Pillows may seem like harmless items that can only keep your baby comfortable while they sleep. However, newborn baby will have the risk of suffocation toddler pillow when you place a pillow on his or her crib.

Waiting until your child is 18 months old, or until they move out of a crib, to introduce a pillow to their sleeping arrangement will help keep them safer during sleep. Please consult your pediatrician about your child’s specific readiness.

When shopping for the right pillow, avoid choosing a pillow that’s too big-this may help decrease the risk of suffocation. A firm pillow also is better for still-developing necks and spines.