When Can I Switch My Baby to a Blanket?

Switching your baby from a swaddle or sleep sack to a blanket is an exciting milestone for both you and your little one. However, it’s important to make sure that the timing is right before making the switch.

Age Guidelines

Most experts recommend waiting until your baby is at least 12 months old before introducing a blanket into their sleep routine. This is because babies younger than 12 months are at an increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping soft objects, toys, and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area until they reach this age.

Signs Your Baby Is Ready

In addition to age guidelines, there are other signs that can help you determine when it’s time to switch your baby to a blanket. If your baby has started rolling over in their sleep, they may be ready for a blanket. Additionally, if they have begun to show signs of being able to pull themselves up or stand up in their crib, they may be ready for the transition.

It’s also important to consider how well your baby sleeps with their current swaddle or sleep sack. If they seem uncomfortable or are frequently waking up during the night, it may be time to make the switch.

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