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At what age can a baby have a pillow?
Before we get started, it’s essential to ensure your baby is at a suitable age for a pillow.
So, when can a baby have a pillow? 🤔
There is mixed advice online surrounding this topic.
Yet, the NHS advises that a baby should not use a pillow or duvet under age 1.
You may find something like the Najell Babynest SleepCarrier more suitable if your little one is under one.
This will reduce the risk of suffocation caused by objects in the cot during sleep.
Safe sleep for your baby
40,000 under-5s are admitted to hospital every year due to accidents, including those that are sleep-related. 🙁
Ensure the safest sleep for your baby by:
- Sleeping them on their back
- Keeping their feet at the foot of the cot
- Tucking the blanket across their chest and under their arms
- Removing any pillows and soft toys from their cot if they're under the age of 1
- Keeping other objects such as nappy bags and cords well out of reach from the cot
This will help to keep your baby safe during the night and prevent any worries of your own that can create a disruptive sleep.
But is the Panda Baby pillow suitable? 👇
Panda Memory Foam Baby Pillow composition
We’ve covered whether or not the Panda Baby pillow is suitable.
But what is this product made from? 🤔
The Panda baby pillow has 3 main components.
- 3rd generation memory foam
- An in-built mesh fabric protector
- A removable bamboo fabric cover
So, how do all these ingredients equal one perfect baby pillow?
3rd generation memory foam
The inside of the pillow is 100% Visco memory foam. 🧽
The memory foam is much softer than other brands, allowing it to contour gently around your baby’s head and shoulders.
The kidney shape of the pillow and concave middle is also unique.
The design follows the natural shape of your baby’s head and shoulders and encourages optimal pressure relief to avoid a flat head. 🥰
In-built mesh fabric protector
Most people won’t go out and buy a pillow protector.
But it’s more important than some might think.
A pillow protector provides extra protection from accidents, bacteria and moisture build-up over time. ☔
Typically these cost anywhere from £10 upwards, so Panda London has saved you the extra cost with one already built into their design. 💰
Removable bamboo cover
The removable bamboo fabric cover is made from 40% bamboo fibre and 60% polyester.
Bamboo is highly breathable, durable and naturally antibacterial. 🦠
Likewise, polyester is strong, fast-drying and resistant to shrinking in the wash.
The Panda cover is made from organic bamboo that has been sustainably sourced to protect wildlife.
We’ll go into more detail about the eco-friendly manufacturing process a bit later.
Does the Panda Memory Foam Baby pillow sleep hot?
Memory foam has a bit of a reputation for being warm.
As one of the warmest sleep materials, you might be concerned about your baby’s temperature on this pillow.
Babies cannot regulate their body temperature like adults, so it’s important to ensure your baby doesn’t get too hot or cold during sleep.
Luckily, bamboo is highly breathable and is great at regulating temperature to assist your baby at night. 🌬️
This breathable pillow encourages airflow during the summer while retaining heat during winter.
How can I keep my baby cool while sleeping?
Perhaps you're wondering how else you can keep your baby cool at night?
A pillow can only do so much, and there are other ways you can keep the little ones at their natural temperature during a heatwave. 👇
Why not try:
- Blocking out the sun with light-coloured blinds or curtains
- Putting a fan in the bedroom (ensure it's not blowing directly on the baby and all wires are out of each)
- Putting them in just a nappy when the temperature exceeds 27 degrees
- Giving them a cool bath before bedtime
We also recommend keeping an eye on the temperature of the room and ensuring it's at the best temperature for their sleep. 🌡️
How much does the Panda Memory Foam Baby pillow cost?
The Panda Baby pillow is fantastic value for money. 💰
We looked at other UK baby pillows on the market but found the options fairly limited.
In fact, the Panda Baby pillow is competitively priced with other baby pillows costing between £15 - £40.
As a mid-range product of exceptional quality, the Panda Memory Foam Baby Pillow gives you more bang for your buck than a regular baby pillow.
And with a 10-year guarantee, you can feel content that this pillow isn't going to lose its shape and need replacing.
Are pillows safe for babies?
Pillows are safe for babies to use over the age of 1. 👶
However, not every pillow will be suitable for your little one.
Panda pillows have been specifically tested for your child's safety and are OEKO-TEX certified Standard 100. ✔️
- They have gone through the strictest requirements of testing
- They have been tested to be safe for babies and children
- They are deemed safe for skin contact
- Every component of the product (including stitching, adhesive, etc.) has to comply with this standard
- The tests are updated annually to comply with any new research or data for health standards
On top of taking care of you, Panda London also has a keen interest in protecting the environment. 🌎
They use organic pesticide-free bamboo from FSC-approved forests that help to protect wildlife.
This sustainable resource also follows a closed-loop system in the manufacturing process, which reuses water for agricultural irrigation. 🌱
Panda pillow for kids and adults
Did you know that Panda has an entire range of pillows suitable for every age?
So, once your little one has grown out of their baby pillow, you can invest in the next size.
We’ve even tested and reviewed the following:
Already sold? 👇
Panda delivery conditions
The Panda Memory Foam Baby pillow comes with free delivery that takes just a few days!
On the day of delivery, we received an hour time slot to let us know when our Panda pillow would be arriving.
The Panda Baby pillow arrived in a recycled and recyclable cardboard box. ♻️
The pillow itself was wrapped in a plastic bag.
We were pleased to discover this was also fully recyclable.
Make sure you keep the plastic out of reach of children and pop it into your recycling box as soon as possible.
Panda bamboo pillow guarantee
Let’s face it; we’ve all spent money on pillows that don’t last five minutes…
One minute it’s a plump and fluffy pillow, and it goes completely flat by the end of the month. 🙁
Every Panda pillow we’ve tested so far has kept its shape without the need to puff and fluff.
Even better, the Panda Memory Foam Baby pillow includes a 10-year-guarantee.
This means you’ll be covered from manufacturing faults, including material dipping or coming undone. 👩🔧
Babies grow out of pillows fast, but you could pass the pillow down to younger siblings instead of having to buy a new pillow.