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Sleeping on a Pillow ?

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Old 01-18-2008, 01:15 PM   #1
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my almost 5 month old, anna, sleeps with a pillow and loves it. she sleeps so much better on her side on a firm pillow.

is anyone else letting their baby sleep on a pillow ?
she is with me in bed while sleeping.
i think it helps with her congestion too...


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Old 01-18-2008, 02:40 PM   #2
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Re: Sleeping on a Pillow ?

My son will be a year old next week and I haven't given him a pillow yet. He's all over the crib so it wouldn't do much good. He had a lot of trouble sleeping from about a month 'til he could roll himself onto his belly. I don't think anybody wants to sleep on their back constantly so we bought a sleep positioner and he slept really well. So if you're not comfortable with her using a pillow when you move her to her own room you could try a sleep positioner and she might get the same comfy results.

Old 01-18-2008, 02:59 PM   #3
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Re: Sleeping on a Pillow ?

I am not sure when we introduced the pillow to DD2, but I know it was around a year. She wouldn't sleep without one after that. Neither would I, so I can't say I blame her.

Old 01-18-2008, 06:05 PM   #4
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Re: Sleeping on a Pillow ?

I've wondered about this as well (sorry, not a helpful answer ). When my 9 month old would sleep in my bed when she was younger and teething terribly, she would cuddle right up to the pillow, but I always stayed away from one in the crib because I heard it wasn't safe...but I think it's whatever you are comfortable with. I was also told not to have the crib too soft, but ended up getting a twin size mattress pad for under her sheet and she loves it. I figure, if that baby is sleeping, whatever works!!!!

Old 01-19-2008, 01:40 PM   #5
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Re: Sleeping on a Pillow ?

I really don't want to say something negative, but personally I don't think a pillow is safe at 5 months. Her upper body is just not strong enough. If she was to get pinned somehow she would not be able to move herself or the pillow. I think it would be safer to wait until 8-9 months when she will be able to sit up on her own and be physically stronger. I bet she likes it because it feels as if someone is holding her. It could also be the elevated position, she may have less reflux and sleep more that case I would try putting a rolled up towel UNDER the crib mattress to raise the head slightly. Good luck.

Old 01-21-2008, 08:38 AM   #6
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Re: Sleeping on a Pillow ?

thanks for the responses everyone.
we do have a crib wedge in her crib, but honestly she is hardly in her crib. she also naps with a nearly flat pillow. she has not learned to roll over yet, but she does try. maybe tonight i will lay her flat on the mattress and she how she sleeps. she's been sleeping on a pillow for about a month now. and honestly, i can tell she must like it. she sleeps so much better and longer. my aunt is the one who first try this with her, because otherwise anna would not take a nap longer than 20 mins.

gosh, it's so hard trying to figure out what is best for your baby !

thanks !

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