At What Age is it Safe for Your Child to Sleep With a Pillow?

sleeping child - sweet dreamsDuring your baby’s first year, you were probably told to steer clear of putting anything soft and fluffy in his crib — and for good reason. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death for infants between the ages of 1 and 12 months from soft objects and loose bedding in their cribs. Any clutter at all is generally considered a hazard when it’s in a baby’s crib.

For children under 18 months, a pillow can easily block their nose and mouth, causing suffocation. But once your child is over 18 months old, at around the time he can safely be moved into a toddler bed, you can also start to safely introduce pillows into his sleep routine. He’ll have a favorite in no time!

Until your child is over 18 months, it’s best to keep all blankets, pillows, toys, and comforters out of his sleeping area and away from his reach.


Editor’s Note: Just a reminder – since every child’s needs are different it’s always a good idea to check with your child’s pediatrician before making significant changes to his or her environment.

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About the Author

Winnie Yu is a freelance writer who frequently writes about health and nutrition. Her work has appeared in numerous national publications (Woman’s Day, AARP Bulletin, Prevention, VIVMag, Diabetic Living, WebMD and more), and she has written seven books, including The American Academy of Pediatrics New Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding, What to Eat for What Ails You and The Everything Health Guide to Thyroid Disease. She lives in New York City and has two daughters.


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