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18/6/18

Ellen

Hello, My 21-month-old is still in a cot and we were wanting to add a cot-sized doona for the winter. I know doonas aren't recommend for baby bedding but I was wondering once they reach toddler age whether they are ok?

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Posted a response on 19/6/18

Red Nose

Red Nose recommends against introducing any soft bedding whenever baby is in a cot.

If you are concerned that baby is cold, it is preferable to add extra clothing to the baby and/or use a sleeping bag.

Many toddlers do not remain under bedding and will “kick off” loose bedding during sleep.

Have a look at this information on the Red Nose web site:

Soft bedding is dangerous in a cot and should not be used. Soft bedding includes pillows, quilts, doonas, soft toys and bumpers.

Soft bedding may cover the baby’s face and obstruct breathing and/or cause overheating.

Older babies in a cot can be at an increased risk of a sleeping accident by using pillows and bumpers as a step to climb up and fall out of the cot.

It is safer to wait until the child starts to sleep in a bed before introducing a pillow or other soft bedding.

See https://rednose.org.au/article/at-what-age-can-i-introduce-cot-bumpers-and-pillows.

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