When can a baby have a pillow?

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Babies should not use pillows!

So what age can children start using a pillow? Most experts recommend that children/toddlers can safely start using pillows from the age of about 18 to 24 months, around the same age as they are ready to move from a cot into a toddler size bed.

The NHS advises ‘Don't use pillows or duvets with babies under the age of one, as they can suffocate if their face gets smothered. They won't be able to push the duvet away.’

 

Our tips:

  • If your child is sleeping well without a pillow, then they probably don’t need one.
  • Make sure the pillow is smaller than an adult size pillow - a regular pillow could strain your child’s neck and shoulders. The size that you get on an aeroplane is about right, approximately 30 x 45cm and not more than 5cm high.
  • A toddler pillow should be firm - If the pillow is too soft it could be a suffocation risk. Press down on the pillow, if it doesn’t regain its shape then it’s too soft and may be unsafe.
  • Check that the pillow is machine washable - there are bound to be numerous occasions when it’s necessary to quickly wash your child’s pillow! You don’t want to have to dry clean or replace their pillow on a regular basis!

 

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Bedding size guide

Duvet size & weight guide

These are standard UK bedding sizes so if you know your mattress size you can easily work out which duvet size you need.

Duvet size Duvet weight UK mattress size
Single 135 x 200cm
(4ft 5" x 6ft 7")
4.5 tog - 302g 
9 tog - 486g 
All seasons - 788g
90 x 190cm
Double 200 x 200cm
(6ft 7" x 6ft 7")
4.5 tog - 448g
9 tog - 720g
All seasons - 1168g
135 x 190cm
King 225 x 220cm
(7ft 4" x 7ft 3")
4.5 tog - 567g 
9 tog - 911g
All seasons - 1478g
150 x 200cm
Super King 260 x 220cm
(8ft 6" x 7ft 3")
4.5 tog - 641g
9 tog - 1030g
All seasons - 1671g
180 x 200cm 

 

Duvet tog rating guide

Young children can overheat so if they are old enough to be using a full size bed, we recommend using a single size 4.5 tog duvet.

 Tog rating Season / heat Feel
4.5 tog Summer / hot sleepers Lower thermal insulation
9 tog Spring & Autumn Cosy medium heat
All season (4.5 + 9 tog) Winter / cold sleepers Very warm

 

Pillow size guide

Our pillows come in two sizes and provide medium support.

Standard 
50 x 75cm
King 50 x 90cm

 

Bed linen size guide

Our fitted sheets are deep fit, up to 40cm / 15.7" mattress depth. And our duvet covers fasten with large, easy to use buttons.

Duvet cover Fitted sheet Pillowcase (pair)
Single 140 x 200cm 90 x 190cm
Double 200 x 200cm 135 x 190cm 50cm x 75cm (Standard)
King 230 x 220cm 150 x 200cm 50cm x 90cm (King)
Super king 260 x 220cm 180 x 200cm

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