Does Your Newborn Need a Pillow?

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Decorating your little one’s bedroom can be a fun activity, and many parents look forward to it. Picking colors and bedding are important, but choosing a pillow is even more important.

Does your newborn need a pillow?

All new parents are concerned about the comfort of their baby. However, you should note that any bedding material in the bed space could cause suffocation. Newborns do not have control over their heads and necks. Pillows could cover their mouths and noses.

Parents are advised to use only a firm sleep surface, and kids should be laid on their backs.

When can a pillow be introduced?

Toddlers can begin to use pillows at 2 to 3 years of age. This should ideally happen when the child is transitioning to a regular bed. At this age, they can move their heads whenever they are uncomfortable so you won’t have to worry about a suffocation hazard.

Will babies be uncomfortable without pillows?

Don’t worry; a baby will not be uncomfortable without a pillow. Since they are not used to sleeping with it, babies won’t need pillows. Even at 2 to 3 years, they still don’t need pillows. Be sure to choose a sleeping arrangement that they are comfortable with.

When decorating the crib, use a fitted sheet on the firm mattress. Don’t add any stuffed animals or blankets. Soon your child will be old enough for all that.