sleep w/ blankets

Angie - posted on 01/04/2010 ( 41 moms have responded )

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Do you guys cover your babies up w/ a blanket at night? I know all the experts say not to and I haven't up until a few weeks ago, but I live in MInnesota and lately we've had below zero temps. I'll go get my baby in the morning to find his little fingers just freezing. I dress him in a sleeper sack with a shirt underneath, but that still doesn't seem to keep him warm enough. Plus, he seems to settle down faster when covered with his favorite soft blankie. I worry and stress out about finding him suffocated in the middle of the night. Not sure if I should continue covering him with a blanket at night. Any thoughts?

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Crystal - posted on 01/20/2010

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i use a blanket bag you zip your baby in to it the top is like a shirt so they can't pull it up on them selfs

Patty - posted on 01/19/2010

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i use a blanket too. and check her often. but i have it worse because my little one likes to rub her face on the blanket. so she pulls it up to the side of her face. its really scarry. but i figure if she can manuver it up she can move it back down if she needs to. right??

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Jennifer - posted on 01/24/2010

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I've covered my 5 month old up with a blanket at about 3 months old when she went into her own room and crib. I just place it below her armpits and tuck it underneath her so if it moves it is becuase she has kicked it off, not pulled it over her face. I wouldn't worry to much if you have a monitor you can here them moving around.

Candice - posted on 01/19/2010

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i cover tyson in a blanket when i put him to bed.. i live in grande prairie alberta and it gets FREEZING here in the winter , as well as the fact that he LOVES to suck on his blanket as hes dozing off .. i used to worry about the suffocation thing to but i talked to tysons " grandma" ( we live far away from family and have adopted a lady who we call his grandma) and she says its fine at their age.. they will move the blanket,, so no worries :)

Jo-Ann - posted on 01/19/2010

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I just bought some cute fleece sleep sacks that are size 0-9 mos. At 5 mos old the sleeves are too long so I pull them down over my son's hands so his fingers stay covered. Plus he always wears some pj's with the feet in them. Carter's also makes fleece pj's as well as the fleece sleep sacks. It's made a huge difference in keeping him warm at night.

Iko - posted on 01/19/2010

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My daughter is 5 1/2 months old and she has been sleeping with a blanket since she was born as well. However, over time I have rotated how I position the blanket from the time she was born until about 31/2 months I tucked the blanket under the mattress. But since she turn 4 months old she does not seem to like the blanket on her, so she would tend to kick it off in the middle of the night. Recently, I put her in a crib to sleep and she does fine with the blanket she has a lot of room so she lays from side to side and sometimes on her back so the blanket maybe on her all the way when she sleeps or it may fall off at night. One thing I always do is make sure I keep the blanket below her arms and that seems to work much better for her. Also, I put her in a sleeper with a bodysuit underneath and she seems to stay warm. Thank God the room seems to stay at a good temperature so I don't have to worry about putting lots of blankets on her to stay warm.

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My daughter has been sleeping with a blanket since she was born and I haven't had any problems. He is old enough now that he can pull the blanket off of his face if needed.

Hannah - posted on 01/18/2010

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I sleep my daughter with a sheet and a blanket, tucked in very firmly at the bottom and sides of the bed. She cannot pull them up the bed because they're tucked in so firmly. More often than not she will shimmy up the bed and out from under the bedding and end up part way up the cot or completely out from under the bedding.
I dress her warmly and wrap her torso and legs with a muslin wrap. Her arms are free.

Angie - posted on 01/15/2010

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I'm hearing so much about these type of monitors!! I'm thinking I'm going to have to go out and get me one! I'm all for peace of mind!

Kelly-Ann - posted on 01/15/2010

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My 5 month old has one blanket - one with holes in! - and I tuck her in at night with feet to the end of the cot and the blanket tucked in both sides... then find her upside down and the other end of the cot in the morning with the blanket anywhere from covering her to on the floor!! But I do have an awesome monitor by Angelcare which has an alarm which goes off if she stops breathing... It really does give me peace of mind and I would recommend it to anyone!

Bianca - posted on 01/14/2010

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Maybe try wrapping your bubs tightly when he/she goes to bed, then they'll stay warm and the blanket (if wraped proerly) shouldn't come undone till you unwrap them next morning. Some babiesdon't like to be wrapped though, but worth a try. I know my baby girl can't slepp unless tightly wrapped lol. But give it a shot if you want :)

Ashley - posted on 01/12/2010

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My son has slept with a blanket since he was born. He just sleeps better with it.. I put it to his belly just so his legs are covered, he eventually wiggles up though.

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I cover him with light receiving blankets but I put Thaden in a "snuggie" as I call it. It's a fleece sleeper that zips up the front...used it on all 3 of mine - they all loved it & can't kick it off at night.

Angie - posted on 01/12/2010

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im in mn too, and i put warm socks on my son, then some warm thicker footie on piece pajamas and then in a sleeper sack (it acts as a blanket) and i feel better about the whole thing too ,,,,, im not comfortable letting him sleep with a blanket ,,,,, i had a customer who lst there 11 month old baby that way

Jill - posted on 01/11/2010

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my baby girl has just turned five months old and she has always had a blanket. she is my first and i came home from the hospital with my head full of warnings about over heating etc. after 8hrs of screaming on the first night i decided to forget everything i was told, i put on a little hat, some scratch mits and an extra blanket and she fell striaght to sleep! now she is bigger i have her in a sleeping bag and a blanket as without it she will not sleep. my girl loves to be cosy! listen to your child they will show you the way x

Kirsty - posted on 01/11/2010

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i have stiched a few blankets to the cot sheet as my little one with out doubt can get the blanket up over his face... this seems to work... also dress warmer in the sleep sack... i put mine in a full one peice... also there are temp control ones these will make it easier to keep ur little one warm

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My son doesn't sleep with with the swaddles or the sleep sacks...he just gets frustrated with them! I use blankets but I safety pin the bottom of the blanket to the sheet and mattress pad. He doesn't wriggle around so much that I worry about him getting underneath it...and hopefully by the time he does he will be old enough to not play around so much. Additionally, I tuck the edges underneath him so he doesn't try to pull at them and play with them. And yes, the baby monitors are a god-send for all those little noises - I'm a light sleeper so I hear them all!

Jennifer - posted on 01/11/2010

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I use a sleep bag or wearable blanket with my 5 month old son. Dream Bag, Baby in a Bag or Aiden + Anais are examples of wearable blankets. I have the Dream Bag, put him in a long sleeved onesie and he stays warm in his cold room.

Mary - posted on 01/10/2010

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A sleep sack is a great option. It holds in their body heat really well and they can't kick it off or get it over their face. Plus it's a great part of the bedtime routine. As soon as I zip her in she knows it's time for bed. They make all different weights so you can get super thick ones or thinner ones for summer.

Sunny - posted on 01/10/2010

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It's been getting around zero in PA lately too, but my daughter's been covered with a blanket for weeks. She'll pull it over her face, squeal, then pull it back down, always. She likes cuddling with it though, so I tuck it under the sides of the crib mattress and leave a tiny bit for her to hug, plus leave her with her Elmo stuffed toy. She sleeps all night!

Erin - posted on 01/10/2010

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I live in Wisconsin so I know the kind of cold you are talking about! I have been covering my son all winter with 2-3 blankets. He also sleeps in a sleeper sack with a onsie underneath and his hands are always freezing when he wakes up too because he sleeps with his hands above his head. So I just cover him up to his chest and we have not had any problems. Stay warm!

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Jess, I have the same monitor. I used the older Angel Care with my sons and got the new one for my daughter. It is a life and sanity saver! I never used blankets with my older 3, but my daughter loves to snuggle into her blankies. I don't know if I would be able to do that with out the monitor tho. By the way, Babies R Us does sell the Angel Care. Expensive, but worth every penny. My oldest son stopped breathing when he was 7 months old because he pushed his face into his bumper. He would have died in the middle of the night if it wasn't for this monitor.

Anne - posted on 01/09/2010

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Our son is almost 5 months and has been sleeping in his cot for quite a while and when he goes to bed at night he sleeps in the same outfit worn throughout the day which is a all in one sleepsuit and he just has over him a cellular blanket which is doubled over.

E'Lynn - posted on 01/08/2010

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I put a onsie, socks and a cotton sleeper under my daughters sleep sack or blanket sleeper ( I had to go the next size larger in the blanket sleeper to do this). It helps keep her warmer. I have also put a flannel sheet on her crib instead of a cotton sheet. Babies R Us sells them or I have also used a twin sized flannel blanket and tucked it in tightly around the mattress. My daughter kicks her blanket off so I know she isn't getting tangled and I only cover her from about the waist down.

Nichole - posted on 01/07/2010

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I sleep with my baby in lots of blankets because it is cold here too. I haven't had an issue.

Angie - posted on 01/07/2010

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Whoa, Jess, your monitor is high-tech! That would definitely add peace of mind to have my baby be that regulated! Unfortunately, I just have the standard baby monitor that just outputs the sounds coming from his little mouth. But I've been putting the blanket on him for a few weeks now and feel better about it. Thanks to everyone for providing their insight! I appreciate it.

Jess - posted on 01/07/2010

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I've always been told to put baby down so her feet are touching the end of the cot so she can't wiggle under the blankets. But for piece of mind I have a baby monitor that monitors her breathing and movement, So if she did stop breathing an alarm sounds. My monitor also checks the room temprature and if it gets below or above my preset tempratures it alarms also. But I am in Australia and not sure if these are available everywhere. The brand is Angle Care

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I still swaddle my 4 month old...its the only way he will sleep! The swaddle keeps him warm enough. I also have some of those sleep sacks, and have put it on over his PJ's on the nights I don't swaddle him. (We are trying to wean him away from the swaddle!)



A friend of mine has a heating pad that she places in the crib for a few minutes before she puts her son down. She removes the pad and it leaves a warm, cozy spot for baby. (Of course just make sure the spot has cooled a little...you don't want it too hot!)

Sheila - posted on 01/06/2010

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You could do what I do, I have a space heater in Owen's room. He is very hot all the time but this way you don't have to add any extra blankets. And if you're still stressing about the soft kiki being in with him, then just go in and remove it after he's asleep. Let me know if that seems to help both of you sleep.

Kate - posted on 01/06/2010

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I lay my son on top of the blanket and then wrap the two sides over the top of him. I lay him with the blanket starting at his waist so only half of his body is covered and if he kicks he kicks it open and out.

Corie - posted on 01/06/2010

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My daughter will not sleep unless she is swaddled still! So she knows the routine. Bath, swaddle, bottle, bed. During the day she will nap if you lay her down with a blanket (not swaddled) but at night she has to be wrapped.

Krystal - posted on 01/06/2010

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i believe its ok i've always put a blanket on my daughter since she was born and had no problems just check on them often. my daughter is almost 5 months and she sleeps with a blanket wit the corner of the blanket between her arm & face because she like to hold it while she sleeps and i also put a blanket behind her back because she likes to sleep on her side.

Katie - posted on 01/04/2010

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i cover him up with a blanket that i tuck snuggly under the edges of the mattress and i dont cover his shoulder because he puts his arms above his head in the middle of the night and would end up covering his face. i tuck it under his arm.

Stacey - posted on 01/04/2010

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i actually use 2 blankets for my son 'cuz his room is freezing cold at night... he sleeps in a fleece sleep sack, then i loosely swaddle him with one blanket and lie another one over him. I use 2 because he tends to kick his blankets off at night.

Emily - posted on 01/04/2010

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I do use a blanket, but she doesn't roll yet, and we also co-sleep so I am in constant supervision. It's really cold here too, so will probably continue to use a blanket throughout the winter.

Nina - posted on 01/04/2010

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I've been told to place your baby with their feet against the end of the cot, right down the bottom. That way they can't wiggle under the blanket...in fact my 4 month old ends up pushing himself up the bed and bumping his head on the top..he's in no danger of going under the blanket. I agree with the blankets with the little holes and tucking it in a the side to give you peace of mind though.

Kirsty - posted on 01/04/2010

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When my daughter was first born it was too hot to put blankets on her, our apartment is facing the sun when it rises so it gets hot, and our rooms dont cool at night. Since the middle of October I have had about 5 different kinds of blankets on her. Family members have been giving me some very nice blankets so I used them. I was worried about her over heating and about her sufficating but since day one shes been able to kick them off her and pull them down, she has to have her hands above her head when she sleeps and she doesnt really move until she wakes up so I make sure the blankets are just below her armpits.

Amy - posted on 01/04/2010

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Have you tried the blankets with square holes in them? Cant remember what they are called but we use about 6 on our one as it is freezing at the mo x

Teri - posted on 01/04/2010

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At 4 months, they're supposed to be old enough to be able to move the blanket from their face if they get covered. If you tuck it into the sides of the crib (between the crib and mattress) it'll reduce the risk of the blanket moving much. My baby does fine being covered with a blanket.

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