Pil­low for the baby: when is it need­ed, what kind of pil­low should you buy and how to prop­er­ly care for it? Five key tips for choos­ing safe and com­fort­able pil­lows for spinal health and rest­ful sleep.

First, there is a time for everything.

First, there is a time for everything.

Russ­ian sci­en­tists have found that 40% of young par­ents vio­late the basic rule of chil­dren’s sleep and use pil­lows! A pil­low for a new­born and a baby is not need­ed, and this is the most impor­tant thing to remem­ber. At least up to a year and a half, and prefer­ably up to two, you need to restrain your­self and not buy pil­lows for your child.

Chil­dren have dif­fer­ent body pro­por­tions than adults: the head is much larg­er and the neck is weak­er. Sup­port­ing the neck in the form of a pil­low for the baby will only hurt: the cer­vi­cal region will not form prop­er­ly and will bend. And in some cas­es, the pil­low will inter­fere with the child’s breath­ing until breath­ing stops.

The only excep­tion is if there are med­ical indi­ca­tions. With patholo­gies of the cer­vi­cal region, uneven tone, the doc­tor may rec­om­mend a chil­dren’s ortho­pe­dic pil­low in the form of a cres­cent or a ring. But only for fix­ing the head!

No mat­ter how much you want to dec­o­rate the chil­dren’s bed with a pil­low or put some­thing soft under the del­i­cate head (one of the par­ents’ fears about the fontanel is that it must be pro­tect­ed with pil­lows), post­pone this pur­chase for up to two years in the name of the child’s health!

Choosing the first pillow for the baby: thickness

Babies have larg­er heads than adults, short­er necks, and nar­row­er shoul­ders. There­fore, the first pil­low for the baby is not the same as “adults”. It is much thin­ner, and right­ly so.

    Up to three years, the thickness of the pillow should be no more than three cm.
    From three to five years — no more than five cm.
    From five to seven years — up to 10 cm.

Well, if a baby up to three years old sleeps on his stom­ach or back, then a pil­low is not need­ed at all.

How many pillows should there be?

How many pillows should there be?

There should be only one pil­low in the baby’s bed — all the rest can cause breath­ing prob­lems in chil­dren under three years old, and then cause patholo­gies of the spinal col­umn due to improp­er sleep­ing pos­ture.

In addi­tion, experts advise rec­tan­gu­lar pil­lows, such that only the head and not the shoul­ders of the child fit on them.

Study the composition

    The pillow cover for the baby should be made of natural cotton, and not very dense. Choose options from coarse calico, percale, satin. It is good if the cover is treated with dust mites (this is indicated on the label).
    The filler should be hypoallergenic: give up fluff and feathers (dust mites often start in them), wool up to 4–5 years (may be allergic). The best options are fillers made of silk, artificial latex, artificial fluff or materials with memory effect (from 3–4 years).
    Orthopedic baby pillows (wavy or in the form of rollers) without a doctor’s prescription can only be used from the age of four. And it is better to consult a doctor before buying.

Take good care of your baby’s pillow!

Do not put the child to bed if the hair is wet after bathing — this increas­es the humid­i­ty of the filler, microor­gan­isms begin to mul­ti­ply in it. Dry the pil­lows reg­u­lar­ly, if the child sweats often, pur­chase an addi­tion­al replace­ment cov­er.

If the pil­low began to smell, became thin­ner than when pur­chased, the col­or of the filler changed, black dots, lumps, bumps appeared — it needs to be replaced.

Baby pil­lows need to be washed or dry-cleaned at least once every two months. It is nec­es­sary to ven­ti­late every week on a flat sur­face.

By Yraa

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