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#1 Woodland

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Posted 25 February 2011 - 05:49 PM

I was wondering when I should give my toddler a pillow for in his cot? I know its safe (SIDS wise) after 12 months of age but we just haven't bothered yet, he is 21 months.
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Posted 25 February 2011 - 05:54 PM

Actually, I think the SIDS people say 12mths+ can have a comforter in bed and 24mths+ can have a pillow.

Either way, Cait had a soft toy at about 5-6 months and a pillow sometime around 20 months. While her bed was still a cot anyway but it was way too thin to help her if she tried to climb out. We gave her one as she kept rolling round like a loonie in her bed and getting her legs stuck through the cot bars and we thought it might help her to keep the right way up (which it did).

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Posted 25 February 2011 - 05:59 PM

DS is 27 months and still in his cot (I'm in no hurry to change this tongue.gif) and doesn't have a pillow, though he likes to lie on ours when he's in our bed. So I'm thinking of getting a standard sized one for him soon.

Like Windsor says, I think anything goes after 24 months, so you're not too far off smile.gif
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Posted 25 February 2011 - 06:07 PM

My son is 18 months old and we have recently introduced the Ikea toddler pillow which he calls his "Bow" it acts as a comforter and headrest all in one !

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Posted 25 February 2011 - 06:12 PM

I'm probably a really bad mother as it's only really occurred to me recently that I am doing the wrong thing but Nina has an adult sized triangle pillow in her cot ph34r.gif

I put it in there when she was sick about 6 months ago (the elevation helped with the coughing) and I've never taken it out. She starts off on it but when I check on her or attend to her in the night she sis usually at the opposite end of the cot.

Could I have done damage to her spine or is it more the SIDS risk?
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Posted 25 February 2011 - 08:35 PM

Nathan is 2 years, 8 months and dosn't use a pillow. He only went into a bed last week. He starts off using it, but throws it out soon after.

I was at my chiro yesterday and asked about pillow use, he said that kids don't need to use a pillow until they are 4 or 5, as thier little neck bones are still so flexible. He would be worried if an 8 year old wasn't using a pillow.

I don't think there is an age that would be too young (oh, I mean after the SIDS recommended age).

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Posted 25 February 2011 - 08:50 PM

Ive been wondering when the recommended age is as DS (almost nine months) quite likes to lay on our pillows when he goes to sleep in our bed (I wont let him lay on it all night, just when he first goes to sleep then i move him).
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Posted 25 February 2011 - 09:20 PM

I started a similiar question around this time last year, Ethan had just gone one.

When we moved him to his toddler bed at 15 months he got a pillow then. What I mean by pillow is it's a little kids pillow that is under his fitted sheet, so the sheet is just raised. Saves me the stress involved with kids and pillows.

My thinking was, if the child rolls head down will they be able to (and know to) roll themselves back. For example, I wouldn't put a pillow with Lucas (7 months) as he is a tummy sleeper, and rolls around alot, but he also doesn't have any other bedding.

Ethan is past what I would call the ''safe'' age now, so I will make a point in now having it on top of his sheet like normal.

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 08:04 AM

Never bothered with a toddler pillow or a pillow full stop when Cate was in the cot. She moved into a bed quite early though (at 18 months). Once in her bed we left her with no pillow for about two months, then just added it one night. No fuss or drama whatsoever. The only reason it took me so long to give her a pillow once she was in her bed was because the pillow looked so huge for a such a little lady laugh.gif

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 08:30 AM

Both of mine have a pillow.

Levi got croup and a cold badly last winter and I put a pillow in his cot then to help him sleep so that he was elevated a little. He's in a bed now, and still has a pillow- along with a stuffed tiger, elephant, dog, crocodile... rolleyes.gif

Bee got a cold a couple of weeks ago and I put one in with her, too. She's 19 months.

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 11:12 AM

M has a pillow, I got it a few months ago. She had probably just turned 2 when I bought it. It is a toddler breathable pillow, got it from spotlight. She loves it! wub.gif

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 11:50 AM

Nathan got a pillow about 2 months ago and it really improved his sleep
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Posted 26 February 2011 - 02:24 PM

Emme already has one ph34r.gif because she just loves to snuggle into one. She love to put her hands underneath it. She doesn't sleep the whole night on it though as she likes to push the top of her head into the edge of it.
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Posted 27 February 2011 - 06:57 PM

Liam is nearly 2 and he has never had one. I think from Memory though, Keira had one from about 15 months, but I have just never bothered with Liam and he is happy sleeping without one. Once he goes to a big bed I will probably introduce it then.
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Posted 27 February 2011 - 07:09 PM

Oliver got one pretty much bang on 12 months. I had one on the change table and he helped himself one night, it was cot size and he slept better with it so I let him keep it.
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