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Is it safe to put my baby to sleep in a travel crib all the time?

Is it safe to put my baby to sleep in a travel crib all the time?

Yes: Make sure it is safe and the appropriate size for your baby. Check the mattress, as many models of travel cribs provide a very thin one. Many online vendors sell the thicker travel crib mattresses that may be more comfortable for your baby. Avoid anything else in the crib like pillows, blankets a baby may become entangled in and toys. Check always for recalls and safety issues with your crib. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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When is it ok to let my baby sleep alone?

When is it ok to let my baby sleep alone?

0 months: Babies are not born knowing how to sleep but learn based on their environmental habits after birth. As long as baby is in a safe sleeping environment (placed on back, hard mattress, approved crib/bassinet, no crib bumper, etc), baby can sleep alone. Mothers and babies who co-sleep sleep less deeply. ...Read more

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When is it safe to allow a baby to sleep on his stomach?

When is it safe to allow a baby to sleep on his stomach?

Rolling over: Once a baby can roll over well, both directions, between his stomach and his back - this usually occurs by about age 6 months. Before this is true, babies should sleep only on their back to help prevent sids. ...Read more

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Is it ok for me to let our baby sleep on the couch?

Is it ok for me to let our baby sleep on the couch?

No: It is never safe to let your baby sleep unattended on the couch. The baby may roll off unexpectedly, and the couch is usually soft which is a risk factor for sids (if baby turns prone). In addition, baby should never sleep on the couch with an adult, because this has been shown to be a significant risk factor for sids. The couch, while comfortable for an adult nap, is not a safe place for baby. ...Read more

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Is it safe to breastfeed in bed?

Is it safe to breastfeed in bed?

No: It is safe to breastfeed in bed only if the breastfeeding mom won't fall asleep in bed with the baby (because there is a small chance that the baby will get tangled up in something and suffocate, or the baby might be accidentally smothered by the adult in the bed). ...Read more

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Is it safe to put my baby to bed swaddled? Or is that a risk of SIDS?

Is it safe to put my baby to bed swaddled? Or is that a risk of SIDS?

No increased risk: Bundling babies should not increase the risk of SIDS providing they are put on their back to sleep, their nose and mouth are not covered, and wrap is not too tight. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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When is it safe to let my baby play with chalk?

When is it safe to let my baby play with chalk?

Depends: Your baby can play with chalk as soon as he realizes that the chalk should be used on the ground or chalkboard and not be put in his mouth. Not that the chalk is particularly harmful, but if he breaks a piece of it off in his mouth, he could choke on it. Scribbling with chalk can be a lot of fun with babies, as long as they realize it's not food! ...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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Why is it bad to let the baby fall asleep with the bottle?

Why is it bad to let the baby fall asleep with the bottle?

Tooth decay: Babies who fall asleep with a bottle in their mouths are sleeping with milk sugar on their teeth. This leads to baby bottle tooth decay. It is much better to use a pacifier, if needed, at bedtime. ...Read more

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Is it safe to co-sleep with your baby?

Is it safe to co-sleep with your baby?

No: The great wisdom of soloman was expressed in the bible after a woman had "overlain" her infant & stole a baby to replace it. Though comforting to babe (who would like to be back in the womb) or mom (who loves being a needed). The danger is the same now as then. Babies die every year from this practice. They leave the womb with great potential & can learn to sleep alone if you let them. ...Read more

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Is it bad for babies to nap in swings?

Is it bad for babies to nap in swings?

Sleep in swings: I would not recommend any baby to sleep anywhere but the crib. Sleeping on baby's back will guarantee that the airway is kept open. Sleeping in swings can cause suffocation. ...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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Is it safe to let our cat sleep with our baby?

Is it safe to let our cat sleep with our baby?

No: A 7 month old baby will likely poke at or grab a part of the cat, neither of which will make the cat happy. Parents should constantly watch the baby if any pets are nearby. A dog or cat will likely sniff a baby to remember the baby's scent, and to find out what is going on, just out of curiosity. Other types of pets should probably stay away from babies. ...Read more

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Is it necessary for my baby to sleep in a crib?

Is it necessary for my baby to sleep in a crib?

Yes: Cribs are very safe for infants, and cribs make life less stressful for babies and their parents. In a crib, a baby can fall asleep, wake up, make noises, play with toys, look around the room, and fall asleep again . . . All without the intervention of a parent. If a crib and its contents are properly set up, an infant cannot climb out of the crib. Therefore, the infant can't get into trouble. ...Read more

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Is it ok to put multiple babies in one crib to sleep?

Is it ok to put multiple babies in one crib to sleep?

Avoid co-bedding: Placing several babies in a single crib (aka co-bedding) increases the likelihood that none of them will get a good night's sleep. Co-bedding is also a major risk factor for sudden unexplained infant death (suid). So it is better, if possible, to provide a designated, segregated spot for each baby in order to guarantee uninterrupted sleep for the infant. ...Read more

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Is 3 months to young to let the baby cry it out when trying to get him/her to sleep in the crib. If so then what month is good?

Is 3 months to young to let the baby cry it out when trying to get him/her to sleep in the crib. If so then what month is good?

Crying : Good question. One in which millions of mothers have asked. There is no right answer. Baby crying is common sense. They are hungry, dirty diaper, gassy, needing affection, etc..... Each is different. As long as they are healthy, been checked by their pcp, then you'll have to wait it out. The baby will let you know when they are ready to sleep in crib without crying. ...Read more

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Is it safe to let the baby sleep on the hairdryer sound? 2 months old baby

Is it safe to let the baby sleep on the hairdryer sound?    2 months old baby

Quiet motor sound ok: Babies will often sleep better if there is a continuous motor sound as it blocks more erratic noise, as long as it is not too loud, which could affect hearing When you refer to "on the hairdryer sound," it is not clear where you planned to put the hairdryer and I am concerned more about burns and hot air blowing, etc or whether the hairdryer will overheat and become a fire hazard. ...Read more

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Is it wrong to let my baby fall asleep with the bottle in the crib?

Is it wrong to let my baby fall asleep with the bottle in the crib?

Yes: Saliva protects a baby's teeth while awake, but disappears while asleep. If you regularly let your baby fall asleep with a bottle, you are greatly increasing the chances of tooth decay from too much milk sugar coming in contact with the teeth. Consider water (if you've started solids) or a pacifier at bedtime instead. ...Read more

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