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1/7/19

Bridie

Hi, My 10.5 mth old finds it hard to settle to sleep in his cot and usually wants to be rocked/cuddled to sleep. We don’t usually co-sleep with him in our bed (he sleeps in a cot in our room), but when we have co-slept he wants to move straight up onto our pillows and falls to sleep immediately. We have been gifted a lambswool, cot quilt and flat cot pillow but had not used them (only lambswool for floor time while under supervision). But I tried them, and he slept fantastically. He is a snuggler who hated being swaddled as a new baby, and used to want to sleep on his side, and tummy as soon as he could roll. I know the advice is not to use soft bedding, but is there a safe compromise? Or at what age is a lambswool, quilt & pillow OK to use? Thank you!

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Posted a response on 8/7/19

Red Nose Australia

Hi Bridie,

Thank you for contacting Red Nose with your question “Hi, My 10.5 mth old finds it hard to settle to sleep in his cot and usually wants to be rocked/cuddled to sleep. We don’t usually co-sleep with him in our bed (he sleeps in a cot in our room), but when we have co-slept he wants to move straight up onto our pillows and falls to sleep immediately.We have been gifted a lambswool, cot quilt and flat cot pillow but had not used them (only lambswool for floor time while under supervision). But I tried them, and he slept fantastically. He is a snuggler who hated being swaddled as a new baby, and used to want to sleep on his side, and tummy as soon as he could roll. I know the advice is not to use soft bedding, but is there a safe compromise? Or at what age is a lambswool, quilt & pillow OK to use? Thank you!”

Having a baby is so wonderful but getting them to sleep can at times be very challenging.
You are correct that Red Nose does not recommend the use of soft materials in a babies cot such as lambswool and pillows. The main concerns with lambswool is the risk of suffocation and also creating a surface which is not flat and firm for baby to sleep on. Red Nose would not recommend the use of lambswool underlays until a baby is over the age of twelve months when there is no longer a risk of SUDI. For more information please see: https://rednose.org.au/article/safe-bedding-is-the-bedding-safe; https://rednose.org.au/article/what-does-sudden-unexpected-death-in-infancy-sudi-mea

Pillows in cots also put babies at rick of pushing their chin out onto their chest, this position can compromise a babies airway making it difficult to breathe. Pillows can also cover babies face and obstruct breathing. Pillows in cots with older children have also been known to be used as steps for babies to climb out and has resulted in falls. Red Nose recommends that if families choose to use a pillow that it is done with children aged 2 years and over and only once the child has moved from a cot into a toddler bed. For more information please see: https://rednose.org.au/article/pillow-use , https://rednose.org.au/article/at-what-age-can-i-introduce-cot-bumpers-and-pillows

You might find it helpful to speak with your local maternal and child health nurse about transitional objects to help support your 10 month old during this stage. For more information about toys/objects in the bed please see: https://rednose.org.au/article/soft-toys-in-the-cot

Kind Regards

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