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.
Having a well-stocked kitchen helps you make your own food at home, and cooking at home naturally helps you eat healthier. Having the right tools for handling fresh produce, sauteeing veggies and cooking grains quickly will make it easy to make nutritious meals that taste amazing. Check out these amazing kitchen tools from Amazon, Crate & Barrel, KitchenAid and more to help you prepare easy, healthy and delicious meals the whole family will love.
Buying baby gear can be daunting, and while you know you should probably splurge on strollers and car seats, shelling out all those precious pennies still hurts. But help is here: Amazon is running a baby gear sale through the end of February. If you act fast, you can score up to 20% off must-buys for baby, at prices that won't break the bank. From sleep soothers (the unsung sleep heroes) to a cross-country stroller, here are the Amazon baby gear picks we're adding to our carts.
The hills are alive with the sound of music! Looking to scale back a little on electronic toys? Then it's time to make some noise with cool musical instruments designed to bring harmony to the home without driving Mom and Dad completely crazy. Music plays a significant role in stimulating brain development, coordination and creativity in babies and kids. In celebration of the 33rd annual Music in Our Schools Month, we've taken note of the best instruments guaranteed to bring music to your ears. Whether you have a pint-sized percussionist or a budding Beethoven, get ready to rock!
If you have a hard time getting your teen or tween boy to dress up for special occasions, don't worry, you're not alone. We've rounded up a few staple pieces to add to your son's wardrobe that will have him feeling stylish and not dorky.
The anticipation of a newborn is beyond exciting, and showering first-time mothers and fathers with special gifts is all part of the fun and excitement. From practical presents that parents can truly appreciate to indulgent splurges for baby, we've rounded up some of our favorite finds that will have you scoring major points with the mom-and-dad-to-be. Earn Best Grandma, Grandpa, Auntie or Uncle of the Year with the softest blankies, the cutest stuffies and the sweetest sentimental gifts to celebrate baby and support Mom and Dad once their little bundle of joy arrives. Don't worry babe, we've got you covered!
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.
If it's time to purchase your child a phone, you need to know your options. Whether you're getting a beginner phone for your elementary-aged kid or upgrading to a more high-tech phone for your teen or tween, here are the best options.
Picking the best pacifier for newborns can be a tough choice.There are pacifier pros and cons, so it's important to find one that meets current safety standards — durable, easy-to-clean material, one-piece pacifier design to prevent parts from coming dislodged and a shape that promotes healthy mouth development. We found the best pacifiers brands on the market right now from the likes of Philips Avent, Munchkin, Dr. Brown's and more.
We've hunted down the cutest personalized Easter baskets to fill with fun treats and colorful eggs on Easter morning. From custom liners for traditional wicker baskets to soft embroidered bunny ear baskets to sturdy metal Easter buckets, these are the best personalized Easter baskets for kids from retailers like Pottery Barn Kids, Etsy and more.
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