Your Toddler Is Probably Ready for a Pillow — Here Are the Ones We’d Buy
In the beginning, you’re not supposed to put anything in the crib with the baby while they sleep, and I internalized that rule so strongly that it was super odd to start thinking about blankets and pillows for her. I’m a little embarrassed about how long I waited, but she doesn’t seem any the worse for wear.
When your little one has graduated from the crib to a toddler bed and is ready for all the toddler bed extras — a toddler bed mattress, mattress protector, toddler bed rails, and cute toddler bedding — of course it’s time for a toddler pillow as well. Kids need support for their growing necks, and as they become more bodily aware it’s possible to add more comfort.
Toddler Pillow Age
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children don’t sleep with a pillow until age 2, to reduce the risk of suffocation. Let’s just say I took my time after 2 getting my daughter a pillow with no issues I can see. After all, babies and toddlers can’t miss something they haven’t had.
Signs Your Toddler Needs a Pillow
Once your child is 2, you can start looking for signs that they might need a little something extra to rest their head on for nighttime or naps. Here are a few things to notice.
- Your child is waking often or seems restless during the night or naps.
- They want to share your pillow or rest their head on something soft, like a stuffed animal.
Even if they aren’t ready right away, you can choose your favorite and keep it on hand so that when it’s time, you have it and everyone can get some sleep.
We’ve rounded up some favorite toddler pillows to help send your little one off to dreamland in comfort.