As a child, did you pretend to live in a castle by arranging old blankets over the couch and chairs? There was something so fun about sitting underneath mom's old sheets. Now think how much more awesome it would be to actually have a bed that looks like a mini house! Enter the toddler house bed, also known as a Montessori floor bed.
These beds are exactly what they sound like: Picture a house-shaped frame above the mattress, complete with windows, a door and a kitchen (OK, just kidding about the kitchen). But now picture your little angel's precious head resting underneath one of these magical creations.
While this may seem like a cool, new way to sleep, the floor bed concept actually dates back to the early 20th century teaching philosophy called the Montessori Method, which focuses on placing everything a child needs to learn and explore at the child's level. So, by placing their bed on the floor, you give children independence and a chance to learn on their own terms.
Here, we've rounded up some of our favorite toddler house beds that are ready to take up residence in dreamland.
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.
Once all the holiday parties have died down and parents are back to work, the winter doldrums start to set in. Just because it's cold outside, that doesn't mean outdoor activities are out of the question. On the contrary, playing in the snow is one of the best ways to burn off (or chill out) all that pent-up energy. Plus, besides skating and sledding, there are all sorts of creative toys, games and even productive — snow chores, anyone? — things to do in the great, winter outdoors for kids and they're all available on Amazon now.
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!
Check those dusty shoes and sneakers at the door! To keep the kiddos from shuffling around the house in socks, we've rounded up the cutest, coziest slipper styles that boys and girls of all ages will want to slip into every day after school and on the weekends. From adorable animal designs to sleek styles made to warm big and tiny tootsies, these awesome kid's slippers are made to feel like walking on air in cool trends that even the fanciest feet can't help but warm up to. We're sure that these fab slippers are a shoo-in for your kid's casual footwear faves!
Talk about a throwback! These classic toys truly stand the test of time while managing to still capture active minds and imaginations. Check out our roundup of retro toys that easily compete in today's digital age without all of the bells and whistles. Parents, get ready to revisit your childhood and reminisce about fun games and activities that not only never grow old but make you want to be a kid again. Check out some of our perennial favorites you can find at Walmart, Amazon and Target now.
There's nothing better than getting brand new supplies at the start of the school year, and these Dr. Seuss themed items inspired by the beloved children's book author feature the famed, quirky cartoon designs that fans young and old love most. Check out our roundup of colorful pencils, pens, notebooks and more that make heading back to class this season super cool!
The hills are alive with the sound of music! Looking to scale back a little on electronic toys? Then it's time to make some noise with cool musical instruments designed to bring harmony to the home without driving Mom and Dad completely crazy. Music plays a significant role in stimulating brain development, coordination and creativity in babies and kids. In celebration of the 33rd annual Music in Our Schools Month, we've taken note of the best instruments guaranteed to bring music to your ears. Whether you have a pint-sized percussionist or a budding Beethoven, get ready to rock!
Going back to school after a super summer vacation is no fun. But going back-to-school shopping? Now that's fun! What kid doesn't love picking out new backpacks, lunch boxes, notebooks, pens, crayons and more? We've rounded up some of our favorite back-to-school supplies, all available at Walmart. Shop them below.
As a first-time parent, you are trying to figure out the best products that make life with baby easier to manage. After all, your life was just turned upside down and all the things you used to rely on before, just won't cut it now with this little person in your life, in fact you will need a whole new set of "stuff" just for the baby. You'll be super sleep-deprived and have lost count of how many diapers you've changed in 24 hours. Being a new parent isn't going to be easy, so anything that will help you along your parenting journey is definitely worth checking out. Babies need a lot of stuff and finding the right stuff can make all the difference from day to day. From finding the perfect temperature for baby's bath to getting rid of nasty boogers (in a way you probably never imaged), these products are multi-purpose and life-changing!