Much attention is focused on safe sleep for babies and toddlers due to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and suffocation risks. By the age of 1, SIDS risk is virtually gone, but toddlers are still at risk for suffocation. Many experts continue to recommend no pillows, bedding or stuffed animals until toddlers are older.
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Sleep experts recommend not putting a pillow in your child's bed until at least the age of 2. Toddlers do not need pillows.
Get a small, firm pillow for your toddler. Do not use soft pillows like feather pillows. Soft pillows can make suffocation easier and feathers can increase allergies.
Decide whether or not your child really needs a pillow for better sleep. Your child might be sleeping fine without a pillow.
Some benefits of a pillow for a child over 2 is head elevation if the child has nasal problems like a cold. A pillow might help the child sleep better. A special pillow might also provide emotional comfort for the child.
You can purchase toddler pillows online or in stores where adult-sized pillows are sold. Child-specific stores also sell toddler pillows.
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