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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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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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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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When can my child start sleeping in a toddler bed?

When can my child start sleeping in a toddler bed?

2 years old: Two years old is the typical age. However, if your child is trying to climb out of their crib, you should make the switch earlier to prevent any harm. ...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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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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When is it safe for my baby to sleep with a pillow?

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

No: No. Babies should not sleep with soft blankets, pillows or stuffed toys. They need a firm sleeping surface and should always be placed on their backs to sleep. ...Read more

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My son sweats alot in sleep he can wet up a whole pillow is this dangerous?

My son sweats alot in sleep he can wet up a whole pillow is this dangerous?

Need blood work: You should get his thyroid checked as well as his adrenal hormones , excess of both can lead due to increased sweating ...Read more

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Can i sleep with my baby in family bed?

Can i sleep with my baby in family bed?

No: Hundreds of babies die in the us every year because of co-sleeping. They are either suffocated when mom rolls over on them or strangle in the bed clothes. Same room is fine same bed is not. ...Read more

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I have a 16mon old baby at night she is very restless it's hard for her to sleep but @6am she falls in a deep sleep how can help her sleep at night?

I have a 16mon old baby at night she is very restless it's hard for her to sleep but @6am she falls in a deep sleep how can help her sleep at night?

Wake days/sleep nite: I would make a conscious effort to never let her sleep more than 2 hours at a time during the day, without at least a five minute period of alertness, before i let her sleep more. After a few days her body will shift her deep sleep to a night pattern. ...Read more

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When can my baby start sleeping in a crib?

When can my baby start sleeping in a crib?

As soon as possible: Your baby can sleep in a crib as soon as you bring him/her home. Make sure your baby doesn't sleep on his/her belly. ...Read more

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My newborn is sleeping all the time not even waking up for feeding when i try to feed him he uses my breast as a pacifier for a few minutes and sleeps?

My newborn is sleeping all the time not even waking up for feeding when i try to feed him he uses my breast as a pacifier for a few minutes and sleeps?

Mgt: Babies establish their own feeding patterns, and as long as your infant's growth and development is normal, their feeding pattern can be on demand. ...Read more

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My two month old has a very bad wet cough and sometimes when he's sleeping or awake you can hear a gargle in his breathing.Is there anything i can do?

My two month old has a very bad wet cough and sometimes when he's sleeping or awake you can hear a gargle in his breathing.Is there anything i can do?

Cough: Make an appointment to see your pediatrician. In the meantime take him into the washroom and turn on the hot shower. Steam him forv20-30 minutes several times a day. Let him sleep with a vaporizer. Elevate his mattress so he is sleeping on an angle. Get some vapo rub and apply to chest. But it is important to get to see the doctor asap. ...Read more

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Is it ok to prop up my 10month old baby with a pillow or something at night if she has a cold? Will this cause everything to sit in her chest?

Is it ok to prop up my 10month old baby with a pillow or something at night if she has a cold? Will this cause everything to sit in her chest?

It will help: By elevating your baby's head, it allows gravity to minimize the upper airway congestion associated with a cold. The problem is how can you keep your baby propped up? Can she sleep in a car seat? ...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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I have a small fever, can my infant still sleep next to me in bed?

Please read the : American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations for safe sleep: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/sleep/Pages/A-Parents-Guide-to-Safe-Sleep.aspx or HealthyChildren.org. Please put your baby to sleep on his/her back in a crib with a firm mattress, no loose bedding or stuffed animals, not in your bed. It truly reduces the chance of SIDS, which can occur up to one year. ...Read more

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My 3 yr old son got sleep with me during a trip now all his sleep habits at home are gone and wakes up and throws a tantrum to sleep with me. Help!

My 3 yr old son got sleep with me during a trip now all his sleep habits at home are gone and wakes up and throws a tantrum to sleep with me. Help!

Tough love: It is time to return to the prior routine and enforce it. Have a calming pre-sleep routine and let him settle, read to him and leave. Stress that he is to stay in his room if he wakes and enforce it. Return him to bed every time he comes to your bed. Tell him the door to his room can stay open if he stays in his room, but close it if he leaves.Check out ferber-solve your childs sleep problem. ...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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Is it better to put for my baby to sleep in a cradle or a bassinet before I move him to a crib?

Is it better to put for my baby to sleep in a cradle or a bassinet before I move him to a crib?

Either works fine: Both bassinets and cradles serve as temporary sleep locals for newborns until they are ready to transition to a crib. Whether parents choose one or the other is a matter of personal preference rather than a stoic medical recommendation. Safety is less of an issue now that newer models have sufficient base and slat width and wheels locks. Be sure to check manufacturer's infant weight limits. ...Read more

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When I sleep with a blanket I sweat every time, I'm too cold without a blanket and if I go to sleep with pants/shirt, no blanket, I don't sweat. Why?

When I sleep with a blanket I sweat every time, I'm too cold without a blanket and if I go to sleep with pants/shirt, no blanket, I don't sweat. Why?

Air circulation: Try sleeping with a blanket and have a fan running at low speed. If you have a ceiling fan, fine, if not use a portable fan. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more