Many kids with siblings often find themselves sharing a bedroom at some point in time. Although territorial disputes are inevitable, parents can implement a few design tactics in the kids' room to make family life in a compact home a little calmer. Use the following hardworking furniture and storage items to accommodate all of the kids in the room.
Garages have a habit of becoming a little disorganized and a catch-all for a wide variety of items, from your kids' toys to gardening tools to last season's decor. Keep your space functional and organized by using totes, hooks, cabinets and more to keep those everyday items from Walmart. After you organize, you'll be able to keep your precious parking space clear and won't have to worry about running over your kid's soccer ball on accident.
As a child, did you pretend to live in a castle by arranging old blankets over the couch and chairs? There was something so fun about sitting underneath mom's old sheets. Now think how much more awesome it would be to actually have a bed that looks like a mini house! Enter the toddler house bed, also known as a Montessori floor bed.
These beds are exactly what they sound like: Picture a house-shaped frame above the mattress, complete with windows, a door and a kitchen (OK, just kidding about the kitchen). But now picture your little angel's precious head resting underneath one of these magical creations.
While this may seem like a cool, new way to sleep, the floor bed concept actually dates back to the early 20th century teaching philosophy called the Montessori Method, which focuses on placing everything a child needs to learn and explore at the child's level. So, by placing their bed on the floor, you give children independence and a chance to learn on their own terms.
Here, we've rounded up some of our favorite toddler house beds that are ready to take up residence in dreamland.
Losing even an ounce of sleep can be beyond brutal for hard-working moms whose day never seems to end, especially when their little one stays on the same schedule after the much dreaded time change this month. For sleep-deprived supermoms, we're racing to the rescue with a roundup of must-have products to ease the loss of that extra hour as the clock springs ahead — or any other time the kids kept you up at night. These dreamy picks will help the sleepiest mamas slow down, relax and catch just a few more zzzs while trying to avoid looking like the walking dead.
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.
Choosing a rug for baby's nursery that's stylish, safe and comfortable can be difficult. Before you rug shop, it's important to think about the size of your nursery (be sure take measurements in advance!), the rug material you want, whether you're covering a hardwood floor or layering the rug on carpet and whether or not the rug fits the style of your baby's nursery. Look through our selection of stylish and safe nursery rugs all priced at under $250 and easily found at popular retailers including Target, Wayfair and Pottery Barn Kids.
Whether you're setting up an entire game room or just a small part of a bedroom, splurging on the finer details can make game play that much more exciting. From the best video game consoles to the top bundles and accessories, we found exactly what you need for the ultimate gaming experience. Snatch up these amazing early Black Friday deals from Walmart.
Spoil your daughter to a bedroom makeover with these cute, cozy bedding options. Not only will she feel special, but she will love spending time in her new space.
Between hospital bills, hundreds of diapers, and other essential baby care products, having a baby is expensive. Luckily when it comes to their nursery, you don't have to spend a bundle. We found trendy furniture and decor for under $250 each, so you can design a stylish nursery for under $1,030.
Blackout curtains are great for families for a variety of reasons—they help preserve energy and regulate room temperature as well as block out light for fussy kids at bedtime and naptime. If you're in the market for the best blackout curtains for bedrooms, playrooms, living rooms and more, check out our round-up of great room-darkening curtain panels.