When a baby is on the way, one of the most frequent concerns new parents have is about using a pillow in the baby’s first few months: is it safe? Could it lead to health problems? At what age should one start using a standard pillow?
There are many questions on the subject of sleep, and it is right that a parent should ask themselves. The pillow choice should not be taken lightly, and it is essential to know that not all pillows for babies are the same.
Baby pillow: which one to choose?
Knowing the characteristics of pillows for babies is fundamental for making an informed choice.
In order to avoid the risk of suffocation or, in the worst cases, SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), there are several precautions that parents can take, which include: making sure that the baby sleeps on its back, that it is not excessively covered, and that the pillow is neither too high nor too soft.
For this reason, pillows for babies are designed to respect and support the physical conformation of babies, which is different from that of adults, and to guarantee a peaceful and safe sleep.
The ideal pillow for children aged 0 to 3 years should therefore be:
- very thin, with a height that does not force the child into an unnatural position during naps;
- anti-suffocation, to favour the supine position and allow the maximum possible air circulation;
- made of memory foam, to naturally support the baby’s head and evenly distribute pressure on the skull. In this way, it is also possible to prevent plagiocephaly, i.e., skull bone deformation during sleep.
Anti-suffocation pillow and memory foam: when and where to use it?
Once we have learnt about the characteristics that a pillow must have to allow the baby to rest comfortably, we can answer another question new parents frequently ask: at what age is it advisable to start using a pillow?
The answer is: from the very first weeks. Thanks to their shape and the materials they are made of, baby pillows help prevent SIDS and gastroesophageal reflux problems, which are quite common among babies.
The pillows can also be used in a pram or car seat, allowing parents to sleep safely away from home.
Dolmie’s baby pillows
As already pointed out, not all baby pillows are the same. Dolmie has designed a line of pillows specifically to meet children’s needs and ensure their well-being during sleep.
Ideal for cradle, cot, and pram use, Baby Boy and Baby Girl pillows are Made in Italy with 100% certified materials and are anti-suffocation, anti-sweat and hypoallergenic. Moreover, that’s not all: both the pillowcase and the inner cover are made of breathable, machine-washable cotton, providing a permanent and perfectly hygienic pillow.
However, the main advantage of Dolmie’s baby pillows is the memory foam dreamloops filling system. The memory foam filling, which is extremely mouldable and allows the child to always have the correct posture, is also customisable in height. In this way, it is possible to adjust the pillow’s thickness by adding or removing dreamloops from the filling and thus follow the child’s growth, from its days as a new-born up to 3 years, without having to buy a new one.
Improve the quality of your child’s sleep and discover all the features of Dolmie baby pillows.