You probably think that your baby would sleep better with a blanket and a pillow. Even if you cannot imagine sleeping without a pillow, your baby does not know what is absent since she/he always slept on a flat surface and exposed since birth. Do not feel bad to keep him/her in the dark without a pillow. This is actually a good thing. The truth is, when a baby sleeps on a pillow, he/she is at high risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or suffocation. This is especially true when your child is under 4 months. Even after this period of risk transfer, it is recommended threshold you have not made a pillow for your baby too soon.
When Small Children Sleep with a Pillow?
As a parent, it is quite normal that you care for your baby and believe that they can be uncomfortable to sleep on a flat surface and not on a pillow. Maybe your child has been asking for a pillow for a while because she/he sees you with one.
According to AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), it is not yet clear when it is safe to give a baby his/her own pillow. While some experts agree that time is safest when your child is one year old. When a child is twelve months, the risk of suffocation is reduced considerably. However, if your child is still sleeping in a crib, remove all objects that could cause suffocation. The pillow should be small, firm and flat like those in airplanes.
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Points to Consider when Introducing Pillows to a Toddler
1. How to Choose
If your child is ready to sleep on a pillow, choose one that is fairly flat. There are many stores stocking pillows specially designed for toddlers. These pillows are usually flat and small. Any pillow you put on the child’s bed should be firm. Pillows have a high probability of causing suffocation. Do not buy feather or down pillows because the head in infancy could drip inside increasing the risk of suffocation. Moreover, the shaft (pointed end) of the pen could push the pillow of experiencing stinging the face of the child.
2. How to Buy
|See if he / she is ready||Avoid using pillows if your child sleeps in a crib because the pillows can be a choking hazard. Establish a pillow when your child begins to sleep in a bed There are signs that your child is ready for a pillow. For example, she / he rests his head on a blanket or a stuffed animal or even laying on a oreillerquand in your room.|
|A comfortable and firm support||To evaluate the firmness of the pillow, press the pillow and watch how fast it back to health. If the pillow does not move or moves slightly, it is dangerous because it is too soft. If the pillow takes a few minutes to regain his form, it can be uncomfortable and too firm for your child.|
|Size||A standard pillow for a toddler is 12×16 cm and a thickness of 2-3 inches. Small size reduces excess tissue that could cause suffocation. If there is no pillow available for a small child, opt for a standard size pillow 20×26 inches. Also, do not allow your child to sleep with a pillow over one go, even if it is a double bed. Also avoid euros, queen and king size pillows. Their large size makes them dangerous.|
|Content||Choose a pillow that was done in non-allergic 100% polyester polyfill so you can avoid possible allergic reactions. Polyester is a synthetic fiber which is made of 3D clusters, the smell and the allergy is free. He also holds more durable as well as on natural fibers. Choose one that has a 100% polyester filling. Consider buying a pillow made with hypoallergenic foam (pillow posture), which aligns the neck and spine thus promoting good posture during sleep.|
|Comparison||Once all the attributes were evaluated to compare products. You can shop online or in retail store sale. Standard pillows and pillows for toddlers have a range of min $ 10 and $ 80 maximum price.|
3. How to Use
The moment you have decided to introduce a pillow in your baby’s sleep environment, start using the pillow when the child is napping. This makes it possible for you to watch him/her so you can make sure he/she remains on the pillow and his/her face is not being covered. If he/she moves too much, go slowly and put it away for a few weeks before trying again.When she/he starts to sleep well on the pillow, you can begin to use it for bedtime.