Giveaway: The Calla Toddler Pillow
We are a co-sleeping family. It started when my son was about 18 months (see my story on Mommy Nearest) when we realized bringing our son into our room and attaching his crib to our bed "sidecar" style meant a full night's rest for all three of us. Now, I couldn't be happier with our situation! Except... my son is a pillow thief!! About halfway through the night he'll roll or crawl his way into our bed and basically push me off of my pillow and use it himself. If I dare try to reclaim it, all hell breaks loose! So, I've been sleeping without a pillow half the night for a couple of months now. It could be worse. At least I'm sleeping! But it got me thinking: isn't he about ready for his own pillow?
Most pediatricians and professionals recommend waiting until a child is at least 2 years old before allowing ANYthing into the crib, from pillow to blanket to stuffed animal. I've adhered to this for the most part so far, but my son is 22 months old and I figure we're close enough! I did some research and got what I found to be one of the best toddler pillows on the market...
So what makes the Calla Toddler Pillow so awesome!?
My first thought upon opening it was, awwwww, how cute. It's like a mini pillow (13" x 18" - great for toddlers, or even as an adult's travel pillow). It was really soft and fluffy, a natural cream color (not all bleached and processed in appearance like most pillows), and there were no chemical smells or anything, phew! Also, the following were included and a nice reminder that the Calla Toddler Pillow is a family-business - love that!!
My only problem is now I have to find a pillow case that fits it. For now we have a regular sized pillow case on it, which is fine. I might try a t-shirt on it as well. I feel like a snug fit is probably safer.
Also, it should be noted that while the cover (i.e. the part that comes directly in contact with your child's face for 12 hours a night) is made of organic cotton, the filling is not. But that doesn't mean the filler is all chemicals and baddies. Quite the opposite. The filler is a special blend of Calla Polyester Cluster Fiber. It's hypoallergenic, washable and non-aromatic. Jeremy Mentz, half of the parenting duo behind the Calla Pillow explains, "Unfortunately there are no organic filling options for toddlers that are washable, hypoallergenic, and non-aromatic...so we did our best to match form with function. This might be a deal breaker for some parents, but we've found most parents (and their kids) appreciate the practicality."
So, what's my toddler think about it? As they say, a picture speaks a thousand words...
And the best news? He slept on it the whole night!! My pillow is mine again!!! Hooray!!!
Oh wait, I lied, that's not the best news... The best news is that you can enter below for a chance to win your very own Calla Toddler Pillow (you must be 18 or over and a resident of the US to enter, giveaway will end at 11:59PM EST on Thursday, November 6 and winner will have 48 hours to respond to my e-mail)! If you can't wait, you can buy one on Amazon for $49.99 (don't forget to add code "NU8IBVXP" for 15% off! valid through the end of the year).
Disclaimer: Although I did receive this product free of charge, I was not compensated in any other way to do this product review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and completely unbiased.
10/30/2014 05:29:42 pm
So happy this is working for you and your son. They sell 100% cotton travel pillow case covers (sizes may not be exactly what you need) at Bed Bath and Beyond. Probably other stores as well. Not sure it will be easy to find organic cotton.
10/31/2014 08:55:15 am
My child's sleep giraffe from cloud b and his doggie blanket!
10/31/2014 09:07:36 am
The pacifier has always been my favorite thing. It was like the 2nd my boys got their paci they would knock out.
10/31/2014 09:08:34 am
his frog night light
10/31/2014 10:48:05 am
My child's panda bear and rabbit blanket.
10/31/2014 11:41:00 am
My son has a blank he carry's with him :)
10/31/2014 01:38:42 pm
My favorite things are my daughter's white noise machine and black out curtains. She has a couple blankets and dolls that she sleeps with which is sweet.
10/31/2014 02:26:06 pm
We love our soundscape apps for our iPods for nap time. We plug it into small iPod speakers in the kids rooms to play calming nature sounds. Both kids seem to like it a lot. Thanks for the giveaway!
10/31/2014 03:28:58 pm
I love making homemade blankets for all the babies in my life. Different patterns and colors. They are always a favorite.
10/31/2014 03:35:00 pm
My son needs his pacifier to fall asleep :)
10/31/2014 04:56:15 pm
Elmo is a must have for sleep time.
10/31/2014 06:18:38 pm
He definitely needs his mama and blanket at nap time!
11/1/2014 12:02:51 pm
When my son was smaller, he absolutely loved my boppy pillow, and I can't say I blame him! It was a God send to help with breastfeeding. :)
11/1/2014 02:45:49 pm
The pacifier is definitely my favorite thing.
11/1/2014 04:07:25 pm
My favorite item for nap time is the CD player with lullabies.
11/1/2014 04:38:35 pm
My personal favorite is her nu-nu aka pacifier... puts her into dream land within seconds.
11/1/2014 07:25:44 pm
I like to have a oil diffuser and stuffed animal.
11/1/2014 07:34:30 pm
I like to have a fan on for soft white noise.
11/2/2014 01:07:10 am
I love the video monitor!!
11/2/2014 06:37:28 am
I love the cloud b lady bug that projects stars on the wall
11/2/2014 07:42:50 am
My favorite is the groovy globe nightlight.
11/2/2014 08:52:30 am
The favorite blanket is a must for nap time or bed time!
11/2/2014 05:10:15 pm
he has a favorite blanket
11/2/2014 05:16:02 pm
Turning on the sound machine to rain helps her sleep longer
11/3/2014 08:25:42 am
I love our sound machine, my daughter listens to the crickets and is asleep almost instantly
11/3/2014 11:19:16 am
Our white noise machine. It keeps them sleeping through the night. I love it!
11/3/2014 01:36:31 pm
I have really liked our sound machine. It is a bear that attaches to the crib.
11/3/2014 02:12:24 pm
his night light!
11/4/2014 10:13:32 am
My child has a dream scenes light that we couldn't live without!
11/4/2014 02:53:14 pm
A minky blanket
11/4/2014 03:44:09 pm
I usually rock my nieces and nephews to sleep (while they are/were small). I would love this for my little guy Luke! He's 3 and a half. :)
11/4/2014 04:47:51 pm
The white noise machine in my son's room is MY favorite thing! He can't sleep without it!
11/5/2014 02:20:28 am
both of y little boys have blankies or as they call them 'soft soft'.
11/5/2014 07:37:01 am
I have 3 Kids - They all love something different
11/5/2014 07:41:32 am
My son has a specific blanket
11/5/2014 03:58:51 pm
His Aden & Anais dream blanket!
11/5/2014 11:24:39 pm
My son loves his pillow!
11/6/2014 12:22:28 am
A special blanket or toy is important at nap time.
11/6/2014 12:45:33 am
my son has to have his soft blankie and pillow and he will curl up anywhere to sleep.
11/6/2014 02:05:09 am
my grand daughter has an elephant blanket
11/6/2014 02:38:19 am
My son has a koala baby blankie that he can't live without.
11/6/2014 04:03:13 am
My little one loves taking her favorite stuffed animals to bed with her.
11/6/2014 04:06:31 am
I like Johnson's Baby lotion in the Nightime scent.
11/6/2014 04:28:53 am
Love the bumbo chair
11/6/2014 04:50:53 am
Johnson & Johnsons bed time bath!
11/6/2014 08:40:01 am
Cloud B sleep sheep
11/6/2014 08:42:14 am
Our go to essentials for bedtime is nighttime baby bath, a pacifier, and a minky blankie!
11/6/2014 09:01:16 am
My 9 year old still refuses to go to bed without his "pil-pill" (a homemade pillow I was given at his baby shower) and my 1 year old wants music playing
11/6/2014 12:03:50 pm
Our cloud b turtle that projects stars on ceiling
11/6/2014 12:28:37 pm
When she was a toddler my niece liked her fleece lamb.
11/6/2014 12:39:40 pm
comfort blankie helps them sleep so well!!
11/6/2014 12:53:36 pm
We have a little light up nightlight that plays soothing music!
11/6/2014 01:12:59 pm
My favorites include the pacifier and video monitor!
11/6/2014 02:02:29 pm
I little blanket....and some soothing music..
11/6/2014 02:10:52 pm
My son always requires his stuffed Jake (from Jake and the Neverland Pirates) and this cheap stuffed snowman that his big sister got him for Christmas last year from the school's "'Santa's Workshop"
11/6/2014 03:42:54 pm
She always has to have her blankie!
11/7/2014 12:36:48 am
We are so excited about winning this awesome pillow! Thank you so much!
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