Today is Plagiocephaly Awareness Day. Plagiocephaly (or flat head syndrome as it is more commonly known) is where a baby’s head is flattened at the back or side caused by pressure on the soft skull bones which have not yet fused together and therefore mould into a different shape. This can occur when a baby spends an excessive amount of time lying or resting in the same position on their backs.
Plagiocephaly affects as many as 47% of babies between the ages of 7 and 12 weeks old. You can help prevent plagiocephaly by repositioning a baby’s head as much as possible to vary the pressure across the skull. It is sometimes diagnosed early so parents can act on it but usually the diagnosis is too late and therefore requires parents to seek out other alternative treatments which can be costly.
As I’ve mentioned before, D was diagnosed with acute liver failure at 2 weeks old and spent a lot of time in the first 6 weeks of his life laid in a hospital bed. We weren’t allowed to move him or hold him for long periods due to him being hooked up to machines and monitors therefore he unfortunately spent a large majority of his day in the same position. This in turn had an effect on his head and he developed plagiocephaly.
When I was contacted to see if I would be interested in reviewing a pillow designed by Babymoov that helped babies with plagiocephaly for this awareness day I jumped at the opportunity. Committing to help prevent flat head syndrome, Babymoov have worked alongside a French paediatrician called Dr Maidenberg and created a pillow called the Lovenest. The Lovenest is a simple solution to help prevent babies from getting flat head syndrome by ensuring that pressure is evenly distributed across the infants head by providing a slight incline. At £14.99 (RRP) it is an affordable way to prevent or treat plagiocephaly.
When the product came I was really surprised on how soft it was. I chose the pillow in blue and it was lovely and complimented D’s nursery well. The age range stated that it was suitable from birth to 4 months and although D is slightly older than this his head fitted in it quite nicely. He appeared really comfortable sleeping on it and the lightweight small design meant that I could transfer it from cot to pram really easily. D has been using this pillow for around 3 weeks now and although I haven’t noticed much improvement in his head (his plagiocephaly is quite severe due to his previous illness) I feel better knowing that because of this pillow it isn’t going to get any worse. As far as products go, it would definitely be on my “must have” list for my baby as a new mum. If I had been aware of this product when D was born or when he was ill in hospital I would have definitely purchased it.
As already mentioned, the Lovenest retails at £14.99 and is available in blue, smokey and white. If you would like to purchase one or view other baby products that Babymoov offer then you can visit their website here