When Should I Introduce a Baby Blanket?

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RN Remedies Q&A with Kelli Anderson, BSN, RN III, CPN

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A READER ASKS…

"When do you introduce a blanket (including size, material and style) to your child’s crib?"

My son is 18-months old and I have taken every precaution possible for sleep safety including:

  • Putting nothing in the crib
  • Using the best crib and hardest mattress I could find
  • Using a breathable bumper
  • Monitoring the room temperature between 68 – 72 degrees
  • Having a movement monitor under the mattress

Kelli Anderson writes…

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is a risk to children between 1 to 12 months of age and is even higher in infants between 1 to 3 months of age. In order to safely introduce a blanket, the infant needs to be able to have complete head control, and be able to roll over before introducing blankets into the bed. To be safe, baby blankets should not be given until both criteria have been met:

  1. The child has reached one year in age; and
  2. The child exhibits control of his or her head.

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