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My 18 month old sleeps on a floor bed as I have a wrist injury and was unable to lift her in & out of a cot. Since she’s sleeping in a bed instead of a cot, can she sleep with a pillow or is she still too young at 18 months old? She keeps taking couch cushions or my pillow to sleep on & I have to take them away from her.

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Posted a response on 13/11/20

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Red Nose recommends keeping soft bedding out of the cot & to withhold a pillow until a child is in a bed as daughter is.
It is safer to wait until the child starts to sleep in a bed before introducing a pillow or other soft bedding.

Red Nose has the following information when moving a child to a floor mattress.
Ensure the mattress is positioned away from the walls as young children can become trapped bet ween the mattress and wall. A child’s mattress needs to be firm to prevent sleep accidents.
Keep the area around the mattress clear of soft toys, bean bags, plastic bags or similar objects that a young child can roll onto. Soft objects could mould around a young child’s face, resulting in suffocation.

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