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.
It's about that time: Ice, ice baby! There's a chill in the air, the winter months are upon us and ice skating rinks across the country are opening their gates. This, of course, keeps kids busy outside with friends while parents are bustling around buying holiday gifts, readying the house for guests and more. Ice skating is not only a great sport but also one of the best outdoor activities and winter weather pastimes for families. Whether your kid is a beginner or a star athlete, a boy or a girl, a figure skater or a hockey player, or just having fun with friends at the local frozen pond, here are the coolest ice skate styles from Amazon, Target, L.L. Bean and Urban Outfitters that any kid will covet.
When it comes to baby shower gifts, experienced moms know that onesies are a dime a dozen. So instead of the traditional blankets or boppys, check out these unique gifts that stand out and really make a difference.
This year marks the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig, which symbolizes luck and good fortune. Babies born under this serendipitous sign are characterized as having energetic and enthusiastic personalities, which is why we are super excited about our roundup of prosperous and precious pig-themed presents. From plush piglets, clothing, books and slippers we think these gift ideas will have your little ones going hog wild all year round.
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!
Giving a child a gift customized with their name feels extra special—especially when their names are hard to find on gift shop toy racks. Little kids and big kids alike love the special time and attention that goes into something that's been customized just for them! That's why we've put together this adorable selection of personalized toys and gift ideas for the special child in your life.
There's nothing more fun for kids than a long day at the beach or pool. If you're on the hunt for the best swimsuit for kids, we have you covered with these stylish options. From rashguards for babies to swim trunks for toddlers to two-pieces for teen girls, we have you covered. Check out the cutest swimsuits for little kids and the coolest options for teens and pre-teens from Gap, Target, Old Navy and more.
Have an L.O.L. Surprise! superfan in your life? We bet you do! The tiny big-eyed dolls have become one of the hottest toys of the holiday season. In fact, the range of merchandise featuring the mini figures goes far beyond the basic ball. From the new L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise set to L.O.L. Surprise! Pets to sparkly accessories and trendy fashions, we've uncovered the coolest items any L.O.L.-loving kid will totally flip for. Many of our picks are available from favorite retailers like Amazon, Walmart and Target — but you better act quick because these toys are flying off the shelves. It's no mystery who will win Christmas this year by wrapping up these fun surprises for the kiddos!
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.
Here's a little food for thought...making homemade meals for your babe doesn't have to be a big challenge. In fact, thanks to the advanced features of baby food makers on the market these days, whipping up healthy meals, snacks and smoothies is a piece of cake for parents. With so many models to choose from, we've helped narrow it down to top-rated, dishwasher-safe designs that blend, chop, steam, mash and even warm bottles. Using a baby food maker is the perfect way to produce healthy, wholesome meals to satisfy even the pickiest palettes while transforming mom and dad into master chefs who can feel confident knowing all of the ingredients and healthy nutrients that are still in the foods that baby is consuming. Check out our roundup of fab food processors and accessories guaranteed to make your kid go bananas for breakfast, lunch and dinner!