What do you do when…

your sweet baby insists on sleeping like this:

Actually, that’s just how she starts out. We put the blanket on her at about chest height. Inevitably she pulls it up over her head and then thrashes around to get it down to about this point which is apparently the perfect positioning:

The only problem is that sometimes when she pulls it up she gets stuck underneath it and gets stressed out and starts hyperventilating, presumably because she doesn’t feel like she can get out. At this point I intervene and move the blanket off of her face. But if I try to move the blanket before she’s stressed she just pulls it up over her head again. If I try to position it “perfectly” covering her mouth she pulls it up over her head. If we put the blanket down at her waist she uses her legs to get it up to her hands so she can pull it over her head. I made her a little tiny blanket in the hopes that she’d use that instead. You can see that it didn’t work (it’s the little white thing). I don’t know what to do. Should I be worried about this? I always uncover her mouth after she’s asleep but sometimes I come in later to find the blanket covering it again. Or she’ll do it in the middle of the night and I’ll wake up to her worried breathing (this is one of the reasons I am glad she still sleeps in her bassinet in our room). I don’t want to be paranoid and despite the fact that it’s a light blanket, it is a bit worrisome. Anybody have any ideas?

Incidently, I was contemplating this craziness the other night as I was going to sleep…I realized that I had my blanket pulled up over my mouth to just under my nose. Poor kid.


10 thoughts on “What do you do when…

  1. With no babies, I'm afraid I don't know what to tell you. But boy do I wish my biggest problem during the day involved how to best take care of a little one. That seems like the best job there is!

  2. So apparently this is a genetic condition. I'd just keep an eye on her, it's probably just a phase she'll grow out of. If the blanket is a light one I think she'll be able to figure out how to get it off her face if she really needs to.

  3. hahah, sweet baby. I wouldn't worry about it if I was you…she's pretty much passed the SIDS worry stage…Evie always has her nose and mouth snuggled against something…I think at this stage when they can use there hands and stuff, if she was in trouble she'd be able to move it. I'd probably keep trying to move it after she falls asleep though just for my own peace of mind. But that sweet little chubber cracks me up! Can't wait to see you guys!

  4. Have you ever heard of a sleep sack? Its like a blanket but it zips up. You still put them in their regular jammies but then you put them in this bunting blanket thing so it doesnt get near their face. They sell them at Babies R Us For sure.

  5. Do you have a crocheted blanket? Thoser sort of have holes so maybe they wouldn't smother her so much? I'm sure she'll get it figured out. 🙂

  6. oh that would absolutely freak me out! But then I've always been a bit (okay a lot) paranoid about SIDS. I don't imagine there's a whole lot you can do since she obviously has adopted that method to falling asleep, other than have a light blanket! I'm sure she will be fine. Is she rolling around yet? Ethan is behind in that regards and the P therapist was concerned last visit, so we have been working him overtime. I just thought about that in your last post when you said she couldn't be on her tummy much, and that is what we have to really push with Ethan (he hates it because he doesn't use his arms to push up and so he can't have control or roll back over) Can you believe these guys have been here almost half a year already?!

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