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Sep 1, 2011 00:41:34   #
AMZ
 
I read on a site that you should not let a baby sleep in a cocoon or use a blanket.
I made a cocoon for a baby gift and want to know what to tell the new mother.
 
Sep 1, 2011 00:51:59   #
rolyn63
 
I don't see a problem, as long as the cocoon isn't so big that it may end up over the babies face. I don't know why they say not to use a blanket, unless they are talking about ones that are made out of acrylic yarns.
Sep 1, 2011 02:02:45   #
Dreamweaver
 
I have not heard this and I would not tell the Mother anything. She will decide what she feels comfortable with. It may be that she uses the cocoon only for outings or when holding baby - not it the crib. Babies have had blankets for centuries. Sometimes I think we need to be protected from the protectors.
Sep 1, 2011 09:27:20   #
tintin63
 
There are always going to be recommendations from so called "safety sectors" but it always comes down to using common sense. You wouldn't put a baby to bed with a blanket over it's face so as long as the baby can't slip down inside the wrap it should not prove a danger. I personally would rather go with a garment with arms to sleep in that way it cannot slip down inside.
Sep 1, 2011 09:32:17   #
pb54116
 
tintin63 wrote:
There are always going to be recommendations from so called "safety sectors" but it always comes down to using common sense. You wouldn't put a baby to bed with a blanket over it's face so as long as the baby can't slip down inside the wrap it should not prove a danger. I personally would rather go with a garment with arms to sleep in that way it cannot slip down inside.


I agree. I wouldn't put a baby to bed in one of the cocoons, but would use it when taking the baby out when it's cool outside.
Sep 1, 2011 10:15:37   #
bevqual
 
AMZ wrote:
I read on a site that you should not let a baby sleep in a cocoon or use a blanket.
I made a cocoon for a baby gift and want to know what to tell the new mother.


Hmm- I thought of the cocoons more as a winter outdoor covering. The current 'experts' change their thoughts on safety so often, that no one can keep up with them! One year you must let your baby sleep on his tummy so he won't inhale throw up. The next year, NEVER let your baby sleep on his tummy cos he will smother. I think they are back to back or side sleeping now.

Then the blankets, make sure you keep the baby warm! Then, don't keep the baby too warm! Then, yes, warm to the touch is best. Then NO blankets, the baby will suffocate. Then... who knows?

I likely did everything wrong with my 5, but they are all adults now (well still have one teen at home) and doing fine, with babies of their own. My babies slept on 'lambskins', with blankets, on their tummies, and sometimes, even on my arm next to me in our no-baffles water bed, when I nursed them in the middle of the night!!

So I still give them as gifts, and tell the mom they are for outdoor use instead of carrying around that bulky blanket. :) ♥
 
Sep 1, 2011 20:28:52   #
AMZ
 
Thank you I just didn't know what to tell the new mother to be. After reading that cocoon were not safe because the baby could cover there head. As a person who lost a 15 month old child I just want to be safe.I too thought wow no big bulky blanket that keep coming undone.
Sep 1, 2011 20:37:28   #
Dowager
 
I thought hospitals use the cocoons. If so, I would think they are considered safe. You could call your local hospital and ask one of the nurses in the nursery if they use them. iF SO, I'd think you needn't worry.
Sep 1, 2011 21:36:18   #
Timeflies54
 
I have made them. But I have also heard that they are not safe. They are cute to use when taking baby pictures.
Baby could shift in the cocoon and smother himself. It was suggested that you should use them when mom is close at hand and can check on the baby. But then a mom to be said she has two of them and plans to use them.
I agree with one of the comments to call a hospital and ask the nurses in the nursery.
Sep 1, 2011 22:10:21   #
5mmdpns
 
Cocoons are only meant to carry a newborn in instead of a blanket. They are not meant for sleeping in due to the fact that it can encourage SIDs as the baby is not allowed wiggle room in them if their faces get covered or if they get turned over where they cant free their faces. Sleepers and no blankets are best for babies until they are about a year old. Sleepers are warm enough for the little ones and blankets are not needed.
Sep 2, 2011 05:20:44   #
kiwiannie
 
ived never used a cocoon but used knitted sleepingbags in my day never had a problem then and i think cocoon are great keeping baby safe and warm
 
Sep 2, 2011 05:45:58   #
Marny CA
 
http://www.ergopouch.com.au/swaddle.html

When my first child was born she was swaddled so tightly by the nurses that I was afraid to unwrap her. (I wasn't afraid by the second child)

As with everything and anything else, common sense must be used - to the best of one's ability. Checking on the Internet (as I just did) and/or asking pediatrician or baby nurses would be a good thing.

This is a response from another site:
"...We would not recommend using the cocoon as a permanent sleeping solution, it is designed as a temporary solution for supervised napping. Use would be at your discretion! ..."

Both of my children were uncomfortable when too hot ... so I had to remember, as my pediatrician said (he and his wife had 7 children) to dress them as I would dress.

If I was cold, I would put on a sweater -- then do that with child(ren); if I was hot, then dress my children with that in mind.

Some of my neighbors kept their children so bundled up that they were always sick. My children were never sick -- which bugged most of the other mothers.
Sep 2, 2011 06:20:26   #
flmgsun
 
I have made and gifted to brand new moms these. Everytime I have told them "It is the only blanket you cannot drop while carring a baby". I always tell them it is NOT a sleeper. I'm sorry for your loss and commend you for your care and concern for other new mom's. Bless you..
Sep 2, 2011 07:24:45   #
cd4player
 
Marny CA wrote:

When my first child was born she was swaddled so tightly by the nurses that I was afraid to unwrap her. (I wasn't afraid by the second child)


Both of my children were uncomfortable when too hot ... so I had to remember, as my pediatrician said (he and his wife had 7 children) to dress them as I would dress.

If I was cold, I would put on a sweater -- then do that with child(ren); if I was hot, then dress my children with that in mind.

Some of my neighbors kept their children so bundled up that they were always sick. My children were never sick -- which bugged most of the other mothers.
br When my first child was born she was swaddled ... (show quote)


Swaddling - they did that for my 4 kids in the hospital, too. Never could get it right at home, though.

The thought behind swaddling was to keep the babies from jerking as they fell asleep - you know that falling feeling you get just as you fall asleep and sometimes you'll jerk an arm or a leg? Same thing with babies, only sometimes it startles them awake. Swaddling was thought to ease this and help babies learn to sleep through the night.

I think the cocoons are so cute, and after reading all the posts here I'll probably make some when I have grandkids and tell the parents about the best uses - not for sleeping!

And Marny - with my first child I sterilized everything and carried extra clean passifiers if one dropped on the floor. By the 4th child, I was wiping off the passy on my pants and sticking it back in his mouth. Guess who the healthiest kid was? Yup - the 4th! Let 'em eat dirt!
Sep 2, 2011 07:26:20   #
kpfears
 
I talked to my mom about this as she is a pediatric nurse and midwife. She said a cocoon is wonderful to carry the baby around, to show off the baby and to take photos of the baby. It should not be used for sleeping. Babies, unlike grown humans, feel safe and secure when bundled because they were bundled in the womb. That's one of the reasons why they used to swaddle. I took it one step further and knitted my cocoons out of the least invasive, softest merino, alpaca and silk yarn. I'm allergic to wool so it would stand to reason that a baby may be so also. I found it's the best yarn for regulating heat and cold. I'm so sorry for your loss and send you bright blessings and hugs. You're right to be a responsible and safe knitter.
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