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When To Let Your Toddler Sleep With A Blanket

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When Should Your Baby Sleep With A Blanket

Six things you need to know When To Let Your Toddler Sleep With A Blanket.

1. Avoid potential suffocation hazards, entanglement hazards – blankets and stuffed toys being prime culprits.

2. Avoided crib bumpers and pillows.

3. loose blankets and potential hazards in the crib finds most relevance within the first year of the baby’s life, where they pose the highest risk.

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4. beyond the 1-year mark, it is all a matter of 3 choosing a small blanket that won’t get wrapped around the baby’s neck

5. Stuffed animals after the 4 12-month old, they become less risky in the crib, as long as they aren’t too large or have small parts

6.option for parents in light of potential hazards posed by blankets, and the fact that babies may not actually stay under blankets.

baby winter sleeping bag

They grow up so fast, don’t they?! You can’t treat them like babies forever… at some point, you have to treat them like big babies! But when to let your toddler sleep with a  blanket

For example, babies soon have to leave behind the sleep sacks and graduate into the world of using blankets. But when? Let’s discuss that for a bit…

Baby Sleeping With A Blanket

newborn-Baby Sleeping
The sudden infant death syndrome worried my husband and me for a while, as it would likewise worry many new parents. This was at the time our little angel, Rosalind, was newly born.

Recommendations from the Canadian Paediatric Society suggested that we avoid potential suffocation hazards, as well as entanglement hazards – blankets and stuffed toys being prime culprits.

In following these, we settled for wrapping her in garments and avoided crib bumpers and pillows.

The indicator for our daughter’s readiness for sleep sacks came In the form of her learning to free her hands from the swaddle.

This came at around the two-month mark, although it is difficult to say this conclusively.

 Choosing a small blanket when the baby is around  1-year

Choosing a small blanket when the baby

what a physician of sleep medicine, As to say about when to let your toddler sleep with a blanket, Joanna MacLean says that the Society’s recommendation pertaining loose blankets and potential hazards in the crib finds most relevance within the first year of the baby’s life, where they pose the highest risk.

MacLean, who also practices as a pediatric respirologist, and serves as a medical director in the sleep lab of the Stollery Children’s Hospital in

Edmonton, adds that beyond the 1-year mark, it is all a matter of choosing a small blanket that won’t get wrapped around the baby’s neck.

In the long run, the biggest challenge may actually be to keep the young one under that blanket as they roll around a lot in their blissful slumber.

Should your baby sleep with stuffed animals

Baby doll SleepingStuffed animals also become objects of attachment or comfort as babies grow, and after the 12-month mark, they become less risky in the crib such that, according to MacLean, as long as they aren’t too large or have small parts that come off and could become choking hazards, comfort objects are appropriate additions to the crib.

Sleepsacks, highlighted above, are becoming an increasingly popular option for parents in light of potential hazards posed by blankets, and the fact that babies may not actually stay under blankets.

Squirmy babies, like 22-month old Zachary, born to Calgary mom Emma, need something that can consistently provide warmth during the night.

That is why parents like Emma and Grande Prairie sleep consultant Pam Edwards vouch for sleep packs beyond the 12-month mark. The beauty of sleep sacks is that they can become subtle indicators of your baby’s readiness to move on to a small blanket.

The transition from sleeping sack to small blankets

According to Edwards, the observation that her daughter’s toes were approaching the end of her newest sleeping sack prompted considerations of making the transition to small blankets.

What made sleep sacks even less viable at this point were the expenses associated with buying two of them (in case of midnight diaper accidents) and the demand for quality made express by faulty zippers.

Label decoding for sleep sacks
Most sleep sacks come in age group-specific sizes. It is wise to consider appropriate fabric: Some have a “tog” number on the tag, indicating the warmth. 1.0 togs work for spring and fall (for room temperatures of 20 to 23C), and 2.5 togs are for winter (or room temperatures of 16 to 20C).

The key principle is that if either the sleep sack or the blanket helps the baby sleep soundly, it’s probably wiser to stay the course with it. It will mean sounder sleep for thee parents too when you think about the long-run!

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