Keep baby cozy in the crib without blankets

Consumer Reports News: December 01, 2011 07:08 AM

When baby sleeps in his bassinet or crib, he’s safest with only a fitted sheet—no blankets, comforters, pillows, or bumpers, all of which are suffocation hazards. How can he still stay comfortable and cozy? Read our guidelines to learn more!

Let baby sleep unencumbered
Don't wrap your bundle of joy in blankets or comforters when he's in a crib. He can quickly become entangled and—unable to free himself—potentially suffocate. Pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, stuffed animals, and dolls don't belong in a bassinet or crib.

Dress baby properly
If it's cold, try putting your baby in a cozy zippered sleep sack or foot pajamas. Since babies can quickly overheat, if you're worried that your baby is too warm, you should feel his chest or the back of his neck. If he's hot and sweaty, the room temperature should be cooler. Or, put your baby to sleep in lightweight clothes and set the thermostat to a comfortable 70 degrees F. Overheating might contribute to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Use safe sleepwear
Babies pajamas should fit snuggly and be made of flame-resistant fabric. There should be no drawstrings, ribbons, or anything else that might catch on something. Buttons and snaps should be firmly attached to avoid becoming a choking hazard.

Don't use an electric blanket, heating pad, or even a warm-water bottle to heat your baby's crib. An infant's skin is highly sensitive to heat and can be burned by temperatures that are comfortable to an adult.

Get more safe sleep tips, as well as crib safety advice, in our complete cribs buying guide.

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