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A Fan’s Heartbreaking but Uplifting Story

One of the reasons we invented the Slumber Sleeper was because of stories like the one below. SIDS is a heartbreaking experience that leaves families torn apart every year, struggling to find answers. I couldn’t imagine the pain of losing a child like so many parents have.

We received this story from a fan of ours that we had to share. Emilee F. from Denver, Colorado lost a daughter to SIDS. She writes, “As you can imagine, it's hard to write about loss and keep it uplifting at the same time.” I commend her ability to stay strong and look for the positives in life. Many women struggle to find such strength, so I wanted to pass her story on to other moms…


We are you. We are an average family who loves our kids, can't keep up with laundry and try's to serve a vegetable with every meal. We worried about all of the normal stuff. Skinned knees, too much TV, nap times and picky eating. You know, the easy stuff.

When our second daughter died of SIDS at daycare just before she hit the 4 month mark, our lives changed forever. The devastation of losing a child is indescribable and unbearable. I wouldn't wish it on our worst enemy.

I often describe SIDS as a boogie man who sneaks into the crib of a sleeping baby and robs you of everything. No answers. No explanation. No mercy.

In the wake of our loss we became pregnant with our third daughter. A child born after a loss is called a rainbow baby. They are the light after a storm. A beautiful sign of hope in your darkest days.

Our rainbow girl was busy from the moment she entered the world. No time to waste and eager to explore. This lead to many worry filled and sleepless nights as she would roll over and attempt to sleep on her stomach. With safe sleep always on our minds, we knew that back is best. After hours of research I found Swanling and their Slumber Sleeper. I joke that a worried mom does better research than the FBI.

This creation has been our saving grace. She is happy and so are we. Knowing she is safely tucked into her bed, on her back and cozy has given us a chance to have some normalcy. It is the first time since she's been born that we have been able to relax and enjoy these precious moments.

One last thing I should mention is that SIDS is not preventable. Suffocation accidents are what we are trying to reduce with safe sleep guidelines. It is unknown why exactly causes SIDS.

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Emilee’s family on what would have been Scarlett’s second birthday. Says Emilee, “We went to an open space where we once took her on a walk and released Monarch butterflies.”

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Scarlett (9/6/12 – 12/18/12)


Hopefully stories like Emilee help moms find the strength to overcome the hurt and move on with their lives. I don’t pretend to have all the answers (because no one does), but I encourage moms to take every safeguard and precaution they can against this terrible occurrence. The stakes are just too high…

safe sleep solutionWritten by Joanna von Yurt, Co-Founder and CEO of Swanling Innovations Inc.

Joanna von Yurt is the mother of three intelligent, sensitive, and compassionate girls (who all want to be mommies when they grow up). She is first AND foremost a mom! Professionally, however, she is an accountant, controller and serial entrepreneur.

Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology.

Joanna has a lifelong passion for childcare and child safety. She enjoys sharing her experiences with other parents about sleep routines, attachment parenting, safe sleep guidelines, and children’s natural sleep patterns. Her company, Swanling Innovations, is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products that meet the expectations of discerning parents. The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in 1 safe sleep solution (mattress protector, flat sheet, fitted sheet and sleep sack all in one) designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered.

Joanna always says that a well-rested child and well-rested parents add up to a happy family!

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