Do you remember having a special teddy bear or perhaps a blanket when you were little? It was your security, you held it close to you, it’s smell made you feel safe and by your side it went everywhere with you – this was your comforter. A comforter is a transitional object and a positive tool for children for various reasons including helping them to relax and feel secure when drifting off to sleep. The team at Slumber \u0026amp; Sprout recommend introducing a comforter to your little one so that they can experience the love of a comforter just like you may have when you were little.\n\nWhen it comes to your little ones sleep, comforters can help to build a positive sleep association making falling asleep and resettling during the night easier for your child. The great thing about a comforter is the availability of it to soothe your little one day and night, helping them to feel secure, brave, regulate their emotions and work things out for themselves and in turn self-soothe. The power of a comforter just can’t be overlooked. \n\nOnce your little one is approx. 7 months of age a comforter is considered safe for unsupervised sleep. Prior to this age a comforter should only be used to work towards creating a bond with the object and while you are supervising your baby.\n\nOther tips for introducing a comforter:\n\n\n\tEnsure the comforter is safe for your baby. Our Cheeky Chompers comforters are made with 100% organic muslin, so they are super-soft, gentle and breathable to help keep baby comfortable and safe. They are also designed with an innovative loop to attach your baby's dummy which makes finding their dummy easier for them during sleep times.\n\tYour little one should be 7 months+ to sleep unsupervised with a comforter.\n\tYour little one must be unswaddled for sleeping with arms and hands out and uncovered.\n\tMake it smell like Mama - the scent of Mama is a powerful tool.\n\tHave a backup. Losing a special comforting object can be awful for a child so it’s important you have more than one and that all comforters are used regularly so that your child doesn’t favour one over the other.\n\tIntroduce the comforter as part of your pre nap and bedtime routine i.e. sleeping bag on, read a book, turn on the white noise, pass the comforter and into bed. Having the comforter form part of your little ones bedtime ritual is what will help to build that relationship and sleep trigger between the comforter and sleep.\n\n\nThe most important thing about introducing a comforter is your little ones safety and that there no risk to your baby’s head\/face being covered by anything soft or loose in their sleep environment.\n\nHappy sleeping from the team Slumber \u0026amp; Sprout!