Your sweet newborn seems so grown-up compared to those very early days, which may have you guessing: is he ready to sleep with a pillow? Read this article to find out when can a baby have a pillow.
Where we can’t even imagine sleeping without our fluffy pillows, it is hard to imagine how the little ones can be as comfy without any pillow. It might seem like having some fluffy, soft pillow in the crib could make your little one more comfortable.
But the truth is, when they are sleeping, toddlers can’t use pillows the way we do as they completely shift every which way but up during the night. And, as your baby doesn’t know what he is missing, he is better off that way for now. A fluffy pillow would do nothing for your baby.
In short, there is no reason to add pillows to your baby’s crib now. And it is scary to even think about, pillows can create the potential for suffocation and increase the risk of SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Do Newborn Babies Need a Pillow?
As a new parent, you are likely to be concerned about the comfort of your baby. However, any soft bedding in the sleeping area of your infant is a suffocation hazard. Newborns have very little neck and head control, and if pillows or other soft bedding cover their mouths and noses, they will not be able to move their head to breath.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises parents to avoid pillows, blankets, and crib bumpers and use a firm sleep surface. The AAP also advises caregivers and parents that it is important to lay babies on their backs to sleep.
When is it Safe for a Baby to Sleep with a Pillow?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ safe sleep guidelines, babies should sleep on a flat surface free of pillows and other soft bedding until age 1. The only thing your baby’s crib needs is a simple fitted sheet.
If you are wondering at what age your baby should have a pillow, it is around 2 to 3 years old. When you transfer your toddler to a normal bed, you can introduce him to a toddler pillow, which is usually firm and thin. Avoid fluffy adult-sized pillows in favor of firm, small toddler pillow.
Even after the newborn stage your baby could turn face down into the pillow or put their head under it, which is less likely. So even though your baby has slightly more mobility after forwarding from the newborn stage, it is important to wait until he is 2-3 years old.
Will My Baby Feel Uncomfortable Without A Pillow?
In the first few years of your baby’s life, you don’t have to be concerned that your child is uncomfortable without a pillow. You may be uncomfortable sleeping without your pillow, but your baby won’t feel like the way you do until his shoulders are wider than his heads.
What Bedding Should I Use until My Baby Is Old Enough For A Pillow?
When decorating your toddler’s crib, all you need is a fitted crib sheet on a firm mattress. The day will come soon when your infant’s bed will be filled with pillows and blankets. Until then, focus on creating a clean and safe environment for your toddler to sleep.