blanket or no blanket?

Rebecca - posted on 11/13/2010 ( 63 moms have responded )

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My doc said it is now ok to give my son a blanket, since he is over six months old, and now it is cold out. But I am reading things that say they shouldn't have a blanket in their crib at all, not even when they are a year old! This makes me worry, anyone else have some good feedback?

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Shauna - posted on 11/17/2010

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Looks like a lot of people havent done their research. I suggest looking up "Back to Sleep" google it.

Djuana - posted on 11/30/2010

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My daughter was born on 3-10-10. We didn't use a blanket for the first 6 months. The day she turned 6 months she could crawl and roll all over so we decided it was time that she could have a blanket in the crib. She loves her blanket. She sleeps from 9:30pm-7:30am. It all depends on you and how you feel your baby can handle it. We haven't had any issues. Good luck, use your mother's intuition, and look up sids. It usually affects infants up to 4 months, but all babies are different. If you're worried then don't use a blanket and do your research.

Maria - posted on 11/23/2010

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I didn't give my first a blanket until she was about 15 months old and could pull up her own blanket. My 2nd is 9 months and still doesn't use them. When they have never had a blanket, they don't miss it. My babies were never cold without a blanket in the winter. They wore the fleece sleepers with a sleep banket over the top. My daughterhad a 2T size last winter that had legs so she could walk around in it. If it was really cold I put socks under her PJ's.

A lot of peoples kids do just fine with a blanket, but even if the odds are 1 in 1,000,000 will sufficate, I am not willing for my kid to be that 1. It's not worth it when there are so many other ways to keep them warm!

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Chantelle - posted on 01/01/2011

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my baby had a blanket on her from day one. i found as long as you don't put it any higher then their armpits they're fine. and fuzzy sleepers do wonders:)

Briana - posted on 12/22/2010

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My son moves around so much, a blanket won't stay on him. So I don't even bother. We're still fairly warm here in Southern Arizona but I still keep my heat set at 73/75 to make sure it stays warm in here. He sleeps just fine :)

Shauna - posted on 12/19/2010

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And Jessica if you want to put blankets in your childs crib GO RIGHT AHEAD ... i frankly dont care how you mother your children. Im trying to better inform people that care to be informed that loose bedding is a major factor in sids and their are reasonable new advances how to keep a child warm wihout needing to use a HEATER in their room or loose bedding such as : a sleep sack and also swaddling if done correctly ..... and since you read into things so much a child that is so powerful that an adult that has swaddled them tightly can STILLLL get out of it i would say your best bet is a sleep sack b/c a young infant CANNOT get out of a sleep sack.

Shauna - posted on 12/19/2010

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because if you didnt jump into the convo days after being posted went back and read everything you would know we are talking about YOUNG INFANTS ... not 9 mo olds.
A child in a correct swaddle TRUST ME ON THIS cannot get out of it! * i also work at a childrens hospital and know how to correctly swaddle a child* if they are getting out of a swaddle a sleep sack would be more appropriate. And guess what technology has created!!?!?!??!?! a sleepsack that is also a swaddle .. imagine that.

Jessica - posted on 12/19/2010

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Key word in your comment... "should". A swaddle should be unable to get out of. But your first statement that an infant isn't going to squirm out of a swaddle is false. Both of our sons wriggled their way out of swaddles that were done by the nurses while we were still in the hospital! And I'm pretty sure that the labor and delivery nurses know how to swaddle babies! They kick their feet and will get that blanket loose and then they will no longer be swaddled.

On another note, if they can get out of a swaddle means that they are old to be swaddled, then why did you even suggest it to this mother? Her son is almost 9 months old!

Shauna - posted on 12/19/2010

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An infant isnt goint o squirm out of a swaddle unless its supermans baby. And swaddling if done right is not loose bedding, a swaddle should be tight and secure and unable to get out of. If they are getting out of a swaddle they are too old to be in a swaddle. No i never contradicted myself once.

Jessica - posted on 12/18/2010

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I didn't realize that a baby couldn't kick out of a swaddle. Shauna, you contradicted yourself. You said it was unsafe to have loose bedding but safe to swaddle... it's the same thing! If a child squirms out of a swaddle, it becomes loose bedding. At the same time, for us moms who tuck the blanket into the sides and end of the bed, I believe, even according to your definition, qualifies as non-loose bedding. also, in talking to experts, the liklihood of a child suffocating from a blanket isn't alll that likely, being that blankets are not solid, but porous. You make it sound like mothers who are putting blankets into their childs' cribs are putting plastic sheets in! In addition, what many people set their thermostats at during the winter months often is not warm enough to infants.

I've also had people try to tell me that putting a heater into my child's room to make it warmer is putting my child at risk for CO poisoning. The heater is safe, not to mention if that were the case, it would set off the CO detector, but it hasn't.

To each their own. If you feel a blanket is what your child needs, use one. If not, then don't!

Jessica - posted on 12/18/2010

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we've been using a blanket in the crib since day one! Our doc said it's fine as long as before they can pull things off their face/head you tuck it in on the sides and end of bed. If anything, our son usually just rolls out from underneath it. If you are concerned about warmth and are hesitant to use a blanket, just dress your child warmer or put a heater into your child's room. Hope this helps!

Shauna - posted on 12/16/2010

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Yes, swaddling is considered safe b/c it isnt "loose" bedding , if the blanket was just put over the baby----lots of times young infants will kick their feet in the middle of the night causing the blanket to cover their face and not being able to move it----thats the concern. My son is 9 mo old and yes i do use a blanket with him now, and also have bumper pads in his crib---before he was able to move around and move things out of his face however i had no bumpers no loose bedding he used a sleep sack -----he never liked being swaddled. ---------i put the bumpers on only after he had got his legs stuck in sides of the crib one to many times. -----again this no loose bedding thing for me is for a young infant.

Elizabeth - posted on 12/16/2010

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I'm just trying to understand this. So is it ok for you to swaddle the child? i'm not trying to be rude, i'm just trying to understand the other side.

Shauna - posted on 12/16/2010

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its mainly more unsafe for babies under 6 mo of age and unable to push a blanket out of their faces when becomming coved by one. Blanket in face------- over a child that cant move it --------can you see where that could be harmful?

Elizabeth - posted on 12/16/2010

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I have 3 kids and all have slept with a blanket. Never had a problem, it will be ok to give a blanket to him. I never knew people didn't give their kids one or that it was wrong to do so.

Van - posted on 12/14/2010

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My son has 4 stuffed animals and two are his size, two blankets, an adult pillow, a body pillow I made for him and two balls in his crib. He has never had problem but he does move a lot an have his face facing up and never has the blanket above his armpits (no matter how many times I move it up to cover him more.) If your doctor says it's ok and you feel comfortable enough to do it then you should. Otherwise any advice any moms give you won't help.

Jessie - posted on 12/14/2010

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do not beleive everything u read out of a book, cause most of it is written by people who have never had kids, and is bullshit, my daughter has always had a blanket since she was born, and she has a teddy she sleeps with everynight and she is safe, if i felt it was unsafe i would not do it, everyone 1 is different

Jessie - posted on 12/14/2010

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my daughter is almost 9 months old and has always had a blanket since she was born, and has slept on her belly since she was 2 weeks old, just do wat u feel is right for your son, everyone is different

Shauna - posted on 11/27/2010

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Im not judging anyone. Im simply stating the facts. the fact is its safest to have no loose bedding in a child's crib. And you are putting your child at risk when you decide to keep them warm by using loose bedding. Thats all that was stated was the facts. i dont care how anyone chooses to raise their child. But when someone ask's an opinion and i know the facts im going to state them. No matter how absent minded anyone on here is by doubting this is. I stated nothing but the facts.

Patti - posted on 11/27/2010

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My son (almost 9 months) has always had a blanket. He still sleeps on his back and doesnt move much when he is sleeping, so I never questioned my decision. We live in an old farm house and it gets cold. I know if I am cold, I know he is cold, so he gets a blanket.

Shontelle - posted on 11/26/2010

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im sory but shauna u cant judge people on how they put their babies to bed or on how cold the house is 1 i tuck the blankets in so she cant pull them up and i was told your ment to make the cot so babys feet are touching the end of the cot and the blanket come up to their armpits and 2 my previous house didnt have any aircon and was really hard to heat so during winter it was sometimes zero degrees not sure how cold that is in farenhite (not sure how to spell it)

Nermina - posted on 11/26/2010

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Sleeping bags work fantastically!!! recently we had to start this sleeping method with out daughter ( 8months now) and now we use single sheet as a pouch to tuck her in, her arms are in; over this sheet I find it very safe to use blanket. We also control temperature in the house and maybe this is the safest but than you need to make sure that the air is not dry, etc...

Shauna - posted on 11/25/2010

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And im sorry if anyone thinks im being too agresive in this issue but the FACT of the matter is its trully UNSAFE to have loose bedding in your babies crib. Weather people have been doing it for centuries or not. Your opinion can be whatever you choose, you can choose to keep your baby warm the unsafe way or the safe way. The world is full of peoples opinions. Im just stating the Fact ... Its unsafe. Thats all.

Shauna - posted on 11/25/2010

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For 1. why would anyones house be Zero degrees unless your homeless .... For 2 you are right ! the studies are about 20 yrs old so i guess you could say not too recent. But the studies began b/c of so many babies dying of SIDS related deaths. And YES post your opinions, however saying "ITS OK TO HAVE 3 BLANKETS" is an absolute untrue statment. It IS a safety issue weather people have been doing it for years or not. And for everyones information I live in Nebraska and its 19 degrees outside right now. HOWEVER my heat is turned on in my home and its a moderate 68 Degrees.
Common sense .... thats all people.

Shontelle - posted on 11/25/2010

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i agree people have been around for thousands of years and its only been a new thing that they started making sleepingbags for babies i live in new zealand so we are getting into summer but its still cold at night i even have a heater on in my daughters room to keep her warm when she riggles out of her blankets

Vicky - posted on 11/25/2010

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I totally agre Rachael, we live in Scotland and its winter now so it is absolutley freezing!!! Some people just dont understand and it bugs me that they dont respect other peoples choices and opinions.. I was only sharing my opinion coz the woman asked us too..

Rachael - posted on 11/25/2010

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It depends where you live, its freezing here so sometimes it calls for 3 blankets, you say you dont like people's opinions on here cos they are wrong, but then you say people shouldnt use 3 blankets? what are parent supposed to do if its zero degrees in the house for example?

Rachael - posted on 11/25/2010

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You can get sleeping bags that go up to at least 18 months, my son wears one from mothercare xx

Rachael - posted on 11/25/2010

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What? they can have a blanket from birth, what does the dr think people did before they invented baby sleeping bags?
My son wears sleeping bags but its getting colder and colder and I am going to have to put a blanket over him as well
He has a blanket over him when he naps during the day xx

Shontelle - posted on 11/24/2010

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i have 3 blankets on my daughters cot as its still quite cold at night but its getting into summer so will be taking some off and while i was in hospital after giving birth i was told by the nurses to put blankets on her as its hard for babies to keep themselves warm and that we like having blankets on us when we go to sleep and so do they and my daughter loves having a blanket when she goes to sleep she holds onto it and has done since she was a month old

Shauna - posted on 11/24/2010

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This just highly highly bugs me especially the more comments i read and the statment "give your child 2, or even 3 blankets nothing will happen" ...... oh my god. That is not a fact at all ... its simply an opinion. And a bad one. And many babies sleep just fine in a sleep sack if not better. Its the same as being covered by a blanket the only differance is they wear it. Giving your child 3 blankets ... wow..... there is such a thing as over heating your child. Scary. Next time you pay a visit to your pediatric Dr bring this subject up. You may be shocked by what they have to tell you.

Shauna - posted on 11/24/2010

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WOW!!!! ... thats all i have to say. Some very uninformed individuals. I work with children daily b/c of profession. I would say at least half of parents i have worked with use some other form of blanket. At the facility i work out they make the infant room parents sign waivers allowing blankets or any other bedding to be allowed in crib. B/C of it being such a high liability. If you sign the waiver and your child dies of sids/suffocation while in our care its therefore not our responsiblity. I recommend this site http://www.nichd.nih.gov/sids/ Its the "BACK TO SLEEP" campaign and its nothing new.... it started in '94 infact its crazy b/c most hospitals educate you on this prior to leaving the maternity ward. Also another campaign to check out would be "NOTHING BUT BABY" http://www.achd.net/hvn/pubs/pdf/Nothin%...
Im just highly shocked that many people seem to take this lightly. Its not a matter of how you wish to parent a child but a matter of safety and reality that its unsafe to have loose bedding in a childs crib. And again like i said maybe i feel strongly about the issue b/c i work with children everyday. But i dont think so. To me its common sense. A baby that cannot yet roll over or move blankets out of his/her face turns his head in middle of night onto a blanket that became bunched up..... the possibility of what could happen in that situation is scary to think about.

Shontelle - posted on 11/24/2010

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i gave my daughter a blanket since birth i didnt actualy no there was an issue on giving them blankets everyone i no gives babies blankets from birth

Shauna - posted on 11/24/2010

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I 100% agree Maria !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So many ppl want to say "my kids are just fine" ... i dont think they are seeing the whole picture.

Vicky - posted on 11/22/2010

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My son was born 13/4/10 and he's been using blankets ever since he was born, in the moses basket and in his crib.. I did not know at the time that they were not meant to have any blankets in with them, until just recently.. I dont think its a bad idea, i mean how would they be comfy without blankets?? Just think, how would you sleep without any blankets? Thers nothing wrong with giving him a blanket or 2, maybe 3 to keep him warm, nothing will happen.. If your still feeling unsure, tuck him right in and put mittens on him so he cant pull them up. Hope this helps!

Becca - posted on 11/22/2010

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My son loves his blanket over/around his face when he's going to sleep, but when I put him in his crib I usually take it away. I always put it over the edge of the crib where if he wakes up in the middle of the night or morning, it's right there where he can grab it if he wants to.

Kira - posted on 11/22/2010

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i too have been giving my son a blanket since he was about 3 months old. We went out and got these "sleep sacs" its pretty much a sleeping bag suit. So he has that and as well a knit blanket that has big holes in it.

Danielle - posted on 11/21/2010

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I have been gving my sons blankets in their cribs since they were three months old. It gets chilly at night when you sleep! I have never had a problem with them putting it over their heads or anything. Sometimes it's high up on their face and I just move it down when I check on them. It's been fine for us and they stay asleep all warm and cozy. A wet diaper is going to be freezing with no blanket to keep them warm.

Kimberly - posted on 11/21/2010

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when my first son was coming out of the nicu after being born at 4 lbs. I asked the the specialist taking care of him about having a blanket or crib bumper and she said just as long as the blanket is a light one and not a fluffy blanket or bumper and start them at the bottom of the crib at night. It is perfectly fine. Now that was for a premie and from the children's hospital. So I used light blankets either the minky ones or the light cotton ones + zip up sleeper. With my second He started out with one minky blanket + zip up sleeper and now sleeps with a minky, crocheted, and a quilt and he is only 8 months old. He can take the blanket off of his face right now. So If you play peek aboo and place a blanket over his head if he moves it off he is more than ready to have his own blankets.

Carrie - posted on 11/20/2010

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we us the sleep sacs and a blanket, our daughter is 8 months. We tuck the sides of the blanket in on the crib so she is snug as a bug so to speack, she sleeps better when she is toasty warm.

Krystal - posted on 11/19/2010

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I used to wrap up my son up and then he got sick of being wrapped up. So from the age of 4 months he has always had a blanket and Ive never had any problems. The only thing he used to do was kick them off. Its what every you feel comfortable with wether thats a blanket or not.

Miranda - posted on 11/19/2010

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My daughter has had a blanket/quilt in her crib with her for months now. She's 8 months old & has ALWAYS been a side sleeper as well. I dress her in a fleece sleep sack and then cover her up with a blanket too - if you are worried about him suffocating, get a space heater for his room and invest in light, breathable blankets that are micro-fleece or linen. Aden & Anais make the BEST sleep gear for baby's. http://www.adenandanais.com/shop/swaddle...

Ashley - posted on 11/19/2010

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I tried blankets with my son and he'd always pull them up over his face. So then I tried a crotched (sp) blanket and checked on him before I went to bed and he had his fingers all twisted in it. Now I put socks, a long sleeve onsie, and a blanket/fleece sleeper on him for bed time.

Ashley - posted on 11/18/2010

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My daughter is 8 months and she has slept with a blanket since she was born. We have never had an issue. She gets upset if she doesn't have a blanket because she likes to cuddle it. I check on her before I go to bed but she sleeps from 8:30pm - 9am with a blanket. I guess it just depends on weather you are comfortable with giving them one or not.

Rebecca - posted on 11/18/2010

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Thanks for all of the great input ladies, I appreciate it all! My son always rolls over onto his belly even though I put him on his back to sleep. I have been giving him a quilt, and the only time he moves around is when he wakes up at night, and can't get comfortable...he also wears those fleece pj's, we have an old house so that is why keeping him warm is a concern. I guess I will stick with the blankey for now, because he is eight months old and he can crawl away from it.

Margaret - posted on 11/17/2010

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hi. my son had a blanket on him when he was born. it is betta to keep them warm in the winter time so they dont get sick.

Marin - posted on 11/16/2010

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My baby has always had a blanket in her crib. She just pushes it off her now when she doesn't want it on her. I was a little worried when she was younger but she has always woken up when she was uncomfortable so I don't worry now that she is 8 months.

Kelsey - posted on 11/16/2010

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I always had a blanket in bed with mine...first when she was a new-born I had her in a swaddling blanket and when she outgrew her bassinet and we put her in a crib she always has blankets in with her...i also put her into fleece sleepers because she will most likely roll out of her blankets during the night...

Shauna - posted on 11/16/2010

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I had a cousin die of "Sids" a loose receiving blanket was in her crib and her face was against it. I guess it takes a circumstance to change your opinion completly and believe only your opinion is the right one.

Ambyr - posted on 11/16/2010

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I always had a blanket in my kids cribs. I knew you wernt suppost to but when they were really tiny I made sure it was only up to their waist. Once they were big enough to roll around I gave them each a thin blanket and both of them were fine with it. Both of them ended up actually rolling away from it and it was always on one side of their crib and they were on the other.

Lisa - posted on 11/15/2010

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P.s. i but the sleep scas a size bigger than what she wears since she already has pjs on you know what i mean?:)

Lisa - posted on 11/15/2010

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my daughter hates blankets and i was to scared to use one anyways but what i do is i put her in her pj's and i buy the tank top sacs that zip up and i put her in that over her pj's. maybe that will make you feel more comfortable:)

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