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!
Have an L.O.L. Surprise! superfan in your life? We bet you do! The tiny big-eyed dolls have become one of the hottest toys of the holiday season. In fact, the range of merchandise featuring the mini figures goes far beyond the basic ball. From the new L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise set to L.O.L. Surprise! Pets to sparkly accessories and trendy fashions, we've uncovered the coolest items any L.O.L.-loving kid will totally flip for. Many of our picks are available from favorite retailers like Amazon, Walmart and Target — but you better act quick because these toys are flying off the shelves. It's no mystery who will win Christmas this year by wrapping up these fun surprises for the kiddos!
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.
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.
Love is in the air, and with Valentine's Day right around the corner, we've rounded up the sweetest pieces for your little sweetheart to sport to school to celebrate the lovely holiday. Check out these playful picks your loveable little heartbreaker will adore and want to wear long after the heart-filled season has ended.
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.
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.
A warm-weather wardrobe staple for your baby boy and girl, cotton rompers are nothing short of adorable. From dressy to casual styles for little ones ranging from newborn to toddler sizes, we've rounded up the sweetest selection of this one-piece bodysuit style to keep your babe cool and super cute all season long.
Spring is the perfect time to replace your family's old, worn out gym shoes with some stylish sneakers that can really go the distance. Spring cleaning doesn't just have to be for your house! Refresh your family's footwear wardrobe with these stylish shoes for Spring from Walmart. The superstore has got everything your family needs to stay on trend this Spring. Moms, if you're looking for a statement sneaker or a comfortable, yet fashionable slip-on, Walmart's got you covered. Dads will love the on-trend white sneakers that they can wear for working out or for a casual day with the family. Of course, there are some cute options for your kids, too. From sporty sneakers for boys to fun, fashionable ones for girls, Walmart has got all the latest footwear trends, and the prices can't be beaten!
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.