Blankets in Crib

Jessica - posted on 10/29/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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At what age is it "allowable" to let your child have blankets in their bed? I understand why the American Academy of Pediatrics reccommends that young babies do not sleep with blankets, stuffed animals, bumpers, etc, in a crib but is there a time when it is OK to let them have blankets to cover? I do not put them in the crib now (my daughter is 7 mos.) and I do use blanket sleeper PJs, etc., but I feel sad when I see her in that bare cold looking crib while she's sleeping. Thanks in advance for your feedback.

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Pamela - posted on 10/29/2009

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A baby monitor in the room helps, you can hear them wrestling around, breathing and such. I know a baby that died from SIDS and was 9-10 mos. old he was in a swing with no blankets or anything at the daycare.

Blackwood - posted on 10/29/2009

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I understand what you mean. I wouldn't want to sleep without a blanket, BUT if she is sleeping then she is fine. If she were cold or unhappy she wouldn't sleep. I would feel comfortable when you know she can move the blanket out of her way. I used a blanket for my son and then one day I woke up and it was over his head and he couldn't move it (he was only 2 months old), but up until then he wasn't moving around so much. So I stop putting a blanket in with him. I wouldn't worry about a blanket right now, if she is sleeping.

Tiffany - posted on 10/30/2009

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My son was born in the summer time and was a little hot box so I think we just used a real thin blanket. However, now that it's Fall and getting colder he wears a sleeper and I put a blanket on him and tuck it underneath him. He's 4 monthes old. I don't think it's a problem as long as he can pull it off of himself. However, my son goes to sleep around 10:30 and I don't go to sleep until about 4am (when my husband comes home) so I check on him often. Just a habit of mine (and not a bad one I don't think:)). Either way even though I tuck the blanket under him he finds his feet and pulls it out and it never stays where I put it. I think it's safe to put a blanket with your child once he can move it on his own.

Stephanie - posted on 10/29/2009

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As long as she can roll over and is capable of moving the blanket then it's fine. As long as she can move herself around then she can't suffocate on a blanket.

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Firebird - posted on 10/30/2009

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I used a blanket from day one. Put it up to her waist and had no problems. By the time she was a week old she was perfectly capable of pushing the blanket off of herself.

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fortunately it was summer and too hot for blankets when bub was born but we started using them after only 3(ish) months. We always made sure that they were tightly tucked at the foot of the bed (to stop her crawling backwards underneath them). We havent had a problem. Now she can move herself about freely she often pulls herself from under the blankets anyway so we just make sure that her room is heated if needed :)

Sharyn - posted on 10/29/2009

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my daughter has slept with blankets since she was borne, and had stuffed toys in her crib since then too. now she is 10 months old and sleeps with a pillow (she loves to dig her head in, always has) and uses two blankets (winter now) .... sometimes she even sleeps with her teddy bear and nothing has happened. she has somehow always known how to remove the blankets away from her face .... so i'm guessing it might be just her or a baby instinct.

Charlene - posted on 10/29/2009

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My daughter has had a blanket since we brought her home. Although, she still sleeps in her bassinet, it's always away from her face, and it's tucked in. She three months now and since she's in her bassinet, she only really moves her head side to side. She's a pretty sound sleeper.

I think I would be more concerned if a baby moves around a lot... but that's just me. Every mom and baby are different. :)

Maria - posted on 10/29/2009

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I used blanket pjs and onesies with feet and arms covered to keep them warm. Their little bodies give out enough heat to warm their clothes and keep themselves warm. My boys used to kick their light blankets when they were just wee ones, anyway, and get tangled with their legs and feet and it bothered them, so we decided to let them sleep without one. Think SIDS, at least for the first year of her life.

Miriam - posted on 10/29/2009

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my girlis 8 month old and she sleeps with a blanket or two, she can roll over and can move her hands over her face so giving you 7 month old a blanket should be fine at this point, if your still not comfortable get one of those pj that are blankets, therefore you feel comfortable and hes not frezzing.

ZARRI - posted on 10/29/2009

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I think she is of age now where she can have a blanket.and you might want to get up through out the course of the night to check on her, but she should be fine.

Denise - posted on 10/29/2009

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you can probably start using a light receiving blanket,Im a daycare provider and I use them on the babies,try it with naps and see if the baby wraps herself in it before using it at night. although those blanket sleepers are heavy.

Kim - posted on 10/29/2009

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If your baby is 7 months old then she is probably rolling from one side to another. I think it's probably okay to give her a blanket since she is mobile. Up until my daughter turned one, I gave her a blanket to go to sleep and took it away from her before I went to bed and I gave it to her at nap time. I guess I felt like that it's okay as long as I'm awake to know what's going on. She's over a year and I let her have her blanket the whole night and half the time she's on one end of her crib and the blanket is on the other end. Try giving it to her at nap time or a few hours into her bedtime and just see how she does. I'm sure she'll do fine.

Karrington - posted on 10/29/2009

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My son is almost nine months and he has been using a blanket for 3 or 4 months now ( a thicker blanket). Before that he just had a receiving blanket and since he has started sleeping in his crib (for about two weeks now) he has had stuffed animals in his bed. He seemed so lonely and small in there all by himself.

Pamela - posted on 10/29/2009

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My grandson is 10 mos. old and has had a blanket all along. He loves to cuddle with his blanket, uses the really soft and silky ones. But yeah I know they say not to put stuffed animals and such in their cribs, we just took his bumper pads out a month ago cause he's moving around in his crib alot. He has his cuddle blanket and them a blanket from the waist down to keep him warm too.

Amber - posted on 10/29/2009

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i have always put soft toys and blankets in the bed since they were born when they were first born just maid shore the teddys were down at there feet and that the blankets were tucked in good under there arms you can read and listen to all the advice in the world but the best advice is listen to yourself and what your child needs and what works for you

Michelle - posted on 10/29/2009

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I think Dylan was probably around 7 or 8 months when i started covering him with a blanket when he slept. I would put in on the floor and cover him with a blanket and watched him roll over and move out from under it so I felt comfortable enough that if for some reason he was to get over his head he could get himself out. Hope this helps!

Ashley - posted on 10/29/2009

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When Ty first came home he used a blanket right away, I would tuck it under the mattress like they said, but then we had baby die near us that was only 4 months and then I stopped. He had nothing in his crib, but a sheet and him (and pj's of course). Now that it is cold here and he's 5 months, I have started using the blanket again. He is a little more moveable now and can move things from his face and flip and flop over. So I'm not as worried anymore, but I do check on him repeatly at night, since he can sleep up to 11 hours at night. But to answer your question, they say when your baby turns 1 year of age is when it is safe to use blankets in the crib. But I guess we all know what's best for our babies. Happy sleeping!

Mary Ann - posted on 10/29/2009

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You can use blanket sleepers or sleep sacs if they aren't pulling themselves up but no blankets or soft items for the first year. Get past that risk of SIDS

Michelle - posted on 10/29/2009

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when my son was a new born i already started putting blankets in his crib because i hated seeing him cold, but they were thin and i always made sure they never went above his waist.. when he got older i started putting stuffed animals in there and toys and more blankets and sheets .. i think if she can pull the blanket off of her face then it's perfectly fine to put anything in there.. except bottles :)

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