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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.
Selecting the coolest (and most durable) kids' shoes for fall and beyond can be quite the ordeal — no pressure, Mom and Dad! Thankfully, Pediped has an incredible inventory of shoes and sandals that will have your little one stepping out in style at school, the playground and beyond. Plus, now until September 30, 2018, you can enjoy 20 percent off your Pediped purchase by using code PARENTING20!
Pregnancy is a tough time to feel both stylish and comfortable, but the recent trend of athleisure wear has made it so much easier. You can still feel put-together in comfortable, breathable clothing items like maternity leggings, tank tops, sweatshirts, joggers and more without sacrificing an ounce of style. Check out these trendy athleisure options for pregnant women.
Get ready to bump up your pregnancy wardrobe! If you're wondering where to buy maternity clothes that are stylish and flow seamlessly into your existing wardrobe, you're in luck! Retailers like Target, Seraphine, ASOS, Nordstrom and even Amazon all carry fashion-forward maternity clothes designed with the modern mama in mind. That means you can find maternity tops, dresses, leggings and more clothing essentials, including plus sizes, that won't have you sacrificing style for comfort. Below, we've rounded up some of the best places to buy maternity clothes, plus some of our favorite pieces from each store. Happy shopping!
As every breastfeeding mom quickly discovers, having a reliable bag handy to tote a breast pump and accessories is essential. For nursing mothers returning to work after maternity leave, carrying a pump is a must, and with these stylish options, mom can choose a fabulously functional bag to meet her every need. We've rounded up the best bags to transport your breast pump to and from home with ease and without the need to skimp on style.
There are many ways to approach how to dress when you're expecting. Tackle maternity-wear without sacrificing style by dressing in these designer accessories from Farfetch. Keep your necessary maternity clothes to a minimum and wear these trendy additions to spice up your outfit—they can even be used after your little one arrives!
Elementary-age kids are notorious for tearing up running shoes — from play dates to recess to sports practice, finding a strong, stylish pair of running shoes for kids can be tough. The best kids shoes have durable soles, breathable fabric and lightweight design for hours of comfortable wear. Here are some of the best youth running shoes options from retailers like Kids' Foot Locker, Kohl's, Nike and more.
Moms-to-be deserve to feel sexy, too! That's why we hunted down these gorgeous pieces of maternity lingerie, from silky chemises to stunning lace maternity underwear. No more ankle-length mumus, 4-inch wide bra straps and granny panties — you've still got it, mama! Here are some of our favorite sexy, high-quality and, yes, comfortable pieces of maternity lingerie from retailers like Nordstrom, A Pea in the Pod, Motherhood Maternity and more.
Winter weather is hastily headed this way, and the frigid temps have already arrived. Brrr! Now is the time to make sure your kiddo has the best snow boots this season to keep their tiny tootsies toasty and dry.
It's also essential to choose the correct size advises Dr. Velimir Petkov, Medical Director of Premier Podiatry. "When shopping for children's snow boots, you should choose boots that are half a size to a size larger than your child's foot size to allow room for thick socks. Our feet and hands tend to be the first body parts to get cold, so proper insulation is key," says Dr. Petkov. "One of the main concerns when walking or playing outside in the snow is falling. Foot and ankle injuries are extremely common in the cold months. Make sure that you select soles constructed of rubber that provide a good grip when confronted with moisture."