Guest Author - Bonnie Sayers
I had the opportunity through twitter and my blog to receive a Tempur-Pedic NeckPillow and Comfort Pillow to compare and review. The NeckPillow offers therapeutic support. "The dual-lobe design supports the curve created by your head, neck and shoulders to properly align your spine and give you a perfect night’s sleep".
This is available in a variety of sizes ranging from small through king medium, plus there is a travel size. We have the Medium that measures "20x12x4" and is utilized with a standard pillow case. The cover is 75% cotton and 25% polyester with the netting 30% polyester and 70% cotton. The pillow and netting are made in the USA with the cover in the Ukraine. Prices go from $79 to $159.00 at the Tempur-Pedicwebsite. Check out the free information kit with DVD at their site as well.
The cover is resistant to allergencs and mites and is easy to remove and put back on. There is a three-year limited warranty. "Pillows and other comfort items are non-returnable and do not have a tryout period." This is 100% Viscoelastic Polyurethane foam.
The Tempur-Pedic ComfortPillow we received is a size standard that also uses a standard pillow case. This is available in queen standard and travel that "provides pressure-relieving comfort with a slightly softer, yet supportive feel to fit any sleeping position." The price options are the same as the NeckPillow. The boxes the pillows come in have a opening where the consumer can touch and feel the difference of the pillow along with a handle that makes carrying it with ease.
My son Nicholas liked that the Tempur-Pedic pillows are the only pillows to be recognized by NASA and certified by the Space Foundation. The size for the ComfortPillow is "24x18x3". The pillows have also received the Good Housekeeping Seal of approval.
When I agreed to receive and compare the pillows I figured I would be doing this myself and had no idea the reaction my kids would have to these pillows. There are three of us competing for two pillows, so we all took turns trying them out for sleep at night and enjoyment during the daytime.
The pillows have been on beds and the couch and enjoyed by the cat as well. Some pillow case covers fit on the ComfortPillow better than others with some having a tight compact fit. We seem to prefer the larger sized pillow cases that give more room to enjoy the pillow contents.
Both my sons are now teens facing growth spurts, plus they each take medication that helps them sleep. The boys seemed to prefer the NeckPillow while I have been regularly using the ComfortPillow. Mathew is a sensory-seeker and is always trying to get deep pressure on his chin through any means possible. He literally grabbed the NeckPillow away from me when I took it out of the box and was fascinated with it. He smelled and caressed and squeezed the pillow with delight. Neither of them wanted a pillow case on the Tempur-Pedic pillows. When the pillow is on the couch it is without a pillow case cover.
I was surprised and happy to see Matthew take so well to a new product. I had recently ordered and receieved a Sensory Belt for Matthew to help with calming him down and offering some sensory input. The difference in his reaction to the pillow and belt was like night and day.
I have tried unsuccessfully to get pictures of Matthew lounging on the Tempur-Pedic pillows on the bed while watching television. I think I am invading on his privacy and he gets up and leaves before I am able to get the video. A few times I have seen him move back our pillow case cover to smoosh his face into the cover on the Tempur-Pedic pillow.
Matthew has always watched me change the bedding and make the beds. He likes to lie down on the bed when just the mattress cover is on and hang on it before I place a fitted sheet over. We also have a weighed quilt that is on the back of a couch with a peanut ball below it for Matt to get some deep pressure while bouncing.
Prior to having the Tempur-Pedic pillows the bed pillows would never be in the same position on the bed. In fact, many times Nick's would fall onto the floor. It just so happens that the boys are happier with the smaller NeckPillow while I prefer the ComfortPillow.
We recommend these pillows to families that have kids or teens on the autism spectrum. You will not have to mush a pillow or squish it back into shape or try to wrestle it into a pillow case cover with the NeckPillow. The parents can obtain a relaxing night of sleep with the ComfortPillow and feel well rested the next morning. This may even be the nudge your kid needs to start making their own bed!
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