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2/7/18

Chloe Lowe

I have read previously that it's best to hold off on pillows until bub is older but i was wondering about a small to medium stuffed teddy? My just turned 1 year old boy has started to cuddle a teddy while breast feeding to sleep, I'm wondering if I should be taking it off him when i put him into bed or is one years old ok to have a small teddy in the cot?

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Posted a response on 4/7/18

Red Nose

Red Nose recommends that you do not introduce any soft or padded objects into the sleep environment of a baby, particularly the baby less than 12 months of age.

It is usually best to leave most soft and loose objects out of the sleep environment until the baby is in a bed.

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.

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

Red Nose recommends not introducing a soft toy into baby’s sleep environment under 7 months.

From about 7 months of age baby may start to develop an attachment for a transitional object.

Have a look at the full information on soft toys on the Red Nose website:

https://rednose.org.au/article/soft-toys-in-the-cot

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