For many families, the holiday season means heading out of town for long distance trips to visit relatives. And for breastfeeding mothers, this means packing the best portable, travel-friendly breast pump to take out on the road. When it comes to the most practical pump picks, it's best to keep things light and easy.
"As a mom and a lactation professional, I'm looking for convenience but also efficiency when it comes to choosing a breast pump, especially if needing to travel and pump," says International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Motif Medical lactation director Ashley Georgakopoulos. "The pump should be lightweight, and the engine designed to keep up with the volume of pumping."
To ease your mind (and the weight of your pump bag), we've rounded up the best breast pumps to have handy while on the go. Don't leave home without one of these top-rated picks!
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.
Before your child and their teacher part ways for winter break, send a sweet gift to school to show your appreciation. From cozy candles to witty wine glasses, we've rounded up a selection of fun and functional gifts to give every teacher on your list.
The holiday season inspires us to give generously and enjoy the feeling of doing good for others. If you're looking for gifts that "give" in more ways than one, check out these options from amazing brands and organizations that give back to those in need every time you purchase one of their products. We've rounded up the best gifts that give back so you can give more.
Get ready to bump up your pregnancy wardrobe! If you're wondering where to buy maternity clothes that are stylish and flow seamlessly into your existing wardrobe, you're in luck! Retailers like Target, Seraphine, ASOS, Nordstrom and even Amazon all carry fashion-forward maternity clothes designed with the modern mama in mind. That means you can find maternity tops, dresses, leggings and more clothing essentials, including plus sizes, that won't have you sacrificing style for comfort. Below, we've rounded up some of the best places to buy maternity clothes, plus some of our favorite pieces from each store. Happy shopping!
Take a hike! No, like literally, take a fun, family hike with your kid sporting these super cute, supportive hiking shoes. Durable and designed to provide stability while protecting little soles and ankles, these hiking shoes featured in our roundup are super stylish and made for energetic explorers all geared up and ready to scale new heights!
Have a web-slinging superfan of the new Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movie? Whether your pint-sized Peter Parker idolizes Miles Morales or Spideys from another dimension, we've weaved through a web of character merch to come up with the best picks for the biggest Marvel fans of all ages.
Dressing after baby can be a little more difficult, especially if you plan to breastfeed. Don't get yourself in a twist—literally—trying to figure out how to nurse without stretching out everything you own or exposing yourself to the whole room. These pretty, practical nursing clothes are perfect for breastfeeding moms to wear to work, to play, to date nights and more.
This holiday season is packed with plenty of puppy love for Nickelodeon's popular pup heroes with the launch of brand new playsets your favorite PAW Patrol fan will wish for under the tree. We've rounded up the pick of the litter made to amuse and entertain little ones to no end. Every dog has his day, so mom and dad, be sure to grab these super fun finds while they're still in stores!
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.