March 22, 2024

Introducing Pillows and Blankets

Introducing Pillows and Blankets

As your baby transitions into toddlerhood, you might start wondering about the right time to introduce pillows and blankets into their sleep environment. This milestone is as exciting as it is daunting. After all, ensuring your little one sleeps safely and comfortably is your top priority.

Let's navigate this cozy journey together, ensuring your child's move to using pillows and blankets is as smooth and safe as possible.


Typically, it's safe to start introducing pillows and blankets to your child's sleep environment after the age of 2 and once they are in a big bed (this is following Red Nose recommendations for Australia, available here).

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no loose bedding, blankets or pillows under the age of 12 months.


When selecting a pillow, opt for one that's firm and flat to minimise any risks. A small, toddler sized pillow is perfect for their little heads and ensures their necks aren't positioned at an awkward angle.


Lightweight and breathable is the way to go for blankets. Heavy or bulky blankets can lead to overheating or pose a suffocation risk. Ensure the blanket is no larger than the crib or toddler bed, allowing it to tuck in securely on the sides and bottom. 


As you introduce these new items, keep an eye on safety. Be sure to watch your child's response to these new additions, looking for signs of discomfort or overheating, such as sweating or restlessness. 


Start Gradually: Introduce the pillow and blanket during nap times when you can monitor their comfort and safety more closely.

Engage your Child: Let your toddler pick out their bedding. This can make them more excited about the transition and more willing to stay in bed.

Consistency is Key: As with any new change, consistency helps your child adjust. Keep bedtime routines the same, even as you introduce new elements to their sleep environment.


Introducing pillows and blankets to your child's sleep setup is a significant milestone in their growth and development. It symbolises their transition from babyhood to the big-kid world of toddlers. With the right approach, this transition can be a smooth and safe one, leading to many cozy, restful nights ahead.

Remember, every child is unique and their readiness for change can vary. Trust your instincts, observe their cues and don't hesitate seek help if you have any concerns.

Ready for a cozy upgrade? If you have any questions about this transition, we're always here to help.

  • Our 12-36 Month Sleep Guide is full of information on all things toddlerhood and the sleep challenges you'll encounter at this age including signs to look out for that your little one is ready for blankets and pillows 
  • For parents struggling with several things such as catnapping, frequent night waking, early morning rising or things that simply no longer work, have a look at our Phone + One Week Support option.
  • Not sure what is right for you? Get on the phone to one of our experienced consultants with our FREE 15min Discovery Call