Up to 82% of Americans value an extra hour of sleep and now that your baby has become a toddler, you can finally expect one. Introducing your toddler to a big-kid bed is a big move. And not just because it’s an emotional moment. A big-kid bed usually means the additional introduction to a pillow, which shouldn’t seem like much.
But it is.
Just like it’s important to choose the right bedsheets for your child when they’re in infancy, it’s important to choose the right kind of pillow and kids pillowcase for your toddler. When looking for your toddler’s first-ever pillow and kids pillowcase, here’s what you need to avoid:
- Pillows that are too big: Pillows should be between 12 to 16 inches for small children. The larger the pillow, the more likely they will be to suffocate or to suffer from neck and back strain.
- Pillows with fillers that might be unsafe: Pillows that use fillers such as brains or pellets can be choking hazards for small children if damaged or torn. Instead of using a kids pillow with these kinds of fillers, instead consider using cotton or polyester pillow.
- Pillows that are overly soft or have loose fabric: Soft pillows may feel great, but because your child’s head is smaller than an adult’s it can cause potential suffocation. Instead, use a firm pillow or one that has stiffness to it and doesn’t have a pillowcase that’s long and ill-proportioned.
- Feathered or other allergy-irritating pillows: Feathered pillows are considered dangerous to small children because of their heavy softness, which cause cause suffocation. Feathers can also irritate allergies, which can be harmful for small children in particular. Opt for using pillows and kids pillowcases that are hypoallergenic like cotton fiber. Additionally, using kids pillowcases that are not just hypoallergenic but also waterproof can save you money in the long run as your toddler potty-trains. A hypoallergenic waterproof mattress protector works wonders.
Moving your child to their first-ever big-kid bed is an important moment in their, and your, life. And just like how you handled their waterproof fitted bed sheets with care when they were a smaller bundle of joy, so is it important that you care for their pillow and kids pillowcase now as a toddler. Be sure to keep these tips in mind to keep your child safe, secure, and sleeping soundly.