Choosing the right toddler pillow for your small sized sleeper is the perfect way to ensure comfort while supporting the neck and spine throughout the night.
By deciding to choose a toddler pillow or youth pillow instead of a typical “grown-up” pillow, you’re already off on the right foot. The smaller size of these options automatically ensures a better fit.
That said, depending on whether your son or daughter sleeps on his/her tummy, back, or side (or all three!), you may also want to adjust the amount of fill within those kids pillows. This will help to make sure that your child’s spinal alignment and even respiration will receive the support they need all night long.
The goal is to try to achieve a neutral position for the spine. This means that the head, neck and upper back should line up nicely while in the preferred resting position. If a toddler pillow is forcing the head and neck into another position, it may add unnecessary pressure to muscles, nerves, and discs.
Consider the following as you choose a standard fill, less fill or custom fill for your child’s toddler pillow or youth pillow.
For kids who are back sleepers, the standard fill pillow is usually perfect because its loft is not too great, and it is very soft, allowing the back of the head to sink into it while the neck remains supported.
Kids who sleep on their tummies usually do best with the less-fill pillow, instead of the standard.This will help to keep the spine aligned and the head and neck comfy. Extra tip: using a breathable, hypoallergenic pillowcase and a washable pillow is particularly important for tummy sleepers.
Kids who sleep on their sides usually sleep best with a standard fill pillow, that keeps the spine aligned.
Naturally, no child stays in one position all night long. Usually, they change it up quite a lot, turning in many directions (sometimes upside down!). Choosing the pillow based on their most common sleeping position can help to ensure the most comfortable and restful sleep at night and during naptimes.
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