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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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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 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 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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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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When is it safe to leave my baby with a sitter?

When is it safe to leave my baby with a sitter?

2: It is safe to leave your baby with a sitter when the baby is a few weeks old. You should leave instructions and emergency contacts for his/her care. It may be helpful to take a short break the first time. ...Read more

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How long should a baby sleep for and is it bad to wake it?

How long should a baby sleep for and is it bad to wake it?

Can wake for feeding: Most young infants sleep 5-8 hours at night, a long am nap of 2-4 hours and an afternoon nap of 2-4 hours. The baby may take 1-3 other shorter naps depending on age and activity. It is okay to wake them for scheduled feedins - often every 3-4 hours, but ususally best to let them sleep one extended period at night unless underweight and not taking in enough milk during the day. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use a sleeping sack/onesie for a newborn?

Is it safe to use a sleeping sack/onesie for a newborn?

I prefer Onesies: I actually prefer onesies to most sleep attire in infants unless a simple diaper & shirt are adequate. I do not like swaddling blankets after the first month or comforters or pillows .All have been associated with sleep time accidents in infants. ...Read more

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Is it okay for my newborn to sleep in a crib?

Is it okay for my newborn to sleep in a crib?

Crib is ok: A crib is fine. It must meet safety standards so be careful of used cribs avoiding any built in the 1970's or earlier. Those have crib spindles/slats that are too widely spaced and may have lead paint. Also check for any mfg recalls. No bumpers, pillows, toys should be in the crib. A blanket snuggly swaddled around baby is fine but no other blankets. Check at www.Aap.Org for all crib safety tips. ...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 it safe to leave my baby alone in another room for a few minutes?

When is it safe to leave my baby alone in another room for a few minutes?

As soon as you want: Delivery begins a new stage in a kids life marked by gradual aquisition of new talents of independent living.If you have prepaired a safe sleeping area for baby at home, there is no reason not to leave them alone in that area as soon as they come home. You may desire to monitor their activities closely, but close monitoring can prevent restful sleep. ...Read more

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How long is it safe for a baby to be sedated?

How long is it safe for a baby to be sedated?

Depends on situation: Sedation in kids should be under proper supervision by a pediatric anesthesiologist or other trained professional.As long as they are following proper guidelines for sedation it can last for hours. ...Read more

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When is it safe for kids to use a slide?

When is it safe for kids to use a slide?

Depends! : Toddlers and small children need close parent supervision on slides and playground equipment. At around 15 months your child may be ready to start climbing up a slide. Stay close by and be sure the slide is age appropriate. Many equipment will have recommended ages. Common sense is your best bet! ...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 a good idea to nurse my baby to sleep?

No: The key to infant sleep is teaching your baby to fall asleep on his or her own. Infants who fall asleep at the breast, or in your arms, have trouble staying asleep for long periods and often have overall poor sleep. I recommend a good, stable bedtime routine, similar bedtime ( sometime between 7 and 9), and putting the baby in his or her crib before they are totally asleep. Be consistent. ...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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Is it safe to sleep with a concussion?

Is it safe to sleep with a concussion?

Yes.: You can sleep with a concussion with no worries. A concussion will never get pregnant. Seriously though, no one can go without sleep. You should be okay: If you sleep with a concussion you have a better than fair chance of waking up again. ...Read more

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When is it OK for a baby to wear sunscreen?

When is it OK for a baby to wear sunscreen?

Sunscreen is OK to use on babies 6 months or older: Younger babies should use other forms of sun protection. Consider these guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Food and Drug Administration and the American Cancer Society: For babies 6 months or older. , For babies younger than 6 months. . When choosing baby sunscreen, pick a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if your baby is spending time in the water or perspiring. To avoid irritating your baby's skin and eyes, consider using a sunscreen that contains only inorganic filters, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Avoid using products that combine sunscreen and the insect repellent DEET, since sunscreen must be regularly reapplied and insect repellent typically doesn't need to be reapplied. Remember, just a few serious sunburns can increase your baby's risk of skin cancer later in life. Taking simple steps now can go a long way toward protecting your baby from the risks of sun exposure. . ...Read more

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Is it safe for a 2 month baby to sleep in a car seat overnight when she is at home?

Is it safe for a 2 month baby to sleep in a car seat overnight when she is at home?

Car seat: I see no reason it would be dangerous. Its a good position. Never let the baby sleep face down on a bed, etc. ...Read more

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Is it better for an older baby or a toddler to sleep without a pillow?

Pillow: There is no rule lik there are with infants to sleep without pillow. In general young children do not need them so use is not typically recommended. If your child likes a pillow at age 3-4 this should be fine. ...Read more