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.
The fur is flying again this holiday season! Pomsies, the fluffy interactive toys that were a huge hit last year, are once again topping the lists of the best Christmas toys for kids in 2018 and selling out fast. Pomsies—as most parents already know—are petite, supercute fluff balls that wrap around kids' wrists, hair, clothing or backpacks, and have eyes that light up and change color, depending on their mood. The collection of in-demand virtual pets (move over, Fingerlings!) is mostly made up of kitties such as Pomsies Sherbert, but the pom-pom pack also includes Pomsies unicorn Luna, Pomsies dragon Zoey and Pomsies koala Sydney. Both Amazon and Walmart currently have Pomsies in stock, but they're going quickly (so maybe don't wait for those Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals). Here are some of the most popular Pomsies to shop right now, plus where to buy them.
If you're hitting the road — or rails or sky — anytime soon, you probably want to stock up on some great travel clothing essentials for your kids. Finding seasonal travel clothing that's comfy for your journey and cool for your activities is easier than you think. Check out this round up of awesome spring and summer travel clothing for kids from retailers like Old Navy, Nordstrom, Target, Amazon and more.
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.
There's nothing superstitious or scary about these charming costumes from Carter's for baby's first Halloween. In fact, these picture-perfect looks for your babe are not only top-notch for hosting trick or treaters, but they're sure to get an insane number of likes on Instagram! No doubt your babe will be cute as a button, or perhaps a panda bear, in one of these adorable outfits. Get set to snap a ton of photos of your little one clad in this sweet selection of spooktacular costume picks.
Step into spring by outfitting your tiny tot in one of these stylish, comfortable and durable spring jackets. From waterproof toddler jackets to trendy denim jackets for kids, here are some of our favorite spring jackets for toddlers from retailers you love like Carter's, Nordstrom, Gap and Old Navy.
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.
Think picking the perfect LEGO collection for your creative kid is simply a snap? With so many collectible sets available in stores, it can be challenging to select the right one. We've rounded up the best new 2019 kits launching just in time for the February release of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. From colorful Duplo sets for baby to cool construction kits and LEGO Technic sets for bigger builders, check out these entertaining LEGO sets guaranteed to engage active imaginations of boys and girls of all ages with hours of constructive play — even Mom and Dad can get into the action!
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.
Comfortable, supportive leggings aren't just for pregnant moms—moms who just gave birth deserve soft, stretchy material that feels great to wear, too. Even better than average leggings, control-top leggings are designed for postpartum women. They have support and control panels that offer core stability, shaping and smoothing and coverage for areas that many women can feel self-conscious about post-baby. Check out these awesome postpartum leggings from Motherhood Maternity, Target, Amazon and more.