Sleeping with a pillow

Jamie - posted on 12/03/2008 ( 22 moms have responded )

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My 15 month old is a terrible sleeper in her own bed but the minute her head hits my pillow she goes back to sleep. I' m sure the Dr. would say it's a no no but does anyone else let their kid sleep with a pillow in the crib? Also if anyone has any sleep training advice or tricks please share!!! We have cried it out more nights than we would like and it always wakes my older child so she is also tired and cranky the next day. There has to be a better way but we don't know what it is.

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Karolyn - posted on 02/22/2009

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We have just started using a pillow in the crib for our 18 month old and he really loves it!  It also helps now because he has a bit of a cough and he sleeps better with his head elevated.  I think at this age they would wake up if the pillow covered their face for too long.

Rae Ann - posted on 02/21/2009

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My babies have all slept with a pillow since infancy. I have never had any problems. I break a lot of doctor rules in that aspect. In fact my 18 month old sleeps in a toddler bed since before he turned 1. I feel that by this point, your baby should have no problem picking up and moving her head which is the only real concern that I am aware of when they are infants.

Christine - posted on 02/19/2009

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my daughter is the same way, I too have been tossing the idea around and giving her my pillow to sleep with at night, but still not sure?

Jolene - posted on 02/19/2009

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my 18th month old son had to be transferred to a double bed with cot sides as he is a wrestless sleeper and when in his cot he would roll over touch the side and wake up, and usually not go back to sleep, and now hes in a double bed with a normal double quilt and a pillow he sleeps from 9pm to 10.30pm or later, he would wake up and whan i put him in bed with us hed be out like a light so i thought why try him in a normal bed with a pillow that smelt of me and his daddy. x x

Tammy - posted on 02/19/2009

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I started putting a pillow in my son's bed at around 16 months. It is a really sofy flat blue pillow. He loves it. This is in his crib and he falls asleep no problem. Around 3 or 4 in the morning he wakes up and I bring him to my bed. He falls asleep there until 8:30a.m. until 9:30 a.m. or so. I figure that he won't be in my bet forever so why not injoy it while you can.

Zoe - posted on 02/17/2009

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My 18 mth old started sleeping with a pillow from around 12-13 mths of age as they do say that form 1yr they can have a pillow and quilt to sleep with, my son has also been in his toddler bed since 15mths as he was climbing out of his cot, the advise i've always been given by my health visitor is GO WITH YOUR INSTINCS YOU ARE THE MOTHER/FATHER NO ONE ELSE.



Hope things turn out ok in the end for you,



Take care



Zoe x

LeeAnn - posted on 02/12/2009

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Is the child on a schedule? Same time for bed every night? Our daughter HAS to be on a schedule or she is not manageable. Not matter what the situation we make sure we are at home by 7:30 so Lauren can be in the bed by 8. We also have a calm down time before we get in bed, she starts to get really sleepy. We lay on the couch and watch a few minutes of tv or we read or I just hold her and rock and sing. She sleeps much better if she calms down before I put her in the bed.



As far as letting them cry it out, that is the only thing that worked for us. If it is waking your older child, put something in their room to create "white noise" to tone down your younger child crying.



Good Luck!!

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With my first son, I was your typical nazi mom doing everything the dr's said.



I soon realized most dr's a full of more crap than a sewer plant, but that's a different story lol.



 



My youngest son Grayson sleeps with pilliows & blankies & animals. I co slept with him for months,  I've done pretty much everything quote un quote against the grain and he's perfectly happy and healthy.



 



EVERY parent has different views on the way you should parent. The key is finding the way YOU parent your child the best. Ultimately, you will know what's best and safe for your child. Just listen to your inner voice and common sense.

Sheila - posted on 02/10/2009

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i dont know much about sleep issues because from my daughters 2nd week home she started to sleep in her crib on her own and ever since then she demands that she sleep away from us. She still cuddles with us and stuf but will not be able to get comfortable in our bed or fall asleep unless REALLY sick. They say that its just something the child is use to from being a baby, and its hard to break the habit if you wait too long. I always tell new mothers to not get TO comfy with their babies in bed with them, because down the road they will regret it.
I wouldnt let the child sleep in their crib with a pillow YET. but about about 2 years or older i think it would be safe enough. because they woul dbe getting ready to go to toddler beds anyways.

Anne - posted on 02/09/2009

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My son just turned 18 months on February 6th! We put memory foam and a pillow under his bedding, so it's secure where he can move it around. At 15 months they can move around and aren't as helpless, so I don't see anything wrong with giving your child a pillow. I would try it and some how just try to monitor her the first few days. My son seems to sleep better now that he is more comfortable. Doctors say alot of things but I guarantee they would do with their child whatever works best.

User - posted on 02/08/2009

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Im right there with you and Yes I let mine sleep with a pillow and he has been for quite some time now and we have had no issues with it. We are also going though the same problem with no sleep and Im a stay at home but the rest of the family works early morning so Crying it out is not an option here either. If you find out the trick Please Im begging you send it my way! lol

Jennifer - posted on 02/07/2009

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My little one has had a pillow in her crib since she was about 10 months, it is a more on the flat side.  We started doing this when she had a cold and was having a hard time breathing.  I also noticed that when I put her in our bed as soon as she was on my pillow she was out like a light; so we left the pillow in there and she seemed to sleep better.

Emma - posted on 02/07/2009

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my son has had a pillow since about 15-16months you can buy saftey pillows for cots

Vicki - posted on 02/04/2009

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Hi yes my little bot has a pillow he's nearly 18 mths old and he loves it.Mothercare do a specail sleep safe one for 12.99.

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My son loves pillows! He has one in his crib. It's pretty flat so he's not straining his neck. I keep a zipped up pillow case on it and a softer one on top. He throws it around until he gets comforatble. lol I keep pillows in his play yard too. He doesn't have a blankie or an animal, he's attached to pillows!

Kelly - posted on 02/02/2009

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My son is 18 months and he has been sleeping with a pillow for the past month or so. It all started when he had a really bad cold and I decided to elevate him with a pillow instead of trying to stack something under the mattress. He sleeps just fine with the pillow. I haven't had any issues yet. He loves soft things which is why I think he's taken to the pillow nicely. He generally sleeps through the night but this weeks he's been waking up at least once a night.

Shannon - posted on 01/31/2009

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They have little travel pillow's you can buy at a supermarket...they also have pillow cases with zippers on them to keep them closed.

Dawn - posted on 01/31/2009

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My 20 month old daughter has been sleeping with a pillow in her crib since she was 10 months old! I just make sure that the pillow case is long enough that I can tuck it under her mattress.

Shannon - posted on 12/10/2008

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My little one has a pillow if he needs it...but doesn't use it until he wakes up..

Melissa - posted on 12/10/2008

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My 16 month has a pillow in her crib. I dont see anything wrong with it. I must be lucky my daughter has sleeped through the night in her own bed since she was 3 months old. I just put her in bed and within 20 minutes she is out until the morning usally 8ish she wakes up.

Paula - posted on 12/04/2008

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Hi. My 15 month old son also has trouble sleeping through the night. He was sleeping through the night at about 5 or 6 months old and about the time I started back to work he was 8 months old and soon not sleeping all night. But I put him in my bed and he goes right to sleep usually. once in awhile he wants to play. So I too was considering putting a pillow in his bed. Have you tried it yet?

Melissa - posted on 12/03/2008

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Hi! About a month ago, my 15 month old started climbing out of his crib. After making sure the mattress was on its lowest setting, he was still able to climb out and had a nasty fall. That evening we converted his crib into a toddler bed. In his toddler bed, I let him sleep with a pillow. My assumption is that is fine because it is no longer a crib....

I know it is a big step to switch to a toddler bed....Of course it can be a struggle because of his newfound freedom.

If you made the switch, you may very well be trading one set of problems for another; I just wanted to share how it is that my 15 mo. old is in fact sleeping with a pillow.

:) Enjoy your evening!

Melissa

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