sleeping with a burp cloth

Sabrina - posted on 02/23/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My son is just over 5 months. He doesn't nap for very long most of the times, and we can't seem to get him on a schedule. The latest thing is screaming and crying when we try to put him down. I was just going through this with him when he grabbed the burp cloth off my shoulder, nuzzled it by his face and fell asleep. Anyone else have a baby who sleeps with an object? Does this seem dangerous? He is turning over on his own now, but I am still a little apprehensive about letting him sleep with something.

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Holly - posted on 03/16/2009

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Oh, so glad we aren't alone. DH and I laugh everytime we look at the video monitor because DS always has his blankie pulled over his face. We hand it to him and within seconds he pulls it all the way over his face and falls right to sleep. Maybe I should worry about it, but it's a small blankie (about 20" x 20"), pretty thin and he has no issue pulling it off and on.

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Felicia - posted on 09/17/2013

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My son is almost 3 months old and sleeps with his burpie (burp cloth). I don't know what it is about that thing but he will almost instantly calm down when he's fussy and tired and you give it to him. He's funny about it too cause he's now finding his hands so he'll grab it and snuggle it to his face. Super cute! We have different sets of burp cloths too; 2 that he sleeps with because he likes the soft cotton, and 4 flannel ones that we use when he eats. Whenever he's hungry and wailing away while I'm fixing his bottle, if we put one of the flannel burp cloths next to his face, he calms down and starts making a 'eh-eh' noise like he's saying "gimme, gimme!" He is such a hoot to watch! He scoots around a lot in his crib at night and sleeps on his tummy but I have had no problems with him sleeping with his burpie...and he's been doing this for two and a half months. If he's strong enough to turn his head and lift it up off the mattress then I think it's okay. I have a friend whose son did the exact same thing when he was my son's age but she said he out-grew it when he was about 8-9 months old. To me, it sounds like it's a security thing. They're not in our bellies anymore so they're finding that one thing that makes them feel safe and comfortable. They may grow out of it, they may not. But I wouldn't worry too much about it. :)

Danielle - posted on 03/16/2009

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I thinks its fine.. Usually we put a burp pad or receiving blanket under my monkeys head incase he spits up.. that way Im not changing the sheets every night. We've never had a problem or concern.
Also if he is over 5 months old chances are he is already rolling over, or will be soon. So if there is any problem or if he is uncomfortable he can always roll away from it.

Cynthia - posted on 03/15/2009

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Our little one also pulls any blanket over his face to fall asleep. it creeps me out as well as my first never did this. Doesnt matter the size or the texture. he just wants to cover his face (day or night). I have gotten used to it and he is fine so...if it aint broke, dont fix it...right?

Tammy - posted on 03/15/2009

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Our baby has what we call a snuggle, its a very small blanket with a teddy bear , its small enough for him to hold it and he goes to bed with it always....its kind of nice knowing he gets comfort from it.

Krystle - posted on 02/24/2009

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hi. my daughter who is almost six mths has always slept with a blanket over her face. if i move it she wakes up n puts it back. the best u can do is mabey give the baby a cotton blanket or rug thats easy to breath through and when it gets cold just put a warm blanket underneath because my daughter seems to only pull the top blanket over her face which is the thin cotton rug. hope this helps

Erica - posted on 02/24/2009

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I asked my dr about having a lovey in bed and he said that if it's fairly small than it is perfectly fine. I had a huge blankie when I was little and couldn't sleep without it. I'm trying to get Shelby to love her lovey and I think it's starting to work.

Julie - posted on 02/23/2009

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My daughter is almost 5 months old & I have the exact same issue.  She is comforted by falling asleep with a burp cloth or my finger in her hand.  I agree that it's probably not the safest, so once she's sound asleep, I slip it out of her hand :)

Taryn - posted on 02/23/2009

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My daughter sleeps with a blanket smushed into her face too. She also likes to suck on the blanket too. I can hear it over the monitor. I wouldn't worry about it. One of my sons loved his blankie! Couldn't go to sleep without it, now he is four and the blankie is no longer needed.. kinda sad. I'd let your little guy enjoy the comfort.

Nicole - posted on 02/23/2009

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My son sleeps with a blanket. He will pull it over his face and fall asleep. He's been doing that for a long while now, and he's been fine. He's able to move it if he wants to. When we play peek-a-boo, he will hold his blanket and he's the one covering his face and uncovering it.

Danielle - posted on 02/23/2009

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He might be teething...Sophi has been really good about going to sleep on her own except the last couple weeks...and she cut a tooth a couple days ago. I started putting baby orajel on her gums and that helped her goto sleep without fussing. Sometimes they just want to chew on something to get rid of the teething pain I think.

Renee - posted on 02/23/2009

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My son is 5 1/2 months and also will only fall asleep with his face nuzzled in his teddy bear. I was worried at first but when he starts to bury is face in it I gently pull it away a little bit so I know that he can breathe. Once he's pretty much out I move it away. Also I let him fall asleep with it at night on the couch then I move him into his crib with out it. He doesn't seem to notice its gone once he's asleep.

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