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  1. Expert: Steve and Andrew Hammond
    February 22nd, 2009
    When can I start using a pillow and stuffed toys in my child’s crib?

    Don't place anything in your infant's crib until you are completely satisfied your child has the ability to move with ease. Once baby has mastered rolling you can give her a stuffed toy as a transitional "comfort" object.

    As a general rule, it is much better for a baby to sleep on a flat surface for the first year. Pillows are typically safe around 14 to 16 months of age, but it depends on the child. Before placing a pillow in your baby's crib, you must be 100 percent confident she is able to roll over with ease and sit for a prolonged period without any difficulty.

    Steve and Andrew Hammond are co-owners of Baby First Aid–an Ontario-based company that specializes in baby and toddler emergencies.