Dumb question

Ok, I know everyone is snowed under with trying to keep up their own NaBloPo tally and by reading everyone elses posts, let alone finding time to comment, but I have a dumb question for you all…

If your child is not swaddled and not in a grobag type thing, what kind of sheets/blankets do you use, when can you stop worrying about suffocation or strangulation with said sheets/blankets and how the hell do you keep the damned child under them, where it’s warm?

Until we’ve figured this one out, he’s back in the swaddle! It’s true you can’t do them too tight, right?

vee xxx


15 responses to this post.

  1. I’m not sure when you start giving a child a blanket, but we don’t swaddle or use a grobag…we just keep him in a footed fleece sleeper since it’s getting colder. Seems to work just fine.


  2. I don’t think you can use blankets until they are 1 or something. We use footed pajamas and a fleece sleep sack. It seems to be cozy warm in there and Riley does fine with that. She doesn’t have any blankets, except for naps if we are in the same room with her.


  3. Posted by nutella on November 10, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    I think you’re talking to me, right? Granted it’s not THAT cold here yet, but we’ve been putting Miles to sleep in only his footed sleeper. As he’s getting bigger we are purchasing fleece ones for the winter months. Like this http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3689327 I’ve even left his sock on under the sleeper to keep his feet warmer, since they seems to be prone to getting cold.

    The crib sheet is jersey knit (tee shirt material). No blanket. I suppose we could look into getting one of these
    a sleepsack with feet holes. Or jsut pile on the layers.


  4. Posted by gypsygrrl on November 10, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    from the babies i have babysat and the nephews, i think i havent seen anyone using blankets ~ more of thick and warm feetsy pajamas 🙂

    PS they should make feetsy pajamas for adults.


  5. No kid of our own yet, but all my nieces and nephews slept in what we always called “blanket sleepers,” which are footed pajamas made from essentially blanket material, usually fleece or flannel.

    Hey gypsygrrl- I found adult footie pj’s last year and bought some for DH and myself to lounge in on Christmas day (and New Year’s Day and any other lazy loungie, cold day)- jumpinjammerz.com. Found some more on the Children’s Place web site, where they have matching ones for adults, kids, and babies.

    Stay warm everyone!


  6. Sleepers and sleep sacks over here!


  7. Posted by btmommy on November 10, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    My kids weren’t fans of the swaddle, so they were in footed pajamas and blanket sleepers when sleeping. We’d use the thin receiving blankets to throw on them sometimes for something to cuddle with, as they got a little older.


  8. I agree with the other, I use a fleece footed sleeper and then a fleece sleep sack on top of that. I am not so much worried about suffocation, but she rotates around her crib like a clock so there is no way she would stay under a blanket.


  9. Posted by gypsygrrl on November 10, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    thanks beth!!! i may treat myself to a pair 🙂


  10. W wears footed pj’s- which always end up being giant on him because we need the bigger size to accommodate his height. We have one that has a zipper and I looooooove it as it makes this so fast. And he has two with a trillion snaps that make us both crazy. When it is warmer here (not something that will be an issue once we move!!) he just sleeps in long sleeves and pants. We tried adding socks but then removing the socks became a THING HE HAD TO DO.

    I have a granny square blankie in W’s crib that he hangs on to during naps. I am not antsy about it because it has all those holes and stuff


  11. Not dumb! Theo busted out of swaddle at around 5 months. We basically just (gasp, I know) tucked a blanket around him when we felt he could lift his head upon his own. Once he started flipping onto his belly on his own there was no worries at all about the blankets. And for the record-theo NEVER stays still in bed. We’re constantly re-covering him up and he ends up coverless in the morning anyhow. And during cold New England winters he does wake up with cold hands.

    We’re actually ordering a giant H@lo sack for him for Christmas in hopes of combatting this problem!


  12. Posted by docgrumbles on November 11, 2009 at 4:48 am

    JAG was a serious swaddle addict. We had to take her out at around 6 months because she was rolling to her stomach. Now, we have only a fitted sheet and a thin blanket in the crib. We used to have one of those bumpers but took it out because she’d get her feet tangled in it.


  13. We do a blanket sleeper and a fleece sleep sack, although the sleep sack has become a problem in the last week or so as he tries to stand up in his crib in the morning. We considered the one with foot openings but didn’t see the point if the feet (the part that is most likely to get cold) were out of the sack. It never occurred to me that the blanket sleeper might be enough on it’s own, but it seems from the comments you received that it might.

    Thanks for this post. It’s great to read what everyone else is doing!


  14. TBB was swaddled for a looooooooooooong time, and later on we had really thick footed all in one PJs for him.

    TTG has always just been under the covers with me.


  15. I’ve been putting a blanket over Simone for several months now. I don’t worry about her suffocating b/c she actually sleeps propped up in a Boppy pillow (still a little touch and go with the reflux and this works better for us than anything else I’ve found). She busted the swaddle at about 4 months and refused to have her legs confined in any way ever again.


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