No matter how a mother is before, during, and after giving birth, she needs to prepare baby essentials. Baby essentials include a lot of things: a crib or bassinet,baby monitor, diaper changing table, a swaddle, drool bibs, pacifier,baby sleep sack,baby rompers,baby pillow etc.
Today's article is structured around baby pillows.
1. What kinds of baby pillows are good?
1.1 Hypoallergenic & Skin-Friendly
Babies have vulnerable, sensitive skins and bodies. There are many indoor allergens in homes. Like house dust mites, it can easily trigger allergies. Babies may catch some skin problems such as eczema and rashes. So when a mother is selecting a pillow for her baby, she should pay particular attention to choosing hypoallergenic pillows. What kind of fabrics are hypoallergenic? Some common ones are linen, cotton, silk. These are all light natural fabrics that are skin-friendly to babies. A responsible supplier should always proceed looking from the user's point of view and produce natural, sustainable products. It is not only good for users but also safe for all workers. Ensuring products are made within the resource limits of the planet. When you are finding baby pillows, you can check if the pillow has a label that carries anti-allergen information.
Babies sweat, due to the clothes which they wear to keep them warm and sometimes will drool. The above can cause the pillow to get wet or dirty, which can encourage the growth of bacteria.
How can we solve this problem? You can try to get a breathable or waterproof pillow. It helps to keep the baby pillow clean and fresh, reduce infections, prevent allergies.
Babies spend a lot of time sleeping. It is important for parents to help create a safe, cozy sleeping environment for them. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a newborn or a little baby under three months do not need to have a pillow. It may cause danger to them. Parents are better to keep the baby’s crib or bed with nothing. When babies get older, like over three months, parents can consider buying a suitable pillow for them. It is important to ensure that this pillow is not too high or too low, as this can strain the muscles and nerves in the neck, leading to head and neck pain in the morning.
2. Baby pillow clean tips
2.1 prepare at least two different pillowcases
In order to make the baby clean and healthy, parents should pay more attention to changing the dirty or wet clothes also accessories in time. So they need to prepare more than one pillowcase. This is important for changing when one is being washed.
2.2 check the fabric care instructions before washing
There are so many baby pillow brands in the market. Different pillows are made of different materials. They have their own care instructions. People need to read carefully and then follow the specific instructions to wash.
2.3 avoid using bleach or other harsh chemicals
Wash daily supplies, especially for baby’s use, the key point is to keep them healthy and safe. Bleaches and harsh chemicals both are harmful to the human body. Parents should avoid using them.
2.4 use gentle, chemical-free detergents
As we said above, the materials of the baby pillows need to be natural, and eco-friendly. So do the detergents. No matter what brand of detergent you choose, it should be safe for both babies and mothers.
2.5 make sure to rinse all the detergent out
Before drying, make sure you have rinsed all the detergent out. Pillows can be breeding ground for bacteria if not rinsed correctly.
2.6 hang to dry, air dry, use a dryer
After washing, it is time to talk about how to dry. Typically, it is suggested that you can dry the pillow in the following three methods: hang to dry, air dry, use a dryer. Air dry and hang to dry are greener than a dryer, they use zero energy.
2.7 use half a cup of baking soda to remove the odor
Sometimes, you may find the baby pillow is smelly because of sweat or drool. At this time, you can use half a cup of baking soda to remove the odor.