Sleep and Your Baby: 10 Common Questions Answered
For some parents, putting a baby to bed is a nightly source of anxiety—how much sleep does your child need, can she sleep with a blanket, are stuffed animals OK? Find the answer to these questions and more.
When can my child sleep with a blanket?
“The best sleep environment is consistent, quiet, dark, and has a steady, slightly cool temperature,” says Dr. Sadler. “Blankets are not bad, per se, but can easily contribute to an overly constricted, over-bundled child. If a child is comfortable and warm enough in sleepwear alone, consider not using a blanket.”
Dr. Sadler says if parents do choose to use a blanket for their sleeping child, the fabric should be thin, tucked into the mattress at the foot of the crib, and should come up only to a baby’s chest. It should never cover a baby’s head.
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