My Little Wisegal: How do you make your baby use her blanket?

by doodaddy on September 6, 2007

Babies are supposed to love blankets, right? I can’t get ours to look twice at hers.

One thing true of all San Franciscans is that we don’t know what to do with ourselves when the weather gets hot here. (Luckily, it’s just a month or two out of the year.) Here’s the setup:

  • It’s hot at bedtime, so Boobaby gets minimal pajamas.
  • Around 5:30 a.m., Boo screams to wake me up ’cause she’s cold.

I go in and put a blanket over her.

“What the hell are you doing?” she’ll say (with her eyes).

“Um, helping you get warm?”

“I don’t think so.” She’s a tough toddler in the wee hours — she often takes on one of those Goodfella accents. “Here’s what we’re gonna do, cafone. You’re gonna go get that flannel sleep sack, you see? And you’re going to zip me up in it. Then you’re going to cuddle me for half an hour until I warm up, maybe even get me a bottle of gabagool. Then you’re gonna put me down real careful, got it?”

Total wimp that I am, I of course give in on everything, even the bottle.

But what I’d really like is for her to learn to make use of blankets. Unfortunately, if you Google “baby blankets” you’ll get a lot of results that sound roughly like

DON’T LET YOUR BABY USE BLANKETS IN THE CRIB!
BLANKETS ARE THE DEVIL!
BLANKETS KILL!

Which is totally true, for those SIDS-prone infants. But at some point, toddlers start to use ’em, right? Or are all kids these days wearing sleep sacks into their teens?

Someone must know: when and how do you start in with blankets?

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Annie September 6, 2007 at 12:13 pm

Don’t worry – once you figure out the blanket – then the terror starts all over again about when to use a pillow 😉

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Blog Antagonist September 6, 2007 at 12:28 pm

I had kids before the whole blanket thing, but they were really gung ho on the “back to sleep” campaign. My kids wouldn’t sleep on their backs. Period. So tummy it was.

Honestly, would you want to sleep without a blanket? I’m all for taking precautions, but honestly, I think we’ve gone overboard. My kids had blankets AND bumpers, AND slept on their stomachs. It’s a wonder they’re still alive.

I think conventional wisdeom dictates that you should not use blankest while babies are largely immobile, as they cannot free themselves if they get covered or entagled. Once they can move, the risk goes way down.

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Sue at nobaddays September 6, 2007 at 12:45 pm

How about you tuck her in with a blanket around 2 or 3 a.m.? Before she wakes up cold? She might just sleep right through it.

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cryitout September 6, 2007 at 2:13 pm

Teens? I still use one.

I’m curious about this one, too, DD – Emme still uses a sleep sack at 17 months now.

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Ann Marie September 8, 2007 at 5:40 pm

Alright.. I have three kids all of which are over a decade old at the moment so I didn’t kill them.
All THREE.. slept with blankets from day ONE.. all THREE slept with bumper pads.. all THREE slept on their tummies.. (the first two by the way was before the whole back to sleep thing) all THREE slept with bottles *gasp* in their beds. all THREE had more than enough stuffed animals in their cribs to slide over to them in the middle of the night and steal their last breath away! One of them slept with a living breathing cat for months. And the little one slept with a loaded gun under his pillow since he was 6 months old.. ok ok.. now I am just kidding.

I have sooo many issues with all the parenting rules of today, do this don’t do that.. no no no. Ok.. lets look at it this way.. look at how many people we have in the world over the age of 25.. a lot. more than a lot. There were no rules, only Dr Spock and he didn’t really have rules he just told you what to do when something wasn’t quite right. I did what felt right, what made the kid happy. If boo baby wants to be in the little sleeping bag until she is 20 and she is happy and sleeping.. so be it.

Now on another note.. the little one .. HATED HATED HATED to be covered up with anything.. ever. never ever put anything on him. He was born in August so I blame it on that it was so hot when he was first born unless the AC was kicking where ever we were he was naked for the first month of his life. So for years he wanted nothing on him in the way of blanket. so we just made sure he was properly dressed for the time of year. He never woke up cold but like I said he was a hot natured kind of kid.

Fast forward a decade. This kid NOW sleeps with a Queen sized comforter.. and with that comforter he concoons himself in it. He seriously gets in the bed and rolls across the bed so he looks like one of those swiss cakes in a blue comforter. You can’t see him.. at all. I have no clue how he sleeps that way but he is happy that way. I think partially it has to do with the fact he has to sleep in total darkness yet he wants a light on near him just in case. I have a weird one I know.

Seriously my friend.. roll with the punches and don’t worry so much about the rules. give that baby a blanket if she wants it.. if she doesn’t put her in her little bag until you have to cut the bottom out of it so she will fit :)

sorry my post is so long.. but it has been awhile since i Have been around so I wanted you to know I still think about you!!!!

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Ann Marie September 8, 2007 at 5:43 pm

Oh. MY. GOD!

I just spent 30 minutes writing you a novel about blankets and kids and my weird child and POOF IT IS GONE.

it is ok i suppose because I am sure you don’t want to hear about how my 6 month old slept with a loaded gun under his gasp PILLOW that was in his crib (kidding there)

but dang it was a good funny post!

Miss you..


No idea why, but it just got stuck in the spam queue! Beats me why, but I’ve restored it. You didn’t mention Cialis or anything!

Anyway, thanks (for both)!

–Dd.

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LawyerMama September 9, 2007 at 6:26 pm

I honestly can’t remember when we started with the blanket. But it was at least 2 1/2 before he’d actually keep the damn thing on!

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aimee/greeblemonkey September 10, 2007 at 1:36 pm

ha! Funny you mention this. Last night we had our first taste of fall (brrrr), and in the middle of the night Bryan found a sleeping Declan shivering, curled up in fetal position, hands between his legs… with his blanket at the bottom of the bed. The kid will NOT pull it over himself to save his life!!!


Yikes, and he’s practically a grownup compared to Boobaby ! I guess either she’ll learn or we’ll get a better thermostat. And air conditioning.

Or (more likely), I’ll just continue to get up a lot when the weather is hot.

Sigh.

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Jared September 10, 2007 at 4:31 pm

My son is six months old now. We started by following all the rules. No bumper pads, no blankets, and sleeping on his back…

That didn’t last long. It wasn’t long until we figured out that he slept better with a blanket and on his belly.

However, my son was mobile in the crib very early on. Somehow he would wiggle himself around the crib and, roll himself over onto his back (which wakes him up).

It is your decision to make as to when to introduce the blanket. I chose to do it very early on.

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