Does your child need a pillow?

Dec 6, 2019 | Key Sleep Tips

Wondering when your little one should sleep with a pillow? 



A pillow is generally only needed once your child transitions from a crib to a “big kid bed” and I recommend the transition to a bed occur around the age of 3. Before that, a clean empty crib with a firm and breathable crib mattress is the way to go!



Of course, every child is different and some may be comfortable with a pillow in a crib a bit sooner than this, around 2-2.5 years of age. When you do introduce one, I recommend a toddler pillow that is thin and reasonably firm, given that their little necks and spines are still very much developing



My own little lady has an incredible shredded rubber pillow from Obasan. Obasan’s luxurious Organic Rubber Toddler Pillow gives your little one the proper head and neck support they need throughout the night. Filled with 100% organic shredded rubber, this pillow provides medium, firm support. Obasan also offers an Organic Wool Toddler Pillow providing medium, firm support.





Other signs to watch for that your kiddo may sleep more comfortably with a pillow include:



  • Resting the head on a blanket or stuffed animal.
  • Laying head on a pillow on the couch or in your bed.



Also, keep in mind, once your child’s shoulders are wider than her head then she will usually be more comfortable sleeping on a pillow than a flat mattress.


Erin Junker is a Professional Infant & Toddler Sleep Consultant, and owner of The Happy Sleep Company, working closely with tired parents to help them help their little ones get the healthy, restful sleep they need. Follow The Happy Sleep Company on Instagram and Facebook – let’s get your family the healthy, happy sleep you deserve!

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The advice provided by The Happy Sleep Company is not a substitute for medical advice. The advice on this website is provided solely for informational purposes in connection with common early childhood sleep issues that are wholly unrelated to medical conditions. Always seek the advice of your doctor or another qualified health practitioner with questions regarding medical conditions or the health or welfare of your child. 


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