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Hi there, my son is 9 months old and uses a comforter to sleep his grown quite attached to it. Can childcare’s allow older babies to use them in the cots for sleeps. It’s a teddy with a tummy attached.

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Posted a response on 9/10/19

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This is something you would need to negotiate with your Child Care Centre, who have Regulatory requirements that they must meet.
It would depend on how they have written their Policy around Sleep & Rest.

Red Nose has the following information about soft toys in the cot.

Keep soft toys out of the sleeping environment for babies under seven months of age because they may cover the nose and mouth and interfere with breathing.
The risk posed by suffocation by the presence of soft objects in the baby’s sleeping environment outweighs any benefit to the baby from a soft toy.
It is therefore advised not to place soft toys and other soft objects in the cot for babies under seven months of age.

Seven-month-old babies are more likely to explore objects in their sleeping environments than younger babies.
Some babies over seven months of age may appreciate a small object such as a soft toy to provide comfort and connection (transitional object) during times of separation from their parent.

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