Your preemie is about to be discharged. Perhaps she’s breathing on her own. Maybe she needs oxygen to support her lungs, either through a cannula or a trach. You look around her nursery for one final safety check. Your eyes fall upon the one smothering item which still eludes your careful planning: the blanket.
Children’s safety organizations recommend putting your baby to sleep on her back, without anything in the crib: no bumpers, no toys (especially stuffies), and no blankets. However, the lovely pictures you’ve seen in parental magazines and the bed sets you purchased include these items of risk. Premature children are at a higher risk for SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, than other babies.