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When to give a toddler a pillow
Before you embark on purchasing a pillow, you should first consider toddler pillow safety. ⛑️
The NHS recommends avoiding using pillows and duvets in your baby’s cot until they are over 1 year old.
Using a pillow before this age increases the risk of suffocation, choking and SIDS.
When should you use a toddler pillow?
You should consider implementing a toddler pillow into your baby’s sleep routine when they show signs of being ready. ✅
This is typically around 18 - 24 months old.
Signs might include being restless at night, sleeping on their side or with their arm under their head, or putting their heads on cushions or your pillow during the day.
If they are sleeping pillow-free or comfortably with a baby pillow without showing discomfort, you should perhaps wait a while longer.
Alternatively, you could start using a toddler pillow when transitioning them from their cot to a toddler bed.
What type of pillow is suitable for a toddler?
However, you must ensure the pillow is appropriate for the child’s age. 🤔
You should check that the pillow has been designed to accommodate your toddler’s sleep needs.
The pillow should be:
- Soft on the toddler’s head to prevent flat head syndrome
- Supportive and high enough to keep the neck aligned with the spine
- Highly breathable and made with the safest materials
- Hygienic and washable to prevent bacteria and stains from accidents
These factors are why we think the Panda Memory Foam Toddler pillow is an excellent choice.
Is the Bamboo Panda Toddler pillow comfortable?
Our 2-year Sleep Hero tester tried the Panda Toddler pillow for several months. 🧒
- How comfortable they felt on the pillow
- Whether the firmness and loft were suitable
- How warm the toddler felt on the pillow
- How easily the toddler could move on the pillow
- If the pillow kept its shape
- Whether it improved the toddler’s sleep routine
- If the washable cover suited the parent’s lifestyle
Overall, our tester found the Panda Toddler pillow comfy and supportive. 🙌
The soft material moulds around the head and helps to relieve pressure.
The pillow kept the spine in a neutral alignment with the neck throughout the night.
It cushioned the head and shoulders without too much sinking, and the child could move around on it easily.
Were there any changes to the toddler’s sleep pattern?
Our tester slept calmly and comfortably on the Panda Toddler pillow. 😴
Previously, she would end up in a different sleep position and down the end of her cot by the morning.
However, she stayed in the same position and slept at the top of her cot throughout the night. 🧘
Does the pillow keep its shape?
The Panda Memory Foam Toddler pillow stayed in its natural shape without the need to fluff or puff. ☁️
Even though the Panda Toddler pillow is used throughout the day and night, it has not become flat or lumpy like previous pillows.
Panda Toddler pillowcase cover
The Panda Toddler pillow comes with a removable and washable bamboo cover. 🧼
The bamboo pillowcase is soft and thick, with a high-quality feel.
The Panda Toddler pillow has a cute panda logo on the front, which has been a loved feature for toddlers and kids.
However, if you use a light-coloured pillowcase on the Panda Toddler pillow, the logo might show through, which can be slightly inconvenient. 🙁
However, we found it was the perfect size for toddler pillowcases.
One of the best features of the toddler pillow cover is that it’s removable and washable.
So, how do you wash the Panda Toddler pillow cover?
How to wash the Panda Toddler pillow cover
You can easily unzip and remove the bamboo fabric cover for a fuss-free clean.
Simply pop the anti-allergy cover into the washing machine with your regular baby-safe detergent at 40℃.
Overall, we found the cover easy to remove and wash.
You should check the care instructions for more advice on caring for your Panda Memory Foam Toddler pillow. 👀
Does the Panda Toddler pillow cover keep the pillow protected?
The thick removable cover kept the Panda Toddler pillow protected throughout the night. ☔
We also noticed a stain on the cover after our toddler tester had used the pillow.
However, the cover protected the pillow from the stain, and once the cover was washed, it was as good as new. ✨
The attached mesh fabric cover on the pillow provides additional protection from dust mites and bacteria.
Panda Toddler pillow price
The Panda Toddler pillow is competitively priced compared to other memory foam pillows and baby products.
Other brands compromise on quality to keep their prices low, but the Panda Toddler pillow is high-quality and affordable. 💰
Unlike other toddler pillows that have to be constantly replaced, the Panda Toddler pillow will keep its shape.
In fact, it’s guaranteed for a full 10 years, so you could even pass the pillow down to your younger children once they are at the appropriate age.
Panda Toddler pillow delivery conditions
The Panda Memory Foam Toddler pillow is delivered in a neat recyclable cardboard box. ♻️
Delivery is free for all orders over £30, and your order should arrive within 2 - 3 working days.
Our Panda Toddler pillow was delivered by DPD, who gave us an hour time slot on the day of delivery to let us know when they would arrive. ⏲️
You can see the unboxing process below!
Overall, we were delighted with the seamless delivery process.
Some memory foam products experience off-gassing, creating an unpleasant smell when first opened.
However, even though the Panda Toddler pillow is made from memory foam, we experienced minimal off-gassing when we unboxed the pillow.
Panda Toddler pillow guarantee
Not only does Panda offer a 30-night trial period with their pillow range, but they also offer a 10-year guarantee.
Even some of the most luxurious pillows will go flat after a year and are typically only guaranteed for as much as 3 years.
Typically, toddler pillows are made from cheap hollowfibre that lack longevity.
Yet, the high-quality memory foam in the Panda Toddler pillow is designed to keep its shape.
However, Panda has complete confidence in the durability of their pillows.
In fact, our Panda Toddler pillow still looks as new as when we first got it. ✨
All Panda pillows bought directly through the Panda site will qualify for the 10-year guarantee; others will need to be registered.
Should I buy the Panda Toddler pillow?
We highly recommend the Panda Toddler pillow if you are looking for your toddler’s first pillow. ✅
Our experience testing this pillow and the overwhelmingly positive customer reviews suggest this could be the best pillow available for toddlers.
And you can always send it back within 30 nights if you prove us wrong!
Take a look at our final rating below: