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Is My Child Ready to Sleep With a Pillow?

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My toddler sleeps in a crib. At what age can I safely give him a pillow to cozy up to while he sleeps?

During your baby’s first year, you were probably told to steer clear of putting anything soft and fluffy in his crib — and for good reason. Following this advice, along with other safe sleep measures such as putting your baby on his back to sleep, helps reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), the leading cause of death among infants between the ages of 1 month and 12 months.

A pillow can easily block the nose and mouth of a baby or young toddler, causing suffocation. But once your child is around 18 to 24 months old, at around the time he can safely be moved into a toddler bed, you can introduce a small pillow into his sleep routine. He’ll have a favorite in no time!

Until your child is older than 18 months, it’s best to keep all blankets, pillows, toys, and comforters out of his sleeping area and away from his reach.


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