If you're a parent, you've heard the rules a million times: Babies should sleep on their backs, with no blankets, and they should always sit in a rear facing car seat. The message we don't always get is when babies can stop following these rules. Photo by Donnie Ray Jones.
A brief guide from Parenting gives the lowdown on some of the common milestones. Once your baby can reliably roll over (around five months), it's OK if they choose to sleep on their belly. (You should still put them down on their back, though). Blankets and stuffed animals can be OK as early as six months, although opinions vary so you should probably check with your paediatrician to see what they recommend for your baby. And those rear facing car seats? Use them as long as you possibly can — at least until age two. (Yes, they will have to bend their knees to fit. That's fine.)
For more on when to break the rules, including when kids outgrow carriers and when they're ready for different kinds of solid food, visit the link below.
When Is My Baby Ready To…? [Parenting]