Pillow??

Vicky - posted on 11/17/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

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Im just considering giving my 7 month old son a pillow in his crib at night.. Is this a bad idea?

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Carly - posted on 12/13/2010

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if you son is of the age where he can roll and pick things up it should be fine as he would be able to lift it off his face or roll away or even just lift his head up, my daughter has used a pillow since she was 4 months and so did my son with no problems, i just gave them a flat pillow instead of a big soft squishy one. good luck with it

Chrissy - posted on 12/12/2010

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I wouldnt put a pillow in the crib but if you want to prop him up a bit at night while hes sleeping, what i did with my daughter when she was 4-5 months old was fold 2 blankets and put them under her crib mattress and she slept alot better x

Lauren - posted on 12/01/2010

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my daughter has just turned 7 months and i wont be giving her a pillow for some time yet. the advice is not to give pillows or duvets until they are at least 1 year old as it is a suffocation hazard. as others have said, you can get foam wedges to put under the mattress to elevate his head,but i wouldn't put anything in the cot with him. i know you have baby monitors but there is no guarantee he would cry if it went over his head so you may not hear anything so i wouldn't risk it.

Lucinda - posted on 11/17/2010

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YES!!! i let my son sleep on my bed during the day and noticed he fell asleep quicker on the pillow so I put it in the cot for him, all was going great until 1 night I woke up 2 him with half the pillow over his head and nearly out v breath!! It was a very scary experience!! at this age they are soo busy and inquisative I realy would not advise!!

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Clarissa - posted on 12/09/2010

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As long as its not a super soft one. My son is 7 months old and has had a pillow since he was 2 months old. Its soft but flat so he can roll over on it.

Latonya - posted on 12/01/2010

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I really dont see the problem sometimes i let my 7 month old son sleep on a pillow he seems to sleep longer to me i haven"t had any problems so far.

Myriah - posted on 12/01/2010

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I agree with Lucinda. My son moves all over and I know that to prevent SIDS they recommend nothing in the bed. I do give my son a blanket but it is like a nersing blanket and is thin enough that it is breathable. Maybe this would help him sleep better?

Holly - posted on 12/01/2010

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I have given my daughter a throw pillow for the last few months. She has to sleep elevated and the small pillow is the perfect size for her. She will occasionally roll onto he stomach to sleep and she is smart enough to turn her head to the side to breathe properly.

Stacy - posted on 11/30/2010

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I wouldn't. It's up to you of course, and your risk tolerance. If it's too elevate his head, it would probably work better to elevate the mattress itself.

Good luck!

Jennie - posted on 11/29/2010

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my daughter will not sleep in her crib. when in bed with me and her father she normally sleeps with my arm tucked around her with her head on top of my arm, or on the pillow. i think its fine to use a pillow if the baby is strong enough to support themselves, and if you have one of those angel care monitors that senses movement or a camera one i'd say its fine. my daughter has had toys in her crib since her first night home from the hospital. she doesn't put them over her head or anything. but all in all it's your own decision in the end.

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There isn't even a good reason for adults to use pillows to sleep in on a regular basis... can be the underlying cause of many postural/chiropractic issues and/or headaches. Elevating one's head for medical reasons is a different story, ie: cold with sinus congestion, but it is even more beneficial for brain development and relaxation with the even blood circulation. There are even health theories that proport benefits from elevating the foot of one's bed slightly to encourage more blood flow to the brain while sleeping. Our children will soon enough decide that they want a pillow... I'll wait for mine to actually ask me for one ~which considering that she's only 7.5 months old now will likely NOT happen for quite some time. ~~8-) Enjoy your babies~!

Carrie - posted on 11/28/2010

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Do not get a pillow. Crib wedges elevate their head if that is what you are looking for. Any Dr. would advise against a pillow or any other object in a crib at this age. Pillows, blankets, toys, etc. are still a suffocation hazard. My son didn't use a pillow until he was 4. I gave him one when he was 2 years old, and he didn't even want it. They don't need pillows at this young age.

Jessica - posted on 11/23/2010

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Try a crib wedge, it goes underneath the mattress and gives it a little bit of an angle. You shouldn't have anything in the crib except the sheet and as long as its tucked in tight, a blanket.

Martina - posted on 11/22/2010

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i have, my dd, 7 months has a baby pillow but she has asthma and breathes better on a pillow but i put it under the sheets, which my hv said was safer but if your worried you get pillows with hollow bits in where the baby head lies

Jael - posted on 11/21/2010

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It's just a bad idea. Try folding or rolling a small thin baby blanket to elevate your baby's head. Pillows in cribs at this age can still be hazardous.

Kerrin - posted on 11/21/2010

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babies dont need pillows so why complicate things by giving him one? i'd suggest that if you have even a little concern about it then dont give him a pillow :-) having said that, my baby boy had a cold & some congestion at around 5.5mths so i propped his upper body and head up on a pillow to sleep so he could breathe more easily. then he seemed so used to it that i got a flat baby pillow from the baby shop and that seems quite safe, he's 7.5mths now :)

Lydia - posted on 11/17/2010

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if it helps him sleep better try a flat one. i wouldn't put a big fluffy pillow in because it can "bury" him and cause problems breathing. but it really isn't necessary at such a young age to have a pillow.

Nicole - posted on 11/17/2010

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I just started this month putting a pillow in her crib. She seems so much more comfortable. She can stand up in her crib and has no problem sitting up and moving around so I'm not worried and plus I hear her every move through the baby monitor.

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