According to the American Academy of Pediatrics Childhood Sleep Guidelines, infants should sleep between 12 to 16 hours, while growing toddlers should grab between 11 to 14 hours of shut-eye. That's why picking the perfect crib mattress is key for a good night (and naptime) slumber for your little lamb.
While there are several factors to consider when choosing a crib mattress and setting up a safe sleep environment for your child. Parents should select "a firm mattress that is made for the crib, meaning perfect in size with a tight-fitting sheet," suggests S. Daniel Ganjian, MD, a pediatrician at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California. "There should be no space between the mattress and the sides of the crib."
And other than a fitted sheet, there shouldn't be anything in the baby's bed, particularly during the first year. "The most common mistake that parents make is putting something in the crib besides a tightly swaddled baby," says Gina Posner, MD, a pediatrician at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, CA. "There should be no stuffed animals, no crib bumpers and no sleep positioners. Just make sure it is a new crib that is up to current standards."
Dr. Ganjian also advises against using an old crib and mattress. "Hand me downs used to be great, but now you really have to watch out for them, since many have been recalled or are dangerous because there is some subtle defect that you might not be aware of."
In celebration of Sleep Awareness Week, we've rounded up our top picks of comfy, crib mattresses with quality features to ensure that tired newborns and tots transitioning to a toddler bed sleep like babies so Mom and Dad can rest a whole lot easier.
Dressing after baby can be a little more difficult, especially if you plan to breastfeed. Don't get yourself in a twist—literally—trying to figure out how to nurse without stretching out everything you own or exposing yourself to the whole room. These pretty, practical nursing clothes are perfect for breastfeeding moms to wear to work, to play, to date nights and more.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, toss the shopper's guilt and give back to charity with these pretty pink picks! Throughout October, help raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research, early detection and prevention education while supporting brands dedicated to donating a portion of sales to make a difference in the lives of millions.
Giving a child a gift customized with their name feels extra special—especially when their names are hard to find on gift shop toy racks. Little kids and big kids alike love the special time and attention that goes into something that's been customized just for them! That's why we've put together this adorable selection of personalized toys and gift ideas for the special child in your life.
Booties are the essential fall footwear, and they're perfect for busy moms because they're versatile, durable and trendy without being impractical. We've rounded up some of the coziest, coolest designs ideal for heading into the office or out with the kids. Check out these comfortable and stylish booties from great brands like Universal Thread, Jack Rogers, Clarks and more.
The temps are starting to drop, which means it's time to pick up a pair of cute boots for fall. From classic tall boots to trendy booties, there's a style to fit even the pickiest pint-sized fashionista. Check out our top picks of the hottest boot styles designed to have your little girl looking too cool for school.
As warmer weather sets in, we find ourselves dreaming of sun, sand and our favorite summer accessories. Sunglasses are one of the most important summer staples—they protect our eyes from the sun's UV rays and keep us comfortable while we take in the sights of the season. From cute baby, toddler and kid sunglasses to cool sunglasses for women and men, these are the best picks from retailers like Amazon, Target and Nordstrom.
Before your child and their teacher part ways for winter break, send a sweet gift to school to show your appreciation. From cozy candles to witty wine glasses, we've rounded up a selection of fun and functional gifts to give every teacher on your list.
Store shelves are packed with the latest and greatest baby brands, but you may be overlooking some amazing quality products from Parent's Choice. The Walmart-exclusive brand has been around for years providing adorable, durable and affordable products. You may only know them for diapers and wipes, but they have a variety of awesome products for babies and toddlers. Here are some of our favorites!
Now is the time to start bundling up, and as the temperatures begin to dip, these super cute styles are perfect for layering and keeping your little guy looking sharp while staying warm and cozy. Check out our roundup of awesome knits designed to look great while withstanding winter's bitter chill.