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.
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.
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.
Boys already go through enough clothes thanks to growth-spurts galore and messy days at the park, so why waste any more cash on clothes they refuse to wear? Pick up these kids' clothing trends that your little boy can't wait to wear every day this fall and winter to save both of you time and stress.
Buying baby gear can be daunting, and while you know you should probably splurge on strollers and car seats, shelling out all those precious pennies still hurts. But help is here: Amazon is running a baby gear sale through the end of February. If you act fast, you can score up to 20% off must-buys for baby, at prices that won't break the bank. From sleep soothers (the unsung sleep heroes) to a cross-country stroller, here are the Amazon baby gear picks we're adding to our carts.
Dressing after baby can be a difficult task. While your maternity clothes may not fit anymore, there's a chance you're not ready for your pre-baby clothes—and that's totally normal! Losing the baby weight healthily takes time, and it can take a while for the uterus to shrink back to its normal size. For the in-between period, finding great postpartum clothes can make all of the difference. For a range of clothes that are flattering, supportive and stretchy enough to accommodate your post-baby body, check out these stylish options.
Store shelves are packed with the latest and greatest baby brands, but you may be overlooking some amazing quality products from Parent's Choice. The Walmart-exclusive brand has been around for years providing adorable, durable and affordable products. You may only know them for diapers and wipes, but they have a variety of awesome products for babies and toddlers. Here are some of our favorites!
As Independence Day approaches, you might be thinking about preparing the perfect patriotic outfits to celebrate Fourth of July with the family. If you're looking for cute, colorful outfits for kids of all ages, check out this round-up! From toddlers to tweens, we have the whole family covered.
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.
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!