More than just a place for your little one to rest your head as they drift off to dreamland — and a tool in family pillow fights — a good quality pillow helps support their head and neck, especially as they grow and develop.
At what age should my child have a pillow?
Only after a child has turned two — when they’re no longer sleeping in a cot or portable cot, and have begun sleeping in a bed — can pillows can be offered to them. Pillows are not necessary for babies; the Australian government states it is safer not to use pillows at all for children under two.
How do I know if my child is ready for a pillow?
Even if your child has turned two, it might not be necessary to introduce them to pillows. However, here are a few key things to look out for.
Best types of pillows for your child
Although adults and parents are able to choose from a wider variety of pillows, children’s pillows need to share similar characteristics, to provide sufficient support for their heads, necks and upper spines.
The best pillows for toddlers are smaller, firmer pillows. As your child grows older, the width and length of their pillow can increase; however, firmness should be considered throughout, to assist with support, growth and development.
Although we suggest lower profile pillows for children, the profile of a pillow may come down to personal preference.
For a truly restful night of sleep — or as close as you can get to one, when it comes to kids — there’s nothing that helps quite like a quilt. Ideal for keeping children cosy and comfortable as they rest.
From fibre to feel, warmth and more, there are multiple elements that make up the perfect quilt.
What age is appropriate for a quilt?
Just like pillows, quilts are only for children over the age of two. Red Nose specifically says if your child has passed this milestone — and is sleeping in a toddler bed, floor mattress or single bed — then quilts are a personal preference. Quilts should never be used in cots.
The best quilts for toddlers and kids
With toddlers sleeping between 11-14 hours a day, and teenagers needing 8-10 hours a night, a quilt is an essential part of your child's sleep.
Younger children often sleep warm and restless, oftentimes kicking off extra bedding in their sleep.
An outer cover that’s breathable is ideal; look for offerings that have been crafted with fibres originating from a natural source, including plant-derived options like cotton.
At the end of the day, it does depend on your child and their personal preferences, and if they have any sensitivities to note. And parents, the best quilt for you is one that’s machine washable — as young ones might be prone to spills or accidents, easy care is important.
Mattress and pillow protectors are a two-in-one deal for children and parents alike; providing extra comfort for little ones, and protecting bedding for parents.
While spills, stains and accidents are bound to happen, a protector keeps your child’s sleep experience stress free. At Sheridan, we’ve designed waterproof offerings that are also machine washable — so the whole family can rest easy.
The cherry on top, blankets put the ‘fun’ in functional. Add comfort and playfulness to a space — a cot, bed, beanbag or couch — wherever your little one brings it along.
Set for snuggling, blankets are ideal for adding extra warmth during cooler nights, or for styling a fun layered look. Designed to showcase your child’s character, our blankets come in a variety of colours, patterns, designs and textures.