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Positioning pillows for babies: when and how to use them

Restful sleep is considered the most important factor for a baby's healthy development. In the first three months of life, newborns sleep an average of 16 to 18 hours a day. In order to support healthy and restful sleep, many parents turn to so-called positioning pillows. However, baby pillows and the like should only be used from a certain age. Find out everything you need to know about positioning pillows here.

What is a positioning pillow anyway?

The positioning pillow originally comes from the medical and therapeutic field and is still used today to provide patients in bed or in a wheelchair with a comfortable position. In the meantime, however, lateral position pillows, support pillows and positioning pillows are also used in the home. Parents in particular like to use the pillows to support their babies. A positioning pillow is intended to relieve the baby's head. The baby's head is still easily deformable and the long sleeping time puts permanent pressure on the baby's head. If an infant does not move sufficiently during the sleeping phases, deformations can occur. A positioning pillow is intended to counteract this. In addition, the positioning pillow is supposed to increase the baby's well-being - he or she can sink comfortably into the pillow.

When should you start using a positioning pillow for your baby?

In the first months of life, parents should avoid all types of pillows. Pillows can increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in the first few months because the baby could bury its face in them. In the first time, it is completely sufficient if a suitable sleeping bag is placed on the mattress in the baby's bed.

However, it is not easy to give a general answer as to when a positioning pillow should be used for the first time. If your baby is premature or there is a risk that the baby's head will become deformed, a positioning pillow can be used earlier.

For premature babies, special positioning pillows are even recommended after birth. The positioning pillows for premature babies resemble the shape of a horseshoe, so that the little babies lie in a bending position and feel like they are in the womb. This creates a feeling of security. Deformations are prevented by distributing the pressure evenly over the head.

What is the safest sleepposition for the baby?

During the first twelve months, you should always place your baby on its back to sleep. Experts consider this to be the safest sleepposExperts consider this to be the safest sleeping position, because babies can breathe best this way and the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is reduced considerably. However, if your baby is already very awake and active, you should make sure that he or she can also lie on his or her stomach from time to time to strengthen the abdominal, neck and back muscles. Although the side position relieves the baby's head and prevents deformities, doctors and midwives tend to advise against it, as the baby can easily roll from side to stomach. However, there are of course situations in which it makes sense to lie the baby on its side. Always check this with your paediatrician beforehand.

Buy positioning pillows for children online

Although pillows are not recommended in the first months of life, special positioning pillows can be used earlier. For example, positioning pillows are recommended for premature babies or for babies whose heads would otherwise become deformed. In our online shop, we offer positioning pillows for the supine position as well as for the side position. Our special positioning pillows are 100% safe and designed so that the baby is well supported and can always breathe easily. The back support from Babymoov for example has a very flat cushion that the baby cannot sink into. It also supports the legs higher and offers optimal comfort. With a side support set, you can position your baby on the left and right in a varied way and thus counteract deformations. The lateral positioning set is designed to prevent turning onto the stomach. All support and positioning pillows are made of high-quality material and have a soft filling and a comfortable cover.