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Panda kids pillow composition
When shopping for your little one, you first want to know how the product is made and if it’s safe for your child. 🧐
The Panda kids pillow is composed of the safest and latest hypoallergenic materials. ✔️
- 3rd generation memory foam
- In-built pillow protector
- Bamboo fibre pillow cover
But what does all of this mean?
Let’s break it down. 👇
3rd generation memory foam
Panda Life uses the latest advanced Visco memory foam that provides the best support for your child’s sleep.
The 3rd generation foam moulds around the head and shoulders to encourage neutral spinal alignment.
The luxury memory foam bamboo pillow also returns to its original shape after it has been compressed.🥰
See how this works below:
We’ll go into more detail about our results from testing a bit later. 👀
In-built pillow protector
The in-built pillow protector is underneath the bamboo cover.
The protective mesh layer is soft-touch and prevents dust and dirt from getting into the pillow. ☔
It also encourages the memory foam pillow to keep its natural shape.
So, how about that cover?
Bamboo pillow cover
The outer cover is made from ethically sourced organic bamboo and is the highest quality. ✨
Bamboo is a naturally breathable material that encourages airflow throughout the pillow. 🌬️
The antibacterial properties of bamboo help keep the pillow stay clean and gentle on the skin.
We’ll tell you more about the benefits and functions of this bamboo further down.
Now, why is this particular pillow suitable for your child? 🤔
What did our mini tester make of the Panda kids pillow?
We had our youngest Sleep Hero try the pillow to see if it was a great choice for kids. 🦸
Our five-year-old tester slept on the Panda kids pillow for several months.
- Our tester found the pillow comfortable and easy to move around on.
- We found no overall difference in the child’s sleeping pattern on this pillow.
- The pillow was most suitable in the side sleeping position.
Let’s unpack this even more below. 🧐
Is the Panda kids pillow suitable for side sleepers?
Our mini-tester tried the pillow in several sleeping positions.
As a typical side sleeper, the Panda kids pillow was the most comfortable for our tester in this position. 😍
The 3rd generation memory foam moulded around the head and shoulders and kept the child’s head at the perfect height.
This helped to keep the neck aligned with the spine for healthy sleep. 😅
Is the Panda kids pillow suitable for stomach and back sleepers?
As you can see, there is a slight bend in the spine and neck in these positions. 🙁
However, with our mini-tester still being relatively young, we think this is a pillow most children can grow into.
Children older than 5 may feel more comfortable on the Panda kids pillow in these positions.
As a general guideline:
- Side sleepers need a pillow deep and firm enough to fill the space between the head and shoulders and keep the spine in a neutral position.
- Back sleepers need a medium-firm and medium-loft pillow that keeps the neck nice and straight.
- Stomach sleepers need an extra soft and low-loft pillow that aligns the spine and neck.
It’s also important to note that a good pillow won’t be much use without a suitable mattress to match. 🤔
Panda kids pillow cover
The Panda kids pillow cover is one of the unique components of this memory foam pillow. 🤯
We looked at the different factors of the pillow, including the design, feel, and functionality.
We loved the adorable Panda logo stitched into the cover. 🐼
But it’s not just us adults that fell for the “cute factor” of this design.
Our mini Sleep Hero also loved the Panda logo and commented that it “looks like the Panda is sleeping on the pillow” before giving it a big hug. 😍
The Panda logo acts as a little cuddle companion to comfort your child during sleep.
We think the overall design of the pillow is something that both children and adults can adore. 👌
The removable Panda cover is made with 60% polyester and 40% bamboo. 🌱
The cover has a soft and smooth feel that indicates the luxurious material.
The cover is relatively thick, indicating that it will be durable and long-lasting. ⏲️
Panda Life recommends sleeping on the cover without a pillowcase to experience the pillow in its full glory.
Ease of use
The Panda kids pillow cover comes with a zip to easily remove the cover for washing. 🧼
You can then wash the pillow cover up to 40°C and tumble-dry it on a low setting. 🌡️
Check the care instructions on the pillow tag for further details.
The high-quality bamboo material means you can wash this cover often without losing its quality.
However, it is advised that you do not wring dry, iron, or bleach the cover.
The antibacterial and odour-resistant properties help to keep the pillow bacteria and dust-mite-free.
This Panda luxury pillow stayed noticeably cleaner compared to regular kid’s pillows. 🙌
Panda kids pillow price
We think the Panda kids pillow is fantastic value for money. 💰
Whilst the price may seem excessive for a child’s pillow, it is much cheaper than other memory foam products on the market.
It’s also likely to last the child throughout their entire childhood. 🧒🧑
So, despite being more expensive than a synthetic fibre pillow, it should work out cheaper in the long term without regularly replacing the pillow. 🤯
Is Panda a safe brand for my child?
The Panda kids pillow is a great product, but it’s also super safe for your child and the environment. 🌎
All Panda products are OEKO-Tex Standard 100 certified.
This means they’ve been tested against harmful substances to the highest standard.
Additionally, they are also REACH certified.
This regulation ensures manufacturers identify and manage the risks of substances used in their products.
Is Panda safe for the environment?
Panda Life puts environmental factors at the forefront of its products.
The Panda Circle of Life Programme ensures every product they make reduces its negative impact on the environment.
🌱 Organic bamboo, which is pesticide-free and a sustainable resource and uses 1/3 less water than cotton.
👩🔧 Protecting workers’ rights and using FSC-approved forests that encourage high economic welfare standards and protect wildlife.
💧 Using an eco-friendly “closed-loop” system in the manufacturing process that reuses water in agricultural irrigation.
♻️ Using recyclable or reusable packaging in all of their products.
And these are just a few of the things that the Panda Circle of Life Programme does to protect our world.
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Panda pillow delivery conditions
The Panda kids pillow is delivered in a recycled cardboard box. 📦
The Panda pillow came with free delivery and was delivered by DPD with an hour time slot on the delivery day.
The Panda kids pillow took just a few days to arrive, but next-day delivery options are also available. 🚚💨
Panda Life pays attention to the little things, and we love the details on the cardboard box that made us feel special. 🤗
It was easy-peasy to unbox this pillow.
See for yourself below! 👇
But can you recycle the box once it’s been unpacked?
We were pleased to discover the cardboard packaging was made from 100% recyclable materials and can be recycled again. ♻️
But, the Panda kids pillow itself is wrapped in protective plastic.
You should remove and dispose of the plastic packaging before letting your child have their new pillow.
There was a very faint smell when we first removed the packaging from the Panda kids pillow. ♨️
This is known as off-gassing and should disappear after a few hours.
Off-gassing isn’t harmful or toxic, and the smell was barely noticeable.
Overall, we were delighted with the packaging and delivery service. 👍
Panda kids pillow guarantee
As well as a month-long sleep trial, the Panda kids pillow also includes a decade-long warranty.
This means you’ll be guaranteed against manufacturing faults for 10 years. 🤞
Manufacturing faults include the pillow losing its shape or material unthreading. 🧵
After months of testing, the Panda kids pillow has retained its shape without the need to fluff or puff.
The warranty does not include accidental damage, so we recommend using pillow protectors for additional protection.