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Please tell me if it is good for a baby to sleep without a pillow?

Please tell me if it is good for a baby to sleep without a pillow?

Yes: An infant should sleep without a pillow so that they won't accidentally suffocate. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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 safe for babies to sleep or nap while someone is baby wearing them (in Moby, Ergo, ring sling, etc) assuming you're doing it properly?

Is it safe for babies to sleep or nap while someone is baby wearing them (in Moby, Ergo, ring sling, etc) assuming you're doing it properly?

Yes: It is safe as long as it is used properly and their airway is free and clear. In other countries, babies are "worn" by a mother 24/7! ...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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Is it safe to sleep with buckwheat hull bucky pillow around your neck all night?

Is it safe to sleep with buckwheat hull bucky pillow around your neck all night?

Yes: Unless you have an allergy or sensitivity to the materials in the pillow or it is somehow contaminated with bacteria or other organisms, it should be safe. This also assumes that you do not have a condition that made your neck unstable (such as major neck trauma, severe rheumatoid arthritis). ...Read more

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Is it safe to sleep with cell phone in bed for alarm purposes? Not directly under pillow, but in the bed in general? Risk of cancers, (i.E. Breast)?

Is it safe to sleep with cell phone in bed for alarm purposes? Not directly under pillow, but in the bed in general? Risk of cancers, (i.E. Breast)?

If there is: Any measurable risk of cell-phone induced cancer, it is infinitesimally small. You have as much chance of being struck by lightening as getting cancer from your cell phone, even if you sleep with it. ...Read more

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My infant has a mild case of acid reflux. Is it safe to let her sleep regularly in a rocker sleeper due to its incline?

My infant has a mild case of acid reflux. Is it safe to let her sleep regularly in a rocker sleeper due to its incline?

Yes: Elevation will help her reflux. Rocking or movement might make it worse. If you are not noticing an increase in symptoms, there is no need to make changes. Most babies have some reflux. All the best. ...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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Is it safe for my 2 mth old baby to sleep with a pacifier?

Is it safe for my 2 mth old baby to sleep with a pacifier?

Yes: Absolutely. Babies need this kind of so called non-nutritive sucking as a way to self console. They need to be able to breathe through their little noses so if they have nasal obstruction, as from a cold, it could make it hard with a pacifier in place. In this case, talk to your doc about salt water nose drops. ...Read more

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