by Angela Tague
Since children spend a large amount of time sleeping during their crucial development stages, it's important to help them rest comfortably. Memory foam pillows will improve your child's sleeping posture, resulting in restful and productive sleep. The dense material molds to the child's shape, cradling his or her neck and head. Here's what to look for when you shop online for your child's memory foam pillow.
Choose a size. Children ages 3 and older can safely benefit from memory foam pillows, although a few specific memory foam pillows are made smaller for children as young as age 2. Select a pillow that coordinates with your child's current bed size for the best fit. Choose standard-size pillows for toddler beds or twin beds. A queen-size pillow will fit best on full-size and queen-size beds; these pillows are better for older children. If your child is still in a crib, he is too young for a pillow.
Research your child's sleep position. You want to look in on your child while she is sleeping to see what position she prefers; asking a kid isn't always a reliable way to find out.
Back sleepers: If your child spends the majority of the night on his back, a memory foam pillow will give him upper body support. A standard memory foam pillow is recommended for this sleeping style.
Side sleepers: Children who sleep on their sides can use a contoured or conventional memory foam pillow, which are designed for neck and back-of-the-head support. If you choose a contoured pillow, make sure it's small enough for your child's shoulder span.
Stomach sleepers: Pick a conventional memory foam pillow for stomach sleepers. Contoured pillows may cause discomfort for stomach sleepers.
Choose the type of memory foam. Traditional viscoelastic memory foam pillows tend to be heavier, and they retain their shapes well. Latex varieties are lighter and return to their original shapes faster. Gel memory foam pillows are great for children who get hot while they sleep.
Choose a higher density pillow for support. Children benefit from a supportive pillow while their bodies are growing. Look for pillows with a 4 to 5 pound density rating for optimal support.
Children with medical conditions of the neck and spine may benefit from the support provided by memory foam pillows. Contact your pediatrician for information regarding your child's specific medical condition and the use of supportive pillows.