When is the duvet suitable for your baby instead of the sleeping bag?

Sleep is just as important to your baby as it is to you. Your newborn sleeps most of the day and you want them to feel comfortable in the cradle .

So that your baby does not get cold , it is advisable to use a comfortable sleeping bag. There is a greater sense of security and it contributes to baby sleep.

Your baby is growing and the sleeping bag no longer seems up to date. When can you start using the duvet instead of the sleeping bag?

In theory, you could put your baby in the cradle with a blanket and pillow from birth. The blanket keeps you warm and ensures a relaxed sleep. However, there are good reasons to forego a duvet first.

The comforter is often associated with sudden infant death syndrome . The underlying risk here is that the blanket will cover the baby’s face. It is not yet able to move the ceiling away, so that the air supply is impaired . In the worst case, there is a risk of suffocation if this condition persists over a longer period of time.

Therefore, the first recommendation is to put the baby in a suitable sleeping bag. In addition, it should lie on its back and the cradle should be tidy as possible. Cuddly toys or toys have no place in it. Even a pillow is not necessary at first.

Only when the risk of flat head for your baby is a is Lagerungskissen recommended. This has a recess at the back of the head so that the load is better distributed.


The point at which your child starts using a duvet instead of a sleeping bag depends on their physical abilities . Every child develops differently. Therefore, the following recommendations should be tailored to your child.


The recommendation in favor of a sleeping bag applies at least to the first year of life. There the danger of sudden infant death is greatest and your baby is hardly able to free itself from an unfavorably lying blanket.

If your child continues to feel comfortable in the sleeping bag, nothing speaks against using it. There are models that can be used up to a height of 150cm. This means that there is enough space available and should not be too tight.


As cozy as the sleeping bag looks, your child demands more freedom as it ages The sleeping bag opposes this desire and could even pose a danger .

If your child leaves the bed on their own, the sleeping bag could become a trip hazard. It is not always easy to get out of it. There is also a risk of strangulation if your child falls unfavorably out of the sleeping bag.

Therefore, the recommendation applies that a duvet should be used instead of the sleeping bag from the age of three at the latest . It is advisable to get used to it earlier to minimize the risk. At this age, your child will be able to move the duvet on their own. If the airways are covered, your child can push the blanket away and is not in danger of suffocating.

flat pillow can now also be used. This should not be too high so that the cervical spine remains at a natural level.


When the duvet is used depends on your child’s development. If it is motorized able to push the ceiling aside and keep your head free, the switch is conceivable. The danger of sudden infant death should be averted and your child is able to protect itself.

The time to switch is between the beginning of the second and third year of life. Then most of the children become independent and want to get out of bed without hindrance. Sleeping bags are perceived as a hindrance and a blanket enables better sleep.

So that the blanket lies securely, you can first clamp it under the mattress at the foot end. This way you avoid slipping and your child’s head remains free.

Use a light duvet that is easy to clean. Keep the sleeping environment as simple as possible and your baby will sleep safely and relaxed.

Jamie Clark

Hello, I’m Jamie Clark, 32 years old, and I have been living in the USA for a few years.
Since I was a child, I have suffered from a house dust allergy, severely affecting me. I felt the effects both while exercising and while sleeping. Constant sneezing after getting up and difficult breathing were the consequences. The allergy has also developed into asthma, which is still a sporting restriction today.

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