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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).

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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My 4 weeks baby was sleeping with us in our bed covered under our blanket he was sweating when he woke up, how could it harm his skin or health?

My 4 weeks baby was sleeping with us in our bed covered under our blanket he was sweating when he woke up, how could it harm his skin or health?

I agree. Put him on: His back in his crib for naps & nighttime to reduce the risk of sids. If you have a consistent bedtime & routine of rocking, nursing, reading & wiping out his mouth after the last feed, then put him in his crib drowsy, but awake, he'll learn to self calm for sleep. This increases his chances of consolidating sleep by 4 mos. & prevents developmental night-crying at or after 6 mos.

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4weeks baby fell asleep in our bed, & he took a blanket in his mouth, I worry if there will be harm now, I mean germs and so on, it was clean butstill?

4weeks baby fell asleep in our bed, & he took a blanket in his mouth, I worry if there will be harm now, I mean germs and so on, it was clean butstill?

Do so if U must: Babies suck germs off their contaminated fingers constantly and most are destroyed by stomach acid. Those that are not, end up in out intestines & generally do no harm.

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What causes me to feel cold on the inside all the time, I have 2 blankets on me all day. I sleep most of the day.

What causes me to feel cold on the inside all the time, I have 2 blankets on me all day. I sleep most of the day.

I see that you have: A # of medical conditions. Has your thyroid been checked recently (hypthyroidism)? Depression & poorly controlled diabetes mellitus or congestive heart failure could also be impacting your sxs.

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Why does my 3 year old likes to sleep without blankets?

Why does my 3 year old likes to sleep without blankets?

Comfortable: Your baby is warm enough and if he is sleeping well leave him alone.

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If its a hazard to let my 3 month sleep with blanket on, how will I keep her warm at night?

If its a hazard to let my 3 month sleep with blanket on, how will I keep her warm at night?

Proper dress: An infant needs only a diaper, shirt & a onezie for sleep plus a cap. Proper selection of these garments provide as much warmth as they need. Babies suffocate every year tangled in blankets, pillows or pressed against bumpers. All are considered hazards for infants.

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My body gets extremely hot during sleep, as much so I'm forced to wake up and remove my blanket.

My body gets extremely hot during sleep, as much so I'm forced to wake up and remove my blanket.

Normal, if no change: If it's been like that for years, and you always need to remove your blanket during sleep, it's fine! Some people do sweat more than others during sleep, as the body attempts to cool itself.

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Anybody else surround themselves with pillows and blankets when they sleep? What causes this response in people?

Anybody else surround themselves with pillows and blankets when they sleep? What causes this response in people?

This is TOTALLY a: Guess. A few thoughts. The first is that it may lead to sense of feeling more protected. The layers of fabric may allow for that perception. The second thought is that it may feel opulent. The third though is that being in a nest of pillows & blankets may be like swaddling which could mimic comfort of the womb. (yes- that was a bit freudian). Bottom - line, I don't know the actual reason.

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Is healthier to sleep naked and if yes with or without a blanket?

Is healthier to sleep naked and if yes with or without a blanket?

Sleep: It makes no difference to your health to sleep naked or with clothes. Just hope you don't get cold so keep a blanket nearby hope that helps.

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How old should my son be to let him sleep with a blanket? Worried about SIDS. He's 7 months

How old should my son be to let him sleep with a blanket? Worried about SIDS. He's 7 months

Why?: I limit initial blanket use for swaddling to the 1st month, or sooner when the baby accepts the additional freedom to move. I don't encourage blanket use again until a kid has the physical skills to stand up in his/her crib. There are in excess of 100 kids a year lost to suffocation events in the US, all avoidable if blankets, bumpers, pillows are excluded from young babies cribs.

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I've been having difficulty sleeping. Should I get new sheets, and if so, which kind of sheets or blankets?

I've been having difficulty sleeping. Should I get new sheets, and if so, which kind of sheets or blankets?

Physical discomfort?: If you thing that the sheets are uncomfortable replace them, but that is seldom the cause of insomnia. Learn some relaxation techniques, exercise so that you are fatigued when going to bed. Also, are you have trouble falling asleep or do you awaken and have trouble falling back to sleep? Need more info to help.

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Can sleeping with a dusty blanket lead to any cancer or other problems?

Can sleeping with a dusty blanket lead to any cancer or other problems?

Nothing serious: No, you can not get Cancer just like that. Dust of course is not good to breath as it gets into your lungs and can cause coughing.

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Is it dangerous to cover your whole head with the blanket as you sleep? I mean in terms of breathing. Someone I know insists on doing this.

Is it dangerous to cover your whole head with the blanket as you sleep? I mean in terms of breathing. Someone I know insists on doing this.

Depends: If it is a child or adult who is unable to move the blanket away from his/her face when needed, there is the possibility of suffocation. If it is a normal adult, there should be no problem with this if your blanket allows enough airflow and/or you leave enough space for a hole to breath out of.