To all parents in the world, children are definitely the most precious gifts from God. What can be greater than holding the little one in your arms, getting the baby to call you ”papa, mama” and seeing his/her happy smiles. Take care of a baby is not an easy work, there will be lots of work you need to do as well as tons of questions you want to ask such as “How to make the baby stop crying?”, “How do you know your baby is hungry?”,” What should you do when she/he gets sick?”, or “Is it okay to let baby sleep alone?”. Since the baby spends plenty of time on sleeping, one of the most common questions is ”When can a baby sleep with a blanket?”. If it also what you want to know, read the post below that can come in handy.
When can a baby sleep with a blanket?
This is one of popular questions that lots of parents concern. The answer is that parents should wait until their babies are 12 months old. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), types of soft bedding such as blankets, duvets, pillows, or comforters as well as soft toys should never be put in cribs or cots where the babies sleep. These items can increase the high risk of suffocation or even sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in the babies.
After celebrating your baby’s first birthday, you can give him/her a blanket as a gift. At this age, the baby has the ability to roll over, control the hands and move away anything that causes suffocation or SIDS. Thus, there is no need to worry much about this problem.
In addition, it is highly recommended not using bumpers, sleep positioners or sleep wedges, etc… The products are often advertised for helping prevent and reduce the risk of SIDS; however, it is said that more than 10 infants have died since 1997 while sleeping in the above devices and health officials also warn parents not to use them to protect the little ones from unfortunate accidents.
However, another question is “Won’t the baby feel cold without a blanket?”. It is easy to understand why parents worry about this. Parents always want to do the best things for their children, and you are not exceptional, right? All you need to do when the baby is under a year is dress him/her carefully with the right clothing made from types of soft and breathable fabrics, keep the optimal temperature in his/her room, and sometimes check whether the baby is too hot or cold.
How can parents know whether their babies can sleep with blankets?
As mentioned above, the appropriate time for infants to sleep with blankets is when they are 12 months. Nonetheless, every baby is different, so to make sure your baby is ready for the blanket, you can follow the steps below.
Step 1: Take a lightweight blanket for summer to cover the baby’s body when he/she wakes up: When doing this action, you need to make sure that your baby can crawl or lift his/her head.
Step 2: Pay attention to see if she/he crawls out: If the baby can crawl out from under the blanket, or try to roll over, it is a sign showing that the little one can sleep with a blanket and you should quickly buy a cute baby one. But if not, you should wait and try it after a few weeks.
Step 3: Ask your baby’s doctor: Pediatrician is the person who manages the physical, behavioral, and mental health of your “gem’’ from birth until age 21. He can give good advice to take care of the baby better. Talk to him about the steps you did to check if the baby can sleep with the blanket and don’t forget to consult him about this matter.
What factors should parents consider when their angels sleep with blankets?
In order to ensure the little one can sleep safely with the blanket, you need to remember some notes below.
Always use a lightweight baby blanket: The blanket that your baby uses to sleep should be thin; otherwise, he/she can be suffocated or trapped by a thick blanket. Remember to choose the one whose materials are cotton, wool or cashmere that help baby feel cozy to have a nice sleep. In addition, it should just come up to your baby’s chest instead of his/her shoulders as many parents still do.
Consider using a sleep sack as an alternative: A sleep sack may not only work well to reduce SIDS rates but also is an effective bedding accessory that keeps baby warm and comfortable. Babies usually enjoy being swaddled, but it will be dangerous for them to be wrapped in a blanket when they get older and like to move. Thus, sleep sacks will be a great choice to keep them safe.
Take notice of baby clothes: Parents have a tendency to cover their little angels with blankets when the weather becomes cold. Be sure your room is enough warmth and you dress your baby appropriately. You can keep the baby cozy and warm with a sleep sack, socks, or baby footed pajamas. Remove a layer of clothing to make your baby not overheat when you see he/she is sweating. If the baby becomes too cold, add an extra of layer.
Adjust the room temperature: The ideal temperature for the baby room is about 16-18°C (60-65°F). Using a room thermometer is also a good idea to check if the room temperature is perfect for the baby to stay healthy and comfortable. If there are some amounts of equipment like hot water bottles, electric blankets, heaters, or radiators in your house, they should be kept away from the baby sleeping area to avoid making him/her overheat. Create a safe environment for your little one to sleep well and have fun is very necessary, right?
Do you have a correct answer for this issue? Is it time for you to choose a baby blanket? Don’t hesitate to purchase the good one for your little prince/princess so that it can help him/her to have nice dreams. Hope that your baby will be healthy, happy and take pleasure in this new friend. Don’t forget to leave comments if you have any questions.