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Baby Head Support | Infant Neck Support Pillow | Newborn Headrest for Car Seats, Strollers, Swings & Flat Head

Updated on November 9, 2012

Baby Head Support - Head, Neck and Body Pillows to Keep Newborns Safe

If you are bringing a newborn home soon, baby head support is a must have for the car seat, stroller, swing, or bouncer. Many parents are also concerned about flat head syndrome, where an area of the head flattens from the prolonged sleeping infants generally do. They will want a headrest that raises their newborns head, and offers an opening that does not press against the flat area.

The good news is, you can buy an infant headrest inexpensively, and use it for the first 3-6 months, while your child is developing their muscle strength.

A newborn neck support cushion is an inexpensive solution to prevent slouching or slumping, improve stability, provide comfort, and keep them safe. So, while you need to drive, want to take a walk, or throw in a load of laundry, they are upright and secure. As a mom or dad, we know how important that is.

Most of these headrests are made of soft material, some are reversible, are machine washable, and are adjustable to grow with your baby. They come in various materials to keep baby warm or help them to stay cool.

When Can An Infant Support Their Own Neck

Infants are dependent on others for neck support for the first four to six weeks. During this period, they will need their head and neck supported when being held or using baby gear. Their muscles will be getting stronger everyday.

By the time your baby is 7- 10 weeks old, she will be able to hold her head better on her own, but you will still need to offer support. She will be able to lift her head up when she is on her back, yet her movements will still be unstable.

Between 11 and 16 weeks, you will see real improvement in head and neck control in your infant. Her muscles will be much stronger, but use or a support pillow is still recommended. Also, do keep using your support pillow when you have bumpy rides to make it more comfortable for your baby.

By 6 months, your baby should have head and neck control as the muscles are normally fully developed. Obviously, it is important to use a headrest pillow until you can see your baby is strong enough without it.

Britax Head and Body Travel Cushion

Britax Head and Body Support Pillow, Iron/Gray
Britax Head and Body Support Pillow, Iron/Gray

Body & adjustable/removable head support for baby

Safe for use with all Britax car seats and strollers

Machine Washable

Reversible moisture-wicking/fleece material

Polyester, Olefin blendBritax Support Pillow Reviews


Summer Infant Snuzzler Newborn Support Pillow

Summer Infant Snuzzler Infant Support for Car Seats and Strollers, Velboa Pink
Summer Infant Snuzzler Infant Support for Car Seats and Strollers, Velboa Pink

Adjustable head cushion to support the head and neck

Perfect for car seats, strollers, bouncers and swings

Warm and cool polyester fabric

3 colors -this is the new version of Kiddopotamus Snuzzler

Machine WashableSummer Infant Snuzzler Reviews


JJ Cole Collections Baby Head Support

JJ Cole Reversible Body Support Pink
JJ Cole Reversible Body Support Pink

Available in 3 Colors

Soft Velor / Knit Reversible sides for added comfort

Head Support is adjustable and detachable

Grows with baby

Machine WashableJJ Cole Collections Body Support Reviews

Baby head support for flat heads
Baby head support for flat heads

Baby Head Support For Flat Head

If your newborn has a flattening of the head, it is very important to see a doctor to find out the cause. A misshapen head after birth is often from the soft bones pressing against a certain part of the head while the baby sleeps. This can be a crib mattress, car seat, or swing, and this form of flattening is from positioning.

Doctors often recommend the use of a newborn head support pillow with an opening in the back. This type of pillow takes the pressure off the flat head, and allows it to round back out.

Because babies will sleep less as they grow, the condition will often correct itself without any need for other corrective steps. A simple pillow such as the Boppy Noggin Flat Head Support Pillow can help to solve this problem in a matter of weeks.

Boppy Noggin Head Support

Baby Car Seat Using an Infant Neck Support Pillow

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