gaps which a tiny finger or toe could get caught in. Ouch! ...Read more

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What could cause a child to eat... What could cause a child to want to eat paper & also pick on a blanket and eat the blanket?

What could cause a child to eat... What could cause a child to want to eat paper & also pick on a blanket and eat the blanket?

Pica: Your child has a condition known as pica. With pica a child has a desire to eat anything from dirt to lead paint chips. We don't know the cause but we believe these children are usually anemic. Therefore you might as your doctor to check your child's hemoglobin. ...Read more

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At what age can a baby sleep with a blanket?

At what age can a baby sleep with a blanket?

Talk to pediatrician: The best thing to do is to talk to your pediatrician about this. There are different philosophies about blankets. Somewhere between 12 and 24 months is generally accepted. Your doctor will be more specific for your baby. ...Read more

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When is it safe for baby to sleep with a blanket?

Physical mobility: When a kid can pull to stand in his/her crib, the chance they would suffocate in bed linen is negligible. Before then, i would consider it an invitation for trouble. Removing swaddling blankets, which are meant to help a newborn settle, should be accomplished before a month of age. ...Read more

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When is it safe for my baby to sleep with a blanket?

When is it safe for my baby to sleep with a blanket?

After he's a baby: I recommend going without for as long as possible. Your baby doesn't need a blanket. It has been recommended to not use a blanket until 12 months of age because at 12 months the risk of sids is greatly diminished. I recommend waiting until closer to 2 years old if you want to introduce a blanket into the bed. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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I washed baby's clothes, its in a closet covered with blanket, imgiving birth in one month, should I re_wash them before use?Or ironing will be enough

I washed baby's clothes, its in a closet covered with blanket, imgiving birth in one month, should I re_wash them  before use?Or ironing will be enough

No ironing: Probably good idea to rehash the clothes. They may have been gathering dust, mighty or mildew during the interim . I'd forgo the ironing because the clothes will get wrinkled quickly. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has a weird habit since he was a baby to pull pieces of fuzz off blankets and suck it up his nose. Is this harmful ?

My 2 year old has a weird habit since he was a baby to pull pieces of fuzz off blankets and suck it up his nose. Is this harmful ?

Yes: foreign bodies up the nose can lead to infections and other problems. Need to replace this behavior with a harmless behavior. ...Read more

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24 weeks pregnant. I use a wedge and rolled up blanket behind me but sometimes wake up on my back. Did I harm my baby? Should I be worried?

24 weeks pregnant. I use a wedge and rolled up blanket behind me but sometimes wake up on my back. Did I harm my baby? Should I be worried?

Vena cava syndrome: When lying on the back in advanced pregnancy, the weight of the baby can squeeze the vena cava which transports blood back from the lower part of the body to mom's heart. That in turn leads to less blood flow to the baby and a potential concern of lack of oxygen. However, when this happens, moms start feeling sick and will turn on their left side (the v.c. runs to the right of the aorta). ...Read more