A recent study found that too many parents were still covering their sleeping babies with blankets.
Did that surprise you that this is a thing? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
My kids were babies in 1998 and 2001, and I always used blankets on them. I mean, how could I not? Their grandmothers had made them beautiful patchwork quilts and crocheted blankets that were too soft and beautiful to not snuggle with. There’s a certain kind of comfort that comes with baby blankets.
And there is also a danger of suffocation.
I didn’t even think of the dangers, but having read the report, it all makes sense. If that blanket were to slip over the baby’s face while they were sleeping, they’d have no way of moving it. It’s better to dress the baby in warm, safe sleepwear instead of covering them in a blanket. Other items that shouldn’t be in a baby’s crib are pillows, soft toys, or cushiony crib bumpers. Babies should also sleep on their backs.
You can read the full report here.
Of course, if you’re mourning the demise of baby blankets, don’t. Those precious coverings are perfect for snuggling together on the couch or in a rocking chair.
Did this report surprise you? Or does your baby already sleep without a blanket?