No matter how well-made or durable, everything breaks down over time – especially when kids are involved. But often, this process isn't so obvious, and it can be hard to know when it's time to replace something. At 5 Little Monkeys, we've spent years crafting a children's sleep system designed to give growing bodies what they need for healthy sleep, so we've seen first-hand the impact that proper kids bedding can have on a child's sleep. That means it's important to replace things like mattresses and pillows as they break down. But how long should you wait?
The Lifespan of a Child's Pillow
Mattresses tend to last long. Our own children's mattress comes with a 15-year warranty, and most of our customers find that it lasts well through childhood. But pillows aren't quite so durable. So how long should you go before replacing your child's pillow?
Inexpensive, polyester pillows are the least durable, and these should be replaced about every 6 months. The reason is that these cheaper pillows break down faster, and that means they're less able to provide proper support over time. However, a more high-quality children's pillow – like our own 5 Little Monkeys pillow – can last much longer. Generally, a high-quality pillow should last anywhere from 18 to 36 months, depending on use.
These guidelines will give you a good ballpark of when to replace your child's pillow, but to know for sure, use the fold test. Fold the pillow in half and hold it in that position for about 30 seconds. When you let go, the pillow should spring back to its normal, flat position. If it doesn't, the structural integrity of the pillow has been compromised. That means it's time to look for a new one.
Try Our Premium Pillow for Kids
Your child's pillow is nearly as important as their mattress when it comes to promoting healthy sleep, so it's important to get a high-quality pillow and replace it when it starts to wear down. At 5 Little Monkeys, our kids pillow is custom-designed to give growing bodies the unique skeletal support they need for healthy sleep. Want to see the difference for yourself? Order our children's pillow online today and find out how healthy, restful sleep can improve your child's life – and your own.