As a parent, you want what’s best for your child. So, with their sleep, you want to make sure they’re comfortable and safe. The thing you may wonder about is whether baby pillows are safe. Here’s what you need to know about using a pillow for babies:
Why Can’t Babies Have Pillows in Cribs?
Babies shouldn’t have pillows in their cribs because of the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies sleep on their backs on a firm, tight-fitting mattress. This is to reduce the risk of SIDS.
Pillows can increase the risk of SIDS because they can block a baby’s airway. When babies sleep on their backs, their heads can fall forward, and their chin can touch their chest. This can block the baby’s airway and make it hard to breathe.
Pillows can also increase the risk of SIDS because they can cause a baby to overheat. When babies sleep on their stomachs, they can lose heat more efficiently. But when they sleep on their back, they can’t lose heat as quickly. This can cause the baby to overheat.
So, if you’re wondering whether it’s safe to use baby pillows in their cribs, the answer is no. Baby pillows can increase the risk of SIDS.
What is SIDS?
SIDS is the sudden, unexpected death of a baby less than one-year-old. It’s the leading cause of death in babies between one month and one year old. Most SIDS deaths happen when babies are between two and four months old. But SIDS can happen to any baby under one year old.
SIDS is most likely to happen when babies are asleep. But it can happen when they’re awake, too. SIDS is a mystery. We don’t know exactly what causes it. But we do know that SIDS is not caused by vaccines, cribs, colds, or viral infections.
Some things can increase the risk of SIDS. These include:
• Babies who sleep on their stomachs or sides
• Babies who sleep on soft surfaces, like couches or armchairs
• Babies who are born premature or with low birth weight
• Babies who have a family history of SIDS
• Babies who are exposed to smoke
If you’re concerned about the risk of SIDS, there are some things you can do to reduce the risk. These include:
• Put your baby to sleep on their back on a firm, tight-fitting mattress
• Remove pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals from the crib
• Don’t let your baby sleep on a soft surface, like a couch or armchair
You can also talk to your doctor about the risk of SIDS and what you can do to reduce the risk.
When Are Pillows Safe For Babies?
With supervision, babies can start using pillows when they’re around 18 months old. But it’s essential to make sure the pillow is firm and flat. This will help reduce the risk of SIDS. If you’re looking for a starter pillow, several options are available for safe use. Make sure to read the manufacturers’ instructions first.