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.
Ready your hankies: Disney's beloved film about a big-eared elephant, Dumbo, is hitting theaters March 29 in a live-action remake by director Tim Burton that's sure to tug at our heartstrings. To celebrate the film, we've rounded up the sweetest and most adorable elephant-themed toys and gear for your little one. From bath wraps to Dumbo musical mobiles, see the favorite pachyderm picks we're eyeing from Walmart,, Pottery Barn Kids, Target and more. Step right up and check them out below!
The holiday season inspires us to give generously and enjoy the feeling of doing good for others. If you're looking for gifts that "give" in more ways than one, check out these options from amazing brands and organizations that give back to those in need every time you purchase one of their products. We've rounded up the best gifts that give back so you can give more.
Check those dusty shoes and sneakers at the door! To keep the kiddos from shuffling around the house in socks, we've rounded up the cutest, coziest slipper styles that boys and girls of all ages will want to slip into every day after school and on the weekends. From adorable animal designs to sleek styles made to warm big and tiny tootsies, these awesome kid's slippers are made to feel like walking on air in cool trends that even the fanciest feet can't help but warm up to. We're sure that these fab slippers are a shoo-in for your kid's casual footwear faves!
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.
Fingerlings were one of the hottest toys last holiday season. In fact, they were so popular that Fingerlings Minis and even Fingerlings keychains soon followed. But this year, Fingerlings HUGS are at the top of every kid's wish list and one of the best Christmas toys of 2018. The adorable interactive plushies feature long arms that can wrap around your kid for a cuddle, and they also give kisses, giggle, repeat after your child and — whoops! — pass gas. The collection includes animals such as a unicorn and sloth, but we have to say that Fingerlings monkeys Boris and Bella might just be the cutest toys ever. While you'll likely find sweet Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on these cute critters on toy store shelves across the country, there are even better deals — and exclusive animals! — available online at Amazon, Walmart and Target now. So, stop arguing with your little one about whether they're getting a real puppy or kitten, and tell them Santa might just deliver a monkey, sloth or unicorn pal instead! Shop the Fingerlings collection below.
For many families, the holiday season means heading out of town for long distance trips to visit relatives. And for breastfeeding mothers, this means packing the best portable, travel-friendly breast pump to take out on the road. When it comes to the most practical pump picks, it's best to keep things light and easy.
"As a mom and a lactation professional, I'm looking for convenience but also efficiency when it comes to choosing a breast pump, especially if needing to travel and pump," says International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Motif Medical lactation director Ashley Georgakopoulos. "The pump should be lightweight, and the engine designed to keep up with the volume of pumping."
To ease your mind (and the weight of your pump bag), we've rounded up the best breast pumps to have handy while on the go. Don't leave home without one of these top-rated picks!
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This holiday season is packed with plenty of puppy love for Nickelodeon's popular pup heroes with the launch of brand new playsets your favorite PAW Patrol fan will wish for under the tree. We've rounded up the pick of the litter made to amuse and entertain little ones to no end. Every dog has his day, so mom and dad, be sure to grab these super fun finds while they're still in stores!