When did you introduce a pillow for your child to sleep with?

Jennifer - posted on 01/24/2010 ( 32 moms have responded )

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My 18 month old daughter has asked a few times for a pillow but I'm not sure when it is appropriate to give her one to sleep with. Sometimes when I go in her room to check on her, she has her head propped up on one of her stuffed animals. When is it safe to introduce a pillow? She is still in her crib. Should I wait til she's older or even until she's in a toddler bed?

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Monicole - posted on 02/06/2010

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My children are 14yrs, 12 yrs, 9yrs and 5 yrs. I gave them all a pillow when they were able to toss and turn freely in a bed. They were all older than10 months when they got a pillow. Most of them were walking before 11months, so well able to move their body. If she can ask for pillow, she can use one. If anything, test her at nap time and watch how she sleeps.

Tori - posted on 02/05/2010

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my kids wanted out of a cot and a proper bed whn they was one yrs old, so that was when i gave them a pillow, if they are big enough for a bed why not a pillow? (my own personal thought) if she is using a toy as a pillow anyway i dont see the difference in giving her a pillow as i cant see it being any more dangerious. x

Jodi - posted on 02/03/2010

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Quoting Twana



well honestly all of my children were given pillows at birth.




I'm sorry, but pillows are NOT recommended for newborns due to danger of suffocation, especially as they are unable to lift their heads if necessary. This is EXTREMELY dangerous advice - no-one should EVER give their newborn a pillow.

Saylor - posted on 01/24/2010

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Our son started bunching his blankets up under his head at around 18 months so, after consulting with our pediatrician we bought him a small travel size pillow for his crib...He loved it....Our pediatrician adivsed that once children show an interest in pillows (through pretend play etc...) they're pretty much ready for one! You just don't want to purchase a pillow that is too large (they should be able to easily move away from it if need be!) The travel size pillow was a great start for our son (we also purchased travel sized pillow cases that were washable)....Even though he now has a standard pillow; he still has the travel sized one in his "big boy" bed and he still uses it!

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Holly - posted on 02/13/2010

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, my son has had one starting at about 10 months, my second son hates it and my daughter (12 month) still sleeps in her boppy. if she wants one give her one...its no diffrent then large blankets and stuffed toys, just get a flat one or a very small one. have her pick. she will love that!!!!!

Angel - posted on 02/13/2010

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about now is nice :) I think each of mine were between 12-18 months , each child was different and there is really no magic age for anything so whenever you are comfortable with it then take her out and get her one :)

Sarah - posted on 02/12/2010

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i wouldnt worry too much - your instinct will tell you when she is ready - my daughter is 23 months old and is still in her own cot, she does not climb out, but i fell she is not ready for a toddler bed just yet, she moves around so much, one minute she is one end, next upside down, i feel is she was in a toddler bed she would just fall out. Alot of my friends said they introduced pillowes between the ages of 2-3 but then every child is different.

Jennifer - posted on 02/09/2010

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Thanks everyone for your suggestions and comments. I think I'm going to go to Toys R Us and get a kid size pillow and try it at nap time to start. We'll be transitioning her to a toddler bed soon enough as baby # 2 is due to arrive shortly after her second birthday. Wish us luck!

Leanne - posted on 02/06/2010

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My son has had a pillow in his bed since he could lift up on his arms and roll around on his own.. Around five months old. It's a very flat pillow made for small children.. He is ten months old now and still doesn't really "use" it.. It ends up being pushed to the top of the crib. Which is nice because he normally pushes himself up against the bars and it leaves marks on his head or face, so the pillow acts as a barrier.

I think if your child is asking for a pillow, they are ready for one. But really, it's up to you and if you feel ok with it. :)

Lesley - posted on 02/06/2010

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My daughter uses a flat pillow since she was about 12-14 months old. Once they can roll over, sit up, and move things I think you are safe to put more in their bed with them.

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When my girls were little, I heard age 2 somewhere (forget where) and that's what I went w/..... My 22 month old son doesn't have a pillow yet. Of course, at that age none of my kids hold still long enough to make use of a pillow... even in their sleep. :)

I think a one year old 'should' be fine. I'm a tad overprotective and paranoid in some areas and would wait though.

Jill - posted on 02/05/2010

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I started using a pillow for my son when he transitioned to a bed which was when he was 21mo. old.

Amy - posted on 02/05/2010

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If she's 18 months then she should be fine with one. We waited for our son to be in a toddler bed, but he was at leasts 16 months I think when we moved our son.

Jackie - posted on 02/05/2010

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That was arond the time my eldest son who is now 3 asked for one too. I gave him one appropriate to his size and he did fine!

Sonia - posted on 02/05/2010

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t be honest I can't remember the because of her growing so fast there's alot of bay stages just can't remember. I ust remember when he started walking because she had fell and cut her bottom lip opened

Meghan - posted on 02/05/2010

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My son is also 18 months and he loves pillows!Any pillow he will grab and lay on so I just bought him a small square one that he sleeps with in his crib and he is fine.As long as your child can move around well and is healthy, I think 18 months is appropriate :))

Jodi - posted on 02/04/2010

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I gave my son a pillow when he got his toddler bed. It was a few months before his second birthday.

Danielle - posted on 01/24/2010

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i gave my daughter a junior pillow when she was about 1..i found the same thing she would use her toys or steal a cushion from the loungeroom,lol.

Twana - posted on 01/24/2010

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well honestly all of my children were given pillows at birth. The first ones were boppy pillows and they loved them so much that they kept them till around 2 years old. Maybe you should try one I never had a crib either because I had a scare with a bassinet so I felt safer keeping them near me ( not recommended) my 11 month old has a twin size bed.

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I think it's 12mths+ they're allowed a pillow. We have her a very flat pillow to start with the worked up to a squashier one.

Vegemite - posted on 01/24/2010

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hi i put my son in a king single bed with safety rails at around 18 months with a pillow. I wouldn't worry about a toddler bed but then he wouldn't have comfortably fit in a toddler bed by 2. Good luck with your little one.

Nancy - posted on 01/24/2010

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My son has had a pillow now for a while he is 20 months old and he is also in a toddler bed. My son was about 15 to 16 months when I gave him one.

Ana - posted on 01/24/2010

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I gave her one when i got her the toddler bed, she was 18 months, i think you just have to make sure is not a big thick one.

Brandi - posted on 01/24/2010

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My kids have both had a pillow since they where 1 when they started stealing mine lol They are now 2 1/2 and 1 1/2 and have regular pillows.

Joy - posted on 01/24/2010

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Its recomended that you use a pillow from age 1. There are baby pillows in Babies R us that you can buy. My son still has this kind age 4. Don't let her use a soft toy.animal anymore, this can be really dangerous and she is breathing in the dust and any lose fibers.

Molly - posted on 01/24/2010

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We gave our son a small throw pillow when he moved into the toddler bed - right around 2 years old. After a few weeks we transitioned to a regular thin, non-feathered pillow. He has done just fine with it.

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My daughter started using one at 18 months - later in the night she moves her head off it, so I just move it off the bed. She uses a normal sized pillow. I moved my daughter to a bed at 18 months because we needed the cot for our second child. She transitioned fine at that age.

Julie - posted on 01/24/2010

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my daughter is 15 months old and still in her crib. how do you know when they're ready for a toddler bed? i don't feel she is ready for a big girl bed..she doesn't try climbing out of her crib

Kayliecia - posted on 01/24/2010

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I would put her in a toddler bed. but give her a pillow, i started my son with a pillow at a year.

Medic - posted on 01/24/2010

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I gave my son a regular pillow when he moved into his toddler bed at 15 months and he had a small one before that when he was about 12-13months.

Brenale - posted on 01/24/2010

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iwould let her have on that is very small, i have my doughter one when she got her toddler bed at 18 mounths. is there a reson that she's not in a toddler bed? she might be way happer in one. and if she using a stuffed animel is less safe as a small pillow.

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