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1/3/19

Jess

Is it safe to introduce a security blanket to my baby? If so, at what age is considered safe to do so?

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Posted a response on 5/3/19

kasey

Thank you for contacting Red Nose with your question.

The use of comforters/security blankets & soft toys is the same issue when talking about safe sleeping.
Red Nose has the following information.

• Keep soft toys out of the sleeping environment for babies under seven months of age because they may cover the nose and mouth and interfere with breathing.
• The risk posed by suffocation by the presence of soft objects in the baby’s sleeping environment outweighs any benefit to the baby from a soft toy. It is therefore advised not to place soft toys and other soft objects in the cot for babies under seven months of age.
Seven-month-old babies are more likely to explore objects in their sleeping environments than younger babies. Some babies over seven months of age may appreciate a small object such as a soft toy to provide comfort and connection (transitional object) during times of separation from their parent.
https://rednose.com.au/article/soft-toys-in-the-cot
Thanks, Kasey, Red Nose

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