Pillows for baby?

Q: At what age is it safe to let a child sleep with a pillow?

A: It’s recommended to not use pillows for children younger than 2 years old. Young children can easily suffocate with large pillows, fluffy comforter blankets, large stuffed animals and other accessories. 

A safe crib has a firm mattress without extra padding, blankets, pillows or stuffed animals. If it’s cold and you want to use a blanket, it’s best to use wearable sleep sacks, which can’t accidentally cover the face. If it would be helpful for your child to have a comfort item, use a small sleep “lovie” or animal, usually about the size of a napkin/handkerchief. 

If you’re interested in offering a pillow to your child, it’s best to wait until he or she moves from a crib to a bed. If you think your child would benefit from a pillow while still in a crib, use a firm one that’s small — about the size of an airline pillow. 

Older children may not need pillows either, even if they’re in big-kid beds. You may find when you offer one, your child’s head ends up at the other end of the bed or the pillow routinely gets pushed out of bed and onto the floor.