My daughter is one month and won't sleep laying flat in her crib. Is it okay to put a big pillow under her sheet so she can't wiggle under it but just enough to prop her up. Is this okay?

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Guinevere - posted on 03/07/2009

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I agree that buying a $20 secure sleeper is worth it. Baby's immature esophageal sphincter allows for gastric acids to come back up and irritate baby. The sleepers have a mild incline and has pillow supports on both side that simulate your hugging arms while they sleep. 

Amanda - posted on 03/07/2009

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Quoting Amanda:

My daughter is one month and won't sleep laying flat in her crib. Is it okay to put a big pillow under her sheet so she can't wiggle under it but just enough to prop her up. Is this okay?




I appreciate all the suggestions.  I think I'm going to try a swaddle blanket and then elivating the mattress and putting a pillow under it also.  Hopefully she'll sleep this way.

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I would suggest putting the pillow under the crib mattress.  That way the baby is still propped up but not actually sleeping on the pillow.  Pillows should not be in a crib until the baby is at least one year old for safety reasons.

Betty - posted on 03/07/2009

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Well with my twins they would not sleep laying flat since they were born so for the first 2 months they slept in the swing or in the carseat and now they sleep in the crib with a foam wedge but when they are at gramma and gramps they always sleep on a fairly flat pillow and there sleep better there than they do at home so i think if you are comfortable with it then do what you think is best you are the one that knows the child the best

Laura - posted on 03/07/2009

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i put a pillow under my sons mattress cuz he was sleepin vry well so i ad to tilt the cot a lil bit and wiv the a pillow under the mattress it hepled reli well

Andrea - posted on 03/07/2009

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Do not put the pillow under the sheet, increased risk of suffication.  You could try elevationg the mattress a little.  My son went through a phase where he slept in his infant carrier in his crib because of getting congested at night. 

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I just answered your question to Acid Reflux. This is another symptom. Babies with reflux will not sleep flat due to the pain. If you can elevate the baby they usually sleep much longer and are more comfortable. I would not recommend putting a pillow under the sheet due to the risk of suffication. I would put it under the mattress. You can also purchase a wedge that is used to put under the sheet in a babies crid.

Leslie - posted on 03/07/2009

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NO! I wouldnt she can suffocate! Try laying her on her side! I did with my children they were fine! shes to small yet for pillows! put her in a baby suporter for side sleeping babies r us has them....Good Luck!

Brittany - posted on 03/07/2009

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They have secure sleepers along with other sleeping pads for babies at walmart and other stores with baby sections for reasonable prices. Hope this helps my daughter 11 months. 

Jennifer - posted on 03/07/2009

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I wouldn't use a pillow because they are so soft and squishy. Either use a towel or two because they are hard or go buy a wedge sleep positioner.

Heather - posted on 03/07/2009

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I would try to prop up the mattress a little before putting a pillow under the sheet.  Is there any reason that she isn't wanting to sleep flat...like acid reflux or an allergy creating a lot of drainage?

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