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1/7/18

Crystal Watson

what age is it safe for a baby to sleep with a pillow?

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Posted a response on 2/7/18

Red Nose

Red Nose does not recommend placing a pillow where baby sleeps unobserved. It is safer to wait until the child starts to sleep in a bed before introducing a pillow.

The Australian government states it is safer not to use a pillow at all for children under two.

They may cover the baby’s face and obstruct breathing or cause overheating.

Older babies in a cot can be at an increased risk of a sleeping accident by using pillows as a step to climb up and fall out of the cot.

See https://rednose.org.au/article/pillow-use.

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