Before buying a baby pillow: orthopedic, hypoallergenic, latex and any other, you need to consider several nuances. Today we will tell you what to look for when buying and how to choose a quality product.
Which manufacturer to choose
Quality baby pillows should be hypoallergenic, safe, breathable and resilient and provide correct body position during sleep. These requirements corresponds to the products of such brands:
Trelax – Russian manufacturer of orthopedic products for children and adults. Product quality is confirmed by international ISO 13485: 2011 quality certificates. Trelax products successfully passed independent expertise of Rostest Moscow, and the materials used in production, meet the requirements of Oeko-tex Standart 100, i.e. they do not contain toxic substances.
Ormatek – a domestic manufacturer of pillows for children of all ages. For example, a company offers specifically developed products for babies over 4 years old, children 2-6 years old and older children 7-15 years old. Products tested independently laboratories and has been found to be safe for humans.
Arpico-Latex is a manufacturing company from Sri Lanka. Products for children are sewn from natural latex, which is considered natural filler for pillows. The company’s products are certified by ECO, LGA-tested and ABC.
Nature’s is a Russian manufacturer of pillows, blankets and mattress toppers, which uses natural and environmentally friendly materials. Nature’s products are certified and is safe.
Primavelle is a leader in the production of pillows, blankets and mattresses. The company’s products meet the requirements of GOST and international standards.
Pillows for children under 2 years old
Most pediatricians argue that pillows should be use from 1–2 years. The formation of the first bend of the spine (cervical lordosis) in a baby occurs when he begins raise your head, and at 8–9 months, lumbar lordosis forms. But even after the formation of these deflections, the spine of the crumbs remains very weak, and an additional pillow effect can lead to its curvature. In addition, the baby may roll over bury your face in the pillow and suffocate.
Modern manufacturers produce a huge amount Orthopedic pillows for the smallest. They claim that their products are safe, useful, and indeed, extremely necessary. But you need to understand that this is a big business. Healthy child up to a year pillows are not needed, and only after a year can you think about them.
Orthopedic pillows for the smallest are used in in case the child has health problems. For example, popular butterfly pillow used to treat congenital torticollis – pathological deformation of the musculoskeletal system in the neck, as well as to prevent cervical deformity vertebrae in children with rickets.
Another equally popular pillow positioner holds baby in a certain position while he sleeps. She provides the position of the cub on the side is correct, in which the baby does not risk choke while burping. This pillow is worth using, if the baby spits up too often.
Before using orthopedic pillows, you need consult a doctor.
What material should the pillow be made of?
Children older than 2-3 years old already need a pillow. She must be hypoallergenic, i.e. dust mites and other microorganisms whose vital processes may lead to development:
Allergic reactions (rashes on the skin, tearing of the eyes, runny nose, etc.)
Bronchial asthma – respiratory diseases, symptoms which are shortness of breath, cough, chest pressure.
Atopic dermatitis, in which the baby does not have a long time skin rash and itching pass.
Dust mites don’t start in synthetic and some natural materials, so they are most often used in making baby pillows
The most popular fillers are:
Latex (natural) – considered one of the best materials. is he porous, breathable, resilient and durable. The life of such a pillow may be 20 years.
Fungi and dust mites do not start in latex; it supports the correct position of the head and neck of the baby and is absolutely safe for a child. Some latex products are machine washable. They can be used for both teens and children under 3 years old. Such fillers also have disadvantages. They do not fit babies with allergic to latex and have a high cost.
Sheep’s wool. Like latex, this material hypoallergenic. It has excellent thermoregulation properties: on the pillow the child is not hot in summer and not cold in winter. Have u wool filler and flaws. It can cause allergic reaction in some children. In addition, the fleece is fast rolls down and becomes worthless.
Silk. It does not cause allergies in children and quickly adapts to the temperature regime of the room. On a silk pillow comfortable sleep at any time of the year. Silk filler absorbs well moisture, so the child will not wake up sweaty. However, please note that natural silk products are not cheap.
Buckwheat husk. It is believed that such products positive effects on health, helping to relax the child and good sleep. They quickly take the form of a sleeping person. But many children refuse to sleep on such a pillow – it is tough and has specific smell. In addition, buckwheat-filled products difficult to wash, and they quickly become unusable (after 2–4 years use).
Synthetic materials (holofiber, synthetic winterizer, ecofiber) – durable and hypoallergenic. They keep their shape perfectly and easily are erased. Their service life may be 10 years.
Fluff and feather. It is not recommended to use as for small children, and for children 5-6 years old. Pillows with such a filler soft, poor in shape, difficult to care for and most importantly – they often cause allergies, as they start dust ticks.
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 coincide with the distance between the baby’s shoulder and his ear.
Orthopedic products can have different sizes and shapes. At some of them have height adjustment. Thereby pillows grow with the child (for example, from 5 cm to 13 cm) and can last much longer.
The cushion cover should be made of natural materials, ideally cotton. Cotton fabrics do not cause allergies in the cub, do not electrify, and dust does not start in them ticks. In addition, they prevent the development of prickly heat – rashes on skin caused by excessive perspiration and overheating. If tender the baby’s skin will come in contact with synthetic fabrics, this may adversely affect his health.
Choose a removable cover – this will facilitate the care of the product and will allow to check the condition of the filler.
Only safe pillows should be used in the manufacture of pillows. materials. Therefore, you can’t buy goods at very low prices – low cost may be associated with the use of poor quality fabrics and toxic dyes. Also before purchase You should familiarize yourself with quality certificates for products.
In the following articles, our experts tell you how to choose a mattress in a crib, the secrets of choosing a crib for baby and practical tips for choosing a mobile for children cots.
Attention! This material is subjective opinion of the authors of the project and is not a buying guide.