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.
Mix up your baby girl's wardrobe with some other colors of the rainbow with these baby girl clothes that aren't pink.
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.
There are times when we don't want glitter or ruffles or confusing designs splattered all over our kids' clothes. That's why we love Primary. Their clothes are basic and simple and can be worn over and over again. Another reason we love Primary? They're also making Halloween easy by inspiring parents to take matters into their own hands to create clever and adorable DIY Halloween costumes without having to pick up a needle and thread. Best of all, the costumes can have a second life—the hoodie your little guy wore for his dragon costume can be the same hoodie he wears to school the following week — minus the scales, of course. Scroll to see our favorite Primary DIY costume picks, along with details on how to make them and where to buy the essential pieces.
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.
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.
With the sugar rush of Halloween right around the corner, there's no need for your costume-loving kiddo to lose a wink of sleep in these super comfy Halloween-themed pajama sets. We've rounded up the most "spooktacular" jammies for excited trick or treaters of all ages to stay cute and cozy until the anticipated, annual candy fest is complete. Trust us, your little trick or treater will drift off in no time jumping into bed in these dreamy designs! Check out these frightfully cute pajama picks for your precious little pumpkin.
Your little baby isn't a baby anymore! Make sure you're prepared for the toddler years with gear and toys you didn't realize you needed for children aged one to three.
If you're on the hunt for the perfect ugly Christmas sweater for kids, have we got a gift for you! From dinosaurs to reindeers to the beloved Grinch, we've rounded up the weirdest, funniest holiday sweaters for babies, toddlers and big kids. Shop some of our favorite ugly finds for your little cutie below.
Unlike a Christmas birthday, which can get easily overlooked during the holiday commotion, a Halloween birthday party is a special unicorn — much like your little princess, superhero or monster. And just like those peanut butter cups you're giving out to trick-or-treaters, Halloween and birthdays are "two great things that go great together!" No need to rack your brain for some far-out theme — costumes and candy are a given. But you can still flex your creativity and choose unique decorations, invitations and much more to make your kiddo's Halloween birthday party a howling success. Keep scrolling for some frightfully fun inspiration.
The winner, and still champion, is...your child, in this Toddler Boxer Muscle Costume!
Your kid will look like they just got back from a semester at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter Toddler Gryffindor Robe.
Nothing is cuter than a sloth except for your little one in this Infant Silly Sloth Costume. This adorable sloth costume features ...claws and a headpiece with eyes and a nose. read more
Your kid will look like they came straight from Hogwarts with the Harry Potter Toddler Ravenclaw Robe.
Halloween PJ Masks Gekko Deluxe Toddler Costume 3T-4T, Men's, MultiColored Gender: male. Age Group: adult.
Halloween Girls' Owlette Classic Toddler Costume 3t-4t, Girl's, MultiColored Gender: female. Age Group: kids.
Fancy Nancy believes that more is more and loves anything extraordinary! Help your little one be just as Fancy as Nancy herself in... this Nancy Deluxe Toddler costume. This costume features a dress, leggings, and of course a tiara! Color: MultiColored. Gender: female. Age Group: kids. read more
Halloween Toddler Girls' Disney Princess Tiana Deluxe Halloween Costume 3T-4T, Girl's, MultiColored Gender: female. Age Group: kid...s. read more
Be the beloved Queen of Arendelle and harness the powers of ice and snow when you put on this Frozen 2: Elsa Deluxe Costume! Costu...me features a satin dress with detailed glitter art, mini sequins in the center of the bodice, attached belt, A-line style skirt, and attached blue organza sparkle cape. Color: MultiColored. Gender: female. Age Group: toddler. read more
Join the nightime adventures of the PJ Masks kids This Halloween in this adorable PJ Masks Owlette Deluxe Costume! Costume include...s a fully printed Jumpsuit with foil print owl logo on the front bodice with hook and loop closure, detachable screen printed winged cape, and a soft poly combined to foam character headpiece. Size: 2T. Color: MultiColored. Gender: female. Age Group: adult. read more
Activate your daughters super owl wings this Halloween! The PJ Masks Owlette Prestige Tutu toddler costume is sized to fit toddler... sizes 3T-4T. This costume comes complete everything your daughter needs to solve some mysteries and collect some candy.... read more
Halloween Toddler Girls' Ladybug Halloween Costume 3T-4T, Girl's, MultiColored Gender: female. Age Group: kids.
Halloween Toddler Girls' Rapunzel Halloween Costume 3T-4T, Girl's, MultiColored Gender: female. Age Group: kids.
Nothing brightens anyone day than a Sunny Day. This super cute Sunny Deluxe Toddler Costume is the must-have talk of the town! Fea...tures a Canary Yellow sunny tunic. Trousers, shirts, or shoes not included. Be the brightest kid on the block, with this awesomely cool costume. Great for parties and school plays. Have some other toddlers dress up as the cloud and rain to create the perfect gathering. Act now and buy today. Color: MultiColored. Gender: female. Age Group: kids. read more
Unleash your inner warrior princess in this stunning Mulan Sparkle Classic costume, featuring an adorable satin Kimono-inspired dr...ess with gold glitter accents, multilayered skirt, and character cameo. Color: MultiColored. Gender: female. Age Group: toddler. read more
Your daughter will enchant all she meets when she wears our Spell Caster Witch Costume! Witch colorful stars and stripes, a faux l...ace up bodice, and traditional witch hat accented by a sparkling bow, everyone will know that your little one is a good witch. Shoes not included. Size: 3T-4T. Color: MultiColored. Gender: female. Age Group: kids. read more
Create a buzz at the Halloween party with our Ballerina Bee Costume! With a yellow tutu, yellow and black striped top, cute swirly... wings, bee-shaped wand, and yellow pom-pom antennae headband, your little one will look as sweet as honey. Tights and shoes not included. Color: MultiColored. Gender: female. Age Group: kids. read more
Have fun following the yellow bricked road in this officially licensed Wizard of oz Dorothy costume. On your adventure to Emerald ...city with The Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion and Toto don't forget to look out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her flying monkeys. Your child will dazzle everyone in the sequin Dorothy dress costume with hair bows (2) included at your Halloween event! Size: 3T-4T. Color: MultiColored. Gender: female. Age Group: toddler. read more
Have your little one create a buzz around the neighborhood this Halloween when they go trick-or-treating wearing our Ballerina Bug... Costume. This adorable costume will make your child as cute as a bug complete with polka dot top, matching wings, a full red tutu, bouncy headband, and ladybug wand. Will the buzz be from candy or from being the best ladybug on the block? Color: MultiColored. Gender: female. Age Group: kids. read more
Your little one doesn't have to be from Transylvania to dress up as the fun-loving and friendly Vampirina! This Vampirina Classic ...costume features a dress with glitter custom print, fingerless glovettes and a headpiece. Color: MultiColored. Gender: female. Age Group: kids. read more
Halloween Girls' Fire Girl Toddler Costume 3t-4t, Girl's, MultiColored Gender: female. Age Group: kids.
Halloween Toddler Girls' Vampirina Ghoul Halloween Costume 3T-4T, Girl's, MultiColored Gender: female. Age Group: kids.
Halloween Toddler Girls' Toy Story 4: Buzz Lightyear Tutu Delux Halloween Costume 3T-4T, Girl's, MultiColored Gender: female. Age ...Group: kids. read more
Dress up as one of your favorite genies in this officially licensed Shimmer and Shine, Shine character costume. Who knows what kin...d of adventures your child will have! Watch your child's imagination soar while dressed up as Shine. The costume comes with a jumpsuit with attached vest, cuffs and headpiece. Size: 3T-4T. Color: MultiColored. Gender: female. Age Group: toddler. read more
Halloween Toddler Girls' Snow White Halloween Costume 3T-4T, Girl's, MultiColored Gender: female. Age Group: kids.
Travel beyond Equestira to save Ponyville in this My Little Pony: Princess Skystar Deluxe Toddler Costume. Includes tunic, pants, ...glovettes, and mask. Does not include shoes. This is an officially licensed My Little Pony costume. Color: MultiColored. Gender: female. Age Group: kids. read more