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Learn More About Your Child's Pillows And Bedding
As a new parent, there are lots of new things to discover. It does not only stay with the choice of formula though, as you also need to decide on when to give your child a pillow and what bedding is best for them. If you want some answers to these questions, be sure to read on.
When Can I Start Giving My Child A Pillow?
As most people already know, pillows are now suitable for newborns, this since babies can have their nose and their mouth blocked easily by a pillow. So, pillows should never be used for babies and neither should heavy blankets.
Once your child is over a year and a half old, you can introduce them to pillows. That being said, some parents prefer waiting just a little longer. When in doubt, you can also consult a medical professional for detailed advice.
What Type Of Pillow Is Best For My Child?
There are pillows that are specifically made for children, as you can see in our range of kids pillows. Children's pillows tend to be more suitable for the neck and head of your child, so it is certainly recommended to look into the various options available to you. Please note, it is best to avoid memory foam pillows until your child is at least three years old.
When Can My Toddler Move From The Cot To A Toddler Bed?
There is no pre-determined age where you should move your child from his cot to a toddler bed. That being said, most parents make the switch when their child is three years old.
It is highly possible that the switch can be made earlier, so parents can always look out for special cues that indicate they are ready for a toddler bed. For example, if your toddler tends to climb out of the cot a lot, it might be time for a toddler bed instead. In some cases, the toddler may have been talking about their own toddler bed. Your child could also have outgrown their cot, in which case the switch to a toddler bed is certainly recommended.
What Are The Preferred Materials For Children's Beds?
When you are ready to buy a bed for your child, there are various materials you could consider. However, there are three materials that stand out above the rest, more specifically wood, metal, and plastic. Below, we have listed the benefits of each of these materials.
Metal - If you are looking for durability, then a metal bed could be an option for you. While it can be more expensive than the other materials mentioned today, this material has a longer lifespan than most types of wood and plastic. They are also available in neutral colours, which will fit great in a contemporary home.
Wood - Much like metal, wood is a durable material that is built to stand the test of time. In addition to that, wood is available in many different colours and finishes, this means you will have little trouble finding a bed that fits in your child's bedroom interior. You can also paint the bed yourself, so you can save some money by customising a wood bed yourself.
Plastic - If you are looking for something that is quite and fast to assemble, a plastic bed might be the option. Plastic is also the most affordable option in this overview of bed materials, although it is less durable than wood or metal.
Despite the lack of durability, plastic can be preferred by many parents because it is so easy to maintain. There are also stronger plastic constructions these days, so the reduced durability does not necessarily have to be a hindrance for parents in search of a decent bed for their child.
What Are The Different Beds That Can Be Obtained For Kids?
There are different variations on the basic single bed. You can start of with a toddler bed and eventually branch out to a bunk bed, cabin bed, or a loft bed. Once your child is a little older, you can give them the opportunity to choose their own bed. Being involved in the decision will surely make them enjoy it more.