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.
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!
A changing body during pregnancy also means a changing wardrobe. Pregnant moms require more comfort, space and flexibility from their clothing—and while maternity sweatpants and giant T-shirts may cut it when you're off the clock, most jobs still expect you to look professional and pulled together. If you're looking for office-appropriate maternity clothes to wear during your pregnancy, check out these trendy and timeless options.
With so many epic snowball fights and fun sledding good times ahead this winter, it's a must to have the warmest gear for outdoor wintertime play. We've rounded up the coolest clothes and accessories that boys and girls of all ages will want to wear (without complaints) to keep them warm and protected from this season's bitter chill.
Oral hygiene is important, even for babies! Protect baby teeth, soothe sore gums and build healthy habits with a toothbrush designed specifically for baby. Whether you're looking for baby's first toothbrush, a convenient finger toothbrush for babies or you're ready for your infant to try their hand at holding a soft, safe toddler toothbrush, we've rounded up some of the best baby toothbrush choices to keep your little one smiling. Check out these great infant toothbrushes from stores like Amazon, Target and Walmart.
Tulle and lace and sequins, oh my! Find the perfect flower girl dress for upcoming spring, summer or fall weddings on a budget with this list of gorgeous dresses for little girls. We've rounded up the prettiest, most affordable flower girl dresses under fifty dollars from retailers like Amazon, Etsy and H&M.
Summer is here and that means it's time to relish in all the fun it brings. From trips to the beach or playing in your very own backyard, summertime means fun time. Of course, it also means the sun will be shining, bringing hotter temperatures to your area. What better way to cool off than with a homemade popsicle? We love making our own popsicles not only is it a fun family activity, but because it ensures that we know exactly what's in them. From healthy fruit and even a sneaky vegetable or two, homemade popsicles are a great healthy snack for kids, and they're delicious, too. These seven popsicle molds come in great shapes and colors, your kids will love pulling them out of the freezer on a hot summer day! The best part is that these molds can be used for many summers to come.
Hooray for snow days! That brisk chill in the air signals that it's time to bundle up the kids in warm winter gear and get outdoors for some cool family fun and winter activities. Way better than riding in a one-horse open sleigh, soaring downhill on the slickest sledding equipment is guaranteed to be a blast! Easy to pack for a trip to the park, our top picks of sleds, saucers, tubes, and toboggans are great for gliding through the season. Be sure to have helmets handy to keep the little ones safe, and enjoy the ride!
If your little reader loves a sweet story at bedtime, this heart-filled selection of children's books is perfect for celebrating Valentine's Day with loveable tales that teach valuable lessons of the importance of family, kindness and friendship. Check out our roundup of super cute stories you'll want to add to your reading collection right away!
If you're on the hunt for the perfect ugly Christmas sweater for kids, have we got a gift for you! From dinosaurs to reindeers to the beloved Grinch, we've rounded up the weirdest, funniest holiday sweaters for babies, toddlers and big kids. Shop some of our favorite ugly finds for your little cutie below.