C.H. asks from Trenton, NJ on April 03, 2008
Sleeping with a Pillow
I am looking for some input as to what age is safe for an infant to sleep with a pillow. My daughter is 9 months old and is having a lot of trouble sleeping. When she is in her crib she just seems to scoot all over the crib trying to find something to put her head on or up against. If she is in my bed she puts her head up on or against the pillow and she will sleep for hours. In her crib she is always lifting her head as if she is looking for something to rest her head on. I have let her nap on a pillow and she does great, however I am a little leary about letting her sleep on a pillow all night. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions?
S.R. answers from New York on April 06, 2008
I would use a flat firm pillow, like a worn out one, and put a pillow cover on it, then a pillow case.
J.H. answers from Rochester on April 04, 2008
I would not put a full size pillow in her crib, but a smaller one. Have you tried putting a small baby blanket in there for her to ball up like a pillow?
C.R. answers from Syracuse on April 04, 2008
Maybe you could use one of those wedges...they are really firm so you don't have to worry about them squishing around baby's face...I use one when my baby is sick...or try to put a small thin firm foam pad in a pillow case or a travel pillow...like on an airplane...I've seen them at walmart or somewhere like that.
C.H. answers from New York on April 04, 2008
Have you tried placing a small pillow under the fitted sheet? It will give her the surface she is looking for but it won't move and can't get on her.
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S.R. answers from Albany on April 04, 2008
My granddaughter is one year old and she has been sleeping with a pillow since she was 7 months. It is a small light pillow that my daughter in law bought at a baby store,and she sleeps all night long.
E.S. answers from New York on April 06, 2008
Only you know what is safe for your child so you need to make your own decisions. However, if a friend told me this about their child, I would offer this idea, or suggestion but still leave the final decision up to the friend.
There are SAFE, allergy-free type small stuffed animals (not the normal stuffed ones that have fur or lots of allergens attached to them). The stuffed ones that are either cotton-like or easily washable on a regular basis. Since your child's head is small (the child is a child not an adult), a small stuffed animal will act as a pillow.
If a child is old enough to control their own body and old enough to turn around in their sleep, possibly a small stuffed animal might be a safe pillow for them. (Depending on the child,even an "camping" pillow might be safe). A camping pillow is very tiny yet very comfortable -more so than no pillow at all.
If you feel it is safe, then try the above suggestions.
Only you know what is safe for your own child.
C.D. answers from New York on April 04, 2008
My daughter was the same way!! I feel your pain :) We don't use a pillow for her but we use one of her stuff animals. She was around 9 months when we started using the stuffed animal. We were given a huge duck stuff animal that fits her crib like a pillow would but it's not that high. It worked for her. I hope the adivce helped.
N.C. answers from New York on April 04, 2008
well my son is now 2 years old, but hes was the same exact way. So what i did was found a really flat pillow and put it under the crib sheet, so that it was secure and he could not move it, and i did not have to worry about it squishing him. and he slept so well after that.
Q.F. answers from New York on April 05, 2008
i know plenty of people are going to probably have a problem with what i have to say, but i had my daughter sleeping with me until she was 6/7 months old and she was basically ON the pillow until she could roll over, then she once she started to really roll i put her in her crib and she wouldn't sleep. basically doing what you were describing, the ONLY time she would sleep is when she would grab her blanket, bunch it up and put it under her head! so i decided to put a pillow in her bed. i started with those baby pillows, but they just stressed me out so much because every time she would move, it would practically be on her head. so i decided to take one that i would use, and put it in her crib....it fit so snugly in her crib from side to side that no matter how much she moved, the pillow stayed in place and she slept (almost) through the night! IF you go with a pillow, i would say go with a big pillow (flatter, but for an adult) and make sure it's snug from side to side in the crib and there shouldn't be a problem, but just watch closely for the 1st couple of nights. good luck, i hope this helps.
E.M. answers from New York on April 04, 2008
can she sit up
if so it may be ok
B.K. answers from Binghamton on April 04, 2008
We used a wedge from Babies R Us, designed to elevate the baby's head. It is very firm, and I put a pillow case on it and it goes across the entire width of the crib. It seemed to work for us well.