Homework can be a stressful affair for everyone involved. Juggling after-school activities, meal prep and housework, it often takes a village to get reading assignments, flashcards and worksheets completed at a decent hour. We've yet to find out how to make schoolwork magically disappear altogether, but we can tip parents off on how to make the situation more manageable. Here's how to create a quiet, supervised and streamlined area where kids can study at home.
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.
If becoming more eco-friendly is on your list of resolutions for the new year, cloth diapering is an excellent step in sustainability. Featuring pail liners, a wet bag, cloth diapers, and more, here's everything your nursery needs to set you up for success.
When school's out for summer and your kids are home during those long, hot days, sometimes a cool treat is just what you both need. But why not make an activity out of that afternoon snack and get your kiddos involved in the kitchen? From popsicles to hand pies, here's our top kitchen gadget picks for making summer treats with your kids.
We all face the same post-holiday predicament. What are we going to do with those heaping piles of new stuff? The answer is in a New Year refresh we're all motivated to participate in. Enlist the kids' help in cleanup time with these savvy storage products from Houzz.
There's no place like home, especially when you're a hot-selling doll with ownership of a dream dwelling. Dollhouses have not only grown in popularity but also in size with fab features that go well beyond imagination and square footage. Gone are the days of a simple small structure; the newest dollhouse styles make us want to shrink down, move in and live bigger than life. From Barbie's Dreamhouse to Elsa's super cool Frozen castle, check out our roundup of new dollhouses that not only have the cutest curb appeal but clean house when it comes to fun!
Camping adventures with the family create memories that last a lifetime, but roughing it in the wild can be difficult with small kids. Make this year's camping trip easier than ever with this selection of great outdoor gear and camping supplies for kids. From kid-sized air mattresses to folding booster seats, these are the best camping finds for families.
Being an on-the-go parent doesn't mean you have to give up style for comfort, especially when it comes to footwear. Instead of relying on one pair of sneakers that may or may not get you through the day, treat yourself to something fabulous yet comfortable. From popular brands and stores like Toms, Allbirds, Crocs, and Nordstom comes our list of the most comfortable shoes for standing all day.
Summer vacation means one thing: Your yard is about to become a sea of kids' toys that have found a new home in the outdoors. If you're struggling to keep up with the chaos, shop this list of genius finds from Houzz that make staying organized a breeze.
After an exhausting month of shopping and planning winter break activities, is there anything more rewarding than the look of wonderment and pure joy on your child's face on Christmas morning? Bright eyes and wide smiles will make all the holiday hustle and bustle worthwhile! In the meantime, here are a few more things to tack onto your to-do list to make Christmas morning a little more magical for you and your family.