My little man will be 8 mnths old Oct 10 and he loves to sleep and cuddle with his blanket. It is not a big blanket its a soft baby blanket. It worrys me that he he may suffocate himself with it. He can move it off his face if its on there but I dont know if he is asleep if he would do that. Any thoughts on what I should do?
The AAP recommends no blankets until 12 months, but if he can roll on his own and move objects with purpose, I don't think it's much of a danger. Do what you feel comfortable with.
Thanks so much!
If you are uncomfortable with a full blanket, try one of those blanket lovies. They're the smaller squares of blanket that the baby can cuddle with, without getting wrapped up in. I started putting a blanket with my daughter at 6 months old since she was such a good roller, and she slept next to me so I could easily check on her. Like Jen said, 12 months is the recommended age, so go with what feels right :-)
My baby was sleeping with a blanket at 5 months and I was never too far from her sleeping until she was about 7 and a half months old.
I know that's not what they recommend and that they want you to wait until the baby is 12 months before giving them a blanket. For me, my baby never had breathing problems as a newborn, she was rolling early, and she crawls like a champ and started pulling herself up to stand (all.the.time.) at 9 months.
I worried about it for a long time (and there were a lot of sleepless nights where I was getting up to check to make sure she was still breathing), but we were having issues getting her to sleep for long periods during the night because she would go down warm but get cold as the night went on, especially in the summer, and a blanket was something I could put on her letting her have control of tossing it off if she got hot. It's not something I'd recommend to other mothers, but it was something that worked for our family.
At 10 months, I'm not worried about her suffocating herself anymore. 90% of SIDS cases happen with babies under the age of 6 months. My mother had a blanket on me and my brothers through our entire infancy and we all lived through it with no mishaps. But again, this is a decision we've made for our family because it is what works for us, and we do it knowing that it isn't what the experts recommend.
Honestly I know what the guidelines are, but I gave my lo a lovey and a small blankie to sleep with around 6 months old. Now she is very attached to them (which is what I wanted). I feel as long as they can roll and lift up, they cannot suffocate. But it's your choice to do what you feel is right, your the mom after all!
Thanks so much for all the replys they really have helped!!
If it really worries you (to the point of not sleeping) try moving it away from him after he has been asleep for a little while. That's what I do with my baby's blanket.