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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.
We all want to commit to living a comfortable life, and what could be better for kids than keeping it casual in the coziest pair of sweatpants made for play or lounging around the house? We've rounded up our favorite styles that will keep boys and girls looking and feeling so fab, they won't want to take them off! Read on to see our favorite kids sweatpants you can shop from retailers like Nordstrom and Amazon.
If you're on the hunt for the perfect ugly Christmas sweater for kids, have we got a gift for you! From dinosaurs to reindeers to the beloved Grinch, we've rounded up the weirdest, funniest holiday sweaters for babies, toddlers and big kids. Shop some of our favorite ugly finds for your little cutie below.
Check those dusty shoes and sneakers at the door! To keep the kiddos from shuffling around the house in socks, we've rounded up the cutest, coziest slipper styles that boys and girls of all ages will want to slip into every day after school and on the weekends. From adorable animal designs to sleek styles made to warm big and tiny tootsies, these awesome kid's slippers are made to feel like walking on air in cool trends that even the fanciest feet can't help but warm up to. We're sure that these fab slippers are a shoo-in for your kid's casual footwear faves!
You don't have to settle for slippers or questionable-looking sneakers to get comfortable footwear for pregnancy. Pregnancy can cause aches and pains through your whole body, plus swollen feet and joint pain from carrying around the added weight of your unborn baby. Look for shoes with sturdy construction, cushioned insoles, tons of traction and slip-on design to make dressing your feet while expecting easier than ever. Check out our roundup of the cutest and comfiest shoes for pregnant mamas from stores like Zappos, Clarks and Amazon.
Spending time in the water with your little one is a great way to celebrate warm weather—but hitting the pools, beaches and splash pads with babies and toddlers who are still in diapers can feel like a hassle. Preparing ahead of time with the most durable and comfortable swim diapers can make your day at the beach a breeze. We've rounded up the best disposable and reusable swim diapers with leak-proof construction you can count on and adorable styles and patterns that are sure to make a splash.
A warm-weather wardrobe staple for your baby boy and girl, cotton rompers are nothing short of adorable. From dressy to casual styles for little ones ranging from newborn to toddler sizes, we've rounded up the sweetest selection of this one-piece bodysuit style to keep your babe cool and super cute all season long.
This year marks the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig, which symbolizes luck and good fortune. Babies born under this serendipitous sign are characterized as having energetic and enthusiastic personalities, which is why we are super excited about our roundup of prosperous and precious pig-themed presents. From plush piglets, clothing, books and slippers we think these gift ideas will have your little ones going hog wild all year round.
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.
Whether you want cute crib shoes for newborns or something sturdy for beginning walkers, baby moccasins are a trendy, versatile shoe option that both baby and parent will love. Baby moccasins are designed with soft, skid-proof soles for babies' comfort and are easy to pull-on for quick dressing and undressing. Check out this selection of adorable, stylish baby moccasins for all occasions, from great retailers like Target, Nordstrom, Amazon and more.