Updated on September 4, 2020 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!
The best toddler pillows for ages 1, 2, 3 & 4
(Best value – $)
Why it’s great: This economic 2-pacl 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. Families found them to be soft and comfortable for their young toddlers. These pillows will plump up after the first wash and are just the right size for cribs and toddler beds. Parents also noted that the size of these pillows are perfect for throwing in a backpack for naptime at school or even travel.
Keep in mind: Some parents found the pillows to be too small or too flat, and many parents felt that the quality and durability of these pillows could be better. Use care when washing.
Good for: Families seeking a good deal on basic toddler pillows that are still washable, comfortable, and hypoallergenic.
(Best organic – $$)
Why it’s great: The My Little North Star organic pillow is hypoallergenic and toxin-free. The cotton shell is 100% organic cotton, and the fill is high-quality soft poly cluster fiber which the company claims is “Phthalate-free, Latex-free, Formaldehyde-free, BPA-free, and Lead-free”. The pillow has not been treated with any flame retardants. Also, it is made in the USA with a focus on sustainability and is specially designed to support your toddler’s head, neck, and spine. Reviewers found the pillow to be soft and comfortable, and most found that it held up perfectly fine when washed.
Keep in mind: Some parents said the product they received came with pillowcases made in India or China. In addition, some felt the company’s organic claims were overstated since the interior fill is not organic. However, this pillow is still more chemical-free than most.
Good for: Families who prefer green and eco-friendly bedding options.
(Best ergonomic option – $$)
Why it’s great: This pillow is touted as the perfect size and height for toddlers and 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.) While some parents found the My Little Dreamy Pillow to be too small, and others perceived it to be overstuffed – most thought that the pillow was the perfect size for their toddler.
Keep in mind: Some parents said the pillow shrunk, changed shape or they encountered other issues after washing the pillow, and a few parents complained that the pillow’s materials were not entirely organic as advertised.
Good for: Parents looking for a good starter/training pillow for their toddler that is ergonomically designed for a comfortable night’s sleep.
(Most effective for a safe night’s sleep – $$$)
Why it’s great: Is your child having trouble staying in bed at night? Toddler bumper pillows like this pair by Tebery go on either side of the mattress (underneath the bottom sheet) to help prevent your child from falling off the bed. These bumpers fit any size mattress including a toddler, twin, double, and even queen or king mattresses. Parents found the Tebery bumper pillows to be soft and comfortable. These pillows have a non-slip bottom and come with removable covers that can be washed. In addition, they are 100% waterproof and are hypoallergenic, non-toxic, and BPA-free.
Keep in mind: Some parents found them difficult to keep in place, and a few wished they were slightly taller.
Good for: Toddlers who are having trouble transitioning from a crib to a toddler bed and who may roll around quite a bit in their sleep
(Best decorative – $)
Why it’s great: Featuring fluffy soft fleece, this adorable pillow is the ideal decoration for any toddler’s bedroom. It also comes in several other Disney designs including Mickey, Minnie and Winnie the Pooh. Although a bit small for crib or toddler bed sleeping, this pillow is just the right size to take to daycare or on a road trip. Most parents reported that their kids love cuddling with this pillow and found it to be soft and comfortable. This pillow would make a great gift!
Keep in mind: CAUTION: This product is not machine washable. Many parents found this pillow to be best for decorative use only, and its size is best suited for an accent pillow.
Good for: Disney Cars lovers and parents who want to decorate their child’s room.
(Highest quality choice – $$$)
Why it’s great: Parents appreciate that this bamboo memory foam pillow is made with non-toxic materials and 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. Reviewers also commented on the company’s great customer service and that the pillows are made in the USA.
Keep in mind: Several parents noted that the strong memory foam smell needed to be aired out for at least a few days before using the pillow.
Good for: Parents searching for a eco-friendly memory foam option with cooling technology that doesn’t produce sweat.
(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 $15-30 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.
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!