Shhh...baby is asleep! Sound and white noise machines are a must-have for little ones and light sleepers. They're an excellent tool to help develop sleeping routines and provide soothing sounds while blocking loud noises to quietly calm your child. Backed by pediatricians and certified sleep specialists, the benefit of introducing a sound machine early on to your infant is to create a, "womb-like white noise that actually activates a calming reflex in the baby, which helps promote sleep," says Dr. Harvey Karp, founder of Happiest Baby and creator of the SNOO Smart Sleeper. "It also reduces waking from outside distractions like noises and lights and internal disturbances like gas and mild hunger."
When shopping for the best machine, parents should be on the lookout for a unit that blocks disturbing sounds, especially during naptime. "Sound machines help drown out the noise we can't control, this is especially important during the daytime when most outside noises occur (i.e. cars driving by, dogs barking etc)," observes Certified Child Sleep Consultant Susete Pinto. However, doctors and sleep professionals caution against keeping a loud sound machine near your sleeping baby. Always maintain the noise levels at 50 A-weighted decibels while never keeping the device too close to the crib. "I generally recommend a noise level similar to what a hair dryer or vacuum might produce," say Dr. Karp.
Sweet as a lullaby and the best method for blocking out boisterous household and outdoor noises, our top picks of sound machines will work to calm even the most restless little sleepers. Get ready to make some noise! Wait, on second thought, let's sound off on comforting white noises to soothe your sweet babe.
Does wearing a matching family pajama set for the holidays just sound like something your home crew would so do? Whether it's for the holiday card, the grandparents or Instagram, this is a Christmas trend the whole clan can get behind — and then get into bed! While some families have been wearing their comfy group onesies since Halloween (think: superhero pajama sets or a family of dreamy dragons), others are just getting into the flannel pajamas mode now. We've scoured through all the family pajama set reviews out there on every site from Target to Amazon to Nordstrom and can say with confidence that these cozy Disney, Harry Potter, Rudolph and Christmas-themed sets are, well, the cat's pajamas. Shop this cozy sleepwear now.
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.
Baby accessorizing is nothing new, especially headwear. Little ones are known to lose heat through their heads, so a little coverage over that fuzzy head is key in their early months—then make it fashion! These days, celebrity mommies and mommy bloggers everywhere take to Instagram daily to show off how they're dressing up their little ones, and we can't help but swoon. One style, in particular, has been taking baby fashion by a storm: Headwraps and top knots.
This sweet look is a chic upgrade from your average beanie or little hat. It can be spotted on the babies of a lot of celebrity moms from Hilary Duff to Kate Hudson and Khloe Kardashian. If your infant is always on the move, the turban and top knots are designed to stay put, unlike some other hats and accessories that spend more time on the floor than on your baby's noggin. The wraps are easy to slide on, too—yes, even on a very squirmy babe. We've hand-picked our favorite turbans, top knots and headwraps from Amazon, Etsy and more so your stylish baby can don some flair, without sacrificing comfort.
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.
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.
It's never too early to teach your little one to be a good sport on and off the field, and these adorable athletic toys train children to understand basic game rules while encouraging exercise. No doubt, your kid will get a kick out of these fun indoor and outdoor activities. With soccer, softball, baseball, basketball, bowling and so much more, there's something for every future all-star in this round-up. Your kiddo can develop motor skills and sportsmanship while making some smooth moves. Get ready to have a ball with these fun picks!
Refresh your children's wardrobe by shopping at these stylish, yet affordable, kid clothing brands that your little one will actually love.
What parent isn't totally on board with finding the perfect train set to support their baby and big kid in building a love of locomotives, steam engines and freight cars? If your cute little conductor is driven by spending hours constructing and running rail cars while stimulating their imagination and improving cognitive skills, then we have the inside track on the best trains to entertain budding engineers of all ages. From stacking trains for toddlers to battery operated, electric and magnetic engines for more mature railroad enthusiasts (with many compatible tracks that can be expanded as your little one grows), there's something fun for every young train fan.
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.