At what age did you give your child a pillow?

Sara - posted on 05/22/2010 ( 122 moms have responded )

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How old was your child when you first gave them a pillow? When you did give them a pillow did you just give them a regular pillow or is it possible to buy smaller and flater pillows than the kind an adult would use?

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Elizabeth - posted on 05/23/2010

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You can buy Jr. Pillows. We gave our 3 a pillow as soon as they moved into their cots (approx 3months). I made up the cot with the pillow under the sheet - that way it didn't move around when they did.

GISELLE - posted on 05/23/2010

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My daughter is 6 months old and has had a regular adult pillow since she was about 5 months old. Before that, I gave her a small pillow when she was about 4 months old. I had to switch to an adult size pillow bc she would pull the small pillow from under her and on her face! The adult pillow is a lot harder for her to pull over her face, although lately she's gotten into the habit of moving off the pillow and sleeping side by side w it..idk. I do check on her often tho, especially since she's not sleeping well at all through the night..-sighs

Leslie - posted on 05/27/2010

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My daughter is 2 yrs and 3 mos old. I will soon be converting her crib to a toddler bed and plan to get her a toddler/kid size pillow then. I think you can get them at Babies R Us.

Laura - posted on 05/27/2010

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I started both my girls with pillows at 2 years old. First I started with naps during the day then saw how they did then moved then to all night.

Stacey - posted on 05/27/2010

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i gave my daughter a pillow when she got home from the hospital. she had reflux and needed to be elevated at all times and i have never had any problems with it.

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Krissy - posted on 05/27/2010

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I gave my son his pillow when he was 2 and a half, we have video monitors in his room ( i was scared of sids i like to watch him breathe) and one night i watched him crawl out of bed, grab a wooden shelf from his bookshelf, carry it to bed and put it under his head like a pillow. I figured that was a hint.

Gwynne - posted on 05/27/2010

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We got a large stuffed frog (princess & the frog) when she was a year old that we flip over at bedtime and let her use as a pillow. Never fails that we find her on the other side of the crib in the morning closest to her music machine (which she turns on and off) She is 16 months old now.

Ashleigh - posted on 05/27/2010

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I believe my son was right around 18 months when we gave him a regular pillow. Every once in a while he would sleep with me when my husband was working thirds, and wouldn't go to sleep until he laid on daddy's pillow. He's done very well with it, and now it's the only way he will sleep.

Monique - posted on 05/27/2010

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I gave my son a pillow at around 3 months do to need it for medical reasons.

Nykee - posted on 05/27/2010

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I just gave my daughter a pillow (well, she took one off my bed and put it in her new toddler bed) a few days ago, and she'll be two in July. She does very well with it! It's a standard pillow in a normal pillow case from my bed.

Kim - posted on 05/27/2010

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i gave my son his when he was 1 x you should check out the guidelines on pillows when buying it

Jamie - posted on 05/27/2010

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My daughter slept with us till she was 2, she used our pillows. when she started sleeping in her bed we went n got you the cheapest, Flatest pillow we could find, (Walmart 3$) Shes had no problems with it, n she loves it! Wont let anyone use her pillow!

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My kids, Skylar soon to be 7 and Ashton soon to be 3, both started using pillows around 1 yrs of age. My daughter always slept on a pillow since she bas born, WHICH I DO NOT RECOMMEND, I was always worried about her rolling over! My son was about 11 or 12 months old. I made sure that it was an well worn pillow, flat, and a smooth cotton pillowcase. It is also a great idea to put an allergy cover on the pillow under the pillowcase. It is difficult to detect astma in small children and allergens increase symptoms. When putting my kids to bed on the pillow I made sure that they were mostly on the pillow, from the waist/back to the top of their head, and not just their head. I was more worried about them getting a crook in the neck then suffecating. Within the last few weeks I just bought them 2 new pillows each and now they both have 3. Although they don't use them all at the same time, they love having them.

Lynnea - posted on 05/27/2010

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When my daughter moved into her "big girl" (toddler) bed, at about 25 months, we gave her a small pillow. I made her comforter and a matching small, flatish pillow (about the size of a small travel pillow). She's done great with both.

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My son has just started using a pillow, he's 14mths. I bought a toddler "my first pillow" and its horrible, really hard and its too high for him. I swapped it for an old pillow of mine which is really flat - he loves it! He has finally started to stay still in bed and not move all over the cot

Kathryn - posted on 05/27/2010

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My kids had a pillow from day one. At first, their whole body fit on it until they grew out of it. I think I gave them a regular adult pillow at 1 yr.

Farrah - posted on 05/27/2010

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i used to give mine the baby pillow from mothercare which i believe you can use from 3months of age, once they were able to roll over sit up ect i gave a ordinary pillow. hope this helps :)

Linda - posted on 05/27/2010

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We didn't give our boy 1 till he was about 2 & we felt he could move it away from his face if he moved around in the night.

Gerda - posted on 05/27/2010

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I gave my daugher a pillow at about 6 months because she always used to go and lie down on my pillow and since I gave her a pillow she slept much better.

Charlotte - posted on 05/27/2010

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Yeh around 2yrs for all 3 of my kids. My youngest spent his first night with a pillow last night and he was thrilled and all went perfectly well. He'll soon be getting his first proper bed too.

Pauline - posted on 05/27/2010

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i just gave my son a pillow a few weeks ago because he seems to like mine and he just turned 2 nearly a months ago. He's sleeping well with it and seems more comfy. It is a really small cot pillow, quite flat. i think from spotlight

Jamie - posted on 05/26/2010

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My daughter started out with no pillows and around 4-5 months we started folding receiving blankets up as like a small mini pillow and then when she was about 10 months I gave her a pillow in her bed. I had a very flat pillow. and now at 17 1/2 months she has a regular pillow which I bought her for her toddler bed and she does great. I do believe you can buy special pillows for children. look on the babies r us website.

Lee Ann - posted on 05/26/2010

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when my daughter was around 15 months i gave her a flat pillow it gave her a little comfort for her head but i didn't want it to be too much, she is now 2 and sleeps with a standard size pillow every night.

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i gave my kids a pillow at age 2 with out a pillow case and it was a flate one so they couldent suffercate them selfs

Tiffany - posted on 05/26/2010

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My daughter received a pillow on her bed for her 2nd birthday! She's done fantastic, but honestly she moves around so much on her bed that it doesn't get used! It's morely there so I can make the bed look pretty. And it is an adult pillow, but it's older so it has been well flattened... lol

Liz - posted on 05/26/2010

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I spoke to my early childhood nurse to see if there were any sids recommendations and she said that it wasn't necessary for them to have a pillow and suggested that I could hold off until my daughter asked for one.

Jessica - posted on 05/26/2010

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I gave my daughter a baby pillow at 2 months. She seemed to sleep better with one bc when my mother came over she took it out and my daughter didnt wanna sleep very much that night. She is now 4 going going on 5 and she has been doing very good with a pillow. It just depends on ur childs strength. And how much they roll and if they can pull their head up and not stay laying in the pillow nose down. My daughter was rolling and picking her head up at about a month and half old.

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My son has just gone into his single bed, but as he is a tummy sleeperi wont give him a pillow till he asks for one. I have the head of his mattres levated by using a pillow under the head of the mattress :)

Erika - posted on 05/26/2010

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my son had his first pillow when he moved into a bed at 11 months. he was refusing to sleep in his crib and cried all hours of the night. we moved him to a regular bed with a flat pillow (no feathers or down or anything) and he started asking to go to take a nap and go night-night. it was complete turn around and everyone in our house finally got some sleep!

Natasha - posted on 05/26/2010

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Well for my 3 months old daughter, I bought her 1st pillow when she was born......................Why? Because I used as a support to keep her on her side and not on her back. Now I'm using it for her to sit up because she doesn't like lying on her back.

Diandra - posted on 05/26/2010

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My son is 14mnts and he has had his pillow for about a month now and is doing great. Its a really flat pillow but we do check on him a few times a night and if he is tossing and turning alot we take it out of his crib. Every child is diff and you will know when yours is ready for a pillow.

Lindsay - posted on 05/26/2010

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I think we gave our oldest a pillow when he was able to walk. I mean, if he can get up and move around, he's not going to suffocate. I think the reason we did it so early, if memory serves me correctly was because he slept in bed with us one night and wouldn't sleep without a pillow after that. We just gave him one of our old pillows so it was already kinda flat. Now, at almost 2, he falls asleep on the pillow but is never on it in the morning. My youngest hasn't gotten a pillow yet but I don't think there's a certain age. I think just so long as you are confident that they will not asphyxiate themselves in the middle of the night, you are good. We also checked and still check on them a few times a night just to make sure. :)

Christina - posted on 05/26/2010

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Well I gave my daughters one when we moved her into her toddler bed at 15 months. I am sure you can find smaller ones somewhere. We just gave her an old one that was already flat.

Kristina - posted on 05/26/2010

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We gave our son a pillow right after he turned one because he had head surgery. He does amazing with it and won't sleep without it now

Danika - posted on 05/26/2010

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i actually gave my baby a pillow quiet early but i used a full size one that was very flat and i put it under her sheet and matress protector so it couldn't be moved. i used it to keep her head elevated a little to her body just because i was worried about her choking when she would spit up at little at night. we did check on her constantly and its not something i would recommend for everyone but it has worked great for us. now she is older i have moved the pillow above the sheet and she loves it, its like her comforter. if she see's a pillow she always has to flop onto it and give it a cuddle. but it is not a fluffy pillow, its flat and thin.

Christina - posted on 05/26/2010

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I gaved my child a pillow when she was the age of 1 and 1/2. The pillow she got was a small pillow just big enough for her head.

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At two years old, He only has a slim pillow, and allergy free! He was good with it and especially with Bob the Builder on it!! :)

Claudia - posted on 05/26/2010

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Both of my kiddos started using a pillow when they made the transition from the crib to the toddler bed.

Dayna - posted on 05/26/2010

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My daughter just turned one on the 21st and we plan on getting her her own pillow. When she sleeps/naps in bed with us she is always crawling up and laying her head on our pillows so i think she would like her own.

Michele - posted on 05/26/2010

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Annie got her first pillow at about 12 months. It could've been a bit earlier. At first we put one under the mattress so she would be elevated (reflux) then we added the flat standard size pillow. She does fine with it. I guess it just depends on your little one. :)

Michelle - posted on 05/26/2010

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I gave my son a BIG Boy pillow when he was about two years old.. he has always had a pillow but not a big one.. my best friend made him a lil one and he slept with that for a very long time..

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We started using a pillow at about 10 months on the occasion that she took a nap on the church floor when we lived out of the country. So the floors were cement and I would put her onto a small flat pillow. But now that we're back in the US we stopped using one, I think about 2-3 is a good age to begin using a pillow in bed.

Brenna - posted on 05/26/2010

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I gave my oldest child a pillow at 1 1/2 and i found a pillow it is small and was kinda like a bean bag ( used to massage the neck, but i took the massager out) and she still uses it now! trying to get it away from her to give it to her sister so i can give her a regualar one is a problem though! I cant find this same pillow anywhere!

Lisa - posted on 05/26/2010

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We gave our son a pillow at 1. We asked the doctor first and he said we could but every baby is different for ex. if you have a preemie, then you might want to wait longer,

Chloe - posted on 05/26/2010

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Hiiii, i gave my son his first pillow when he was 6 month old, howver it was a really really flat baby one tho :)

Danni - posted on 05/26/2010

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hey i have been through this twice now. generally it is not recommended until they are at least 2 yrs old but has been a while as that was the rec's for my step son at that age and was around when we gave him one. my little one is 15 months and as of today i finally got her, her first toddler pillow basically because she forever uses her bear or turns up side down in cot and uses her blankets as one. it is personal choice. target sells 'junior' pillows which smaller and lower in size, in nursery section so does baby stores and other big retail outlets ask what dept. basically not under 12 months is good, individual development stages factored in and personal choice and instinct. best bet speak to your maternal health nurse. hope this helps. p.s. i have also seen ones for children up to like 10 yrs a long time ago

Kristina - posted on 05/26/2010

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to begin with at 8 months my daughter was quite chest due to a cold and was struggling to breathe wen lyin flat...i was unsure about puttin a pillow in bed with her but instead i slipped it under her matress to raise her from lyin flat .....hope this helps x

Angela - posted on 05/26/2010

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i gave my son a pillow when he moved into a big bed at 2yrs. it was a very flat pillow though.

Sandy - posted on 05/26/2010

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We gave my son a pillow when he was about 18 months old. It was a travel sized pillow (my aunt had made him a quilt when he was born and with extra fabric had made a small pillow case with this pillow). When we moved him to a toddler bed, we tried to give him a standard size pillow to fit the new pillow case, and he didn't want anything to do with it, we went back to the little one, he still doesn't really use it because he moves around so much at night, it usually does not move with him!

Kathleen - posted on 05/26/2010

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We gave my first son a pillow when he was one and a half.
It was only a small crib pillow.

Karlie - posted on 05/26/2010

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mine was 6 months because she could never sleep with out me so i put one of my tops over it and give it to her and it worked a treat she is two now and theres nothing wrong with her neck or back x

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