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  • 6 Tips to Encourage Independent Play in Babies

    Encourage Independent Play in BabiesAs much as we love our kids, at some point we have to put them down just so we can get some things done. It’s also good for their health and development if they spend some time occupying themselves. After all, you can’t be by their side their entire life. If you think your baby is ready to starting playing independently, here are some tips.

    1. Meet all baby’s needs first. It’s tough to expect a baby to try something new if something is bothering him. Before asking he play by himself, make sure he’s not hungry, thirty, wet or tried. He should be just coming off a nap so his mind is fresh.

    2. Change environments. Your baby can’t complain to be bored like a toddler, but if he’s staring at toys or his play mat uninterested, try switching rooms. If you give him something new to do, he’ll likely start playing again.

    3. Provide open-ended toys. Some toys (like game sets) have very specific ways of playing with them and you can’t really deviate. But toys like blocks, play houses, dress up clothes and art supplies offer endless possibilities and your baby won’t become bored so quickly.

    4. Make sure you are providing attention. You’ll find it hard to get your baby to play independently if he is starved for attention. Make sure you are giving undivided attention several times a day so he always feels it’s available from you.

    5. Stop by often. When your baby is playing independently, stop by every few minutes to jump in on the action. Do this especially when he begins to seem unsettled. Each time you step away, stay away a few minutes longer. This will teach him that solo play time is safe and mom/dad is always near.

    6. Give a quick how-to. Your baby might not be aware that he can play with toys by himself if you’ve always done it with him. Show him how to bang his piano or bounce a ball. This will encourage him to try.

    7. Make toys easily available. We love a tidy, organized home, but it doesn’t do your kids any good if they can’t access their toys. Keep them low and in containers kids can access whenever they want. Will this mean you’ll have rooms strewn with toys? Yes, probably, but it’s good for their development.

    8. Encourage their favorites. If your child shows an interest in a particular toy or topic (like birds or outer space), make sure there are plenty of play options that relate. Your child is likely to play by himself if he’s really interested.

    luxe floor pillowGuest Blog by Cindy Perry, Inventor of the pello, Luxe Floor Pillows

    Cindy, a Texas girl, put herself through college working at a children’s library and sewing at night. When she met her husband and had her two boys, she decided to stay home to care for them while designing window treatments and bedding.

    When Cindy’s first son was learning to sit up, he would always fall through the pillows she set around him, hit his head, and cry. Besides, setting her child down on the hardwood floors on just a blanket always seemed so cold. Using her years of sewing and design skills, Cindy took inspiration from a woman in her breastfeeding class and got to work. With some scrap fabric and a few tweaks, pello was born! pello is a luxefloor pillow that helps children feel safe, warm and protected.

    For more information, visit mypello.com.

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

  • 6 Tips for Dealing with Temper Tantrums

    Dealing with Temper TantrumsWe’ve all seen them: the kid having a meltdown on the grocery store floor, rolling around and screaming. When it’s not our kid, we can look away and pretend it’s not happening. But what happens when that is our child? Use these tips to help beat tantrums.

    1. Understand the Nature of the Beast

    Your child is not the first or the last to throw a temper tantrum. In fact, these childish antics are to be especially expected between ages 1-3. There are countless triggers. Sometimes toddlers lash out in frustration simply because they can’t tell you what it is they want.

    Instead of losing your cool, understand that your child has clocked out mentally and they are completely beside themselves. Scientifically speaking, your toddler has allowed his emotions to supersede the frontal cortex of the brain. You know… the part that makes decisions and puts forth our better judgment. There is very little you can do change the toddler’s mental state in this moment, so spare yourself the pity party. You are still as great a parent as the next person.

    2. Give Them Choices

    The word “no” can trigger rage in a passionate toddler seeking his independence. Instead of barking commands, try to give your child a choice in what happens next. For example, if your goal is to get your little one to bed, give them specific choices like “Do you want to wear your red pajamas or your blue pajamas?” By prompting a toddler to focus on making a decision you are giving them control of their own lives while passively encouraging them to do what it is you need them to do.

    3. Hug it Out

    Human touch is powerful. Going in for a hug may not be what you want to do when your little one is having a meltdown, but sometimes a strong hug is all your toddler needs. We all want to feel safe and understood even when we’re freaking out. When you’re hugging your irate toddler, let your toddler vent.

    4. Ignore the Mayhem

    “Ignore” may seem like a harsh word, but the fundamental benefit is nipping a bad habit in the bud. Getting angry along with your toddler usually escalates the tantrum. Instead try to say things like “Mommy is going to leave you alone until you calm down,” or “Let me know when you’re ready to talk.” Giving too much attention to temper tantrums simply enables the behavior to continue. When you give these meltdowns no play, you show your toddler that their unruly behavior is not an effective way to communicate a message.

    5. Laugh if Off

    It’s natural to feel embarrassed when your child is having a public tantrum. The silent judgment you feel from the stares of strangers doesn’t help. Instead of bowing your head in shame, try to have a sense of humor about it by sharing a laugh with innocent bystanders. They are more than likely to smile back at you and be sympathetic.

    6. Flee the Scene! 

    In the event that your child’s tantrum has sent them into absolute menace-to-society mode, take ‘em outside. Sometimes children are not comfortable with their environment or perhaps need a second to collect themselves. Now’s the perfect time to give your toddler a hug, a pep-talk and the air they need to get back down to planet earth.

    luxe floor pillowGuest Blog by Cindy Perry, Inventor of the pello, Luxe Floor Pillows

    Cindy, a Texas girl, put herself through college working at a children’s library and sewing at night. When she met her husband and had her two boys, she decided to stay home to care for them while designing window treatments and bedding.

    When Cindy’s first son was learning to sit up, he would always fall through the pillows she set around him, hit his head, and cry. Besides, setting her child down on the hardwood floors on just a blanket always seemed so cold. Using her years of sewing and design skills, Cindy took inspiration from a woman in her breastfeeding class and got to work. With some scrap fabric and a few tweaks, pello was born! pello is a luxefloor pillow that helps children feel safe, warm and protected.

    For more information, visit mypello.com.

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

  • Swanling Slumber Sleeper the Simple Safe Way for your Child to Sleep!

    The Swanling Slumber Sleeper Sleepsack is a complete lifesaver when it comes to feeling at ease and knowing your child is sleeping safely. Swaddles were a huge part of our sleep routine but than our daughter become mobile and they became unsafe. Now we have the perfect solution the Slumber Sleeper allows your child to have the security of a sleepsack but can still move around freely, standing, sitting ect BUT they legs and arms don’t end up dangling outside the crib and they are not trying to escape the crib either. Its super soft comfortable design allows your child to sleep peacefully. After reading over the site i found so many incredible stories of how this product has helped so many families especially those who have lost children to SIDS and wanted to feel at ease with their new baby. I cannot image the pain they feel but i am happy that inventors are thinking of these issues and coming out with products to help prevent these tragedies.

    Our daughter has enjoyed this product for awhile now and i am pleased to share it with my readers. She is waking up less, she is no longer so restless and fighting sleep, and she is sleeping longer hours keeping her happy during the day. I love the design and how well it fits our daughter. Check it out!
    swanling
    I feel like the family who created this product put so much thought into making sure our children are safe, that they can grow with the product, as well as keeping them comfortable. I think its truly a unique and original product that every parent should try out. We are not hooked and loving our peaceful nights!

    SuperFrugalStephanie

    Click here to read her full review.

  • 5 Tips for Starting to Potty Train

    Tips for Starting to Potty TrainPotty training is never easy for parents or children. Some kids even become afraid of using the potty and outright refuse to use it. However, it’s an inevitable part of growing up, so every parent needs some tips to get started when the time comes. Here are some steps to try.

    The Introduction

    Slowly introducing the potty to your child’s life is a great first step on the road to potty training. A subtle introduction is helpful at first, especially if you have a feeling that your child may have fears of the toilet. Try reading children’s books on the subject, or including your child in the process of choosing a starter potty to begin the process.

    Equipment

    Choosing the perfect potty for your child is another initial step to begin potty training. Whether you end up buying a full potty that sits on the floor, or a potty seat that goes on top of a toilet, make sure to involve your child in the process. Let them decide which they would feel more comfortable using. Also, if you choose the potty seat, make sure to provide them with a step stool so they have a place to rest their feet for more comfort.

    Encouragement

    Encouraging your child along the way is necessary during the potty training process. Offer plenty of praise when they do something right, and be understanding if a mistake is made. Try to make them feel better about the process by offering a story of your own (whether you remember or not), describing the troubles you had as a child.

    Signs of Interest

    Since you certainly don’t want to rush your child into doing something they’re nervous or fearful of, you should wait to see some signs of interest in the potty. Signs of readiness to start learning include: general interest in how the potty works, uncomfortable in dirty diapers, talks about or brings up the potty, has begun dressing himself, and/or has some regularity to their bathroom schedule.

    Make it a Habit

    Ritualizing the process of using a potty is important to getting your child into a good habit. You can try having your child sit on the potty every couple hours or so, at specific times of the day. Make time for this habit of sitting on the potty, and try to make it fun for him/her by reading a book or playing a game!

    eco-friendly and non-toxic baby bottlesGuest Blog by Christine Barlow, Inventor of 5 Phases Eco-Friendly Baby Bottle System

    Mom Christine Barlow is the inventor of 5 Phases eco-friendly and non-toxic baby bottles, the safest and healthiest way to bottle feed your baby. Her inspiration in creating an alternative to traditional feeding bottles came after the birth of her 1lb 7oz micro-preemie baby. Having a compromised child, she became aware how environmental factors were affecting our children. With all the concerns of plastics and infants being the most vulnerable, she felt there was a need for more options for parents who wanted to use glass. She knew she had to act – and the 5 Phases Hybrid Glass Baby Bottles were born.

    5 Phases is dedicated to helping families achieve a healthier and organic lifestyle. Starting with baby, they develop products keeping both the environment and health of your family in mind. And when it comes to your baby nothing else will do – Christine knows, she’s a mom too!

    For more information on 5 Phases, visit www.5phases.com!

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

  • KKFX Morning: Eco-Friendly Baby Products

    Joanna von Yurt tells us about some wonderful eco-friendly products in honor of Earth Day.

     

  • What is Hip Dysplasia?

    What is Hip Dysplasia

    When babies are born, it takes some time for their joints to stretch out naturally. Surely you’ve seen your little ones with their knees, ankles, hips, elbows, wrists and even fingers bent at all times. Over time, the joints stretch out and your baby gains full, natural control.

    The hip joint is a ball and socket. Since babies are naturally flexible (on account of life in the womb), it’s possible for the ball to be loose in the socket. If the hips are forced into a stretched-out position too long, the ball can wear down the soft cartilage edges of the socket. This is called hip dysplasia. It can range from very mild (having loose ligaments) to severe (where the ball pops out of the socket, called a dislocation). Even in the mildest form, hip dysplasia can lead to various problems later in life.

    When is the risk for hip dysplasia greatest?

    The risk is greatest during the first few months of life. By the sixth month, babies have doubled in size and the hips are far more developed. The ligaments are stronger and the ball is less likely to press against the edges of the socket.

    Is hip dysplasia serious?

    Even though hip dysplasia doesn’t cause babies any pain, it’s a serious condition. It can lead to osteoarthritis and eventually a hip replacement later in life. It’s the most common hip developmental deformity in children. 1-2 of every 1000 babies experiences it.

    What causes hip dysplasia?

    The exact causes of hip dysplasia aren’t known. It’s widely believed to be a developmental problem because of the time period it emerges, but there’s also something of a genetic component. Children are 30 times more likely to suffer from hip dysplasia when there is a family history of it.

    What can parents do to prevent hip dysplasia?

    For many babies, there’s nothing parents can do to prevent it. Some cases are present at birth. The problem can be made worse, however, from improper swaddling and baby wearing and car seats.

    Proper baby wearing puts the child’s hips in a V-shape with their knees higher than their bottom. This position supports the hips and keeps the ball tight in the socket. The legs should not be hanging straight down. Here’s a picture from the International Hip Dysplasia Institute that illustrates how baby should be carried.

    Swaddling correctly must be emphasized. In the past, some people would advise swaddling a baby tightly all over, but this is a mistake. When you swaddle a baby, it’s important to leave room around the hips and legs so baby can pull his knees up and move his lower body around.

    Further, make sure that you use a swaddle that is recognized as being “hip healthy” by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.  Both the Swanling Slumber Sleeper and Slumber Swaddle are recognized products by the IHDI because they do not put any strain on baby’s hips, all while promoting the feelings of comfort, safety and security.

    Car seats aren’t usually much of a concern, but some older models can press a child’s legs together. Make sure they have plenty of room to separate their legs and pull up their knees if they prefer.

    What are some signs to look out for?

    • An asymmetrical buttock crease
    • A click or pop when baby moves his hips
    • Limited range of motion (baby can’t fully spread his legs at diaper time)
    • Pain (this is only a symptom during young adulthood or adolescence)

    An exaggerated walking limp or step length discrepancy (also kn

    safe sleep solutionWritten by Joanna von Yurt, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and 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 is a Certified Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Prevention Professionals, Safe Sleep Educator, Member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Member of the National Sleep Foundation, and Member of the Canadian Sleep Society.

    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!

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

  • The Startle Reflex and Your Baby

    The Startle Reflex and Your BabyHave you ever set your little one down to sleep only to watch her suddenly throw her hands out as if in fright? You might be concerned that you’ve done something wrong or maybe that there’s an underlying medical condition at play, but there’s nothing to worry about. This is called the Moro reflex, or more simply, the startle reflex.

    Babies are born with an array of interesting reflexes that we eventually outgrow, each designed to play a role in our survival. Human babies require more care and for a longer period of time than babies of any other species, so we have evolved with a few tricks to keep us safe.

    When exposed to a loud noise or a sudden movement, the Moro reflex can cause your baby to flail. The general belief is that back when humans were more ape, the reflex helped babies latch on to mom’s body if they fell. Nearly all babies experience this reflex, but it only lasts for four or five months after birth.

    If this reflex happens during sleep, the baby may wake up. It causes sleepless babies and frustrated parents all over the world. There’s nothing we can do to prevent the reflex from occurring, but there are a few things we can do to lessen its affect and help our babies sleep.

    1. When you lay your baby down in the crib or bassinet, try and make the delivery as gradual as possible by continuing that touch connection for a short period of time so that she feels as sense of you even after she is on her own and does not feel like she is falling.
    2. Try and make sure the room she sleeps in is not only dark, but is free from sudden sounds. Using white noise that is consistent and loud enough goes a long way to filter out noise changes in the home that may startle her.
    3. Make sure you have established a good nap and bedtime routine so that baby knows what to expect and feels secure with that consistency.
    4. And the most important thing you can do to help your child with the Moro reflex is to swaddle your baby snugly (but not too tight) so she always feel comforted and secure. When she startles, she’ll immediately feel her edges and calm right back down.

    The Slumber Sleep System is an effective tool for helping parents get around this reflex. By starting with the Slumber Swaddle baby will get the closeness they need to fall back to sleep immediately and then by continuing with the Slumber Sleeper after about 3-5 months of age you will help your baby continue to get that sense of closeness and bonding just like a swaddle as baby can always feel her edges. This reminds her of the time she spent in the womb, triggering feels of security and safety. It helps children fall back asleep faster without the need to summon mom or dad.

    Here’s a quote we received from Katie who found the Slumber Sleeper effective to soothing her son’s aggressive Moro reflex.

    “My 15 week old son had exaggerated Moro or startle reflux to the point where I first thought he was having seizures as he was waking excessively and the episodes were quite unsettling. My pediatrician recommended the Slumber Sleeper with the swaddle attachment and the very first time I put him in the sleeper it worked like magic! I can’t even begin to tell you how relieved I was as although my pediatrician said he would outgrow the reflux soon, the episodes were quite alarming. The Slumber Sleeper just settled him so nicely- not only did he not wake as often in the night but he began to sleep for longer stretches of time.” 

    - Katie D., mother to Dylan

    safe sleep solutionWritten by Joanna von Yurt, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and 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 is a Certified Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Prevention Professionals, Safe Sleep Educator, Member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Member of the National Sleep Foundation, and Member of the Canadian Sleep Society.

    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!

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

  • Easiest Baby Foods to Make Yourself

    Easiest Baby Foods to Make YourselfIf you have the time and energy to make your own baby food at home, this could be a lot more beneficial for your child. Not only will this allow you the flexibility to choose any type of food that you’d like to feed the little one, but you can also trust the source and production of the food. Also, be sure to grab the organic fruits and vegetables to make these baby entrées as healthy as possible. Here are the best baby foods to make at home:

    Pureed Carrots

    Puree some fresh carrots to make a healthy treat for your baby. Carrots have been shown to improve vision, promote healthier skin, help prevent infection, and can aid in preventing a bunch of other nasty diseases.

    Mashed Avocado

    Avocado isn’t called a super food without reason! Mash up some avocado for your child to obtain a ton of potassium, vitamins and fiber, in addition to various heart-healthy benefits.

    Pureed Sweet Potato

    Sweet potatoes are not only a delicious snack for baby, but they’re also loaded with great vitamins and minerals! Some of these include vitamins B6, C and D, iron, magnesium and potassium!

    Butternut Squash

    Puree Butternut squash is one of the most common varieties of winter squash and is chock full of vitamin A, potassium and fiber. Due to its tough exterior, you can store this squash for a long time before choosing to make some food for your baby. Mashed

    Bananas

    Bananas are great for homemade baby food because they’re so easy to mash and they’re also very healthy. Bananas are known for the amount of potassium they contain, but they are also loaded with many other vitamins and minerals.

    Pureed Peas

    Peas don’t only make for a colorful puree, but they’re also great for your baby. They provide immune system strength, many antioxidants, and blood sugar regulation effects.

    Apple Puree

    Apples are always a favorite of young children because of their sweet taste. In addition to this, they contain a lot of vitamins and fiber, can decrease the risk of diabetes, and have actually been shown to curb many different types of cancer!

    Pear Puree

    Pears, just like apples, not only taste great, but provide some great benefits as well. Pears deliver fiber, vitamins B2, C and E, and potassium. Pears also contain a fair amount of pectin, which is a water-soluble fiber.

    booger removal toolGuest Blog by Dr. Nina Farzin, Inventor of oogiebear

    Nina is a wife, mother and career professional who never intended to start her own business. When her children were newborns, she ached to ease the discomfort from dry, stubborn, crusty mucus (boogers)! As a doctor, she knew there were no safe solutions on the market to help her kids, so she invented oogiebear, a revolutionary booger removal tool that helps babies breathe easier.

    Nina graduated Howard University where she earned her doctorate in Pharmacy (R.Ph, Pharm.D). She is a Registered Pharmacist in Washington DC, Maryland and New York. Nina and her family are fitness enthusiasts who enjoy outdoor activities and healthy eating.

    For more information, please visit myoogie.com.

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

  • 9 Hot Baby Name Trends of 2015

    Hot Baby Name Trends of 2015If you’re having a baby soon, you might be pushing through the sometimes-arduous task of choosing a baby name. Many people know exactly what they plan to name their child. Maybe they have a significant relative to name the baby after, or maybe they’ve just been thinking about a name for a long time.

    Many people, however, don’t have a clue, so they have to look all around for inspiration. Belly Ballot is a great site to browse all sorts of baby names that divided into convenient categories.  The break down lists by popularity, ethnic origin and into fun groups like “Heroic Names,” “Aristocratic Names,” and “Last Names for First Names.”

    2015 has showed so far that parents are becoming more adventurous and looking for names that set their children apart from the crowd. Here are some of the newest trends.

    1. Bold, defining names – These names are loud and grand and make a clear statement. Some of them include Royal, Noble, Saint, Rowdy, Sage, Breaker, and Titan. Many celebrities are doing this.

    2. Colorful names – Some parents are opting to name their kids after colors and hues, like Azure, Violet, Mauve, Lilac, Lavender, Magenta, Scarlett, and Crimson. Some of these names are actually throwbacks that are becoming more popular.

    3. Ethnic names – Names that are significant to a person’s ethnicity isn’t new, but the number of them have been rising, especially in the Scottish and Celtic groups. Names like Flora, Fiona, Greer, Isla, Duncan and Lachlan have been popular.

    4. Character-inspired names – These are names that come from popular fictional characters from TV and movies. Some examples include Piper, Sky, Elsa, Anna, Anastasia, Jay, Milo, Lisbeth, and Vito.

    5. Food-inspired names – This is an interesting category! Some foody names that have been going around Kale, Clementine, Apple, and Juniper.

    6. Boys taking back unisex names – In the past, when a unisex name becomes popular among girls, parents tend to disqualify it for boys. For example, Leslie was a unisex name at one point, but it swayed toward girls. That’s happening in reverse now and we’re seeing boys named Casey, Carey, Darian, Elisha, Jamie, Jordan, Loren, Rory, Tatum and Kelly.

    7. Short, simple names – This is a trend that’s migrating from Europe. We’re seeing more kids with names like Tess, Lia, Lou, Jack, Leon, Max, Finn, Ida, and Ben. These names are usually not short for anything; they’re that simple.

    8. Southern-style names – A lot of baby names are coming inspired from the southern U.S., where names like August, Carolina, Georgia, Dune, Tennessee, and June are popular.

    9. O-at-the-end names – Lots of boy names end with a vowel (usually an O), but that trend is coming to girls’ names too. Lately there has been a rise in names like Marlow, Margot, Monroe, Willow, Juno, and Shiloh.

    safe sleep solutionWritten by Joanna von Yurt, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and 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 is a Certified Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Prevention Professionals, Safe Sleep Educator, Member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Member of the National Sleep Foundation, and Member of the Canadian Sleep Society.

    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!

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

  • 6 Ideas for Bonding Time with Baby

    Ideas for Bonding Time with BabyAs soon as the new baby arrives, parents almost have no other thoughts aside from their child. They want to take care of him/her, play with them, and get in as much bonding as possible each day. Luckily, there are so many different ways you can enjoy bonding activities with your little one. Here are some of our suggestions for doing so:

    1. Nursing

    Breastfeeding baby is not only a healthy way to engage in feeding time, but it’s one of the most beneficial bonding experiences between mother and child. This activity allows you to get an up close look at your child’s facial expressions and body language as well. Even if you’re unable to nurse, or you’re a dad, bottle feeding with a bunch of talking and interaction is just as good!

    2. Sleep Nearby

    If you still can’t get enough bonding in during the day, have your child sleep in his/her bassinet or crib in your room at night. This is also a great way to be ready to take care of any issues that arise in the middle of the night for a newborn. You can rest assured that your baby will be safe and comforted.

    3. Interpret the Cry

    While it may be tough to examine while you’re trying to ease your child, interpreting their cry is another great bonding technique. As your baby develops, you’ll learn to figure out the reason behind their crying a lot easier. This will help a lot in terms of fixing any issues that arise.

    3. Baby Massage

    Giving your little one a gentle massage is a great bonding activity for you two. On top of the bonding, this will also help to relax their muscles, increase circulation, and reduce stress in the process!

    4. Playtime

    Giving your new baby constant stimulation and play opportunities is not only beneficial to their development and growth, but for your development from parent to child as well. Even if they’re too young to do much with baby toys, you can still have fun with them waving fun objects around and appeasing their sense of sight and touch.

    5. Baby Carrier

    If you can implement the use of a front baby carrier into your daily routines, you’re killing two birds with one stone! You’ll be able to go about your daily tasks and get important duties finished while also bonding with your child. This technique allows you and baby to be face to face and interacting all day long.

    6. Singing

    Let’s be honest – we weren’t all blessed with great singing voices. With a new baby however, this doesn’t matter at all! Your child will love to hear the sound of your voice, and singing rhythmic tunes to them is an awesome way to bond with baby.  

    footed pajamas for fast diaper changesGuest Blog by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

    Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son's diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby's pajamas.

    Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son's pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby's entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby's comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

    One night while feeding her son she thought of "Zippyz." Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

    For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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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…

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    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)

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    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!

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

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  • Countdown to Spring Caption This Contest!

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    We just can't wait to celebrate the spring and we're so excited to bring you our Countdown to Spring Caption This Contest! Fans will get a chance to win 27 prizes by submitting a fun caption for our contest image. Entering is so easy and fun! Submit your creative caption for the contest image shown below through the Rafflecopter link. Don’t forget to earn more chances to win by liking/visiting the brands’ Facebook pages, other social media sites, and more. Good luck to all!

    1. One lucky winner will receive 27 prizes!
    2. Open to U.S. residents only, ages 18 and up.
    3. Everyone who enters the giveaway will receive something special after the giveaway as a thank you.
    4. The giveaway will run until 5pm EST on Monday, March 23rd.
    5. Entering is easy and can be done via the Rafflecopter link below.

    Scroll below to check out all the amazing prizes! We added “Like on Facebook” links for each brand. If you like a handful a day that would be appreciated! We also encourage you to check out our sponsors who have amazing blogs you should follow.

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    Submit your creative caption for this photo in the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win big!

    REMEMBER….the more points you earn the better chance you have to win! 

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    So what are the AMAZING prizes? (Giveaway Open to U.S. residents only):

    Swanling Slumber Sleeper™

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    Swanling Innovations is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products of only the highest quality that meet the expectations of discerning parents. The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in-1 safe sleep solution. It is a mattress protector, fitted sheet, flat sheet, and sleep sack all in one. It is designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered. Although the sheet allows older children to move freely and change sleep positions, the Slumber Sleeper™ unique design helps facilitate back sleeping and helps keep baby centered while in the crib, two important components of safe sleep for babies, and you get the added benefit of easily keeping an eye on them without adjusting your baby monitor frequently.

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    Babee Talk

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    If you are hunting for organic cotton baby bedding that has it all, you're in the right place. Designed by a mom and created with love for chic, safety-conscious parents, Babee Talk crib bedding, crib rail covers and plush toys combine the softest materials and rigorous safety checks with strikingly beautiful design.

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    Beautiful Earth

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    We have made caring for your little one easy, with our complete Baby Box. It contains everything you need to cleanse, moisturize and protect your baby's skin. Our Baby Box is a complete head-to-toe package, and contains full sized products to ensure your little one stays Natural. Beautiful Products are made without Parabens, Sulphates , coloring mineral oils or glycols. Each Baby Box contains Hair& Body Wash, Baby Lotion, Baby Bar, Baby Bath & Massage Oil, Barrier Cream and Breathe Easy Chest Rub. Our Baby Box is an Award Winner with Green Scene Mom!

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    Wristy Buddy

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    Wristy Buddy is a one piece teething wristband comprised of a wristband with an absorbent animal in the center, a textured teething attachment, and a satin attachment. Wristy Buddy is designed for babies that are teething that haven’t developed the motor skills to hold traditional teething objects. Babies that can’t grasp toys can manipulate Wristy Buddy. Wristy Buddy is made of absorbent materials to help keep little faces and clothing dry. Its various textures and colors engage and stimulate. It is easily accessible to your teething baby and is more sanitary than traditional teething objects.

    http://www.wristybuddy.com

    Baby Bump Bundle

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    BumpBundle is here to simplify the crazy world of pregnancy and baby products for gift givers, or mothers-to-be themselves. Each bundle is tailored to the three trimesters and can be ordered at any stage of the pregnancy. Then when the bundle of joy arrives, the BabyBundle gift box makes the perfect present. With the mother and baby in mind, Baby Bump Bundle, LLC, offering BumpBundle gift boxes for pregnant moms and BabyBundle gift boxes filled with goodies for newborn babies, was created and brought to life!

    For relief from nipple discomfort postpartum, 3Girls Holistic Nipple Cream helps to heal, soothe, lubricate and protect, making breastfeeding and nursing much more comfortable!  It goes on smooth and won’t leave a greasy residue either.

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    Pacific Baby World

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    As more studies come out each year revealing the hidden hazards in our baby products, parents need to be proactive about finding the safest products for their kids. Pacific Baby World makes it easy by providing safe, innovative and practical products for baby. They are the only infant feeding company making bamboo as a priority material for baby - with a full feeding line including feeding and weaning bowls, cups, plates, and spoons.

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    Cossettie

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    An extra large changing mat that provides more than enough coverage no matter where you are changing a diaper.

    This changing mat provides plenty of coverage to make sure your baby is lying on a clean surface for diaper changing. The extra-large sized mat completely covers public restroom changing tables and is great for diaper changes in the car, on the ground, floor and on a bed - anywhere you need to change a baby. Its’ small attached bag also makes it easy to store and carry around.

    http://www.cossettie.com/

    BabyNav Baby Planners

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    BabyNav Baby Planners is a premiere baby planning service, offering private and personalized consultation to expecting and new families. We provide unsurpassed service leaving you feeling fully prepared, while reducing stress and allowing every member of the family to embrace the magic and joy of pregnancy. But we don’t stop there. We also specialize in the post-partum support you need to feel confident and content while navigating  the world with your new infant. Whether you are expecting a single baby or multiples, if this is your first or your fourth baby, you are a working or a stay-at-home mom, we offer the services to meet your needs including baby gear consulting, custom registration management, personal shopping, gear preparation, nursery stocking, nursery organization, multiples preparation, concierge services and more!

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    PeapodMats

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    PeapodMats are simply amazing and versatile waterproof mats that are unlike any conventional waterproof mat or cover on the market today! PeapodMats are designed to protect the bed from all sorts of fluids.

    The big difference? PeapodMats lie flat ON TOP of sheets with a grippy material underneath (WITHOUT flaps, wings, straps or velcro) which means NO more tucking, bunching, or moving. PeapodMats are comfortable and soft to sleep on with no "plastic crinkle" sound or "cold vinyl" feel. PeapodMats are focused on the toddler and schooler age group as they progress through potty training and bedwetting. However, anyone can make the investment in our mat when their little ones are just babies… after all, ALL babies will need to potty train. That said, our larger PeapodMats (3x5) are also suitable for adults to use. Hassle free when wet just wash and dry on regular cycle!

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    Sand Gone

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    Sand Gone is a dry powder that when applied to sandy parts of your body removes the sand leaving your skin soft and smooth. All natural ingredients with a coconut fragrance. A must for beachgoers or after playing in the sand.

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    San Diego Bebe

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    San Diego Bebe was designed by San Diego native Sandy Clark, a passionate breastfeeding advocate and mother of twins. Clark was inspired at a San Diego beach one day where she witnessed a young mother unsuccessfully nursing her baby. As the mother struggled to keep a blanket across her shoulder while her baby wailed from heat and hunger, Clark vowed then and there to design a product that would help resolve the issue of privacy while nursing. San Diego Bebe was born that day. The mom invented and multiple-award winning San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow is an eco-friendly nursing pillow that offers support, comfort, and discretion for mom and baby.

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    Baby Elephant Ears

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    Unparalleled in style and function, Baby Elephant Ears is a baby headrest support pillow providing spinal/neck alignment and comfort - offered in diverse prints and organics, ethically manufactured, and made with sustainable materials.

    Chiropractor-inspired and mom-designed, Baby Elephant Ears can go wherever baby goes - stroller, swing, car seat, changing table, wherever and whenever support is needed. Baby Elephant Ears is fully washable and requires no attachments, straps or special skills - just simple, loving use.

    http://www.babyelephantears.com

    Sleep Baby Sleep

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    Baby/Toddler sleep site. Helping families with babies that are having sleep troubles such as frequent night wakings, problems sleeping through the night, nap troubles, sleep schedule issues, and anything else related to baby/toddler sleep. This is a one email baby/toddler sleep consultation package, for anyone who is having trouble getting their baby to sleep. This package included all questions/concerns answered by a sleep consultant, and a sleep plan if applicable.

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    Maria Dismondy

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    Making Spirits Bright publishes children's books with timeless messages that empower our youth! Start empowering your baby to live an extraordinary life by modeling positive character traits. This book reminds us that an infant can begin exhibiting acts of kindness well before they are walking and talking.

    www.mariadismondy.com

    Olie

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    Olie offers adorable satin bloomers for baby girls, ranging from sizes newborn to age 3. The Bloomers come in a variety of colors and cute patterns all with a little bow on the back!

    http://www.theolie.com

    Packable Pails

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    Packable Pails are collapsible beach pails that collapse to under two inches tall making travel easy. They come in four fun colors. They are made from BPA free plastic and food grade silicone. Use them at the beach, sandbox, in the snow, in the garden, and much more.

    www.packablepails.com

    PullyPalz

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    This innovative toy not only entertains baby, it keeps a pacifier in view and reach! With PullyPalz, dropped pacis even come back? Which is great for those times when parents need an ?extra hand?.

    The toy uses something similar to a pulley system? When baby drops one, and it falls to the side, another is in view and reach. By grabbing the one in view and pulling toward mouth, the dropped paci comes back!

    Mo Mo, Moo Moo, and Puddles are always ready to lend a hand? or hoof!

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    Little Ashkim

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    Founded by a mom passionate about finding and providing the best quality for her children, Little Ashkim™ provides parents with a new choice in towels and clothing. Our company was designed around our primary customers – the babies and children that use our towels and wear our clothing. Each Little Ashkim product is designed to fulfill their practical needs with comfort and luxury.

    This adorable slogan (If you think I'm cute, you should see mommy!) bodysuit is made of the softest 100% cotton interlock material for the comfort of your baby. The charming design will turn heads to your little cutie and to check out mommy.

    https://littleashkim.com

    oogiebear

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    For parents of young children, oogiebear is the first booger removal tool that safely and gently removes both sticky and dried mucus from a child's nostrils, and it can also be used to clean baby's ears.

    Developed by mother and Registered Pharmacist, Dr. Nina Farzin, oogiebear was created with comfort in mind, offering two unique ends to remove wet or dry boogers effectively to help children breathe easier and soothe them at a time of incredible discomfort.

    http://www.myoogie.com

    Squatchi

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    Squatchi® is a one-of-a-kind, at home children’s shoe sizer.  It frees you from going on countless errands, especially with the kids.  It saves you the trouble of returning shoe after shoe. Oh sure, online returns may be free, but your time certainly isn’t.  Most of all, Squatchi® makes your life so much easier.  It makes time for the real bonding moments, which do not happen on shopping trips.

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    Cutie Bees

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    Cutie Bees is on a mission - to make your kids LOOK GOOD and FEEL GOOD without compromise. They offer healthy, non-toxic and organic baby apparel so you never have to worry about the harmful chemicals found in most baby clothing.

    The best part? With every Cutie Bees purchase you help make a positive impact on our environment. Together, we are making the world a better place. All Cutie Bees clothing is made with 100% certified organic cotton, dyed with non-toxic fabric dyes and finished non-toxic.

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    pello

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    The pello is a distinct, donut-shaped floor pillow with raised edges, ultra-soft plush brushed poly and cotton fabrics and a padded center that benefits a child at all stages of development. It is machine-washable, can be thrown into the dryer, and is durable and portable for mothers on the go. Every pello has two side handles enabling it to be folded in half like a taco and easily portable. Each pello also includes a pocket with a loop inside to hold baby items. In addition, loops on the side of the pello keep toys at bay. pellos are made with the best materials. Our fabrics are handpicked and each pello is filled with 100% new polyester fibers. This helps the pello maintain its integrity and durability through countless machine washings.

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    Pure-GO by Bert&Bratt

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    Pure-GO by Bert&Bratt is a Portable UV Sterilizer for pacifiers, bottle nipples, small teethers, and sippy cup tops. NO heat, water or chemicals required! Just push a button to eliminate up to 99.9% of harmful germs in 4 minutes. This small and lightweight sterilizer is perfect for travel and easily fits in your purse or diaper bag. No more hassles to try to find soap and water or do the “drop and pop”. Just grab the Pure-GO sterilizer to conveniently keep your baby healthy.

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    Cover My Heart

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    CoverMyHeart founded in 2011 revolutionizing the post-pregnancy fashion world. Manufactured in the U.S., CoverMyHeart nursing covers and scarves feature unique designs for moms who are dedicated to nursing their child while maintaining a sense of style. Our goal is to offer products that are easy, convenient and fashionable. CoverMyHeart Nursing Scarfs are designed to wear with your everyday look. We strive to bring modern and fashionable products for breastfeeding mom's.

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    Pacidoodle

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    Pacidoodle® was born out of necessity because a baby’s pacifier is as personal as it gets! We are dedicated to turning ordinary pacifiers into Pacidoodles by permanently engraving baby’s name, monogram or cute saying on the knob. Parents enjoy peace of mind knowing their baby’s pacifier is clearly marked and the engraving will stand up to all the rigors of sterilization, will not rub off or fade. And the cute factor is over the top! People will stop right in their tracks to take a closer look and ask, “Where did you get that pacifier?” And then the light bulb goes off… “Why didn’t I think of that?” We believe every paci baby deserves a Pacidoodle!

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    zCush

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    zCush first launched the baby nap mats at the end of 2010 and has seen exceptional growth over the past few years. We will soon be introducing new designs and patterns to our Baby Nap Mat product line. The 5-in-1 Baby Nap Mat is ideal for napping, feeding, diaper changing, playing, and holding and passing a newborn with better comfort and support. Winner receives a green Firry Forest Chenille Baby Nap Mat.

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    Yummi Pouch

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    Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches make it easy to take healthy blended snacks and smoothies on the go. Our 6oz pouches feature a side spout for mess-free snacking, a top resealable opening and a stand-up bottom. Yummi Pouches are ideal for enjoying yogurt in the car. They easily fit in a lunchbox or diaper bag, and are freezer & dishwasher safe, and BPA & phthalates-free.

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  • 10 Tips for Relieving Allergies

    relieve baby allergiesAllergies are a fact of life for many people. Some of us are allergic to a specific substance, like pet hair, while others have a general seasonal allergy. As the weather warms up, allergies become more of a concern. They are especially bothersome for babies who don’t understand why they feel ill and for parents who want to ease their child’s discomfort. Here are some ways to relieve allergies so you and your baby don’t suffer.

    1. Change out any air filters.

    Lots of appliances in our home use filters, like your furnace, car, and air conditioners. These filters can trap pollen and dust and keep it inside your home. Swap them out, even if it’s earlier than recommended.

    2. Check the pollen count.

    On pollen.com, you can check the pollen count in your area. Use this chart to plan your day. On high pollen days, plan indoor activities.

    3. Clear out the sinuses.

    Allergens can get trapped in the mucus in our noses and sinus cavities and continue to irritate us and our kids. Plus, a stuffy head is a miserable feeling. Use a neti pot, an oogiebear, or simply a hot, steamy room to thin out the mucus and flush it all out.

    4. Take a daily fish oil supplement.

    A study of people with asthma caused by allergies found that people who took fish oil regularly had lower levels of leukotrienes, chemicals that cause allergic reactions. You can find fish oil in any supermarket or pharmacy.

    5. Try the herb butterbur

    Butterbur is a natural herb with a track record of relieving allergy symptoms in the same way an antihistamine does, but without the sleepiness.

    6. Take an antihistamine.

    When our bodies experience an allergic reaction, we release a chemical called histamine. This is what makes our eyes water and our nose and throats stuffy. Antihistamines, naturally, block histamine. Some are short acting, some last longer, and most cause drowsiness. Consult your pediatrician before giving one to a child.

    7. Take your shoes off at the door.

    Our shoes track the most pollen and allergens into the home. If you have a coat with fur or hair on it, shake that off at the door too, or leave it outside.

    8. Shower before you sleep.

    Pollen clings easily to skin and hair. The more hair (and longer hair) you have, the more pollen will follow you around. Consider showering before you go to sleep at night. The humidity and steam will also help clear out the sinuses so you can fall asleep.

    9. Dry your clothes in a dryer.

    Clothes that hang on an outdoor line can easily trap allergens in the material and make your allergies worse while wearing them throughout the day.

    10. Wear hats and sunglasses.

    Wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses can prevent pollen from blowing into the eyes, nose, mouth and hair. This way you and your kids won’t have to deal with an itchy, watery face.

    booger removal toolGuest Blog by Dr. Nina Farzin, Inventor of oogiebear

    Nina is a wife, mother and career professional who never intended to start her own business. When her children were newborns, she ached to ease the discomfort from dry, stubborn, crusty mucus (boogers)! As a doctor, she knew there were no safe solutions on the market to help her kids, so she invented oogiebear, a revolutionary booger removal tool that helps babies breathe easier.

    Nina graduated Howard University where she earned her doctorate in Pharmacy (R.Ph, Pharm.D). She is a Registered Pharmacist in Washington DC, Maryland and New York. Nina and her family are fitness enthusiasts who enjoy outdoor activities and healthy eating.

    For more information, please visit myoogie.com.

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

  • 7 Reasons Children Wake Up at Night

    Reasons Children Wake Up at NightIt’s a myth that anyone sleeps through the night. We all wake up at one point or another, perhaps to use the bathroom or change positions. In fact, we wake up all the time between our sleep cycles but never truly reach awareness enough to remember it.

    Most children are capable of sustained sleep (six to eight hours) by six months old (that isn’t a hard number, every child is different –it’s just an estimate). By a year, most kids should be sleeping entirely through the night. Some children, however, develop a habit of waking up during the night long after they should stop.

    Here are some reasons your children wake up at night and how you can help.

    1. Fears or separation anxiety – Children who experience anxiety when left alone or away from their parents are more prone to night wakings. It’s important for mom and dad to tackle these fears with the child, rather than ignore them (which can exacerbate the problem).

    2. Nightmares or night terrors – Frightening dreams happen during REM sleep. When we wake up soon after experiencing a dream, we are likely to remember it. If your child wake after having a nightmare, it will trigger anxiety and stress, and he’ll call for mom or dad.

    3. Learned hunger – Some children become accustomed to feeding during the night so they come to expect it. Their bodies wake up hungry and they seek out breast milk, formula, or if they’re old enough, a solid snack. Make sure he or she has a full belly before going to sleep and help your child learn that calorie consumption happens during the daytime..

    4. Poor sleep environment – Children prefer the same types of sleep environments that we do: quiet and dark. Is a TV running? Is there too much noise down the hall? Does your child share the room with someone who doesn’t go to bed at the same time? Any of these can wake your child up. Good white noise sound conditioners can work wonders.

    5. Changing sleep associations - If your child is used to falling asleep in a particular manner (perhaps you rub her back, or she uses a pacifier, or she falls asleep in your bed), she might have a hard time falling back to sleep when she wakes up in a different manner. You can fix this by teaching your child to fall asleep on her own in the place you expect her to sleep and sticking to those conditions.

    6. Medical disorders – It’s quite possible that a medical condition is keeping your child awake at night. If you notice him coughing himself awake, it could be asthma. If he has belly pain or vomiting, it could be acid reflux. Obstructive sleep apnea is also a possibly in children. Consult your doctor if you suspect any of these issues.

    7. Overtiredness – When we allow ourselves to become overtired, we experience restless sleep which is more likely to wake us up in between sleep cycles. Children do not have the ability to settle themselves well, so they struggle to soothe themselves back to sleep. The only cure is more sleep, which is understandably hard.

    safe sleep solutionWritten by Joanna von Yurt, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and 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 is a Certified Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Prevention Professionals, Safe Sleep Educator, Member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Member of the National Sleep Foundation, and Member of the Canadian Sleep Society.

    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!

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

  • How to Make the Transition to One Nap a Day

    Transition to One Nap a DayMany people think the “terrible twos” are a symptom of a poor sleep schedule rather than an unavoidable developmental problem. A toddler’s body and brain want to stay up and explore the world, but they still need their sleep. If they drop naps too quickly, you end up with a perpetually cranky child. This might explain the “trying threes” and “fearsome fours” as well!

    Always remember that a well-rested child is a happy child. It’s easier to put a baby down to sleep when she gets regular, healthy sleep. Keeping her awake doesn’t make her sleep longer at night. By the end of the first year, you’ve likely mastered the two-naps-per-day routine, but your toddler is starting to protest. Here’s how to transition to one nap.

    Don’t rush them out of the two-nap phase

    The nap schedule shouldn’t be about what mom or dad wants or thinks is right, but should be dictated by the child’s biology. Naps at different times serve different purposes. Morning naps help REM (dreaming) sleep, which is important for early brain development. You don’t want to force your child to give up this type of sleep if their body still needs it.

    Your child still needs two naps if…

    • He is under a year old.
    • You put him down and even though he fusses, he still sleeps for more than hour.
    • He easily falls asleep in the car seat or stroller.
    • He is dealing with a life change (sickness, new sibling, new daycare, etc.).
    • He is fussy until bedtime if he misses a nap.
    • Look for the signs
    • Your child’s behavior will let you know that it’s time to adjust the nap schedule. She will behave in one or several of these ways:
    • She’ll play through the morning nap and fall asleep a little sooner for the afternoon nap.
    • She’ll fall asleep later for the morning nap and then play through the afternoon nap.
    • She’ll get cranky and irritated if you put her down when she isn’t tired.
    • She’ll miss a nap accidentally (maybe you’re shopping or something exciting happened), but stays calm through the day and goes to bed easily.

    You have several options

    Before eliminating a nap, consider some other options. You can fiddle with the sleep schedule a bit to find one that works for your child. For example, try keeping two separate sleep times but shortening the duration of both. This can help you through the “two-naps-is-too-much-but-one-nap-isn’t-enough” phase. Just make sure every nap is at least forty-five minutes so a sleep cycle is completed.

    Never try “cold turkey”

    You won’t have a two-nap child one day and a one-nap child the next. Biological changes are gradual and slow-acting. Even if your child has one-napped every day this week, look out for signs of sleepiness and offer a second nap if necessary. You could also spend what would be second nap time doing something still and quiet, like reading books in bed. If your child falls asleep, so be it. Another idea is to move bedtime earlier during the first one-nap days.

    Prepare your day care provider

    Make sure to be open with the day care provider about the changes in schedules. Larger schools often have different classes (or rooms) based on how the children are sleeping. If your child is one-napping at home but still two-napping at school, the schedule may be hectic to manage.

    luxe floor pillowGuest Blog by Cindy Perry, Inventor of the pello, Luxe Floor Pillows

    Cindy, a Texas girl, put herself through college working at a children’s library and sewing at night. When she met her husband and had her two boys, she decided to stay home to care for them while designing window treatments and bedding.

    When Cindy’s first son was learning to sit up, he would always fall through the pillows she set around him, hit his head, and cry. Besides, setting her child down on the hardwood floors on just a blanket always seemed so cold. Using her years of sewing and design skills, Cindy took inspiration from a woman in her breastfeeding class and got to work. With some scrap fabric and a few tweaks, pello was born! pello is a luxefloor pillow that helps children feel safe, warm and protected.

    For more information, visit mypello.com.

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

  • 9 Multipurpose Products for Mom and Kids

    As a mom you’re expected to juggle dozens of tasks each day, from cooking and cleaning to taking the kids to school and driving them to extracurricular activities. It is hard to ever find some time for yourself! Moms need all the help they can get, and multi-use products are extremely helpful for completing everyday tasks. Here is my top list of multi-use products that will save moms time, money and space.

    1. The Minkey

    all-in-one winter garment for babies and toddlers

    The Minkey by Olie is a patented all-in-one winter garment for babies and toddlers. It combines gloves, scarf, and hat! The Minkey is very easy to use from newborn to 4 years old; you simply pull on the Minkey over the child’s head just like a balaclava hat and it will keep the child’s head, ears, neck, throat, arms and the hands warm and dry. The amazing thing about the Minkey is that it stays on even though your child doesn’t want it to so no more lost gloves, lost hats, and cold and grumpy children. The Minkey keeps your child warm and dry all winter long in just one piece

    $19.99

    2. Cossettie Compact Shopping Cart and High Chair Cover

    compact shopping cart and high chair cover

    Say hello to the most compact shopping cart and high chair cover. The simple, lightweight cover tucks into its own small attached bag making it easy to fit in your diaper bag or purse. It is a 2-in-1 machine washable cover that helps protect your little one from germs on shopping carts and restaurant-style high chairs. Elastic helps keep the cover snug around the shopping cart or high chair. Attached bag makes it easy to carry around and keeps messes contained. Voted 2014 Top Choice of the Year for High Chair & Shopping Cart Covers by Baby Maternity Magazine.

    $12.99

    3. The Texthook

    The Texthook

    The texthook™ is the ultimate smartphone holder for your active lifestyle. The patent-pending design tightly secures your smartphone while still providing access to the touchscreen or keyboard. With the touch of a finger, you can text, talk or e-mail, while exercising, shopping and more. With an easy strap-on design, texthook(TM) quickly fastens to the handlebar of your stroller, exercise equipment, shopping cart or bicycle. Lightweight and durable, the texthook(TM) can remain strapped to one handlebar or can be attached and removed repeatedly throughout your busy day.

    $25.99

    4. Babee Covee

    Babee Covee

    Babee Covee is an award-winning convertible baby blanket and cover that is four products in ONE! It makes daily life with baby easier by eliminating the need to buy, pack and carry bulky single-use items while helping to protect baby/toddler from germs where ever you go. The trendy Babee Covee can be used as: 1) car seat canopy cover 2) stroller cover/blanket and 3) baby carrier blanket, and 4) playtime blanket.

    $49.99

    5. Swanling Slumber Sleeper

    safe sleep for babies

    The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in-1 safe sleep solution. It is a mattress protector, fitted sheet, flat sheet and sleep sack all in one. It is designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered. Although the sheet allows older children to move freely and change sleep positions, the Slumber Sleeper™ unique design helps facilitate back sleeping and helps keep baby centered while in the crib, two important components of safe sleep for babies, and you get the added benefit of easily keeping an eye on them without adjusting your baby monitor frequently.

    $99.00

    6. ZizzyBee Bags

    ZizzyBee Bags

    ZizzyBee Bags are handy, compact, reusable, washable storage bags convenient for every part of your life. The neat freak in your family will love that they help you store and organize just about anything! From diapers/wipes, make-up and sports gear, to even purse clutter these trendy bags makes organization easy and they’re see-through so you can easily find what you’re looking for.

    Reduce single-use bag waste while keeping life’s clutter cleaned up. With two eco-friendly bag sizes to choose from, ZizzyBee Bags are a perfect fit for storage and organizational needs.

    $15.99-$19.99

    7. Nizo Wear Infinity Breastfeeding Scarf

    Nizo Wear Infinity Breastfeeding Scarf

    The Nizo Wear Infinity Breastfeeding Scarf is made in the USA and offers you a fashionable, everyday style that is convenient to wear and use while nursing your baby. This scarf also comes equipped with a signature pocket to store your keys, a pacifier, cell phone, or anything you may need an extra pocket for. Made of a very soft and breathable, 100% cotton; also available in a polyester blend.

    $29.99

    8. pello

    luxe floor pillow for kids

    Designed by a mom for a well-loved baby, pello is a luxe floor pillow for kids that goes beyond the standard play mat, positioning pillow, or baby gym. The pello provides comfort and support, promotes muscle development, and encourages independent play. pello is unique because it meets your child’s ever-changing needs. The distinctive donut shape, with the raised edges and soft, padded center, has several benefits at all stages of a child’s life.

    $120.00

    9. Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper

    Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper

    This innovative rocker and napper that features a one hand switch from sit to sleep. Rocker easily converts from seat to comfy napper and provides soothing movements to rock your baby at all 3 reclining positions. Flat pad with raised borders offers a safe and cozy napper environment and cute musical toy hangs off the Rocker’s adjustable arm.

    $99.99

    winter hat, gloves and scarf for babies and toddlersGuest Blog by Christina Plejdrup, Mom and Inventor of the Minkey

    Christina Plejdrup is a mother of a 3-year-old girl, Oliva, who tried many different winter products to see if she could find anything that could get her daughter to keep her gloves on as well as her hat and scarf. Christina tried everything, but nothing worked!

    After several failed attempts to get her daughter to keep her gloves, hat and scar on, Christina designed her own solution! It worked like a charm and when they would walk through their neighborhood, several parents asked where they found such a unique and practical winter garment.  This is when the Minkey (as her daughter calls it) was born.

    The Minkey is a unique 3-in-1 winter hat, gloves and scarf for babies and toddlers. It’s easy to use and goes great under any jacket, snowsuit or vest, and children have plenty of comfort and movement. They will always stay warm and dry where it is important while out in the cold.

    The Minkey is now an award-winning product adored by parents and kids all over the globe!  Visit http://www.theolie.com for more information.

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

  • The Slumber Sleeper™ ensures safe sleep for family worried about SIDS.

    "As a family that lost a child to SIDS, we are extremely diligent when it comes to safe sleep. Our rainbow baby was rolling over and preferred sleeping on her belly by 3 months old. As we all know, back is best. After too many sleepless nights we began researching and found the Slumber Sleeper. We loved that it combined the only two things that should ever be in the crib with your baby, a tight fitted sheet and a sleep sack.
    Our daughter, now 10 months old loves it and so do we. For the first time in months, we are all getting a peaceful night’s sleep. I only wish we had found it sooner! It’s well made, soft and safe. As a loss family, we needed something that helped put our worried minds at ease and we are so grateful to have found this genius creation.
    Thank you Swanling!"

    The Frisbie Family

  • 6 Daylight Savings Time Sleep Tips for Babies

    Daylight Savings Time Sleep Tips for BabiesA baby’s sleep schedule is a precious thing. We spend a lot of time and energy making sure our children get the sleep they need for healthy development.

    Next week on March 8th we’ll be “springing forward” an hour, which means we lose an hour of sleep. This is the kind of change that disrupt a grown adult’s schedule and it can wreak havoc on a baby’s.

    Here are some tips to cope with the Daylight Savings Time change.

    1. Make naps a priority

    Always remember that sleep begets sleep. A well-rested baby has an easier time going to sleep and adapting to changes. Make sure your baby gets all of her scheduled naps during the day and that you don’t plan too many out-and-about activities that could keep her awake.

    2. Adjust bedtimes over the week

    Starting Tuesday or Wednesday, adjust baby’s bedtime fifteen minutes earlier each day. This will slowly acclimate her body to the new bedtime. By Sunday, she won’t even notice the difference. (This is a great piece of advice for adults who struggle with the change, too!) Don’t try to wear your child out so she falls asleep early, however. An overtired child doesn’t get rest.

    3. Start Daylight Savings on Saturday

    Losing an hour of sleep Sunday morning only gives us a day to recover. You can smooth out your week by hosting Daylight Savings on Saturday so your kids have two full days to recuperate and adjust to the new schedule before busy Monday.

    4. Keep a good sleep environment

    Going to bed an hour earlier means the sun will still be out a bit. Make sure you keep your baby’s room dark and quiet when you put her down to bed. You might have to use curtains to keep the natural light out.

    5. Stick to your bedtime routine

    Whenever there’s a sleep change, it’s important to keep all other factors consistent. If you give a bath and read a book each night, continue that tradition so your child understand that it’s bedtime, even though it’s happening earlier than usual.

    6. Adjust your typical daytime activities accordingly

    If you’re putting your baby down fifteen minutes early each day, move the other scheduled activities (like feedings, snacks, etc.) fifteen minutes early as well. This will help reinforce the idea of an earlier day.

    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!

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

  • 13 Simple Baby Sleep Solutions

    Simple Baby Sleep SolutionsIf you’re struggling to help your child fall asleep, you aren’t alone. Helping your baby fall asleep is one of the first challenges you’ll face as a new parent. It will take some time to figure out what works for your family, but use this list of simple sleep solutions to get started.

    1. Avoid eye contact – Prolonged eye contact is stimulating for your baby. When you’re trying to help her sleep, avoid gazing into her eyes.

    2. Bath time – A soothing soak is a great way to relax your baby, but don’t include squirt toys or splashing. Keep your voice low and easy.

    3. Hands-on after transfer – When you transfer baby to the crib from your arms, leave your warm hands on her stomach for a few seconds so she feels safe.

    4. Swaddling – A nicely wrapped swaddle takes your baby back to days in the womb. Use a swaddle or our Slumber Sleeper to keep baby safe, secure and warm.

    5. Sleep begets sleep – An overtired baby is a challenge to get to sleep. The more often she sleeps, the easier it will be to get her to sleep. Keep your nap schedule!

    6. White noise – In the womb, baby heard a lot of sound from within and outside of mom. Gentle, white noise is comforting.

    7. Dark room – Light is stimulating and it blocks melatonin production. Skip nightlights and use blackout curtains to keep the room dark or if you want a nightlight use orange light or salt lamp.

    8. Co-sleeping – Co-sleeping means having your baby sleep in the same room as mom and dad, NOT sleeping in the same bed (which is dangerous).

    9. Stay cool – Babies sleep best in rooms kept between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. (It’s also helpful in preventing SIDS.)

    10. Offer pacifier – A pacifier at bedtime can help soothe your baby. When she falls asleep, remove it so she doesn’t wake up when it falls out naturally.

    11. Rocking/walking – We all know that rocking a baby helps them fall asleep, but it’s the walking gesture that works for the best for some. Your baby is used to the rolling, side-to-side motion from months in mom’s stomach. If rocking back and forth isn’t helping, take a walk around your home.

    12. Learn the tired cues – After a few weeks with your baby, you’ll start to recognize the signs of tiredness. Do not ignore them, even if you’re out of the house. Find a way to help your baby sleep or risk a meltdown.

    13. Tell you baby you love them with a smile allowing them to know that sleep time is positive.

    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!

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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  • Crib Mattress Safety: IKEA Recall Info

    IKEA crib mattress recallSafety is paramount when it comes to our children, especially helpless little babies who can’t fend for themselves. Recently, there were reports of two children who became trapped between the crib and their VYSSA mattress, manufactured and sold by Swedish furniture company IKEA.

    Fortunately neither children were hurt, but safety-conscious IKEA has done the right thing and recalled five of their styles of this line of mattress. The recall includes nearly 169,000 mattresses in the United States, including the following lines: Vackert, Vinka, Spelevink, Sloa, and Slummer.

    Mattresses should be designed to ensure a snug fit within the crib frame. A baby should not be able to split their fingers between the crib slats and the mattress, let along get their whole bodies in there.

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission insists that crib mattresses be 27 ¼ inches by 54 ¼ inches. By standardizing the size, consumers can purchase different brands of mattresses, cribs, and bedding without worrying that the combination renders them unsafe. The CPSC is charged with evaluating thousands of products every year to ensure they are safe for use. They are especially thorough when it comes to baby products.

    You can verify that your mattress is the proper length by removing all bedding, including fitted sheets. The mattress should fill the space between the frame pieces entirely, touching all four sides. If you can fit a finger in without squishing the mattress, there’s too much room.

    If you own an IKEA VYSSA crib mattress that was manufactured on May 4, 2012 or earlier, you are entitled to a full refund or exchange. You can find this information on the mattress’ label.

    Ikea is going the extra mile and not requiring you prove that you purchased the mattress. Just bring it in and pick up your money or a new one.

    organic bedding and accessoriesGuest Blog by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk

    As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.

    She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.

    She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

  • 3 Reasons to Get Those Kids Sleeping

    reasons to help kids get sleepWe all know kids need to get plenty of sleep. Sleep is crucial to helping kids develop both physically and mentally, which is why they will spend approximately 40 percent of their childhood sleeping.

    I always advise that children have an early bedtime that parents stick to no matter what…unfortunately, that means leaving summertime beach parties before the bonfire starts up, or putting the kids to bed even though Grandma and Grandpa want to spend time with them after Christmas dinner. Sometimes it can be hard and parents have to stand their ground. But in the end you have a well-rested child and far less nighttime tantrums. Kids who get to stay up late with their family and crash when their parents do are far more likely to be cranky and miserable the next day.

    If you need a little more incentive for making sure your child is getting a good night’s sleep, here are my top-3 reasons to make good sleep habits a priority in your family:

    1. For your child’s health

    There are no two ways about it: experts all agree that sleep is vital to good health. Children who don’t get enough sleep are prone to a long list of potential negative side effects. Here are just a few:

    Obesity

    There have been many studies linking childhood obesity with lack of sleep. A recent study from the International Journal of Obesity looked at 422 children between the ages of 5 and 10. Researchers measured and weighed the children and asked their parents about their sleeping habits. They discovered that 20 percent of the boys and 24 percent of the girls studied were overweight or obese, and the  children who slept less than 10 hours a night were 3 1/2 times more likely to be overweight than those who slept 12 hours or more.

    Researchers still aren’t certain exactly why less sleep equals potential weight gain, but there are a few practical possibilities. The more tired you are, the less active you are, so a sleepy child is far more likely to sit in front of the TV with a bowl of potato chip than to run around and play tag with the neighbours. There is also some evidence that lack of sleep can trigger a hormonal response that makes you feel hungrier.

    ADHD

    While lack of sleep may not directly cause ADHD, a lot of the symptoms of ADHD are mimicked by kids who are not sleeping enough, such as irritability, hyperactivity, difficulty concentrating and impulsive behaviour.

    But according to the National Sleep Foundation, for kids who do have ADHD, too little sleep may significantly impact their ADHD symptoms. One study found that treating sleep problems could even be enough to eliminate attention and hyperactivity issues for some children.

    School Performance

    It seems to only make sense that kids who aren’t getting enough rest will be groggy and have trouble concentrating in school. But the research on academic performance is pretty shocking. One study showed that kids with C's, D's and F's got about 25 fewer minutes of sleep and went to bed an average of 40 minutes later than A and B students. Kids who aren’t sleeping enough just will not have the ability to focus on, or even care about, their school work.

    2. For your health

    Let’s face it, if your child isn’t getting enough sleep then you probably aren’t either. Babies and young children who consistently wake up throughout the night or go to bed late will be keeping their parents up as well. When your child goes down at 7 p.m. you will have a couple of kid-free hours to yourself to restore and revive and then you’ll still have plenty pf time to get lots of rest yourself. It’s so important for parents to take good care of themselves so they can take care of their children without feeling exhausted and overwhelmed.

    3. For the health of the family

    Families who get enough sleep often claim to be more fulfilled. Being tired causes grumpiness, irritability and impatience, so families who aren’t sleeping well will be less likely to have fun together and be active when they’re battling fatigue.

    Teaching your children to take care of themselves by getting enough sleep is one of the biggest gifts you can give them, and it starts with your family habits. Sleeping well as a child will set them up for being a well-adjusted adult with less likelihood for issues like insomnia when they’re older.

    Sleep Sense Founder Dana OblemanGuest Blog by Dana Obleman, Creator of The Sleep Sense Program

    Dana launched her successful private practice in 2003, and since then has helped over 30,000 of parents solve their children’s sleep problems. She is the creator of “The Sleep Sense Program,” a best-selling do-it-yourself guide for sleep deprived parents. Dana has made numerous television appearances, has been featured in national and local newspapers, spoken at multiple parenting trade shows and baby conventions. She was also invited to lecture on solving infant and toddler sleep problems to Family Physicians, through the University of British Columbia. In addition, to a BA in Psychology, Dana also holds a degree in Elementary Education from King’s University (1999), and is a professional member of the National Sleep Foundation.

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  • How Light is Keeping Your Baby Awake and 4 Ways to Stop It

    nightlight keeping baby awakeIn order to provide safe and effective sleep for our kids, we have to optimize their sleep environment. That means making their sleep space as comfortable and non-disruptive as possible. Just like adults, too much light keeps children awake, but you’ll also be surprised to know that the color of the light is also important.

    The light-dark cycle we’re exposed to every day is how we regulate our sleep cycle (or circadian rhythm) and even some of the hormones in our body. However, we often put night lights in our children’s rooms to make them feel safe, but they can cause more harm than good.

    Even if our kids (or adults) fall asleep in a room with gentle light, the brain can detect that light through the eyelids. This could inhibit the production of melatonin, a hormone that helps control our sleep-wake cycles. Typically melatonin is high in the late evening and throughout the night, then begins to decrease towards the morning. Essentially, it keeps you asleep.

    Blue, white and green spectrum light are both melatonin-suppressive. They stop your body from making melatonin, which eventually cause us to rise. This is the type of light emitted from electronic devices and most household lightbulbs.

    From a Harvard study: “While light of any kind can suppress the secretion of melatonin, blue light does so more powerfully. Harvard researchers and their colleagues conducted an experiment comparing the effects of 6.5 hours of exposure to blue light to exposure to green light of comparable brightness. The blue light suppressed melatonin for about twice as long as the green light and shifted circadian rhythms by twice as much (3 hours vs. 1.5 hours).”

    What’s even worse: some research shows that blue light may contribute to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

    Here are some ways you can make the sleep space as conducive to sleep as possible:

    1. Nix the nightlights

    The change might be tough to make, especially if your children are used to sleeping with nightlights, but their health is worth it. A simple and effective way to remove nightlights is to move them out of the room over time. Move them from their usual position to an outlet near the door, then an outlet in the hallway, down the hallway, etc. Eventually you’ll be able to do away with them without incident.

    2. Turn off electronic devices

    Make sure all televisions and computers are switched off during the night. Studies have shown that those children who watched TV and played video games before going to bed took longer to fall asleep than those who watched none at all. Even the light from alarm clocks can interfere with their sleep. (Most people don’t have an alarm clock in the nursery, but it’s worth mentioning since these sleep tips apply to anyone at any age.)

    3. Use red tone lights

    You’ll need light in some places, like the hallway or bathroom for when kids wake up. Use lights that work on the red spectrum so they don’t disrupt sleep. Here are three great options: the Himalayan Salt Lamp, the Ikea Patrull Nightlight and the OriGlam Light Color Change Humidifier.

    4. Install blackout curtains

    Blackout curtains are a great way to keep outside light out of the room. These don’t just stop the sunlight. They also stop car headlights, street lamps, moonlight and other weather related light from penetrating the room and keeping your little one awake. They also reduce your heating and cooling costs.

    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!

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

  • 7 Tips for Giving New Baby a Lovey

    giving baby a lovey(PLEASE NOTE: The AAP does not recommend using a soft toy or blanket in the crib before the child is one year of age. Once your baby is 12 months, it's okay for your child to bring a blanket or special toy to bed for comfort, but it's still safest to keep his crib relatively empty.)

    A lovey is also known as a transitional object. Your child goes through a lot of changings during the first year; many of them are stressful. A transitional object is a loveable item that never changes. It stays with the child through his or her changes and provides security. It’s helpful for sleep because it’s always there when your child is alone in bed or wakes up during the night.

    A lovey can be a blanket, stuffed animal or favorite toy. It can be anything as long as your child forms a bond with it. If you don’t intentionally introduce a lovely, there’s a pretty good chance your child will develop a connection with something anyway. Here’s how you can introduce one.

    1. Consider baby’s preferences

    You want an item that your child can easily relate to without much insistence on your part. If your child likes throw blankets, offer a special one. If your child has an affinity for rabbits, a stuffed bunny might be the best transitional object. You could also try a stuffed character from one of baby’s favorite books or programs.

    2. Introduce it early

    Make the lovey part of your child’s life around three to six months of age. Baby won’t respond to it right away, but the connection will slowly build over time. By eight months, your child will feel like it’s always been around, which cements consistency.

    3. Make sure the lovely is safe

    Ideally you want something soft and comfy so you don’t have to monitor your child’s use all the time. It should be able to remain in bed with your child all night. It should not have small pieces that can separate or be removed. It should not have any hard edges.

    4. Make it part of the bedtime routine

    The best way to get your child to accept a lovey is to make it a part of everyday life. Bring it to bed at bedtime. Incorporate it into games and play. Kiss and hug the lovey so your child sees that you accept it and that it’s safe.

    5. Make sure the lovey is present during stressful times

    If you think an occurrence or event will cause stress, make sure the lovey is around. You’ll want it present during doctor’s visits, waking periods after sleep, injuries, meeting new people, and crowded events.

    6. Impart mommy or daddy’s smell

    Young children use their sense of smell for comfort. You can make the lovey feel like mom or dad by snuggling with the lovey yourself. Make sure it touches you when you cuddle with your child before bed. You could also wear it for a few hours against your skin before you give it to your child.

    7. Choose something replaceable

    The idea of a transitional object is that it always stays with your baby, so you’ll want something you can replace in the event that it becomes lost, damaged or destroyed. If you’re buying something new and the cost isn’t too high, consider picking up a spare.

    transition baby from swaddleGuest Blog by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventor of the Zipadee-Zip

    The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: "Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time," and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family's reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker's daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.

    When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.

    Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte's startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!

    To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!

    For more information, visit sleepingbaby.com.

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    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

  • How Much Sleep do Babies and Kids Need?

    To support their rapid development (mentally, emotionally and physically), babies and children need a tremendous amount of sleep. Not only does sleep rejuvenate them and collect energy, but it’s the time when a majority of the growing takes place. Even missing an hour of sleep in a day can impact their personality, cognitive functions, and overall development.

    Many parents know their kids require more sleep, but not by how much. Often it’s hard to tell if our children need more sleep, or require some other need to be met. The signs of insufficient sleep aren’t always the same for small children, especially babies. In fact, sleep deprivation in babies can appear as restlessness and hyperactivity. When they’re overtired, they resist any attempts to help, including bedtime.

    The following are some simple guidelines to tell you how much sleep a child needs. Keep in mind that these are guidelines and your child might deviate slightly. If you notice significant difference between your child’s sleep schedule and this list, consult your pediatrician.


    Image and information credit: National Sleep Foundation

    • Newborns (0 to 3 months) need 14 to 17 hours of sleep each day, with no less than 11 or more than 19.
    • Infants (4 to 11 months) need 12 to 15 hours of sleep each day, with no less than 10 or more than 18.
    • Toddlers (1 to 2 years) need 11 to 14 hours of sleep each day, with no less than 9 or more than 16.
    • Preschoolers (3 to 5 years) need 10 to 13 hours of sleep each, with no less than 8 or more than 14.
    • Kids (6 to 13 years) need 9 to 11 hours of sleep each day, with no less than 7 or more than 12.
    • Teenagers (14 to 17 years) need 8 to 10 hours of sleep each day, with no less than 7 or more than 11.
    • Young adults (18 to 25) need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each day, with no less than 6 or more than 11.

    If you suspect your child isn’t getting adequate sleep and you’ve done everything you can to help them, talk to your doctor. Long term sleep deprivation isn’t healthy for anyone, but especially not for children who are struggling to grow.

    Your doctor may be able to teach your some helpful techniques or recognize an underlying medical condition (like sleep apnea, which we’re learning is more common in young children than we thought). Often sleep struggles can be resolved by changing the sleep environment and bedtime habits.

    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!

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

  • 5 Tips to Teach Your Children How to Share

    Teach Your Children How to ShareLearning to share is a normal part of growing up. Kids aren’t built to know how to do this themselves. Parents need to encourage their children to share until the kids start picking it up on their own. This will help turn your children into compassionate, empathetic adults who work well with others. Here are some tips.

    1. Teach taking turns

    If you have two children who want to play with the same item, teach them that they can share by taking turns. You can tell them that they each have 10 minutes to play with the toy and then set a timer. Once the timer goes off it’s the other child’s turn to play with the toy. Not only are they learning how to share, they are also learning patience and delaying gratification. If the children cannot agree to take turns, take the toy away and tell them that neither can play with the toy until they can learn to share.

    2. Set some basic rules

    A young child may not fully understand the concept of sharing right away, but they can follow basic rules that will help them learn how to share. These rules can include teaching them to wait their turn and that if they walk away from a toy, that means it’s free for another child to play with it. Also teach them that if they brings toys along to a play date, everyone gets to play with those toys too.

    3. Donate old toys

    When your children have too many toys in their playroom or get news ones for their birthday or other holidays, donate some to a charity or children’s shelter.  Talk to your child and explain what it means to donate toys and why it’s a good idea to share with the less fortunate. You can even bring your child to a toy store and ask them to pick out items to donate.

    4. Let them see you share.

    Children look to their parents and often emulate their actions and behaviors. Share things with your child, like a cookie or ice cream and ask him to share things with you. If your child is cold, share a blanket with him, and offer the same to other members of your family. Let them know that you would love to share some of your ice cream with them and describe your sharing interactions to them.

    5. Make it fun

    Give your child small toys and rewards to share with some friends. It could be a sheet of stickers or some snacks to be divided evenly with each of his friends. Give your child positive reinforcement by saying how nice it is of him to share with friends and how his friends must feel happy to have a friend who likes to share.

    winter hat, gloves and scarf for babies and toddlersGuest Blog by Christina Plejdrup, Mom and Inventor of the Minkey

    Christina Plejdrup is a mother of a 3-year-old girl, Oliva, who tried many different winter products to see if she could find anything that could get her daughter to keep her gloves on as well as her hat and scarf. Christina tried everything, but nothing worked!

    After several failed attempts to get her daughter to keep her gloves, hat and scar on, Christina designed her own solution! It worked like a charm and when they would walk through their neighborhood, several parents asked where they found such a unique and practical winter garment.  This is when the Minkey (as her daughter calls it) was born.

    The Minkey is a unique 3-in-1 winter hat, gloves and scarf for babies and toddlers. It’s easy to use and goes great under any jacket, snowsuit or vest, and children have plenty of comfort and movement. They will always stay warm and dry where it is important while out in the cold.

    The Minkey is now an award-winning product adored by parents and kids all over the globe!  Visit http://www.theolie.com for more information.

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

  • 13 Safe Sleep Tips for Infants and Toddlers

    Safe Sleep Tips for Infants and ToddlersSafe sleep is of the utmost importance to parents of babies and toddlers. There are many concerns surrounding safe sleeping environments and practices for children today and it’s up to parents to do their research and learn what they should and shouldn’t be doing for their children. Swanling Innovations is committed to providing modern, safe and innovative products for children and providing safe sleep solutions for parents. Here are our top safe sleep tips for infants and toddlers.

    1. Back is Best

    Always place baby on his or her back for sleep – for nighttime sleep AND nap time sleep. The back sleeping position reduces the risk of SIDS.

    2. Swaddling

    Pediatricians recommend swaddling baby for sleep time during the first three months. Babies have the Moro or startle reflex until approximately 3 months of age, which causes them to flail their arms and legs and wake themselves up. Swaddling helps reduce awakenings caused by the startle reflex. Babies sleep better when swaddled and on their backs. The Slumber Swaddle™ with the original Snap-In-Place™ system is the perfect accessory to the Slumber Sleeper™ for newborns and it takes the guesswork out of swaddling! Just snap, wrap and tie. Even though your child may have grown out of swaddling they will be able to continue to feel that wonderful feeling of being held and secure while still using their Slumber Sleeper™, and arms-free sleep sac that uses the same Snap-In-Place™ system.

    3. Temperature Awareness

    Most medical experts recommend a sleep environment of 65-72°F (18-22°C). It is important to dress your baby appropriately for sleep.

    As a general guide, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends dressing baby in no more than one layer more than an adult would use to be comfortable in the same environment. Babies are not good at regulating their own temperatures. No blanket can naturally regulate baby's temperature for them, so parents need to touch and feel their baby to ensure baby is not too hot or too cold. Your baby’s tummy is an excellent representation of their core temperature.

    4. Firm Sleep Surface

    Baby should sleep on a firm sleep surface, in a bassinet, cradle or crib near the mother's bed, without any soft toys, pillows or loose bedding. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends a fitted sheet on the baby's mattress. Babies should not be placed for sleep on water beds, quilts, pillows, sheepskins, or other fluffy surfaces.

    5. No Soft Objects

    No soft objects or loose bedding should be in baby's bed during sleep time. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no stuffed animals, no sheepskin, no quilts, no positioners, no pillows, and no bumpers should be in your child’s crib while they are sleeping.

    6. Keep all cords away from crib

    Electrical cords from video monitors, cameras and window treatments should be kept a minimum of three (3) feet away from baby’s crib and secured completely out of child’s reach. Cords are a strangulation hazard.

    7. Smoke Free Environment

    Always keep baby's environment smoke-free by not smoking when pregnant, near your baby, or in an area where your baby spends time or sleeps. Maternal smoking during pregnancy has emerged as a major risk factor in almost every epidemiologic study of SIDS.

    8. Ventilation

    Be sure that air can circulate freely around baby's face. A small fan in baby's room can increase ventilation, but should not blow air directly on baby.

    9. Breastfeeding

    Breastfeeding is encouraged. Breastfeed, if you can. Research shows that any amount of breastfeeding reduces the risk of SIDS along with the many proven physical and emotional benefits breastfeeding offers.

    10. Tummy Time

    Allow time for tummy time when baby is awake and supervised. Place baby on tummy during play time. Please remember that baby should ALWAYS be placed to sleep on his back.

    11. Colic

    Colic is believed to occur when a baby is sensitive to the environment surrounding them-which can cause baby to be very unsettled, or when gas forms in the belly causing discomfort.

    12. White Noise

    Soothing white noise can help your baby sleep more restfully and lessen noise interference that may stir or wake baby causing interrupted sleeping habits.

    13. Wish your child sweet dreams and a restful sleep :)

    The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in-1 safe sleep solution that has longevity unlike most baby products. It’s designed for newborn babies (7lbs) used in conjunction with the Slumber Swaddle and goes up to 2 years and also comes in a twin size for toddlers up to 4 years.  The Slumber Sleeper™ combines a mattress protector, fitted sheet, flat sheet, and a sleep sack all in one to help baby fall asleep and sleep safely throughout the night. The unique design of the Slumber Sleeper™ is intended to keep baby feeling safe, warm, and centered in bed giving them the benefits of long-term sleep training.

    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!

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

  • Slumber Sleeper™ on Best in Baby Biz items on Carolina and Company

  • "The Slumber Sleeper™ offers peace of mind."

    Swanling Slumber Sleeper is an amazing well thought out product that truly offers peace of mind. Your little one is safe and secure in the center of the crib without being restricted and best of all it grows with baby! For my full review and demonstration with my sweet little Amelia visit my Blog.

    - Tania Dilworth
    Founder, Baby Planner

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  • Benefits of the Slumber Sleeper for Special Needs Children

    Benefits of the Slumber Sleeper for Special Needs ChildrenSome sleep experts estimate that up to thirty percent of all children struggle with sleep in one way or another. In the special needs community, that number is significantly higher – as much as eighty percent.

    Sleep is an essential component of one’s development, so it’s extremely important that special needs kids get their rest. Here are a few reasons we think our Slumber Sleeper is also helpful to the special needs community.

    Sleep Disruption

    Some children with special needs (especially any child that falls on the autism spectrum) tend to have sensitive nervous systems. Slight changes in their environments can easily disturb them, even the absence of sensation. The Slumber Sleeper provides a feeling of gentle security and light pressure all night long, which helps override sudden sensations.

    Similarly, caregivers are encouraged to create sleep spaces that encourage sleep by limiting sensation: darkening shades, white noise machines, comfortable temperature, etc.

    In fact, autism specialists sometimes recommend parents tuck either side of their blankets beneath their mattresses so they feel tightly tucked in, which is, in essence, a similar feeling that the Slumber Sleeper provides.

    Consistency

    Caregivers for special needs children often try to build consistent routines. Change can be unsettling and cause anxiety (for all children, but special needs kids more so).

    By using the Slumber Sleeper, you’re creating a consistent environment night after night. It’s comforting, soothing, and most importantly: reliable. Your child knows what to expect when it’s time to go to bed and doesn’t fight you about it. Further, if you are having to travel with your child by bringing the Slumber Sleeper along you will continue that consistency for your child even while away from home.

    Back Positioning

    Sleeping on one’s back is the most recommended position. It’s regarded as the best sleep position for anyone of any age. It allows the mattress to support the spine and doesn’t force our backs into any contortions.

    For children whose disabilities affect their bones, ligaments, joints, or muscles, the Slumber Sleeper keeps them in the healthiest sleep position all night long.

    Circadian Rhythm

    Since the brain regulates our sleep-wake cycles, autistic children often have trouble going to sleep and waking up at appropriate times. They wake up sooner than they should, fight bedtimes, and wake up more often during the night.

    The only solution is to make the bedroom environment as conducive to sleep as possible. The Slumber Sleeper helps remind them that it’s sleep time and their brains respond accordingly.

    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!

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

  • Ways to Tell Your Baby Has the Flu

    Ways to Tell Your Baby Has the FluThe flu is an infection of throat, nose and lungs caused influenza, a family of viruses. These viruses change slightly every year, so it’s tough to build a strong immunity to the group.

    Flu season starts in October and lasts until about March. Your doctor’s office (and most local pharmacies) can administer flu shots. It’s particularly contagious because it spreads before symptoms become apparent, meaning people pass on the flu before they know they have it.

    The flu can be dangerous to children under five. It travels easily through playgrounds, daycare centers and schools. The severity of the illness is always different, so one year you might push through the flu easily, but the next year it might keep you in bed. About 20,000 children are hospitalized each year with the flu, but millions more suffer without needing medical attention.

    How you can tell if your baby has a the flu

    It’s sometimes tough to distinguish between the common cold and the flu, but here’s how you can tell.

    • A sudden, burst fever of 101 Fahrenheit or higher
    • Respiratory problems, like a dry cough
    • Runny nose
    • Fatigue
    • Dry throat
    • Mild body aches
    • Headache
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Chills

    When to call the doctor

    Often the flu can be treated at home with fluids and bed rest, but in more serious cases you’ll have to contact your doctor or visit the emergency room. Here’s how you can tell.

    • Your child has a temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
    • Your baby (under 3 months) has a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
    • A cough that lasts more than a week
    • Nasal mucus persists for a week
    • Discharge from the eyes
    • Regular wheezing
    • A slight fever that lasts more than a day
    • An earache (if your baby can’t speak, watch her behavior – she may be pulling at her ears)
    • Signs of dehydration
    • Child is lethargic and sleepy at unusual times
    • Your baby recovers from an illness, but gets sick again soon after

    The most important thing you can do for your baby (other than taking your doctor’s advice and any medication he/she prescribes) is to offer lots of fluids to keep your baby hydrated. If you’re nursing, you’ll find your child wants the breast more often for comfort – don’t deny him/her. You might also want to give a pain reliever (acetaminophen), but ask your doctor first.

    booger removal toolGuest Blog by Dr. Nina Farzin, Inventor of oogiebear

    Nina is a wife, mother and career professional who never intended to start her own business. When her children were newborns, she ached to ease the discomfort from dry, stubborn, crusty mucus (boogers)! As a doctor, she knew there were no safe solutions on the market to help her kids, so she invented oogiebear, a revolutionary booger removal tool that helps babies breathe easier.

    Nina graduated Howard University where she earned her doctorate in Pharmacy (R.Ph, Pharm.D). She is a Registered Pharmacist in Washington DC, Maryland and New York. Nina and her family are fitness enthusiasts who enjoy outdoor activities and healthy eating.

    For more information, please visit myoogie.com.

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