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.
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.
Your little one deserves the coziest, comfiest place to sleep—and you deserve a style that you love. We've compiled a list of the best crib bedding, made of baby-friendly materials, in a range of cute and trendy designs to complete your new baby's nursery space. Whether you're looking for baby girl crib bedding, baby boy crib bedding or gender neutral crib bedding with adorable woodland creatures, you'll find sets you love from retailers you know and trust, like Target, Wayfair, Pottery Barn Kids and more.
Calling all bathing beauties, get ready to bare your bump at the beach! Perfect for some fun in the sun or a relaxing pre-baby getaway, these sleek one-pieces, trendy tankinis and gorgeous bikinis are guaranteed to have you looking like one hot mama! We've selected the best maternity swimwear to fit every shape and size, from retailers like Old Navy and Motherhood Maternity. They come in comfortable designs that will make mom feel most confident showing off all of her curves, so get ready to make a splash!
Baby cribs can typically range anywhere from the low hundreds to the thousands, but if you're looking to outfit your little one's nursery on a budget, there are some great, wallet-friendly options available. Check out these great cribs, all priced at or under $150, from retailers like Amazon, Walmart and Ikea.
Many parents plan for months in advance to get the nursery just right and ready for baby, and we know what a fun and fulfilling experience it can be! From picking a theme to planning the color scheme, deciding on your baby's nursery decor is a blast and also a great way to put all that nesting energy to good use. Now, it's not only fun, but #WalmartBaby has made it super easy, too! They have created curated nurseries boards that you can, not only browse for inspiration but shop for the items right on the site as well. From modern nurseries, boho chic paradises, nautical-themed nurseries to woodland wonderlands, #WalmartBabyRegistry has made designing and shopping for your baby's nursery a breeze.
Whether you want cute crib shoes for newborns or something sturdy for beginning walkers, baby moccasins are a trendy, versatile shoe option that both baby and parent will love. Baby moccasins are designed with soft, skid-proof soles for babies' comfort and are easy to pull-on for quick dressing and undressing. Check out this selection of adorable, stylish baby moccasins for all occasions, from great retailers like Target, Nordstrom, Amazon and more.
Whether you're expecting a little miss or a little mister, these gender-neutral furniture finds and nursery decor picks make nesting your nursery oh-so fun.
Modern design is all about practicing the less-is-more approach. If you're able to resist the many cute toys, accessories and decorations available today, you'll reap the rewards of a long-lasting nursery that's comfortable, practical and beautiful. Prioritize the 10 essentials below to build a foundation for a modern sanctuary for your little one.
Teen girls are notorious for experimenting with different styles and trying out new interests. To ensure your gift doesn't become the thing that collects dust in her closet, we've rounded up six foolproof ideas. The best part? Every gift on our list is less than $50.