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29/6/19

Erin Forrest

Hi, my daughter will be 2 in September (almost 22months old). She is showing great interest in using a pillow for sleeping and loves to put her head on a pillow and says nunighs. Sometimes she likes us to put a pillow in her cot to go to sleep. I normally go in once she is asleep and take the pillow out of her cot for the remainder of the night. Is this necessary? When can she start to use a pillow? When can she start to use other normal bedding (blankets etc?) She is currently still in a safe sleeping bag and her cot. I dont want to move her from her cot to a toddler bed yet and am happy to keep her in her sleeping bag however sometimes she also enjoys being tucked into bed with blankets. When are blankets and pillows ok? Kind regards, Erin.

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Posted a response on 8/7/19

Red Nose Australia

Hi Erin,

Thank you for contacting Red Nose with your question “Hi, my daughter will be 2 in September (almost 22months old). She is showing great interest in using a pillow for sleeping and loves to put her head on a pillow and says nunighs. Sometimes she likes us to put a pillow in her cot to go to sleep. I normally go in once she is asleep and take the pillow out of her cot for the remainder of the night. Is this necessary? When can she start to use a pillow? When can she start to use other normal bedding (blankets etc?) She is currently still in a safe sleeping bag and her cot. I don’t want to move her from her cot to a toddler bed yet and am happy to keep her in her sleeping bag however sometimes she also enjoys being tucked into bed with blankets. When are blankets and pillows ok?”

Red Nose does not recommend the use of pillows by children under the age of 2 years. If choosing to use a pillow for a child over the age of 2 years Red Nose recommends only doing so when the child is no longer sleeping in a cot. A number of injuries have been known to occur from children using items in the cot such as pillows as steps to climb out and often result in falls.
For more information about pillow use please see our information statement: https://rednose.org.au/article/pillow-use

As you have mentioned some children enjoy being in a sleeping bag and others prefer to have their own blankets. When using blankets within a cot Red Nose Recommends tucking the blankets in at the base and sides of the cot, this to avoid babies pulling them over their faces. Red Nose recommends using light weight and blankets within the cot rather than heavy donnas or quilts.

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