Last month I was contacted by Babymoov to review the Lovenest pillow ahead of World Plagiocephaly Awareness Day. What is Plagiocephaly? Well you’ve probably heard of it as Flat Head Sydrome. I know since having Darcey in January both the Health Visitor and the Doctor have mentioned flat head syndrome to me and the importance for babies to have tummy time. Recently there has been more focus on this as we are all advised to put babies down to sleep on their backs, this means they are always laying on the same part of their heads and with their skulls so soft it can lead to a flat patch.
This applies not just when a baby is lying down in their crib or cot but also on playmats, prams, bouncers and car seats. Basically anytime they are not being held. With Darcey I hold her as much as I can but having 2 other children she does spend time in her chair or playmat and she is lying in the same position. We do have tummy time each day but she’s not that keen on it to be honest.
The science behind Babymoov Lovenest?
Research has shown that as many as 47% of babies aged 7-12 weeks can be affected by plagiocephaly. Babymoov has worked with a French paediatrician – Dr Maidenberg – to create the Lovenest pillow suitable from birth to 4 months. The innovative, ergonomic design, featuring a special incline, ensure pressure is evenly distributed across the infants head, thereby helping maintain the natural curvature of the skull. It also works to ensure good ventilation during sleep and is made from soft, breathable fabrics. It is reasonably priced at £14.99 RRP and available in 3 different colours.
We’ve been trying out the Lovenest for the last few weeks and it is really great. Darcey has been using it during the day whilst on her playmat, in her rocker and also in her pram. We haven’t been able to use it at night as she sleeps in a sleephead and it doesn’t quite fit.
I like it because it is so soft and well padded, when she is on the playmat on a hard floor it’s nice to have some extra padding underneath her head. It’s also washable which is a must for me, with Darcey’s reflux everything gets covered in sick. I put the Lovenest in the washing machine and it came up good as new.
The other thing I like about it is that it is well ventilated, Darcey is a really warm baby and I often notice her head and neck get a bit sweaty and a little rash appears, this hasn’t happened when she uses the Lovenest. I have also noticed that she is starting to get a bit of a friar tuck bald spot at the back of her head and I’m hoping that the Lovenest will help prevent this getting any worse.
I’d be happy to recommend the Babymoov Lovenest to other parents out there, whilst my oldest son has a lovely shaped skull my youngest has a flat patch at the back of his head and he is now 7. I think if there is a simple pillow that can help prevent this it’s well worth using.
Babymoov contacted me to review this product and gifted me the Lovenest however all views and opinions are completely my own.