Are baby blankets safe?
From a safety perspective, professionals recommend waiting at least 18 months to introduce a baby blanket. At this age, your child is equipped with the motor skills to pull their blanket off if they become tangled in it.
Why baby blankets don’t belong in a crib
There are two primary concerns when it comes to putting baby blankets in their crib. First, it increases their chances for suffocation and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) – the sudden, unexpected, and unexplained death of a healthy child under the age of 1. It’s the leading cause of infant mortality between 1-month-olds and 1-year-olds.
Second, if your baby becomes entangled while standing, it can lead to falls, bruises, and other injuries.
How to keep your baby warm without a baby blanket
What’s the best way to ensure your bundle of joy stays warm even in the coldest of weather? One-piece footed sleepers offer warmth and comfort; plus, you won’t have to tuck them back in again every 5 minutes! They also restrict your infant’s mobility and discourage them from climbing out of the crib.
Another alternative is the wearable blanket, which zips up in front and can be worn over a bodysuit or baby tee. The fact that they’re sleeveless means your child will still be able to move their arms.
Lastly, protect them from chilly winters by placing a heating pad or hot water (in a bottle or microwaveable bag) into the crib. Be sure to remove all items before putting a tired baby down for the night.