Baby blanket safety

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A viewer asked:

"What do you recommend if I cannot find any suitable baby sleep bags?"


If you can't find a suitable sleeping bag for your young baby, then the NHS recommend using a lightweight cellular blanket, or a sheet.

Here are the important things to remember when using a blanket with a young baby.

Firstly place your baby on their back with their feet to the foot of the cot or Moses basket. Then take your cellular blanket, place it across their chest so that it fits underneath their armpits. Tuck the remaining 3 sides firmly under the mattress. Once this is done, you can place your baby's arm down over the top of the blanket so it stays firmly in place. *Do not put the blanket high up by their neck!

*** This is really important, because if you place your baby at the top of the cot or Moses basket with a loosely fitted sheet, they could wriggle down underneath and overheat, putting them at risk of SIDS - sudden infant death syndrome. ***