How to Use Bed Wedges

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How to Use Bed Wedges
When your child has a cold, try using a bed wedge, which can help him sleep better. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Nasal congestion during colds, GER and acid reflux can cause an uncomfortable sleeping environment for infants and adults alike. Using a bed wedge to prop up the head of the crib, toddler bed or regular bed can alleviate some of the symptoms for the infant and provide comfort to an adult. If a person has nasal congestion, propping up the mattress with a bed wedge will allow the infant or anyone to better breathe through the nose. If experiencing GER or acid reflux, a bed wedge puts the body at an angle that helps the stomach acid better stay in the stomach.

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Things you need

  • Bed Wedge
  • Crib Mattress
  • Crib Sheet
  • Bed Sheet

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    Bed Wedge Usage Instructions

  1. 1

    Obtain a bed wedge that will allow for a perfectly even crib mattress, once the mattress is placed on top of it. Purchasing commercial bed wedges ensures that the mattress will be propped up evenly and won't wobble and that the infant, toddler or adult will not slide to either side during the night.

  2. 2

    Place the bed wedge under mattress at the head of the bed with the thickest side at the end of the bed so that the mattress is sloped downward. Make sure that the wedge lines up with the sides of the mattress in order to provide an even and firm sleeping environment.

  3. 3

    Adjust the crib or bed sheet so that it tucks entirely under the mattress. If the sheet is not entirely under the mattress, but is against the bed wedge, this can cause the sheet to slip and come off of the mattress and into the bed.

  4. 4

    Adjust any monitoring devices under an infant crib or toddler bed to allow for the bed wedge. Some monitoring system sensors, such as the Angelcare monitor, can be affected by the bed wedge. Make sure that the sensors are not under the bed wedge.

  5. 5

    Place the infant or young toddler in bed, making sure his head is positioned at the head of the bed, where the bed wedge has been placed. An adult needs to lay down in bed with her head in the same place as the child.

Tips and warnings

  • Household items, such as phone books or bricks, are not usually recommended for use instead of a bed wedge because they can be uneven or hard to evenly prop up the mattress.

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