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    Default Flat head prevention pillows

    At the pregnancy expo I bought a foam pillow designed to prevent deformed heads when baby likes on its back in the cot. It's like a small square with a contoured hole in the middle that cradles the baby's head. When I saw the early childhood nurse she said don't use it because the baby will turn its head around anyway, and it's a SIDS risk. I feel like I've wasted my money now because I am too scared to use it. Has anyone had success with this type of pillow? They say to use it up to 4 months.

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    I like the look of them but I wouldn't use them unless my baby actually started getting a little flat spot. I wouldn't use them preventatively. I really don't see how it could be a SIDs risk - with a newborn anyway.

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    Generally if you rotate bubs head to opp sides when they are sleeping you have no need for the pillow. IMO it's just a gimmick.

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    My doctor recommended these pillows for my bub. He was always turning right, but after 2 weeks with the pillow he turns his head left more now.

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    I noticed that my bub had a preference for having his head turned to the right when he was about 6 weeks old. He has a slight flat spot from this. I've been turning his head to the left after he goes to sleep, and after 2 weeks of this he seems to be happy with either side and the flat spot is evening out a little. I can see how the pillow could be a SIDS risk as bub could possibly turn his head enough toward the pillow so as to restrict his breathing. I personally wouldn't risk it.

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    I was going to get one of these pillows 2nd time around after having to correct a flat spot on DDs head and having to sleep her on her side to correct it as it didnt matter how many times you turned her head she would just move it back to the centre. The pillows are designed to be safely used up to 4mths or when baby starts to roll, so i cant see how it would be a sids risk until baby rolls. I would rather prevent the flat spot early than try to correct it later, once they start moving around, it makes it more difficult to fix.

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    i used one for my DD. she used to tilt her head more to the right in the beginning but everything worked out soon enough and from my experience, they don't really hurt or deform the head because my family is fond of these pillows and use them a lot and they do the work well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia View Post
    Generally if you rotate bubs head to opp sides when they are sleeping you have no need for the pillow. IMO it's just a gimmick.
    ^^ This.
    My DS had a large flat spot when he was a baby (to the point where we saw a specialist physio) but we just kept rotating it when he was asleep and encouraging him to look the other way and it's now fine.

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    personally i just limit the amount of time my child is flat on their back on any surface. they live in a sling or in arms for the first few months anyway.

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    Default Flat head prevention pillows

    It's not a sids risk if you are watching baby so you can use it during the day when you are sitting near. It is good to have around to use immediately when you notice the flat spot forming. My DS still has a flat spot & he is 2 wanting to prevent that with DD. But it is hard bc I can't give her tummy time with my toddler around in case he hurts her as he is 21 months. The CHN said give her tummy time on the change table and it's better than 15 mins block time anyway. So every nappy change she does left side, right side and tummy. Also to keep her off the ground so DS can't walk on her, she spends a lot of time in the carrier which also strengthens her neck muscles. I wish I had known all these tricks with DS!

    Edit: apologies, just realised I was replying to an old thread I was reading through ah I hope my reply is helpful to someone
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