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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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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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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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How does prematurity relate to children with sleeping and feeding problems ?

How does prematurity relate to children with sleeping and feeding problems ?

Delayed development: Prematurity is always a risk because it may leave a legacy that results in delayed development. Sleeping and eating are primitive reflexes that are regulated by lower brain control mechanisms. See a nutritionist who understands the benefit of selected vitamins as supplements. ...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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Co-sleeping ads with butcher knives, where should an infant sleep? With all the recalls for bedside play-yard sleepers and co-sleeping "nests" and the infant deaths from co-sleeping, where should a breastfeeding mother have her infant sleep? A crib in a

Co-sleeping ads with butcher knives, where should an infant sleep? With all the recalls for bedside play-yard sleepers and co-sleeping "nests" and the infant deaths from co-sleeping, where should a breastfeeding mother have her infant sleep?  A crib in a

I : I would definitely recommend a bassinet right next to your bed. That's where both of my breast fed babies slept. It was convenient and safe. With a bassinet the baby is separate and yet close enough for all those late night feedings! good luck. ...Read more

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Our 2 yr old granddaughter is difficult to get to sleep and stay asleep. She frequently wakes during the night. What supplements can we try to allow her to sleep well?

Our 2 yr old granddaughter is difficult to get to sleep and stay asleep. She frequently wakes during  the night. What supplements can we try to allow her to sleep well?

Several methods: First be certain that there is a consistent, quiet bedtime routine. Sometimes having a toy or blanket just for bedtime helps. Both valerian and melatonin can be used (i don't have the doses off the top of my head, but look on line). ...Read more

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At what age can babies have no support under their arms to stand?

At what age can babies have no support under their arms to stand?

9-13 months: Babies start taking their first steps around 10-14 months of age. They usually can stand alone the month before they start walking. ...Read more

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Is it safe for babies to sleep overnight or nap in Baby Swings or Rock n' Plays?

Is it safe for babies to sleep overnight or nap in Baby Swings or Rock n' Plays?

No, it is not safe!: Infants should not sleep in "Baby Swings", or "Rock n' Play" by Fisher Price. The best way to prevent "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome" is to place infants on their back, which also encourages normal physical and motor development. They should sleep on a firm, flat surface. ...Read more

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Can a baby sleep too much? My baby sleep about 4-5 times a day, not including her bed time at 9pm.

Can a baby sleep too much? My baby sleep about 4-5 times a day, not including her bed time at 9pm.

Age dependent: Sleep duration or number of naps during the day varies with the age of baby. Newborns may sleep for 14-18 hrs a day. As they get older the number of naps decrease. Just make sure that baby is being fed at regular intervals for age. ...Read more

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Can't sleep due to tachycardia (184) waking me up every night all night. Not cardiac or anxietyanxiety. What can it be? Very fed up with Canada healt

Can't sleep due to tachycardia (184) waking me up every night all night. Not cardiac or anxietyanxiety. What can it be? Very fed up with Canada  healt

See below: Hi, I am unsure what cardiac workup was done in the past. What did your ECG/Holter monitor reveal? Did you get a 2D echocardiogram? I would also have them check a TSH (thyroid function) to rule out that being the cause of your tachycardia. You need to speak with your cardiologist. ...Read more

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Are night wakings in infants other than those for feedings common and should the infant be helped to fall back asleep or left to 'cry it out'?

Are night wakings in infants other than those for feedings common and should the infant be helped to fall back asleep or left to 'cry it out'?

Pediatrician: Touch base with your pediatrician. It's common, and reasons could include teething, increased need for food, etc. But if your baby was sleeping well, then maybe something else is going on. ...Read more

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What can cause babies to be born with teeth?

What can cause babies to be born with teeth?

Genetics: Genetic predisposition causes babies to be born with teeth. ...Read more

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What should a sleeping babies saturations be?

What should a sleeping babies saturations be?

Generally over 94%: Oxygen saturation usually drops in normal individuals during sleep, but only for a brief period of time. In general it should remain in the mid to upper 90's. Anything less should be investigated further by the doctor for things like obstructive or central sleep apnea, or acute or chronic lung disease. ...Read more

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What are some good bedtime sleep habits to develop in my child?

What are some good bedtime sleep habits to develop in my child?

Consistency and time: Having a consistent routine for sleeping and waking time to allow for about 9 hours of sleep. Bed time habits need to be tailored to the age and taste of the child, brushing teeth, shower, bed time stories, reading by her/himself, warm milk etc. ...Read more

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Are we supposed to lere a baby with chicken pox sleep long during the day or make sure he sleeps at night?

Are we supposed to lere a baby with chicken pox sleep long during the day or make sure he sleeps at night?

Whenever they want: Sleep is going to be thrown off during any illness in a baby or child. Rest is an important part of them getting better though. So let them sleep when they want to during an illness. You can straighten out day and night when they are back in good health. It's a great time to do extra cuddling, take a nap with them and give extra love and attention. ...Read more

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Does drinking in pregnancy cause a newborn baby to get sleep apnoea?

Does drinking in pregnancy cause a newborn baby to get sleep apnoea?

Pregnancy and alcoho: Regular drinking in preganancy can cause fetal alcohol syndrome - this may include breathing issues. Sleep apnea is serious if it is in the newborn and should be evaluated. ...Read more

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For days that I'm not able to do much tummy time with 5w newborn, how can I avoid flat spots while she's on the crib sleeping at night or napping?

For days that I'm not able to do much tummy time with 5w newborn,  how can I avoid flat spots while she's on the crib sleeping at night or napping?

Tummy Time: Rotate her head from side to side while she is sleeping on her back. Also avoid putting her in swing or car seat for long periods of time. Still most important is to give her tummy time when awake and supervised. ...Read more

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