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.
Swimsuit season is fast-approaching and thanks to social media's most influential twin tots, Mila and Emma Stauffer, your little one will be all set for summer sporting these beautiful, brand-new picks from their latest launch for Target. "The inspiration for the Mila & Emma swimwear and summer pieces are the twins' personal styles," remarks mom Katie Stauffer. "They love swimsuits—maybe more than any other article of clothing. We have designed 12 new summer pieces, and all of these looks are easy to play in and utilize the lightest and softest summer fabrics." The newest additions to the signature capsule collection include everything that your little lady needs to add to her stylish, summertime wardrobe. Check out these adorable (and affordable!) fashions while they're still online and in stores!
Pleasing teenage girls can often be a challenge, especially when it comes to helping them pick out clothes or room decor. If you have a teenager who loves boho style and is in need of a little bedroom revamp, look no further. Your teen will be shocked at how well you know the boho trend when she sees these gypsy-inspired bedroom picks.
Whether you are setting up a separate room, or sharing a bedroom space with your baby, fitting a sweet nursery into a tiny dwelling is far from impossible. With a little creativity and compact designs, these top-selling bassinets and changing tables from Walmart will make turning your cozy nook into a comfy spot a snap! Check out our roundup of space-saving styles designed to fit your nursery needs and your home.
Whether you have twins, triplets or multiple kids of different but close ages, it can be hard to find products that aren't designed to care for one baby at a time. From extra wide rocking chairs to double baby carriers, we've rounded up the best, most useful products for parents of multiples. Check out our round-up and make taking care of your crew of kiddos a little bit easier.
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!
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.
Camping adventures with the family create memories that last a lifetime, but roughing it in the wild can be difficult with small kids. Make this year's camping trip easier than ever with this selection of great outdoor gear and camping supplies for kids. From kid-sized air mattresses to folding booster seats, these are the best camping finds for families.
Hitting the beach or pool with the kids calls for a reliable, absorbent beach towel. Forget soaking wet swimsuits, sand-covered beach blankets and too-small towels—these are the best of the best when it comes to keeping your kiddos dry and comfortable for long days in the water. Check out our favorite beach towel finds from Pottery Barn Kids, Target, Walmart and more.
Stuck scrambling for a last minute Christmas gift for a kid on your list? Check out these awesome Amazon finds under $25—and if you're a Prime member, they'll ship for free in two days. Avoid the rush and long lines at stores and order these toys online instead! Make all of their holiday dreams come true on a tight schedule with a range of awesome, affordable gifts kids will love, including educational LEGO sets, collectible Hatchimal figurines, creative Pokemon toys and more.
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