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.
Spending time in the water with your little one is a great way to celebrate warm weather—but hitting the pools, beaches and splash pads with babies and toddlers who are still in diapers can feel like a hassle. Preparing ahead of time with the most durable and comfortable swim diapers can make your day at the beach a breeze. We've rounded up the best disposable and reusable swim diapers with leak-proof construction you can count on and adorable styles and patterns that are sure to make a splash.
Here's a little food for thought...making homemade meals for your babe doesn't have to be a big challenge. In fact, thanks to the advanced features of baby food makers on the market these days, whipping up healthy meals, snacks and smoothies is a piece of cake for parents. With so many models to choose from, we've helped narrow it down to top-rated, dishwasher-safe designs that blend, chop, steam, mash and even warm bottles. Using a baby food maker is the perfect way to produce healthy, wholesome meals to satisfy even the pickiest palettes while transforming mom and dad into master chefs who can feel confident knowing all of the ingredients and healthy nutrients that are still in the foods that baby is consuming. Check out our roundup of fab food processors and accessories guaranteed to make your kid go bananas for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
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!
Just like mom, dad has to carry a heavy load. When he's out and about with baby, he needs to be armed with the right gear to tote everything his little one needs including diapers, wipes, bottles and baby food just to name a few of the necessities that packing parents must not forget. Whether you're a stay-at-home dad or on daddy daycare duty, we've got a handle on the trendiest diaper bags that are as fab as they are functional. From the best backpacks to trendy tough guy totes, these top picks are a mixed bag guaranteed to make sure that dad doesn't lose any cool points in the style department.
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.
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.
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.
If there's one thing that kids know best, it's how to play hard, but as every parent of an energetic child knows quite well, all of that activity can take a heavy toll on their clothing. Lands' End lightens the burden of having to continually replace ripped and torn pieces with the breakthrough design of their Iron Knee Pants.
A must-have for back-to-school, the unique design of Lands' End Iron Knee Pants withstands the wear and tear of busy boys and girls who stay on the move. This stylish collection of pants has comfy knee patches on the inside your child won't even notice.
Made with high-quality, durable fabrics designed to last, each pair of pants has reinforced knees to prevent holes where they happen the most. Lands' End Iron Knees pants have a longer lifespan, which gives wallet a much-needed break!.
Plus, these fab, machine washable styles not only look good but they also feel great. With several pant styles available for kids of all ages, we're sure this is one wardrobe staple in your kiddo's closet that will wear well. Time to bid a fond farewell to patching up holey pants!
Elementary-age kids are notorious for tearing up running shoes — from play dates to recess to sports practice, finding a strong, stylish pair of running shoes for kids can be tough. The best kids shoes have durable soles, breathable fabric and lightweight design for hours of comfortable wear. Here are some of the best youth running shoes options from retailers like Kids' Foot Locker, Kohl's, Nike and more.
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