Even many adults don’t take much time in choosing the right pillows for their beds. Pillows come in standard sizes and firmness. While an adult may choose pillows for the firmness desired, often little other consideration or thought goes into what they sleep on every night. There is even less thought and consideration to the pillows chosen for their children.

If a child gets attached to a particular pillow, regardless of size, the parent will, most likely, allow them to use that pillow without a thought that the pillow might not be suitable. However, parents and other adults who care for kids need to consider the size of the pillow and to find pillows that support the alignment of the child’s head and neck.

When a baby is born parents, grandparents, aunts and friends like to give gifts to them. Included in the gifts might be a blanket with a small, cute matching pillow. While the pillow makes a nice keepsake for the child, it is not a good idea to use the pillow for a young child. Babies, especially, cannot move easily and do not have the dexterity to free themselves from an awkward position, including head face down in a soft pillow. Children should not regularly use pillows of any size until they are, at least, three years of age.

When choosing a pillow for children, consider several factors, including the size and age of the children. It is not a good idea to let a young child simply use one of the extra adult pillows in the house. Pillows made for adults are often either too firm or too soft and are too big, allowing for the misalignment of the head, neck and spine. The best pillow choices for kids are pillows that are smaller and cradle the head and neck, yet have enough firmness to provide support. Start with airline-sized pillows and work up as they grow.

Memory foam pillows tend to be a positive pillow choice for children as these provide good support. They are especially beneficial for kids with medical problems that deal with the head, spine and neck. Child-sized U-shaped neck pillows provide a choice that helps hold your little one’s head in proper position.

More and more children seem to have problems with allergies or specific sensitivities. Stay away from large, soft pillows or ones stuffed with feathers. Choose pillows that block dust mites and are allergen-free. Organic pillows are also an option.

A pillow won’t do any good if they refuse to use it! Kids can be picky! When choosing pillows for children, factor in their own preferences as well.