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What is a body pillow?
A body pillow is a long cushion that provides additional support during sleep.
You can cuddle the pillow, tuck it behind your back, or prop it between your knees. 🤗
Typically, a body pillow is made from hollowfibre filling, giving it a soft and squishy feel that can be adjusted to your needs.
But, there are all kinds of body pillows available.
How to choose a body pillow
It’s tempting to order a body pillow immediately, especially when dealing with an uncomfortable sleep.
But it’s also important to ensure you choose the right body pillow for you.
Consider the below to figure out what body pillow you need. 👇
What size do I need?
This largely depends on how the body pillow will be used.
If you’re looking for full body support, you’ll want to go for a pillow around the same size as you.
A full-length or long body pillow typically measures between 150 x 50 cm (59" x 19.6").
V-pillows will be somewhat smaller and measure around 70 x 60cm (28" x 24").
You should check the size of your body pillow on the manufacturer website before purchasing.
However, if you just need something to tuck between your knees, you may opt for a smaller option. 📏
What shape do I need?
As previously mentioned, there are various body pillow shapes to choose from. 🤔
Consider how you intend on sleeping with your body pillow and what shape will work best for this.
If you’re not sure if you’ll be side sleeping, back sleeping, or plan to try different sleeping styles, then a full body pillow that can be adjusted in different shapes may work best.
Alternatively, a U-shaped body pillow is usually the best choice if you’re looking for pregnancy support.
What are the materials?
This is important because the materials can determine the pillow’s firmness, temperature, and quality. 👀
Consider the following criteria:
- Are the materials high-quality - will they keep their shape?
- Are the materials hypoallergenic and safe for my health?
- Are the materials warm or cool? (memory foam is not the best cooling option for hot sleepers)
- Is it a firm pillow or a soft body pillow?
- Is the pillow washable, or does it include a washable cover?
Consider your needs and whether the materials in the pillow are equal to your expectations. ⚖️
Does the body pillow come with a guarantee or trial?
Some pillows include a guarantee or sleep trial to give you some additional reassurance. 😅
A sleep trial is great for those who aren’t 100% certain they will get on with the pillow, as they can test it out first.
Most sleep trials include a money-back guarantee.💰
Additionally, if your body pillow includes a guarantee, you can feel reassured if there are any issues with the product over time.
The Kally Body pillow includes a 14-day sleep trial.
How much does it cost?
Just because it’s called a body pillow doesn’t mean it should cost an arm and a leg!
Prices for body pillows can vary depending on the quality of the product. 🧵
A body pillow typically costs between £30 - £80.
You should consider what budget you have before you buy a body pillow.
Some brands may offer additional finance options on body pillows so you can spread the cost. 💳
Many body pillows include discounts throughout the year.
We'll go into more detail on pricing and discount codes further down.
Are body pillows good for pregnancy?
Many women who have insomnia during pregnancy have found a body pillow to be the perfect sleep remedy.
Pregnant women experiencing pain in their back and joints need some extra support to relieve these aches.
A body pillow for pregnancy can be used to lift the legs and improve circulation or support the back for better spinal alignment.
Additionally, body pillows can help support the back and baby when bottle-feeding or breastfeeding. 🍼
How to sleep with a body pillow whilst pregnant
Pregnant women should avoid sleeping on their back during pregnancy as this can be harmful to the foetus.
Instead, try sleeping on your side with a body pillow that can be tucked between the legs whilst supporting a growing bump. 🤰
U-shaped body pillows are popular for pregnancy as they curve around the body and simultaneously support the back and bump. 😍
The Kally Sleep U-shaped Pregnancy pillow is suitable for every trimester and can provide additional support for pregnancy.
It also comes with a 14-day sleep trial, so you can test it out and see if you’re keen!
Are body pillows washable?
Did you know the average pillow contains around 350,000 live bacteria? 🦠
This bacteria is in close contact with your face every night, but you could also be breathing it in, particularly if you sleep on your side or front.
Luckily, most body pillows are 100% washable. 🧼
How do I wash a body pillow?
Like any other bedding, you can pop your body pillow in the washing machine.
Some body pillows aren’t washable but include a washable removable cover.
You can often buy body pillow covers separately at retailers such as Amazon and Dunelm.
You should check the care instructions on your pillow and body pillow cover before putting it into the washing machine or tumble dryer.
Check out the best body pillows that are fully machine-washable. 👇
Body pillow discount codes
If you find that a body pillow is out of your budget, don't give up!
There are plenty of online body pillow discount codes and seasonal deals to make them more affordable.
Our discounts page keeps track of all mattress and pillow offers, so you don't have to.
Alternatively, sign up for our newsletter for exclusive discounts. 🏷️
We'll also highlight any current discounts throughout this article.
Should you buy a body pillow?
We think body pillows are a great choice for many, particularly if you can’t get comfortable at night.
A body pillow adapts around the body to alleviate pressure, encourages better spinal support, and prevents you from fidgeting in different positions.
If you have plenty of room in the bed and fancy cuddling up to something that isn’t your partner, you should invest in a body pillow.