When can my baby sleep with objects?

Q: When can my baby start sleeping with a stuffed animal or doll?

A: Although your baby may hate to part with his lovey at bedtime, it's best to keep his crib as sparse as possible (no blankets or pillows either) until about 12 months. Until then, having too much stuff in the crib can be a suffocation risk if your baby accidentally presses his nose and mouth into it during the night. But after a year, your baby's motor skills are sharp enough to be able to roll over and push objects away from his face if they're affecting his breathing. Coincidentally, a year is about the time that many babies start getting super-attached to certain stuffed animals, which may help them cope with separation anxiety from saying good-bye or goodnight to you.

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