L.R. asks from Glendale Heights, IL on September 27, 2009
When to Add a Pillow?
At what age would one add a pillow to a toddler's bed? My 13 mo has started to snuggle against the pillows in our bed and lately he's been having some sleep issues. He sleeps in his crib, but lately he's been waking rather early (5-6am) for his 8pm bed time. Yesterday he took a nap with daddy and slept on a pillow, and took a very long nap. We've had a change in our schedule, which I know is affecting him, but will change when we move in a week. Is he still too young for a pillow? or should I wait until we get him into a "big boy bed" later on?
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N.P. answers from Chicago on September 28, 2009
once they can stand up I let them have one. I have found that having a pillow in their bed makes them sleep so much better!
J.C. answers from Chicago on September 28, 2009
Get a little tiny toddler pillow. I got mine at a little boutique, it has a satin cover, but pottery barn kids or Land of Nod might have them. I don't think I put it in quite so early but it was probably 16 months. He does love it!
J.D. answers from Chicago on September 28, 2009
Hi L. If he seem to like snuggling up on a pillow get him a small size pillow. I've seem them in stores.
J.H. answers from Chicago on September 29, 2009
I'm no expert, but it seems like the experts stop worrying about SIDS after 1 year old, and your toddler may be in the crib until he's 3, so I don't see why it would be a problem. My 2 y.o. likes sleeping on top of his favorite blanket, all bunched up. I'm sure there's some "official" advice on these things somewhere online. :)
They of course say no, don't do it. I guess you'll have to decide for yourself.
M.R. answers from Chicago on September 27, 2009
We gave our son a pillow when he started using the ones from the couch when he was 'resting'. We started with a small/thin little pillow at first.
D.K. answers from Chicago on September 29, 2009
We gave my daughter a pillow when she was still in her crib. I can't remember how old she was. I don't know that it helped her sleep any better, but she knew that Mom and Dad used pillows when they slept and she wanted to too. She is 3 now and now sleeps on 2 pillows, but most nights she ends up sleeping on the matress below the pillows most of the night. I think it is just comforting to her to have them. I would ask your doctor though, just to be sure.
S.E. answers from Chicago on September 28, 2009
I say he is to young for a pillow. If you do decide you want to give him one make sure it is almost flat and very small. We did not give our son a pillow till after he was well established in his toddler bed. In his crib he always had a couple stuffed toys to comfort him. He had this little bull dog that he truly loved having around.
P. answers from Chicago on September 27, 2009
I let both of my daughters use pillows after they turned 1. I found a web site that carried child size pillows that were good for cribs. I think One Step Ahead carries a similar product. I think your son will sleep much better with a pillow. Good luck.
M.D. answers from Chicago on September 28, 2009
I can't remember when I gave my son a pillow but I think right after he turned one. I gave him one of the really flat pillows and he loves it!! Maybe start off with the little pillows. I know Ikea has pillows especially for little toddlers (with sheets and matching pillow cases!!)
V.G. answers from Chicago on September 27, 2009
We had a special elephant shape pillow with hole in center and neck line to keep her head straight from 2 months on as she was leaning more to one side and that side was getting flat. At around 9 months we moved her to a small thin pillow..(w/Ariel picture that narrate story) and at around 1.5 she is on the regular pillow.
Another reason that your son took longer nap maybe because he slept with the Daddy.