At what age is it suitable to have blankets over a baby to sleep? My 6month old sleeps with her arms iut but grabs the blankets and puts them over her head when her hands aren’t cover by her onsie mittens. Any advice would be greatly appreciated
Red Nose Education
Sounds like now is a good time to stop using blankets for your baby.
Is she rolling yet?
Is she in a cot or a bassinet?
It is important to reduce the risk of anything covering baby’s head/face.
Most babies will be rolling over by 4- 5 months - some earlier. This is very normal as babies grow & become stronger.
Many babies then prefer to sleep on their tummy.
This is not something that needs to be stopped. It is important to make her new environment as safe as possible.
Ensure that the cot mattress is firm & flat & there is nothing soft or loose in the cot.
Always continue to place baby on back to sleep.
Red Nose has the following information now that your baby is starting to roll.
If you are using a bassinette, it is time to transfer baby into a cot as soon as they first show signs of being able to roll.
Give baby extra tummy time to play when awake and supervised as this helps baby to develop stronger neck and upper body muscles which in turn enables them to roll back over.
Make sure that baby is on a firm and well-fitting mattress that is flat (not tilted or elevated).
Make sure that baby’s face and head remains uncovered (do not use lambswool, doonas, pillows, cot bumpers or soft toys)
As babies grow and develop they become very active and learn to roll around the cot.
At this time, continue to put them on the back at the start of sleep time, but let them find their own position of comfort.
By this stage it is not necessary to wake during the night to turn baby over to the back position
Do not use any devices designed to keep baby in a particular sleep position.