A pillow?

Leanne - posted on 03/31/2011 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I know that doctors recommend waiting on pillows for suffication reasons, but the last week or so my son has taken to balling up his blankie under his head. I don't think a day has gone by that I haven't gone in to find him using it like a pillow. He's not in a big-boy bed (my brother-in-law is building him one this summer) but he likes the pillows that my husband and I have on our bed. Are any of your kids sleeping with pillows? Do you think it's any less safe to get him a small flat pillow than using his blankie? I'd welcome any input! Thanks!!

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Laura - posted on 04/07/2011

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My son has had a pillow for a while now.He always tried sleeping on ours and when my little brother slept over he would try and sleep on his pillow too. I put the pillow under his sheet in his cot while he was still in there. He is now in his big boy bed and still has his pillow. He wont go to sleep with out his pillow now.

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Rebecca - posted on 05/15/2011

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When my daughter was in the cot and had a cold, I would put a pillow under the sheet so she couldn't crawl under it and she's always had one since. I agree with what someone said above - if they're able to move themselves off something or away from something, then they're fine. They have the same instinct as everyone else - if their body thinks something is wrong (ie they can't breathe or they're overheating) they will wake up.

Korissa - posted on 05/14/2011

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My daughter is 17mo old and sleeps with a pillow. She won't sleep with out one. We co-slept for 11mo so she was used to them and when she switched to her crib full time she didn't like not having a pillow to rest her head on. She took one in there with her. I monitored her for a while like an insane person but she's fine with it. Instead of a big queen size pillow that fits all the way across the bed I gave her a smaller "kids size" standard pillow that leaves like 3/4" on each side. We got the WASHABLE pillows for her. You never know what is going to happen (And does) Pillow pets are a great option. My daughter has one of the new "Small" pillow pets she has in her crib as well. She does put her pillow over her head as if to block out sound but I check on her often and I think USUALLY shortly after a year a lot of kids are ready for a pillow.



**Pillow pets are everywhere in the US. Most often found at drugstores and WalMart. You CAN get them from the TV and online. Like I said- everywhere! The Small ones are awesome!

Tammy - posted on 05/14/2011

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wow you guys make me seem like i put a pillow in my daughters crib way too early. she started with a pillow at around three months when she was able to roll over and squirm about in her crib. never had any trouble she often squirmed off of it and ended wrapped in her blankies normally. now she throws her pillow at me in the morning when she wakes up to get me up lol.

Shawna - posted on 04/12/2011

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My daughter co-sleeps and has been using a pillow since she was 10 months old. Sometimes she scoots down and doesn't use it at all. It just depends on your child's strength to turn and or remove a pillow if it were to end up on top of their head rather than under it. She loves her pillows! I purchased very porous or loose soft pillows for less chance of suffocation from Scandia Down.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/12/2011

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my daughter is 23 months, she's been using a travel size pillow for about 4 months or so. She loved ours on our bed, and big brother (4yrs old) has one on his bed. My daughter is in a twin size bed, But she's been in this bed since she was 18 months old. If I ever tend to worry about her after she falls asleep, Sometimes I just take the pillow and move it to the foot of the bed. Most of the time she ends up off the pillow. I just think she likes the idea of having her own pillow.

MoeKysha - posted on 04/11/2011

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sorry little people in the house, but as i was stating. I found small pillow just perfect for them at a fabrbic and hobby store. I have also noticed less congestion during colds with the small pillows.

Jessica - posted on 04/10/2011

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My daughter has had a pillow in her crib for a few months (she's 22 mos now). We've had no troubles with it.

Stephanie - posted on 04/09/2011

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My daughter received a pillow pet for Xmas and has been using it in her crib ever since. She is 22 months now, but was around 17 months when she started using it. I think when they are over 1, a pillow is perfectly safe.

Daniela - posted on 04/09/2011

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Where can I find these flat pillows or pillow pets? I live in Canada, so if any one has any suggestions that would be great! My son also wraps up his blanket and stuffed dog to sleep on too!

Melanie - posted on 04/09/2011

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my son has been using a pillow since he was 18 months old. He sleeps alot better using it. I have tried putting him to bed without one and he cries and screams until he has one. I actually think a small flat pillow is better than a blankie, as to me a pillow is less likely to suffocate him than the blanket if he gets it over his head.

Megan - posted on 04/08/2011

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My daughter moved to a big girl bed at 18 months and I gave her a pillow then. It's a flat one and I've never had any problems. She won't sleep without one now!

Amanda - posted on 04/08/2011

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So funny that my son does the same thing with his blankie and my husband and I have put off putting an actual pillow in there. I don't know why but the actual pillow is scarier for us...I don't think its a big deal though. Something we have been fighting with as well.

Rebecca - posted on 04/08/2011

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yep my son has had a thin pillow since he was about 18months, much more comfortable and when they are old enough to roll over how ever they want i dont believe there is any higher risk of suffocating.He actually has two thin pillows on top of each other now.

Dayna - posted on 04/06/2011

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My son started using a pillow when he was about 12 months old becasue he was having a lot of problems at night with breathing. I did use a thin pillow but then we went and got him a pillow pet and have that on his bed laying flat and he loves it.

Amanda - posted on 04/06/2011

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There shouldn't be a huge problem with him using a pillow. If you are worried in the least bit you can start using a flat pillow during nap time to see how he does. We've been using a pillow since my daughter was able to push up onto hands and knees by herself, so since about 5 or 6 months. We decided to start using one when she was developed enough to move herself if she needed. We started at nap times so I could check on her and see how she was doing, without me losing sleep with worry too. She is mostly a back sleeper but I've found her in all positions including her side, with her butt up in the air, on her belly, etc. Her pillow is still one of our old flat ones but it works great for her. good luck!

Leanne - posted on 04/06/2011

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Thanks for all your comments. My son is a stomach sleeper and always has been. He doesn't move around much at all in his bed though. I think we'll get him one for his second birthday since we're not transitioning to a 'big boy bed' anytime soon anyway.

Beth - posted on 04/05/2011

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yes, my son started pillow around 15 mo. b/c he would ball blankies up and use as pillow - same with my 13 mo. old daughter! Difference is, my son at this point pretty much sleep in same position - daughter is all over the bed so I haven't quite given in to pillow yet. Once she starts sleeping a little more positioned, I'll give her a pillow.

Jennifer - posted on 04/05/2011

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My son has been using a pillow for a couple months now. If getting a normal size pillow scares you you can get a small travel pillow, it's about 1/4 the size of a normal pillow-perfect for their little heads. I got mine for a few dollars at Walgreen's. My son actually uses the pillowpets for his pillow, he loves it!

Shannon - posted on 04/03/2011

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My son is using a pillow and we have had no issues with it. Sometimes he stays on it and sometimes he just finds his way further down on the bed away from it. Obviously he wants something under his head. Try it out...

Susan - posted on 04/02/2011

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Yes, our son has been using a pillow for about 5 months or so. We gave him one that is more flat than fluffy and it is large enough to go the width of the bed. It is not a problem.

Rebekah - posted on 04/02/2011

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My son (@ 17 months) and daughter (@ 21 months) were both given a pillow when they transitioned to a toddler bed. For me, a pillow in the crib made me nervous.

Sandie - posted on 04/01/2011

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hiya, my son has a pillow, has been using it for about 3 months, he started by wanting to sleep on our pillows if he was in our bed, so i put a sofa cushion in there in a pillow case (because it was the flattest thing i had) then got a proper pillow for him and he loves it! if you think your little on is ready go for it, just pop in every now and then to check hes ok :)

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