How to choose a pillow for a child – expert reviews
Before buying a baby pillow: orthopedic, hypoallergenic, latex and any other, you need to take into account a few nuances. Today we will tell you what to look for when buying and how to choose a quality product.
- Which manufacturer to choose
- Pillows for children under 2 years old
- What material should the pillow be made from?
- What else to look for when buying
Which manufacturer to choose
Good-quality baby pillows should be hypoallergenic, safe, breathable and resilient, and support the correct position of the body during sleep. These requirements are met by products of the following brands:
- Trelax is a Russian manufacturer of orthopedic products for children and adults. Product quality is confirmed by international quality certificates ISO 13485:2011. Trelax products have successfully passed an independent examination by Rostest of Moscow, and the materials used in production comply with the requirements of Oeko-tex Standard 100, i.е. they do not contain toxic substances.
- Ormatek is a domestic manufacturer that produces pillows for children of all ages. For example, the company offers specially designed products for toddlers over 4 years old, children 2-6 years old and older kids 7-15 years old. The products have been tested by independent laboratories and have been found safe for humans.
- Arpico-Latex is a manufacturing company from Sri Lanka. Products for children are sewn from natural latex, which is considered a natural filler for pillows. The company’s products are ECO, LGA-tested and ABC certified.
- Nature’s is a Russian manufacturer of pillows, blankets and mattress covers, which uses natural and environmentally friendly materials in its production. Nature’s products are certified and safe.
- Primavelle is a leading manufacturer of pillows, duvets and mattresses. The company’s products comply with the requirements of GOSTs and international standards.
Pillows for children under 2 years old
Most pediatricians state that pillows should be used from 1–2 years of age. The formation of the first bend of the spine (cervical lordosis) in a baby occurs when he begins to raise his head, and at 8–9 months lumbar lordosis is formed. But even after the formation of these deflections, the baby’s spine remains very weak, and additional impact in the form of a pillow can lead to its curvature. In addition, the baby can roll over, bury his face in the pillow and suffocate.
Modern manufacturers produce a huge number of orthopedic pillows for the smallest. They claim that their products are safe, useful, and generally necessary. But you need to understand that this is big business. A healthy child does not need pillows up to a year, and only after a year you can think about them.
Orthopedic pillows for the smallest are used if the child has health problems. For example, the popular butterfly pillow is used to treat congenital torticollis – a pathological deformity of the musculoskeletal system in the neck, as well as to prevent deformation of the cervical vertebrae in children with rickets.
Another equally popular positioner pillow keeps the baby in a certain position while he sleeps. It ensures the correct position of the cub on its side, in which the baby does not risk choking during regurgitation. This pillow should be used if the baby spits up too often.
Before using orthopedic pillows, you need to consult a doctor.
What material should the pillow be made from?
Children over 2-3 years old already need a pillow. It must be hypoallergenic, i.e. dust mites and other microorganisms should not start in it, the vital processes of which can lead to the development of:
- Allergic reaction (skin rash, watery eyes, runny nose, etc.)
- Bronchial asthma is a disease of the respiratory tract, the symptoms of which are shortness of breath, cough, pressure in the chest.
- Atopic dermatitis, in which the baby does not have a rash and itching on the skin for a long time.
Dust mites do not infect synthetic and some natural materials, so they are most often used in the manufacture of children’s pillows.
The most popular fillers are:
Latex (natural) – is considered one of the best materials. It is porous, breathable, resilient and durable. The service life of such a pillow can be 20 years.
- In latex, fungi and dust mites do not start, it maintains the correct position of the baby’s head and neck and is absolutely safe for the child. Some latex products can even be machine washed. They can be used for both teenagers and children under 3 years old. There are such fillers and disadvantages. They are not suitable for babies with latex allergies and are expensive.
- Sheep’s wool. Like latex, this material is hypoallergenic. It has excellent thermoregulation properties: on the pillow, the child is not hot in summer and not cold in winter. Wool filler also has disadvantages. It may cause an allergic reaction in some children. In addition, sheep’s wool quickly rolls up and becomes unusable.
- Silk. Does not cause allergies in children and quickly adapts to the temperature regime of the room. On a silk pillow it is comfortable to sleep at any time of the year. The silk filling absorbs moisture well, so the child will not wake up sweaty. However, keep in mind that products made from natural silk are not cheap.
- Buckwheat husk. It is believed that such products have a positive effect on health, helping to relax the child and sound sleep. They quickly take the form of the sleeping person’s body. But many children refuse to sleep on such a pillow – it is hard and has a specific smell. In addition, products filled with buckwheat are difficult to wash, and they quickly become unusable (after 2–4 years of use).
- Synthetic materials (holofiber, synthetic winterizer, ecofiber) are durable and hypoallergenic. They hold their shape well and are easy to wash. Their service life can be 10 years.
- Down and feather. It is not recommended to use both for small children and for children 5-6 years old. Pillows with such a filler are soft, do not keep their shape well, it is difficult to take care of them, and most importantly, they often cause allergies, as dust mites start up in them.
What else to look for when buying
As a rule, the sizes of pillows for children are 40×60 and 50×70 cm – they correspond to the sizes of standard pillowcases and cribs. In this case, the width of the pillows for the smallest should match the distance between the baby’s shoulder and his ear.
Orthopedic products can have different sizes and shapes. Some of them have height adjustment. Thanks to this, the pillows grow with the child (for example, from 5 cm to 13 cm) and can last much longer.
A baby pillow cover should be made from natural materials, ideally cotton. Cotton fabrics do not cause allergies in the cub, do not electrify, and dust mites do not start in them. In addition, they prevent the development of prickly heat – skin rashes caused by excessive sweating and overheating. If the delicate skin of the baby comes into contact with synthetic fabrics, this can adversely affect his health.
Choose a removable cover – this will facilitate the care of the product and allow you to control the condition of the filler.
Only safe materials should be used in the production of pillows. Therefore, you can not buy goods at very low prices – a small cost may be associated with the use of low-quality fabrics and toxic dyes. Also, before buying, you should familiarize yourself with the quality certificates for the products.
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Attention! This material is the subjective opinion of the authors of the project and is not a purchase guide.