The day you find that you are having a baby, one of the first things you do is to shop cute things for your baby. These include incredibly softs blankets and all kind of cute stuff. Expecting mothers are really crazy about baby stuff. If you are a new parent, then normally you have lots of questions in your mind regarding your baby’s sleep. Is he/she getting a night of proper and comfortable sleep? Is he/she getting enough sleep? Before you spend your money on those soft and cozy blankets, keep in mind that there is some time where your baby can actually use the blankets.
When can your baby sleep with a blanket? Experts say that you need to wait for it. Normally, babies keep spitting out the pacifier because they find it suffocating.
What Is A Baby Blanket?
Baby blankets are the most versatile, soft, and cozy blankets especially made for toddlers. Baby blankets are soft and snuggly about 30 by 30 inches in size comes in the pack of two or four. Baby blankets are the most cutest, soft, and cozy.
When Can A Baby Should Use A Blanket?
You have to wait until your baby turns around 10-12 months. According to American pediatrician, blankets can increase suffocation and sudden infant death syndrome commonly used as SIDS. Instead of blankets, you can use stuff like sleep sacks and wearable blankets. The risk of suffocation decreases because after 12 months your baby is able to roll and has the ability to move the blanket away from their face. It’s better not to use crib bumpers, special baby mattresses who claim to reduce the risk of SIDS. Experts say that wait until you celebrate your baby’s first birthday. After your baby turns one he/she has a good control on hands so your baby can easily move away from the blanket or any other stuff which causes suffocation to them.
Though toddlers move around and do not sleep in one position until they are close to two years. If you are using a blanket in your presence make sure that it is too soft, easy to wash and do not have any tassels because they put in their mouth. The same rule applies to baby pillows, comforters, bumper pads, and other baby stuff. The only thing that should be in the crib at night is your child and no other stuff. Some parents think that babies will feel cold if they do not use any blanket at night but infants get warmth from the clothes they wear, and if not you can make them wear wearing baby blankets. Soft fabrics like baby footie pajamas, sleep sacks, and swaddles are the first choice. Your baby feels so warm when he breathes fast and his face is red. If you are using a blanket in your presence then use lightweight blankets because infants do not like heavy blankets and they get frustrated by it.
Now how to know that, when to give your baby a blanket? How to know that if your baby is ready to handle a blanket or not? Every baby grows differently and what works for one may not work for others. So you can judge through some actions. You can cover your baby with a thin blanket when he/she is awake and see if your baby is able to remove it from his face or not. Watch if he is able to crawl out of the blanket. This is the time when a baby can actually handle a blanket. You can also consult your baby’s doctor who is familiar with your baby growth.
How To Keep Baby Warm Without A Blanket
Keeping your infant warm in winters while he/she is sleeping is necessary. There are some factors that you need to keep in mind to keep your baby safe.
Your baby’s room temperature should be maintained from 68 to 70 degree F. The position of your baby’s crib should be at an ideal place. It should be several feet away from the windows, and heaters so that he does not get direct air or heat. Use a firm mattress that is not too plush. Use a fitted flannel sheet for your baby’s crib and make sure that sheet should not be bunched up. Babies sleep at a consistent temperature so it’s advised not to overheat the room temperature. Use a light-weight blanket to make a swaddle.
You may pre-heat the crib for a short period of time with a hot water bottle or you can use a heating pad as well before your baby’s sleep. Never ever leave an electric blanket in your baby’s crib, because it can cause overheating. Dress your baby in pajamas that cover the whole body of your baby. Such dresses are called onesies. If you swaddle your baby then use a thin onesie to prevent overheat. Regulate the temperature of the room and monitor your baby for signs from time to time. Do not over bundle your baby at any cost because it frustrates your baby and he/she will not get proper sleep. Some cases of SIDS have been observed due to overheating. Always keep your baby’s crib clean and clear of the cutter.
Keep your baby away from the blankets until he/she turns one. After your little one’s first birthday, feel free to place a blanket or your baby’s favourite teddy in your baby’s crib. After 1, a baby has the strength to roll over and move blankets away. You must have seen babies spitting away the baby blankets when they feel overheated which reduces the risk of SIDS.
But still, on a safe side keep your baby’s crib empty at night until he/she shifts from a crib to a bed. Avoid putting your baby to sleep on his stomach or side. Many babies get used to a specific blanket as their companion or their comfort stuff. Though it’s a good sign but until 12 months keep it away from your baby especially at night. After 4-5 months your baby needs the freedom to move around the crib.