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.
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.
How do you know if your tween or child is ready for her first bra? It depends — companies make training bras for girls ages 5 or 6 up to teenage sizes. All girls develop at different rates, and it's up to each girl and her family to decide when it's time to go first-bra shopping. Some good indicators that your girl has reached training bra age is that she's expressing interest in getting one. Beginning with lightly lined bras is an easy way to introduce girls to the basics of dressing as an adult, and it's OK to let her practice (or "train") even if she isn't quite ready for the real thing. Even if your girl hasn't let you know she's in the market for a bra, it might be time to buy her first bra if she's noticeably developing, experiencing pain from lack of support or starting to be active in sports. We've rounded up great training bras for tweens, from sports bras to bralettes, from retailers like Walmart, Target, Justice and Yellowberry.
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!
The pressure is on to put together the perfect Thanksgiving celebration for family and friends, and with the dinner menu taking top priority, there should be no need to stress over your holiday home decor. We've rounded up festive, fall-friendly Thanksgiving-themed decorative pieces designed to make magical memories with the ones you love.
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If your little dreamer has a big imagination, these delightful new toys from Fisher-Price are destined to be a huge hit. Designed to entertain tiny tots while teaching and developing motor skills, these learning toys and playsets are perfect for encouraging hours of entertaining pretend play for budding builders, doctors and future superstars.
Booties are the essential fall footwear, and they're perfect for busy moms because they're versatile, durable and trendy without being impractical. We've rounded up some of the coziest, coolest designs ideal for heading into the office or out with the kids. Check out these comfortable and stylish booties from great brands like Universal Thread, Jack Rogers, Clarks and more.
Now is the time to start bundling up, and as the temperatures begin to dip, these super cute styles are perfect for layering and keeping your little guy looking sharp while staying warm and cozy. Check out our roundup of awesome knits designed to look great while withstanding winter's bitter chill.
Hooray for snow days! That brisk chill in the air signals that it's time to bundle up the kids in warm winter gear and get outdoors for some cool family fun and winter activities. Way better than riding in a one-horse open sleigh, soaring downhill on the slickest sledding equipment is guaranteed to be a blast! Easy to pack for a trip to the park, our top picks of sleds, saucers, tubes, and toboggans are great for gliding through the season. Be sure to have helmets handy to keep the little ones safe, and enjoy the ride!