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post #1 of 19
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anyone use a blanket for their LO? we have swaddle blankets and wearable blankets, but maya SWEATS in those and wakes up all hot and sweaty and curly-haired. haha. i imagine it's not very comfortable. i put her in a nice warm sleeper, but sometimes she gets cold - the heat in our bedroom is just AWFUL and it's either 50 degrees or 90. ok i exaggerate, but still, it's never comfortable in here.

so i have this blanket (from christa for the gift swap!) - aww, she's only 2 days old in that pic! - and i've been putting it over her at night, despite the OMG SIDS warnings, because she sleeps right next to me and we usually either hold hands or i have my arms around her and i feel like i'd notice if the blankie went over her head. plus since it's a knit blanket, it's quite breathable.

i still feel weird though, doing this stuff that i've been warned against... but at least it keeps her warm without being sweaty, and it's better than freezing in this @#$% room! am i the only rule-breakin' blanket user?
post #2 of 19
Not only do I use blankets (I love them...receiving blankets, fleece blankets, quilts...depends on the temperature) ds also sleeps on his tummy.

I look at them more as guidelines than rules, and all you can be assured of if you follow every single one of them is that your risk of SIDS is lower (not eliminated).

Find what works for you and go with it. I don't think a carefully placed blanket on an infant who is in arms reach of mama is at high risk.

Christa
post #3 of 19
I do. We co-sleep but sometimes he's more in the middle of the bed away from me and I think our room gets pretty cold. Depending on temp, I have used a flannel receiving blanket, a fleece blanket and/or our puffy comforter. I'm such a light sleeper and I keep it way below his face and I wake up so often to latch him back on, etc...that I am not super worried about him smothering. I feel mildly guilty saying that. The best thing though is waking up with him snuggled up against my belly, all warm and cozy. When he's away from me his little hands are freezing by the middle of the night.
post #4 of 19
I'm really bad, he sleeps at boob level and I just tuck our covers around him, under his arms. They stay that way and I'm always super aware if DH moves and they get pulled up. He's way too sweaty for anything heavier than a cotton gown (I tried fleece one night and had to change him at 4 am because he was drenched and miserable)

If I was putting him in his co-sleeper, I'd have to rethink the whole thing and I may still have to once he gets a bit more mobile, right now he sleeps tucked up against me and doesn't move until he starts to get hungry.
post #5 of 19
I swaddle Jack tightly, as it is the only thing that settles him down at night. He usually wears a short sleeved onsie and cotten pants to keep from sweating all night. I always drape a little blanket over his lower half. It has never gone up toward his face, only down toward his feet. My mother and mother in law have wrapped him loosly in blankets to sleep, and he seems completely safe.
post #6 of 19
ds & I sleep breaking pretty much every rule, including the blanket one
post #7 of 19
I use blankets too. I try to keep the house warm but sometime it does get cool so I lay a blanket across her lower half. She sleeps in the crib right next to the bed for part of the night and the rest in bed with me.
post #8 of 19
She sleeps on my chest (on her tummy) covered with the same quilt I sleep with. I am the posterchild for bad sleep parenting. :x
post #9 of 19
I'm not supposed to use a blanket?
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post #10 of 19
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i love you guys
post #11 of 19
I use a blanket all the time. Even when she's sleeping alone in her swing. I keep the heat set at 72, but she still gets chilly.
post #12 of 19
It gets really cold in our room, well the whole rest of the house, too. We sleep with 3 blankets. DH will pull the blankets up to the baby's chin, but I always slide em down a little. He doesn't know sleeping has rules.
post #13 of 19
We use them. We cosleep and use blankets and my kid sleeps on his stomach sometimes.

How can blankets cause SIDS? I thought SIDS is what they call it if there is no identifiable cause of death. If the cause is suffocation by blanket, wouldn't that be a known cause and thus not SIDS?
post #14 of 19
I think I would be a neglectful mother if I did not use blankets-it's so freaking cold in our room-but I am also the poster child for bad sleeping habits-we co sleep, DS is swaddled in two receiving blankets on a boppy(That says do not use for sleeping)- that's the only way he will sleep for more than two hours. Sometimes he also has our blankets around his feet.
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by MCKH View Post
We use them. We cosleep and use blankets and my kid sleeps on his stomach sometimes.

How can blankets cause SIDS? I thought SIDS is what they call it if there is no identifiable cause of death. If the cause is suffocation by blanket, wouldn't that be a known cause and thus not SIDS?
It seems like whoever perpetuates these "rules" has combined SIDS with suffocation. All the soft bedding, blanket, and co-sleeping "rules" would be to prevent suffocation. I think the risk of SIDS has been very highly overemphasized...adding the suffocation "risks" in with it gives it even more weight.

Christa
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by MCKH View Post
How can blankets cause SIDS? I thought SIDS is what they call it if there is no identifiable cause of death. If the cause is suffocation by blanket, wouldn't that be a known cause and thus not SIDS?
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I am so glad I read this thread!!!
We are using blankets over DD when she goes to sleep. She sleeps in a bassinet next to our bed and I cover her with two blankets. I am glad I am not the only one.

Those Halo sleeping sacks seem rediculous, not to mention they are all treated with fire retardants.
post #17 of 19
LO is usually tucked neatly under my arm at night, with the lower part of her body under my covers, but even during the day if I happen to be able to put her down in the swing or her (mainly for decorative purposes!) cradle, if it's chilly I use a blanket. I worried like crazy about this with dd #1, but this time around I'm totally comfortable. Bad mommy!
post #18 of 19
...oh yeah, and both of mine would / will only sleep on their tummies, so I break that rule too, as long as they're on a firm surface. At night when dd #2 sleeps in our bed, which does have a pillow top, she sort of sleeps on her side against me (easy access to boob is a must for her!) and she's pretty good at staying that way. So add me to the list of "I do everything you're not supposed to do" mommies.
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by AGlimmeringHope View Post
She sleeps on my chest (on her tummy) covered with the same quilt I sleep with. I am the posterchild for bad sleep parenting. :x
Substitute male pronouns for female and that is my post too!

I swaddle Alex only when feeding during the day when he's awake otherwise his claws...err...hands get in the way or distract him.
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