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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 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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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 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 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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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 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 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 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 you have a fever is it okay to sleep with a fan on?

When you have a fever is it okay to sleep with a fan on?

Yes: Yes it is perfectly OK to have a fan on to cool down during a fever. Of course the cause of fevers must be diagnosed by a doctor and treatment should be started immediately. ...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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When is it ok to travel with a baby?

When is it ok to travel with a baby?

Baby : Road travel is easy way to travel. You may stop to feed , and most of the time they are sleeping. Air travel is challenging but Ok. Some airlines provide bassinet for the baby and it makes things easy. Breast feeding to is possible . Ask for special seat when calling the airline. ...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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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 is it safe to travel with a new baby?

When is it safe to travel with a new baby?

Soon after birth: The major issue is that when you are traveling, you are around other people with illnesses. In the first 2 months of life you want to be especially careful with exposing your child to others who are sick. Your baby otherwise can handle travel, but just be ready for frequent breaks for feeds! ...Read more

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Is it safe to put a suppository in my infant before bed?

Is it safe to put a suppository in my infant before bed?

Yes: Are you talking about suppository tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever, or suppository for constipation. Either case it is safe to use before bed time. ...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 a good idea to co-sleep with my baby?

Is it a good idea to co-sleep with my baby?

No: The aap does not reccomend it, due to hundreds of reported deaths, and the majority were infants young than 3 months. Most causes include suffocation when the baby gets trapped against a matress, pillow or headboard or rolled over by and adult or older children. ...Read more

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

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