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.
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.
In this digital age, kids can't help but expect their toys to turn it up a notch with exciting features designed to keep them entertained for hours on end. We've rounded up amazing robots for boys and girls guaranteed to spark tons of fun for future engineering experts. Wow your kid this holiday season with these awesome high tech toys tucked under the tree.
Dressing after baby can be a little more difficult, especially if you plan to breastfeed. Don't get yourself in a twist—literally—trying to figure out how to nurse without stretching out everything you own or exposing yourself to the whole room. These pretty, practical nursing clothes are perfect for breastfeeding moms to wear to work, to play, to date nights and more.
Who can help but fall in love with that, "tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff?" This month marks author A.A. Milne's birthday on January 18th with the annual celebration of National Winnie the Pooh Day. We've rounded up these super cute pieces for your little one featuring the silliest bear in styles that are sweeter than a pot of honey! This lovable, little bear cub is guaranteed to be your babe's favorite new friend!
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."
It's crucial to encourage your child to develop healthy habits early on, especially since keeping kids active and fit leads to long term lifestyle choices that ensure they remain focused on maintaining beneficial routines that work well to promote positive daily practices. With childhood obesity affecting over 13 million children in the U.S., it's important to note the value of physical activity for kids. Exercise reduces the risk of disease, builds a healthier heart, strengthens emotional stability, and increases energy. Proper nutrition paired with routine activity is essential to a well-balanced way of life. We've rounded up the best fitness trackers for kids to inspire your kiddo to keep it moving and improve their overall well-being.
Whether you want cute crib shoes for newborns or something sturdy for beginning walkers, baby moccasins are a trendy, versatile shoe option that both baby and parent will love. Baby moccasins are designed with soft, skid-proof soles for babies' comfort and are easy to pull-on for quick dressing and undressing. Check out this selection of adorable, stylish baby moccasins for all occasions, from great retailers like Target, Nordstrom, Amazon and more.
When selecting clothing for your next family portrait, go for a variety of colors, prints, and textures that flow nicely together yet aren't too matchy-matchy. To give you some inspiration, we've found some adorable kids outfits for all four seasons.
It may be cold outside, but that shouldn't stop you and your little one from having some fun in the snow! We've rounded up our favorite snowsuits and buntings for infants and toddlers so your kiddos can stay warm while sledding, making snow angels, and building snowmen.