Lily is one hell of a fuss pot when it comes to beds and comfort in general, she only likes certain fabrics, hates it when blankets touch her feet and needs her head space to be supported – that’s where this Panda Kids Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow* comes in. I suffer from Hypermobility Syndrome, Eloise is also Hypermobile and Lily is waiting on a physio appointment because I believe she is showing signs too so I’m always overly cautions about my children’s bedding, especially when it comes to pillows and mattresses, making sure they are good quality and supportive of their joints.
This pillow from Panda is made from odourless third generation memory foam which helps support the head and spine correctly and the contour curve in the middle of the pillow will help to protect against flat head syndrome and helps your toddlers head fall naturally in the correct place. When I opened the packet it did have that gross “memory foam” smell to it although slightly less so than most standard memory foam products I’ve had before. It took a while to get the stink out but it wasn’t impossible. I left it for a week and it still had a slight smell so I just chucked it in the washing machine (not advisable but it worked).
The pillow case comes with it and is made from bamboo fibre which not only naturally temperature regulating, but also naturally anti-bacterial, meaning that the fabric doesn’t need to be covered in chemicals during production to protect it, making it super gentle one even Lily’s eczema prone skin all whilst keeping her skin cool and dry.
It’s the perfect size for a cot or toddler bed and suitable for babies 12 months and over and the memory foam means it’s thinner and less likely to get in the way of the child. I am a worrier and I’m always careful of what I put in Lily’s bed even now at 19 months and I find regular pillows very “puffy”. I always find myself worrying about whether Lily’s nose is being covered by the plushness of the pillow but the memory foam keeps the pillow flatter, eliminating any nose squishing without skimping on the comfort, which puts my mind at ease!
Another thing I really love about this pillow is a strange one and I’m not really sure how to explain it but you know with regular stuffing filled pillows, they kind of get it the way and are moved around a lot! Especially by kids and they end up on the floor, under them, over them, anywhere except where they’re meant to be… This one doesn’t seem to budge, the memory foam makes it a bit heavier and floppier making it more difficult to flap around the place during the night, so no finding it on the floor or your baby under it in the morning!
The cover is fully machine washable at 30 degrees, comes out looking like new and because it’s made from bamboo, it dries twice as fast. I wouldn’t advise washing the actual pillow if you can help it but with toddlers being toddlers it’s probably going to need to be washed at some point, am I right? However, for testing purposes and being the rebel I am I broke the rules and washed it. Aside from it coming out slightly bigger than it went in (which I expected seeing as it is essentially like a sponge) it survived. The shape was still fine and the pillow looks the same as it went in so if you are worried about spending that little bit more on a pillow but holding off for fear of it being baby damaged to no return, you needn’t worry too much (but shh, don’t tell Panda). It will definitely need a long time to dry though (also a huge no for the tumble dryer). You’re talking a good few days on a radiator or outside in the sun.
A portion of all proceeds are donated every year to the WWF so by buying a Panda product you’re helping real pandas too!
It costs £34.99 and comes with a 30 night trail and a 10 year guarantee!**
Want one? You can buy it here!