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.
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.
If your little one is finally outgrowing baby toothbrushes, you may want to consider finding an electric toothbrush for toddlers. Electric toothbrushes can make brushing more fun and more convenient for kids. Plus, they have powerful heads that clean faster and more efficiently than manual toothbrushes. We talked to New York City's Leading Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Lana Rozenberg, DDS, about the most important features to look for and rounded up the best, affordable products from brands like Oral-B, Colgate, Philips and more.
Now that the temps have started to dip to record lows, with some days feeling as cold as ice, it's time to warm up with the hottest wintertime picks to keep you and your baby feeling cozy and comfy while braving frosty climates. We've rounded up our favorite finds designed to help mom and baby withstand winter's brutal bite in toasty trends too hot not to shop this season. Snag these fab winter weather essentials to survive the season in style!
Oral hygiene is important, even for babies! Protect baby teeth, soothe sore gums and build healthy habits with a toothbrush designed specifically for baby. Whether you're looking for baby's first toothbrush, a convenient finger toothbrush for babies or you're ready for your infant to try their hand at holding a soft, safe toddler toothbrush, we've rounded up some of the best baby toothbrush choices to keep your little one smiling. Check out these great infant toothbrushes from stores like Amazon, Target and Walmart.
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.
You don't have to settle for slippers or questionable-looking sneakers to get comfortable footwear for pregnancy. Pregnancy can cause aches and pains through your whole body, plus swollen feet and joint pain from carrying around the added weight of your unborn baby. Look for shoes with sturdy construction, cushioned insoles, tons of traction and slip-on design to make dressing your feet while expecting easier than ever. Check out our roundup of the cutest and comfiest shoes for pregnant mamas from stores like Zappos, Clarks and Amazon.
Spending time in the water with your little one is a great way to celebrate warm weather—but hitting the pools, beaches and splash pads with babies and toddlers who are still in diapers can feel like a hassle. Preparing ahead of time with the most durable and comfortable swim diapers can make your day at the beach a breeze. We've rounded up the best disposable and reusable swim diapers with leak-proof construction you can count on and adorable styles and patterns that are sure to make a splash.
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.
With so many epic snowball fights and fun sledding good times ahead this winter, it's a must to have the warmest gear for outdoor wintertime play. We've rounded up the coolest clothes and accessories that boys and girls of all ages will want to wear (without complaints) to keep them warm and protected from this season's bitter chill.