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8/5/19

Danielle

When is it safe for my baby to have a comforter (a security blanket that has a soft toy head and cloth as a small blanket) in bed with him ?

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Posted a response on 13/5/19

Red Nose Australia

Hi,
Thank you for contacting Red Nose with your question.

Red Nose recommends the following:

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.

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

Kind regards
Red Nose

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