When is it Safe for Babies to Sleep with Blankets?

(Before you rush to tuck your bub under those fluffy covers, it's important to know when it's safe to do so.)

Ensuring Safe and Sound Sleep for Your Little One

Ah, the sweet sight of a snug little bubba, all wrapped up like a burrito in a cosy baby blanket! It's a picture that's sure to warm even the frostiest of hearts. But before you rush to tuck your bub under those fluffy covers, it's important to know when it's safe to do so. Introducing blankets too early can pose severe risks to your baby's safety. Here, we'll shed light on the dos and don'ts of adding blankets to your baby's bedtime routine, ensuring they sleep safely and soundly.

Understanding Safe Sleep Guidelines and The Risks of Blankets for Newborns

When it comes to laying your little one down for the night, safety should always be paramount, and that starts with an understanding of the safe sleep guidelines set out by Royal Children's Hospital: "Blankets should be firmly tucked into the sides of the cot and to the height of the chest of the baby. There should be no toys, pillows, or bumpers in the cot. A firm mattress covered by a sheet is the recommended sleep surface." But why such strict rules? Blankets, though seemingly innocent, can pose severe risks for newborns. As they can lead to suffocation or strangulation, this is also why secure baby bedding is essential. Following these guidelines creates a safer sleep environment for your baby, giving you peace of mind and a secure night’s rest for your little one.

So When Is It Safe for Babies to Use Blankets?

So when can you introduce baby blankets? Well, the expert’s general consensus is that blankets can be safely introduced when your baby is at least 12 months old. At this stage, they have better motor skills to avoid potential hazards. Look for signs like rolling over and moving freely. Safety first, snugness second!

How to Introduce a Blanket Safely to Your Newborn

When introducing a blanket to a baby, you should only cover them up to their chest, ensuring that their arms are free and not covered. This is a gradual process, so begin with supervised naps before transitioning to night-time use. Opt for a lightweight and breathable blanket to minimise overheating. Continually monitor your baby closely, especially in the beginning. Watch for any signs of discomfort or difficulty. Through careful observation and a little patience, it won't be too long before your baby safely enjoys the warmth and comfort of their first blanket. If you’ve determined they’re ready, why not enjoy one of our high-quality personalised baby blankets, designed with your baby's comfort in mind?

(You should only cover them up to their shoulders, ensuring that their arms are free and not covered.)

Alternatives to Blankets for Babies 

For a safer sleep environment, consider using alternatives like swaddles, sleepsuits, or muslin wraps instead of blankets for the first year. Sleep pouches and sleepsuits are wearable blankets that keep your baby warm without the risk of suffocation. Muslin wraps can also be used for swaddling, offering a lightweight and breathable option. Swaddling keeps the baby securely bundled and prevents the startle reflex. These alternatives ensure your baby stays cosy, warm and safe all night.

Tips for Keeping Baby Warm Without a Blanket 

Keeping your baby warm without a blanket is easy with the right approach. To ensure your baby stays comfortable, dress them in suitable layers of baby clothing based on the room temperature (not over or underdressed). Finally, leave their face and head uncovered to avoid overheating and regularly check your baby's neck and chest for warmth, redness or sweating. With these tips, your baby will sleep soundly and safely through the night.

Review: Tips for Keeping a Baby Warm Without a Blanket
  • Keep them comfortable by dressing them in suitable layers based on the room temperature (Not over or underdressed)

  • Leave their face and head uncovered to avoid overheating

  • Monitor the baby’s body heat by checking for redness and sweat on the neck and chest

  • If you happen to have a room thermometer, the ideal temperature is 16-20°C

Final Thoughts: Safe Sleep Practices for Your Little One

In conclusion, all you need to do is follow safe sleep guidelines, understand the risks, introduce blankets at the right time, and, if your little one is not yet ready, opt for alternatives like sleep pouches or swaddles to provide a cosy and secure environment. If you have any questions or need further guidance, please email info@fauveandco.com.au. Sleep safe and sound!