The market is full of baby pillows, with various designs, aimed at helping flat head issues. Unfortunately there is little evidence they do help. The safety and efficacy of these pillows is also not regulated by law. They are worth a try but only as methods of prevention/initial remedial action (see my previous post). It helps to start early, as early as 4 weeks old, and combine them with lots of tummy time (when baby is awake).
At night time I would always position these pillows under the crib/cot sheet a) to avoid any risks of suffocation and b) to avoid having to wash the pillow too frequently.
I chose Lilla Kuddis and Lovenest because some friends had used them, I did not see major cons and the price was reasonable. I started with the Lovenest. My daughter liked it but started wriggling out of it after only a few weeks making the pillow useless. I then tried the Lilla Kuddis and I used it till my daughter started to roll over (6 months).
Lilla Kuddis http://www.lillakuddisbabypillows.com
One of longest established among all baby pillows on the market; it has been sold in the UK since 2004. It is made of very soft and light density anti-allergen polyester fibre fill. The concept behind it is very simple: the soft cushion supports the head and removes the pressure from the flat, harder mattress surface.
What I like about it:
1) comfortable pillow for the baby – my daughter slept really well on it.
2) the large size (38 x 55cm) is good for the cot and will last till the baby starts to roll over (6/7 months or so). A smaller size 28 x 35 cm also exists but I did not try it.
3) apparently Dr W John Fysh’s (Consultant Paediatrician at The Portland Hospital in London) endorses it (see Lilla Kuddis website).
4) reasonable price – GBP 16.50.
This is not a major negative. They used to make the cover of the pillow from 100% cotton but now it is polyster.
The company suggests to place both the baby’s head and shoulders on the pillow.
Also they now make a premium versions (about GBP 10 more expensive) in Dacron that should be more durable. Not sure this is worth it.
Babymoov Lovenest http://www.products.babymoov.eu/lovenest.html
Made of soft hypoallergenic foam, its shape (hole in the middle) and inclination are such that should help the pressure to be more evenly distributed over the child’s skull. Developed and patented by a well known French Pediatrician, Dr Manuel Maidenberg.
What I like about it:
1) small, flexible, easy to carry: can be used in the cot, in the pram, on the playmat or bouncy chair.
2) durable, easily washable and dries quickly.
3) reasonable price: often available at or below GBP 15.
1) A bit small (24 x 23 x 3 cm), will only work for the first couple of months. When the baby starts moving, the head won’t stay rightly positioned on the central hole.
2) No removable cover so you need to wash the whole pillow.
3) Made of foam.
-Babymoov products have a lifetime warranty if you register them online within 2 months of purchase at http://www.service-babymoov.com.
P.S. The MIMOS baby pillow did not convince me. It costs about 3 times as much other similar products on the market and is small (21 x 28 x 3 cm), so I struggle to see how it could last more than a few weeks.