Our sleep is a lot more comfortable if we have pillows to support our neck and head plus a blanket that keeps us warm and secured. However, that is not the case when it comes to our little ones. Experts advised that when we put our babies to sleep (especially the newborns and infants), we should not put any object near them or inside the crib where they sleep. Why are these comfy objects considered dangerous for the baby? Here is an article that discusses it, and to what age will be safe to introduce these things to our baby.
Why Pillows and Blankets are Unsafe for Babies
•Blankets, pillows, stuffed toys and even a very soft mattress are considered to be factors that increases possibility of SIDS. It is said that the barer the bed/crib, the better. Babies do not need these things actually. If you think he could feel cold while sleeping at night, you can let him wear swaddles(for newborn only) or even onsie and frogsuits to make him feel more warm and secured too.
•Suffocation may happen anytime if these items gets near to your baby’s face while he is deeply asleep. It might block airways and considering that newborns and infants are still vulnerable, it could really be life-risk for them.
•Use of pillow may trigger flat-head syndrome. Flat head syndrome is when a portion of your child’s head is too flat instead of being curved. Though it is not something we want our baby to have, it is not a life-threatening and it can still be changed and cured as the baby grows.
•Pillows and blankets can cause overheating to the baby’s body as well especially if the fabric used in making it is polyster. This is not breathable. It can trap heat in between the fabric and baby’s body or head. Overheating is also a factor that contributes to SIDS.
At What Age is Safe to Use Pillow and Blankets?
Study shows that the best time to introduce pillow and blankets to your baby is when he reaches 24 months or 2 years of age. By this time, he is already in control of his body. Even when he is asleep, whenever he feels uncomfortable, he can already detect the need for him to shift his position. Though, as parents, it is still the best for us to check on them from time to time or even just a couple of times especially if they already sleep through the night.
Caring for our baby requires paying attention to all details and ask experts or professionals for advise because what may seem fine to you may cause danger to that little being. It is best to be cautious to ensure safety all the time.