That’s why we experts advise that babies sleep without anything in the crib (other than a fitted sheet) until they are at least a year old. Pillows can cover a baby’s face or cause a baby to overheat—another sudden infant death risk factor.
Why pillows are not good for babies?
Even though a pillow might seem cozy, it’s possible for a baby’s face to press up against it while she sleeps, which can increase the risk of suffocation. Snuggling against a pillow could also cause your baby to overheat — another thing that can potentially set the stage for SIDS.
Are pillows recommended for babies?
Babies don’t need pillows and adequate clothing—instead of blankets—can keep them warm. ALWAYS keep cribs and sleeping areas bare. That means you should also never put soft objects or toys in sleeping areas. ALWAYS place a baby on his or her back at night and during nap time.
Can a baby suffocate from a pillow?
For babies up to four months old, pillows caused suffocation almost twice as often as for older infants in the study. “Younger infants may have lacked the mobility and neck strength necessary to lift their heads to prevent an airway obstruction, especially when placed prone or on their side on a pillow,” Lambert said.
Is it OK for babies to sleep on pillows?
Pillows are not safe for babies. You should avoid using a pillow when laying your baby down for a rest, as it can increase the risk of sudden death during infancy. Experts recommend that parents wait to introduce their baby to a pillow until they’re over two years old.
How does a pillow cause SIDS?
Bedding such as thick blankets, quilts, and pillows can block an infant’s airway, leading to unintentional sleep-related suffocation. This type of bedding can also increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), the unexplained death of a child within the first year of life.
Is it OK to elevate baby’s head while sleeping?
Avoid devices designed to maintain head elevation in the crib. Elevating the head of a baby’s crib is not effective in reducing GER. It’s also not safe as it increases the risk of the baby rolling to the foot of the bed or into a position that may cause serious of deadly breathing problems.
Can babies sleep with flat head pillow?
The flat head pillow contravenes the safety advice issued by the NHS and the Safe to Sleep guidelines from the American Department of Health. Both recommend that babies always sleep on the back on a flat and firm surface without: Duvets. Quilts.
When do kids start using pillows?
Wait until they are 24 months old.
The recommended age for using a pillow is now 2 years old. Before then, there’s a danger of suffocation due to the extra material in the bed. Your child’s own development will be a large factor in determining when they can use a pillow.