Recently, I've been trying to introduce a little pillow to Aaron. He doesn't really get the idea of the pillow yet and keeps sitting ON it before laying down and then worms his way down until his head is on it. That lasts about 2 seconds before he's up and trying to position himself on it again. I'm not fussed about it. The pillow was just another gimmick I was trying out to get him to sleep.
Maybe the pillow's success is also hindered by the fact that I sleep on a completely different type. And he wants something like mine.
I started sleeping on the ancient Chinese style porcelain pillow about 6 years ago. My father had been sleeping on one for several years by then when I gave it a go one afternoon and never looked back.
This type of pillow first appeared in the Sui Dynasty (581-618 AD), reached a peak during the 10th-14th Centuries and then were phased out during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911) when supposedly 'better' pillow making materials emerged.
It may look hard and uncomfortable but in reality, it keeps you cool during hot and humid weather and provides the perfect support for your head/neck. I used to have a lot of neck and shoulder aches, probably due to bad posture, but after I started with these pillows, they're all gone. If I travel and have to sleep on a regular pillow, I wake up the next day feeling stiff again. What I do is grab either the telephone directories or something similar for that perfect nights sleep. I've even seen my father sleep on an overturned bowl once when he couldn't find anything better. This pillow is hard to get into but addictive.
Go try it out with your telephone directories, or maybe a rectangular Tupperware.