when is baby old enough to sleep with a blanket?

Nicole - posted on 06/03/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I know babies aren't supposed to have anything in their cribs in order to reduce the risk of SIDS, but when are they old enough to sleep with a blanket?

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Ashley - posted on 06/03/2009

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when my son was hospitalised for 2 months at 2 weeks old the nurses always slept the babies with blankets, but i mean they are also awake so they can keep an eye on them right. my son though did the exact same thing with blankets, he actually still does. so what we did was we had a knitted blanket that had holes in it and once we brought him home that's what we slept him with so if he did cover his face with the blanket then atleast he could still breath. i was petrified of him smothering with the blanket. usually once he's asleep though he moves away from the blanket so i dont have that fear anymore, plus he's a little over a year. i hope this has helped you out even a little bit!!

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I have used a blanket for my baby right from the beginning and she is 4 months now and I have never had a problem, I do make sure it isn't by her face though. She some time pulls it up when she is waking up but she is usually making noise so I am up anyways.

Tiffany - posted on 06/04/2009

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From the beginning my daughter has had a small blanket. But my ways of it being there has been different.

newborn: she was wrapped/swaddled in a receiving blanket and a small cotton blanket tucked in from her waist down (so nowhere near her face) because it was october, and we were in a basement.

by about 2 months old, when she hated the swaddle, it was putting her on her back and tucking a light blanket around her from under her arms to her feet (she still wasnt able to roll over, so no chance of suffocation - and it was light enough that she wouldnt get overheated - both of which can possibly cause SIDS)

Once she was able to roll and move (5 1/2 months) there wasnt anything we could do about blanket positioning, so we just put one on her, and she figured it out. Shes now 8 months, and she moves when she gets her face buried in it. Its subconscious.



So Id say right away, but away from thier face, and night and light.

Katrina - posted on 06/04/2009

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Both of my children have always slept with blankets. I just make sure they are not up too close to their face. My 3 month old chews on them but is old enough to move them herself.

Suzi - posted on 06/04/2009

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Hey! Im only a new mum so not as wise as some of the others on here but we use a baby grow bag and he loves it, there so safe coz he cant wriggle down in it and makes him feel safe because hes not exposed. Before we found these we used to put a blanket under his arm pits and tucked it under the matress tight across him with his feet touching the base of the cot so he cant wriggle down.

Hope that might help a little.xx

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Tiffanie - posted on 06/04/2009

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I let all 3 of my kids sleep with blankets from the beginning. They always end up falling off of them. My son is almost 3 months and I let him sleep with a blanket. I just put it a littl ebit past his belly button. When I get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom I check onhim and it's always off of him. It depends on how confortable you are with them having a blanket.

Mikey - posted on 06/04/2009

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I have always let my kids sleep with blankets. When they were new borns I just only had the blanket up to their chest they don't really move much at that age so it stayed and once they are moving well they are strong enough to move the blanket away from their face. I always just use light blankets not thick comforters..People are so pariniod about things these days..You'll have one Dr. say no blankets and only sleep on there bellies and other say only on there backs. well other say suckies are fine and other say NO.

Shelly - posted on 06/04/2009

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I have always used blankets with my son. He was swaddled with one until he wiggled out of it then we just layed it on him. He loves the ones with the satin on them because he sucks on them for comfort.

Shannon - posted on 06/04/2009

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I have always let my son sleep with blankets.... first i swaddled him and then once he could wiggle out of the swaddle i used a light blanket or a knit blanket... that way if it went over his head he could still get air flow. At about 4 months he was able to move the blankets so i used almost any kind of blanket (except the heavy comforter type). He did go through a faze when he would not sleep if he did not have a blanket pulled over his head..... so i just made sure to go back to using the knit blankets that have "holes" in them. Now he is 9 months and i still use any kind of baby blanket with the exception on the heavy comforter types. I figure that if he can crawl all around the house and pull himself up on furniture that he can push the blanket off himself.....
but i have learned that you need to do for your baby what you feel is right.....so go with what you think is best for you and baby!

Renae - posted on 06/04/2009

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i've never heard that you shouldn't use a blanket. my son has been using a blanket and sheet from the day he was born. the nurses in the hospital also put blankets over him. i make sure that i tuck the blanket in tight so that he can move his arms but cannot put the blanket over his face.

Katie - posted on 06/03/2009

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i think its more of how comfortable you are with having your kid sleep with a blanket. until my son was 3 months he usually slept swaddled or in a sleep sack but since then he has slept with a blanket. i dont use a heavy one, and he loves to cover his cuddle up with it and wrap himself up in it now

Julie - posted on 06/03/2009

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My son (8 months) sleeps with a blanket every night. Once he started getting too big for a swaddle and starting wiggling out of it, I just laid the light receiving blanket across his legs. I started using thicker blankets and covering him more when our heater broke, and now he loves to cuddle with his blanket when he goes to sleep. I rarely find him under, or even near, his blanket in the morning, though, so I don't worry about him suffocating in it.

User - posted on 06/03/2009

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I know people say a lot of different things about the whole blanket thing, but both of my kids used blankets right away. My son is almost 11 weeks and he sleeps in his swing beside the bed and i pinch the blanket in the latch of the swing so he cant get it to his face. but when he naps, he likes the blanket touching his arms and face. I would say as long as your careful, maybe keep the blanket only at their waist and no higher. I dont sleep sound the way it is and i'm constantly up and down checking on them. I would do what your comfortable with!

Becky - posted on 06/03/2009

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My son was 12 months old before he slept with a blanket per his doctors advice. I used blanket sleepers (that he wears and you zip him up in it) before then and they were great.

Lori - posted on 06/03/2009

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I've been concerned about this too, so a few months ago I started playing peek-a-boo with my daughter's burp rags when I was changing her diaper. Once she was able to pull the cloth off of her head to 'surprise' me I figured she was okay to sleep with a blanket. She is 9 months now so I think that if her face is covered by the blanket she would be able to pull it off. But I always check her just in case because you can never be too careful :)

Nicole - posted on 06/03/2009

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Quoting Liza:

The info I've seen says not before 12 months old and only 100% cotton since it's breathable. I would love to hear what others think though.
This is a huge issue for us. My 6 month old is very comforted by blankets, especially by using them to cover his face. It drives me cause while I know it helps him sleep, I just can't allow myself to let him keep it all night.



My son does this too!  If he's real fussy at nap time I'll cover his face with a blankie and it's almost like instant sleep!  But I take it off once he's asleep.  At night he sleeps in one of those wearable blanket things.

Liza - posted on 06/03/2009

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The info I've seen says not before 12 months old and only 100% cotton since it's breathable. I would love to hear what others think though.

This is a huge issue for us. My 6 month old is very comforted by blankets, especially by using them to cover his face. It drives me cause while I know it helps him sleep, I just can't allow myself to let him keep it all night.

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