Updated on by Lyric Fergusson
Looking for the perfect toddler pillow for bedtime and naptime? We’ve reviewed some of the best hypoallergenic or eco-friendly options, as well as a set of bumper rails and a decorative plush Disney pillow. Set your child up for a good night’s sleep with these cozy and adorable pillow options!
Best Toddler Pillows for Ages 1, 2, 3 & 4
(Most eco friendly — $$)
Why it’s great: This bamboo memory foam pillow is made with non-toxic materials, Biogreen, and CertiPUR-US Certified foam. This foam is made without ozone depleters, PBDE flame retardants, heavy metals, formaldehyde or phthalates. The Snuggle-Pedic toddler pillow is completely machine washable and claims to never go flat. The pillow’s memory foam shapes itself to your child for a comfortable night’s sleep and the special cooling technology ensures a sweat-free night. The company has great customer service and the pillows are made in the USA.
Keep in mind: The strong memory foam smell needs to be aired out for at least a few days before using the pillow.
Good for: Parents searching for an eco-friendly memory foam option with cooling technology.
(Best value — $)
Why it’s great: This economic 2-pack of toddler pillows is 100% hypoallergenic, machine-washable (tumble dry on low), and mold, mildew, and dust-mite resistant. They have a 100% cotton cover and are filled with just the right amount of fluff. They are super soft and comfortable for young toddlers. These pillows will plump up after the first wash and are just the right size for cribs and toddler beds. The size of these pillows is perfect for throwing in a backpack for naptime at school or even travel.
Keep in mind: These pillows are fairly flat, but toddlers don’t need a lot of fluff or it’ll hurt their small necks.
Good for: Families seeking a good deal on basic toddler pillows that are still washable, comfortable, and hypoallergenic.
(Best organic — $$)
Why it’s great: The My Little North Star organic pillow is hypoallergenic and toxin-free. The cotton shell is 100% organic cotton and the fill is high-quality, soft poly-cluster fiber, which the company claims is “Phthalate-free, Latex-free, Formaldehyde-free, BPA-free, and Lead-free”. Also, it is made in the USA with a focus on sustainability and is specially designed to support your toddler’s head, neck, and spine. This pillow is soft and comfortable and it’s machine washable!
Keep in mind: The polyester fill is not organic, but it’s not treated with any chemicals.
Good for: Families who prefer green and eco-friendly bedding options.
(Most fun — $)
Why it’s great: This pillow comes in different adorable designs and doesn’t require a pillowcase! On top of that, it’s completely machine washable, which makes it just as easy to clean as if it had a pillowcase. It’s made with 100% cotton with a polyester fill and has just the right amount of fluff to support your toddler’s head and neck. It’s soft and won’t lose its shape, even after 400 washes! It’s the perfect size for cribs and toddler beds, but also makes a great travel pillow, as it can fit in a backpack easily.
Keep in mind: This is an all in one piece, so you can’t remove the cover at all. Luckily, it’s machine washable, so you can throw the whole thing in if it gets dirty.
Good for: Parents that don’t want to have to mess with a pillowcase.
This pillow is also available on Amazon.com ➜
(Most ergonomic — $$)
Why it’s great: This pillow is touted as the perfect size and height for toddlers. In fact, KeaBabies even consulted a chiropractor in order to design the best possible ergonomic pillow. The pillow and pillowcase are both machine washable and made with 100% hypoallergenic cotton that is silky soft. Air drying the pillow is recommended for it to best keep its shape. You can choose from multiple, adorable pillowcase designs, so you’re sure to find one that you love. At 18” x 13”, this pillow is perfect for travel, whether it’s to daycare, preschool, visiting family, or vacation.
Keep in mind: This one is pretty fluffy to start, but it does flatten out just enough after a couple uses.
Good for: Parents looking for a good starter/training pillow for their toddler that is ergonomically designed for a comfortable night’s sleep.
(Best down pillow — $$$)
Why it’s great: This toddler pillow is filled with European white goose down and has an Egyptian cotton cover. It’s super lightweight, soft, comfortable, and fluffy. The fill ratio was designed to support toddlers’ heads and necks and all the materials are hypoallergenic. This pillow is also highly durable and won’t lose its shape. Comfy Down also offers customized fill, which means you can choose how fluffy or flat you want the pillow to be, and they offer a satisfaction guarantee!
Keep in mind: This one does not come with a pillowcase, so you’ll have to purchase that separately.
Good for: Parents that want to be able to customize the amount of fill in their child’s pillow.
(Most effective for a safe night’s sleep — $$$)
Why it’s great: Is your child having trouble staying in bed at night? Toddler bumper pillows, like this pair by Tebery, go on either side of the mattress (underneath the bottom sheet) to help prevent your child from falling off the bed. These bumpers fit any size mattress including a toddler, twin, double, and even queen or king mattresses. The Tebery bumper pillows are soft and comfortable. These pillows have a non-slip bottom and come with removable covers that can be washed. In addition, they are 100% waterproof and are hypoallergenic, non-toxic, and BPA-free.
Keep in mind: These are not meant to trap your child, so they’re not super high. They just keep them from rolling out of bed, not climbing out.
Good for: Toddlers who are having trouble transitioning from a crib to a toddler bed and who may roll around quite a bit in their sleep
(Best two-pack — $$)
Why it’s great: This toddler pillow is made with a 100% organic cotton cover and microfiber fill, making it super soft and comfortable. It’s also hypoallergenic, machine washable, and the perfect size for toddlers. The fill ratio was designed to provide just enough support and comfort for little heads and necks. It’s also very flexible, making it perfect for toddlers that like to sleep in multiple positions, such as on their back or sides. This pillow comes in a set of two, so you’ll have a backup if needed.
Keep in mind: These pillows don’t come with pillowcases, so you’ll need to buy them separately.
Good for: Parents that want a high quality, organic cotton pillow.
(Best decorative — $)
Why it’s great: Featuring fluffy soft fleece, this adorable pillow is the ideal decoration for any toddler’s bedroom. It also comes in several other Disney designs including Mickey, Minnie, and Winnie the Pooh. Although it’s a bit small for crib or toddler bed sleeping, this pillow is just the right size to take to daycare or on a road trip. You can also get a slightly larger size from Wayfair. Kids love cuddling with this pillow because it’s so soft and comfortable. This pillow would make a great gift!
Keep in mind: This pillow is not machine washable, so it’s definitely a little harder to clean.
Good for: Disney Cars lovers and parents who want to decorate their child’s room.
This pillow is also available on Amazon.com ➜
(Most sanitary — $$$)
Why it’s great: This pillow has a dual coil technology fiber that contains natural silver. Silver helps to wick away moisture and keep your child cool. It also has antimicrobial properties, which keep the pillow from growing bacteria, mold, or mildew. This will keep the pillow fresh and help your child get a good night’s sleep. It has a medium fill, which allows your child to get the support they need no matter how they sleep, from back or sides to stomach. On top of that, the pillowcase is super cute and gender neutral, made from 100% cotton.
Keep in mind: This one is a little pricier, but worth it to keep your child sleeping comfortably all night long.
Good for: Parents that are worried about sweat and want an antimicrobial pillow.
(Best for school and travel — $)
Why it’s great: This is a good basic pillow that is durable, washes well, and offers a variety of adorable pillowcases (sold separately) in different designs. These factors make it ideal for frequent travel and use at preschool. The pillows and pillowcases are both made with 100% hypoallergenic cotton that is silky soft. Parents rave about the company’s customer service, with many noting that they were contacted a few days after their order to see if they were satisfied. The company even offers replacement pillows with a custom amount of filling if the pillow isn’t “just right” for your child. As a family-owned business, Little Sleepy Head is proud to offer the “Love the fluff” guarantee for these pillows which are made in the USA. A portion of each sale even goes to charity!
Keep in mind: The pillow can start to get lumpy after a while and a few parents encountered mold after washing, so be sure to fluff and dry thoroughly.
Good for: Parents looking for a simple basic pillow that is washable, will travel well, and will hold up with heavy use.
FAQs about Toddler Pillows
1. What are some key features to consider when buying toddler pillows?
Some features to consider are size, materials, durability, and whether or not the pillow is washable. You’ll want to look for organic materials whenever possible, or at least hypoallergenic ones. And especially for parents of toddlers, the ability to wash a pillow often is incredibly important. You will want to find a pillow that can maintain its shape well and will not burst, rip, or tear in the washing machine.
2. What is the earliest age my child can sleep with a toddler pillow?
In keeping with safe sleeping guidelines, stuffed animals and pillows should be kept out of the crib or toddler bed until your toddler is ready – generally around the age of 18 months to 2 years of age. While there are no specific guidelines, pillows are never recommended for children under the age of 1 and most parents generally wait until their toddlers are out of the crib entirely.
3. How long will my toddler’s pillow last?
With the right quality purchase, your toddler’s first pillow can last them a couple of years. And if you purchase a waterproof zipper cover, they can last even longer. Taking care to wash on the gentle cycle and tumble dry whenever possible will also help with the longevity of your pillow. With the right care, your toddler’s pillow can even last until they outgrow it and are ready for the next size.
4. What price can I expect to pay for a toddler pillow?
While the price will vary depending on quality, expect to pay from $15-70 for a high-quality and durable pillow, especially if you are seeking an organic or hypoallergenic option. Pillowcases may be sold separately and some products even come with a set of 2 pillows.
5. Can toddlers use a memory foam pillow?
Toddlers are lighter weight than adults, so a memory foam pillow could be comfortable as long as it’s supportive enough and doesn’t bring their head up too high. You can certainly try one out and see if your child’s spine is in the correct alignment. If it’s a memory foam toddler pillow, it should be fine. Just make sure the foam is non-toxic.
As an inevitable rite of passage, the purchase of your toddler’s first pillow will hopefully lead to many wonderful hours of sleep for them – and quiet time for you! If your toddler is at least 18 months of age and is starting to transition out of the crib and into a toddler bed, you can probably safely assume they are ready for a pillow. Look for an option that is soft, comfortable, hypoallergenic, and washable. Sweet dreams!
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