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.
A baby accessory that's kind of for us, too? We'll take it. Teething necklaces are a great hands-free way to keep your little one occupied while they're being held. Plus, you don't have to worry about them dropping teething toys on dirty surfaces, and they're a safe alternative for teething babies who love to chew on mom and dad's not-so-safe metal jewelry. Check out some of our favorite teething necklaces to give baby relief from Amazon, Etsy, Macy's and more.
Modern design is all about practicing the less-is-more approach. If you're able to resist the many cute toys, accessories and decorations available today, you'll reap the rewards of a long-lasting nursery that's comfortable, practical and beautiful. Prioritize the 10 essentials below to build a foundation for a modern sanctuary for your little one.
Summer vacation means one thing: Your yard is about to become a sea of kids' toys that have found a new home in the outdoors. If you're struggling to keep up with the chaos, shop this list of genius finds from Houzz that make staying organized a breeze.
We all want to commit to living a comfortable life, and what could be better for kids than keeping it casual in the coziest pair of sweatpants made for play or lounging around the house? We've rounded up our favorite styles that will keep boys and girls looking and feeling so fab, they won't want to take them off! Read on to see our favorite kids sweatpants you can shop from retailers like Nordstrom and Amazon.
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.
Being an on-the-go parent doesn't mean you have to give up style for comfort, especially when it comes to footwear. Instead of relying on one pair of sneakers that may or may not get you through the day, treat yourself to something fabulous yet comfortable. From popular brands and stores like Toms, Allbirds, Crocs, and Nordstom comes our list of the most comfortable shoes for standing all day.
The only thing that comes close to competing with grandma's kisses or big bear hugs from grandpa is still being small enough to climb into their laps for a cuddle and a story. This selection of sweet picture books available on Amazon celebrates the special bond between grandparents and their grandchildren by teaching little ones just how much they are loved. Below, our favorite books for grandparents to read to their grandchildren.
Teen girls are notorious for experimenting with different styles and trying out new interests. To ensure your gift doesn't become the thing that collects dust in her closet, we've rounded up six foolproof ideas. The best part? Every gift on our list is less than $50.
No one wants to have to put together a nursery after the baby is born. Make your newborn feel right at home by preparing baby's first nursery ahead of time. As a mommy-to-be, you have many things on your mind. Have no fear; we're here to help ensure you don't overlook certain products that should be on the nursery checklist. These 10 nursery essentials from Houzz are about to make your life with a little one a whole lot easier just by adding them to your baby's room.