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.
Sometimes it's best to think outside of the box. Unfortunately, cleanup time is not one of them. As all parents know, kiddos believe the perfect spot for storing their toys is on the floor. While this might be convenient for all of those dolls and dinosaurs to swiftly spring into action when it's time to play, the massive mess probably isn't a good look for mom. Luckily, for everyone's sake, there are super cool storage solutions that are not only functional, they're also fun and perfect for bedrooms and playrooms. Parents can even turn tidying up into a teachable moment. "Introducing kids early on to organizing will set them up for success later in life," says Tracy McCubbin, decluttering expert and author of This Book Will Set You Free: The 7 Emotional Clutter Blocks and How to Finally Conquer Them. "Organizing their toys when they are little will teach kids how to keep their future homes neat and even manage their schedules." Time to round up the best storage solutions for keeping your kid's play space looking spick-and-span! Check out our these awesome picks to give those games and gadgets a stylish home while making mom and dad happy. Toys in the bin or bust!
Whether daylight savings time has the mom in your life feeling a little out of funk or she's just been meaning to catch up on sleep since entering motherhood, she deserves a little TLC. But if going to a spa doesn't fit into your schedule or budget, there are still plenty of luxe products and treatments to let you pamper yourself at home. From restorative moisturizing hair masks to indulgent, fragrant body oils, there's something for every mom to enjoy, from retailers like Amazon, Nordstrom and Crabtree & Evelyn.
Baby cribs can typically range anywhere from the low hundreds to the thousands, but if you're looking to outfit your little one's nursery on a budget, there are some great, wallet-friendly options available. Check out these great cribs, all priced at or under $150, from retailers like Amazon, Walmart and Ikea.
How do you know if your tween or child is ready for her first bra? It depends — companies make training bras for girls ages 5 or 6 up to teenage sizes. All girls develop at different rates, and it's up to each girl and her family to decide when it's time to go first-bra shopping. Some good indicators that your girl has reached training bra age is that she's expressing interest in getting one. Beginning with lightly lined bras is an easy way to introduce girls to the basics of dressing as an adult, and it's OK to let her practice (or "train") even if she isn't quite ready for the real thing. Even if your girl hasn't let you know she's in the market for a bra, it might be time to buy her first bra if she's noticeably developing, experiencing pain from lack of support or starting to be active in sports. We've rounded up great training bras for tweens, from sports bras to bralettes, from retailers like Walmart, Target, Justice and Yellowberry.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that new mothers nurse their babies for at least six months, but as many nursing moms know, breastfeeding isn't a walk in the park. It can come with quite a few painful challenges, from clogged ducts and mastitis to struggles with low milk supply. Getting the proper relief is always a priority, so we've rounded up the best products to support, soothe, comfort, and heal mom throughout her breastfeeding journey. Don't worry mama, we feel your pain and we've got your back with supportive gear, stylish covers, calming balms and cozy nursing pillows. Check out these must-haves to help make breastfeeding a comfortable, bonding experience for both mom and baby.
Whether your kid is trying to master the art of comedy or just needs a break from the electronics, a joke book can be a great way to get them reading. Reading jokes books can help your kids build vocabulary, improve social skills and develop problem-solving skills by figuring out silly riddles. Check out these cool, clean and kid-approved joke books from retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Walmart.
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.
As a first-time parent, you are trying to figure out the best products that make life with baby easier to manage. After all, your life was just turned upside down and all the things you used to rely on before, just won't cut it now with this little person in your life, in fact you will need a whole new set of "stuff" just for the baby. You'll be super sleep-deprived and have lost count of how many diapers you've changed in 24 hours. Being a new parent isn't going to be easy, so anything that will help you along your parenting journey is definitely worth checking out. Babies need a lot of stuff and finding the right stuff can make all the difference from day to day. From finding the perfect temperature for baby's bath to getting rid of nasty boogers (in a way you probably never imaged), these products are multi-purpose and life-changing!
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.
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