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While lying down on your soft and cosy pillow, you may feel the need to give your baby that kind of comfort too, by giving him a pillow. There is no denying that pillows provide utmost comfort, aid in promoting good sleeping postures, and also help in sleeping better. However, it may be unwise to use pillows for your little bundle of joy. This is because using pillows may be dangerous for your little one. So, if you are wondering whether your baby requires a pillow or whether he can do without it, and various such questions, we recommend that you browse through the following article. Here, we shall discuss everything you need to know in regard to when and how to use a pillow for your little one.
Should a Newborn Baby Use Pillows?
Your baby’s comfort is of prime importance to you, and as parents, you may do everything possible to keep your baby cosy and comfortable. If you are first-time parents and wondering if your newborn can use a pillow, well, our recommendation is that you should avoid this. It is seen that any kind of soft bedding material may lead to suffocation or choking hazards in babies. So, when it comes to the question of what age babies can start sleeping with a pillow, we recommend that any time after two years of age, you may start using a pillow for your little one. However, even after this age if you feel that your baby is comfortable sleeping without a pillow, you may skip using a pillow for your kid.
Why Are Pillows Not Recommended for Babies?
As parents, you may wonder why pillows are not recommended for your baby. This is because your baby lacks proper neck and head control in the initial months after birth. This means that in a situation where your baby’s nose or mouth may get covered with a pillow or any other soft bedding material, he may not be able to move his head away. This may lead to suffocation and choking hazards for young babies.
Apart from this, young babies are very sensitive to various allergens such as feathers, dust mites, etc., and sleeping on pillows may lead to various kinds of allergic reaction in your baby. Therefore, most paediatricians may not only recommend making your baby lie down on a flat and a firm surface, but they may also advise you not to use any over-sized blankets, crib bumpers, and pillows too. The ideal way to help your baby sleep is by making your baby lie down on his back without any pillow.
How to Choose the Right Pillow for an Infant?
Pillows pose a risk of choking hazards, and they are also one of the top reasons for SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, in babies. Therefore, pillows should be avoided for babies until the use of pillows may have been advised by your doctor due to some health complications or other reasons. As discussed above, babies may be given pillows after two years of age, but the truth is that even after the age of two, there is no requirement. You may simply be using a pillow for your baby because everyone in the family may be using a pillow or you may want your baby’s bedding to look similar to yours, which is why you may even get a pillow for your baby. However, there are certain things that you should keep in mind before choosing a pillow for your little one. Here are tips to help select the right kind of pillow for your baby:
- We recommend that you choose a flat and a firm pillow for your baby; however, for your older child, you may give him a pillow similar to the one you’re using.
- If you baby still sleeps in his crib, then it will be a good idea to get a smaller or compact pillow that fits perfectly in your baby’s crib.
- We recommend using pure cotton covers for your baby’s pillows so that they are soft and comfortable for your baby. Also, choose lighter colour covers, so that you can change them often or as soon as they get soiled.
- There is no doubt that you want everything that’s best for your baby but when it comes to pillows, use simple and basic pillows. Do not indulge and buy pillows with scented stuffing because babies are more prone to allergies.
- Do not use pillows with micro bead fillings. This is because if the pillow rips or strips, the beads may fall out and your baby could swallow them too. This could lead to choking hazards and other complications.
- Refrain from using any kind of feather pillows for your baby. Though these pillows are very soft and comfortable, it may lead to allergic reactions in babies.
Once you get a suitable pillow, you may use it for your baby. Many times, babies may not like to sleep on pillows. As stated above, there is no need for pillows for babies, and if your baby does not like using a pillow, there’s no need to force him to use it. It is important to get a cue from your baby’s behaviour as to whether he’s comfortable with a pillow. However, using a pillow may be helpful for certain health conditions, and that is when your baby may be suffering from reflux, ear infection, chronic cold, and other such conditions – however, make sure his paediatrician confirms that he can use a pillow at his age. Get in touch with your doctor to know what may be the right age and the right kind of pillow for your baby.
Also Read: Bedtime Schedule For Infants