At what age did you let your child start sleeping with a pillow?

Hayley - posted on 04/20/2010 ( 34 moms have responded )

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We're thinking of giving our 2 year old daughter a pillow to sleep with and I was just curious at what age other children started sleeping with pillows.

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Melaura - posted on 08/14/2010

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I gave mine her pillow on her second birthday ... best birthday present ever apparently.

Sheremy Ann - posted on 08/12/2010

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my baby girl has been sleeping with a pillow since she was 9 months n she loves it. it has been great.

Sieara - posted on 08/10/2010

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my son has had a pillow since a little bit before 1 year old he stole it ofmy bad and i let him keep it lol

Emma - posted on 08/07/2010

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both my children had pillows at around 1.5/2 whne they started wanting cuddly toys in bed and using them as a pillow. I would be cautious if your child sleeps face down though as they wil do the same with a pillow so I only introduced it when they started lying flat and not on theirs knees (if that makes sense). Hope this helps.

Honesty - posted on 08/05/2010

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My son has been sleeping with a pillow, comforter, blanket & stuffed animals since just before he turned 2 yrs old. At this age they know when to move if they are sleeping in a way that restricts breathing and things of that nature. But it also depends on what kind of pillow you are allowing her to sleep with. If its a fuzzy pillow with loose strings and such I would recommend against it... Just cause its a choking hazard for them. I would recommend the 'Comfort Baby' pillow from Toys R Us. Its affordable and very soft and my son loves it. He refuses to sleep without it. Its also very supportive for their head and neck.

Liliana - posted on 08/05/2010

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Hi. My name is Lili and I'm new to the board. My two year old daughter has been sleeping with a pillow since she was about 1 year old. She has always been a picky sleeper and the pillow helped. :o) She has never had any issues with it. I think your daughter will be fine.

YeeSin - posted on 07/27/2010

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i don't remember when I gave my little one a pillow, but I remember letting her have her toys in there when she was around 1.

Brandy - posted on 07/26/2010

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My kids have used a pillow since they were all 1 1/2 yrs old. I found that they slept better with one than with out.

Jamie - posted on 07/09/2010

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When we got our son a toddler bed he also got a pillow. It makes him feel like a big boy because daddy sleeps with one and he wanted to also.

Gretchen - posted on 06/30/2010

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Just a couple weeks ago, really. She had a runny nose and I thought the elevation would help. She seems to like it.

Kimberley - posted on 06/17/2010

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i give both of my kids pillows when they where 6 moths old

if your conserend put it under the sheet to start with then they cant put it over there face

Tracy - posted on 06/16/2010

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I bought my son a toddler pillow when he moved into a toddler bed. However, he has been using mine when he sleeps in bed with me. I read somewhere that it's a suffocation hazard and shouldn't be offered until he's older but he's fine.

Kayla - posted on 06/08/2010

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I gave my son a pillow when he was about a year! I was so scared to with him rolling over, but I gave him one that we had for awhile so it was flatter than a new one. We never had an issue with it and he loves to snuggle up on his pillow and sleep to this day still : )

Deborah - posted on 06/04/2010

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my son actually had a pillow since he was about a year old. but he never uses them as pillows...even thought he has a couple of blankets in his bed he uses the pillow as a blanket.....

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My girls were using a pillow around 2. My son doesn't use one. I have a small one that he CAN use, but whenever he wants to try he lays on it for a minute or so and hands it back to me. :)

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I spoke to my Chiropractor about it and he said that there isn't really a right or wrong age because we actually don't ever really need a pillow. He also said that at this age it is more a comfort thing than a support issue so just make sure it is quite thin and it won't do any harm. As they get older trade it for one that suits the height of their neck and firmer is better than softer.

Stacey - posted on 05/06/2010

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I just got a child sized pillow for my son this week (he's almost 26 months). I thought it might help him sleep better, being more comfortable, but so far he hasn't even used it! He usually ends up snuggling on top of his blanket. He's also still in his crib and he moves around a lot so it probably doesn't make a difference to him yet.

Miryam - posted on 05/03/2010

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My daughter got one when she was 1 and loved it! Now she has two but still prefers to sleep on ours.

Lisa - posted on 04/30/2010

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My first had a pillow about 18 months and my second had a pillow at 6 months (under the sheet) due to reflux problems - they both love their pillows - everyone is different and hey anyone will try anything for a good night sleep!

Charmaine - posted on 04/30/2010

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i gave both my boys pillows round one the one is 4 now and other 2 and they have been fine

Rachell - posted on 04/29/2010

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My son started sleeping with 1 around 22 months old as he was often found to of wiggled round in his cot during the night with his head rested upon his lil duvet! As soon as he got his pillow hes slept the normal way round .

Andrea - posted on 04/29/2010

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My Marchie has been sleeping with or on a pillow since he was about 3 or 4 months old. It was the only way he would sleep. Now my Oct baby hates them and she's 6 months old.

Annelies - posted on 04/28/2010

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my daughter started sleeping on one since she was 2y4m old. She had an ear infection at the time and we thought it might help her sleep better.
she likes the pillow, but 2 disadvantages:
-daycare beds didnt have pillows. Big fight, when she had to sleep there because she insisted on sleeping on a pillow.
- she uses only 2/3 of the crib. Start sleeping on the pillow but wriggles during the night until her head is next to the pillow. So we had to buy her a big bed because she doesnt fit into the 2/3 crib anymore

Kirsti - posted on 04/28/2010

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hi my son is 2 yrs old and i brought him a duvet and pillow cos he is in a bed now and i was like u did'nt know when the right time to give him a pillow was so i just decided it was time for him to have a proper big boys bed spread, as the little cover i had over him at night was no longer enough to keep him warm and he sleeps better at night now.
I think now that they r that bit older it is ok to give them a pillow hope that has helped you

Kelly - posted on 04/27/2010

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my son had a baby pillow in his cot from about six months old... he moved into his new big bed two weeks ago and now has an ordinary pillow

Shannon - posted on 04/27/2010

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My son has been sleeping with a pillow for a while now. I gave him one to sleep with when he was sick (so he can breath better)...then I just never took it away. Hes in a toddler bed now too so I think by 2 years old they are ready!

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My children also started using their own pillow at around 18 months. They do fine with it and most of the time end up in a different spot in the crib anyway, They enjoy being like the big kids starting off the night on the pillow!

Clare - posted on 04/24/2010

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My husband and I gave our son a pillow when he was 1. He is now 2 and still uses it.

Rebecca - posted on 04/20/2010

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My son started using a pillow a few months ago. He started asking for a pillow when he layed on the couch or in our bed, so I put one in his crib...he loves it!

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