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.
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.
If you're hitting the road — or rails or sky — anytime soon, you probably want to stock up on some great travel clothing essentials for your kids. Finding seasonal travel clothing that's comfy for your journey and cool for your activities is easier than you think. Check out this round up of awesome spring and summer travel clothing for kids from retailers like Old Navy, Nordstrom, Target, Amazon and more.
Think picking the perfect LEGO collection for your creative kid is simply a snap? With so many collectible sets available in stores, it can be challenging to select the right one. We've rounded up the best new 2019 kits launching just in time for the February release of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. From colorful Duplo sets for baby to cool construction kits and LEGO Technic sets for bigger builders, check out these entertaining LEGO sets guaranteed to engage active imaginations of boys and girls of all ages with hours of constructive play — even Mom and Dad can get into the action!
Tulle and lace and sequins, oh my! Find the perfect flower girl dress for upcoming spring, summer or fall weddings on a budget with this list of gorgeous dresses for little girls. We've rounded up the prettiest, most affordable flower girl dresses under fifty dollars from retailers like Amazon, Etsy and H&M.
It's about that time: Ice, ice baby! There's a chill in the air, the winter months are upon us and ice skating rinks across the country are opening their gates. This, of course, keeps kids busy outside with friends while parents are bustling around buying holiday gifts, readying the house for guests and more. Ice skating is not only a great sport but also one of the best outdoor activities and winter weather pastimes for families. Whether your kid is a beginner or a star athlete, a boy or a girl, a figure skater or a hockey player, or just having fun with friends at the local frozen pond, here are the coolest ice skate styles from Amazon, Target, L.L. Bean and Urban Outfitters that any kid will covet.
What parent isn't totally on board with finding the perfect train set to support their baby and big kid in building a love of locomotives, steam engines and freight cars? If your cute little conductor is driven by spending hours constructing and running rail cars while stimulating their imagination and improving cognitive skills, then we have the inside track on the best trains to entertain budding engineers of all ages. From stacking trains for toddlers to battery operated, electric and magnetic engines for more mature railroad enthusiasts (with many compatible tracks that can be expanded as your little one grows), there's something fun for every young train fan.
You gotta catch 'em all! The highly anticipated live action film, Pokémon Detective Pikachu hits theaters on May 10th, and fans are already eager to get their hands on movie merchandise. But what keeps kids and parents so passionate about the famous Japanese characters? "The ever-expanding Pokémon franchise has been a beacon for kids and kids at heart since the original video games launched more than 20 years ago," says J.C. Smith, Senior Director of Consumer Marketing of The Pokémon Company International. "Since its introduction, the beloved animation series, the ever-popular Pokémon Trading Card Game, Pokémon GO and a wide variety of video games and apps have offered fans a variety of ways to engage with our iconic collection of Pokémon like Pikachu. With its family-friendly messages of sportsmanship, friendship and community, Pokémon is a brand that parents know and trust."
It is this reason that longtime gaming fans and new Pokémon lovers are buzzing about the soon-to-be-released feature film. "Pokémon is on the same level as Super Mario Bros. and Pac-Man," adds James Zahn, Toy Expert and Senior Editor of The Pop Insider. "It's never gone away, and it's constantly being reinvented to stay fresh and relevant. When Detective Pikachu was announced, there was a collective eyebrow raised at the prospect of Ryan Reynolds playing a version of the iconic yellow creature. When that first trailer hit, audiences could see exactly why he's perfect for the part. It's so absurd that it's genius. This will be a great chance for parents and kids to connect at the movies." And for those die-hard fans, we've rounded up the latest Pokémon launches and hot-sellers that will soon be flying off store shelves. We guarantee that super-sleuth Pikachu fans won't have to search hard to find these fun pieces!
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!
With the sugar rush of Halloween right around the corner, there's no need for your costume-loving kiddo to lose a wink of sleep in these super comfy Halloween-themed pajama sets. We've rounded up the most "spooktacular" jammies for excited trick or treaters of all ages to stay cute and cozy until the anticipated, annual candy fest is complete. Trust us, your little trick or treater will drift off in no time jumping into bed in these dreamy designs! Check out these frightfully cute pajama picks for your precious little pumpkin.