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  • Attachment Parenting and the Slumber Sleeper

    Every parent has been in this situation before.

    (Note: This is not our video. We do not advocate the use of bumpers in a crib and such a practice is discouraged by the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) safe sleep recommendations.)

    Sometimes our little ones just want to be cuddled. They don’t have any physical needs as long as they are fed, changed and clean; but they long for the closeness of mom or dad. They long for that feeling of comfort and security they felt while in the womb.

    Sometimes no sophisticated gadget, swing, or vibrating lounger will make your baby happy. He or she just wants to be in your arms. As parents, when our children should be sleeping alone but can't sleep and want to be held, especially at nighttime, parents are often temped to give in and bring them into the parents' bed. Unfortunately, parents should avoid giving children this type of "sleep crutch" as it will only prolong the child's inability to sleep independently.

    As our children's emotional wellbeing is so important and as even small infants learn early on how to get mom and dad to surrender quickly, few parents have ever been fans of letting children cry themselves to sleep. However, co-sleeping and other "sleep crutches" such as the late night rocking chair are of little or no lasting value to either the parent or child. So, how do we face this challenge? Isn’t there a way to offer the child an independent, yet safe sleep environment that allows them to feel comfortable and secure while at the same time allowing the parents to get a much needed good night's rest?

    With the current movement in attachment parenting, shown by the rise in baby "wearing" and co-sleeping; parents of today are obviously seeking this closeness. However, when faced with numerous studies showing tragic results to infants from co-sleeping, parents today must consider alternate, thoughtful and safe practices such as those recommended in the AAP guidelines for sleep.

    The Slumber Sleeper was designed to allow the baby to always feel cuddled and secure. It simulates the comforting experience of being in mom's or dad’s arms and is similar to the enclosed feeling they enjoyed in the womb and early infant swaddling. When the child awakens, they are aware of the soft touch and secure comfort of the special fabric. This bypasses their immediate need for a parent's touch. As they recognize the feeling of warmth and security, they are soon back to sleep. The Slumber Sleeper is just like a little slice of sleep magic.

    It is important for our children to learn early on about sleep independence and have the opportunity to sleep train properly. The value of good sleep habits for children and the positive effect of well rested parents, can go a long way to promote and maintain an atmosphere of patience, leading to a happy, healthy home environment. The Slumber Sleeper is an excellent tool to help families successfully achieve that coveted goal.

    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.

    Photo Credit: Geoff Livingston via Compfight cc

  • Why Sleep is Important for Babies and Kids

    Why Sleep is Important for Babies and KidsEveryone knows sleep is important. After a long day, your body craves sleep whether you mentally want to or not. In fact, go long enough without it and our bodies would fall asleep on their own.

    For children, though, sleep plays an interesting role in their development. It doesn’t just rejuvenate them for another day like you or I. Sleep plays a key role in their growth.

    In our bodies, the pituitary gland secrets the Human Growth Hormone, a substance that, quite literally, helps the body grow. Its production is influenced by many factors, such as stress, nutrition and exercise. In growing bodies, however, HGH is affected by sleep.

    HGH is most intensely released shortly after children fall into their deep sleep. That means they do the most growing while they are asleep.

    That means without proper sleep, a child’s growth can actually be stunted. Improper sleep can consist of keeping a child awake when their bodies want to sleep, or a sleep obstruction problem like sleep apnea.

    If a child severely lacks HGH, they can even suffer from lung and heart problems, as these organs may not grow fast enough to keep up with their bodies. It’s unlikely that a lack of sleep could cause this much damage, but little sleep combined with an underlying condition could create a serious problem.

    Other hormones can be affected by a lack of sleep as well. Hormones that regulate appetite can be affected, causing your child to overeat or prefer high-calorie foods. Lack of sleep can affect the way a child’s body handles the food it receives by triggering insulin resistance (which is a threat for diabetes).

    You can tell your child needs more sleep by evaluating their mood and behavior. If they’re frequently cranky, irritable and lethargic, they might need a few more hours at night or an extra nap during the day. Lack of sleep over a long term can affect your child’s grades in school, their performance in extra-curricular activities, and even make permanent changes to their disposition and personality.

    Ensure your child is getting enough sleep by setting a bedtime and nap routine appropriate for their age and adjusting it as you see fit. A consistent routine will help their bodies adjust so they know when sleep is coming. Make sure your child’s sleeping space is conducive to sleep without any distractions.

    Most importantly, keep an eye out for signs of sleep deprivation. It does more damage than you think.

    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.

  • Helping Mom Get The Sleep She Deserves

    Mother sleeping with her newborn babyAs a parent, we talk a lot about baby sleep. We analyze our children’s sleep schedules, judge their needs and bend over backwards to help them get the sleep they need. But what about moms?

    There have definitely been some mornings for me where I laid in bed, looking up at the ceiling, wishing I could have just fifteen more minutes of sleep. I’m sure I’m not alone. Motherhood is a grueling experience for new parents. Amidst the lovey tender feelings is certainly some stress and anxiety. So how does a mom go about getting the rest she needs?

    Sleep when the baby sleeps

    There will always be chores to perform and errands to run, but your priorities should be your baby’s health and your own. When baby sleeps, you should sleep. Even if you aren’t particularly tired, lie down and close your eyes for a few minutes. Get the rest when you can.

    Avoid excessive responsibilities

    Everyone has a limit; a point of which they can do no more. Recognize yours and stop volunteering to help when you’ve come to it. For example, don’t volunteer to attend your child’s school field trip if the thought of a long day with hours on a bus makes you anxious.

    After your delivery, use the hospital nursery

    It’s funny that when we’re the most exhausted we’ve ever been (right after birth), we also want to interact with our little one as much as possible. Take advantage of the hospital staff and let them tend to your baby for a night or two while you recuperate. You’ll have plenty of time to bond.

    Accept offers of help

    When grandma wants to visit for a couple hours, say yes! Even if you don’t feel tired or stressed, let her come over and mind the baby for a bit. Rather than use the time to recover your inner calm, use it to prevent stress and exhaustion. Plus, you might have plenty of people who would enjoy the experience.

    Speak up!

    If you’re tired, tell someone! There’s no need to carry a burden by yourself if others are willing. Talk to the people in your life, especially your spouse. Let them know that the stress is starting to accumulate and you’re worried about its effect on your health.

    In fact, carrying for a child while you are sleep deprived is dangerous. You could make a terrible mistake. You aren’t a bad mom just because you need some time to yourself – you’re just human.

    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.

    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.

  • Tips for Relieving Baby’s Stuffy Nose

    Relieving Baby’s Stuffy NoseInfants primarily breathe through their nose. When their nose and sinuses block up, babies become particularly irritated. You’ll first notice the snorting and head ticking, then the fussiness, and eventually crying. This is usually do to nasal inflammation or overproduction of mucus, which indicates a cold virus or sinus infection. A stopped-up nose can challenge your baby’s breathing and disrupt his appetite, so use these tips to help your baby breathe better.

    Extract those boogers

    Using a tool like oogiebear, gently extract the mucus from within your baby’s nose. Use the loop end of the device to pull out the sticky and slimy mucus and the scoop end for dried and crusty mucus. It removes mucus effectively and so your child breathes easier. Some children find this chore scary, so be sure to stay positive and playful.

    Insert some saline solution

    Infant saline solution will help thin out mucus so it drains from the nose naturally. You can buy this at the pharmacy or create your own out of ½ cup of warm water and a ¼ teaspoon of salt. Tilt baby’s head back and drop two or three drops into the nostrils. Hold the head back for about a minute so it has time to soak into the mucus (instead of running right out).

    You could also try a neti pot, which is a small container with a narrow spot for pouring small amounts of saline into the nostrils.

    Spend time in a steamy room

    Breathing steamy air can transfer that moisture into sinus cavities, draining the fluid and causing the lining of the nasal passage to constrict. Run your shower as hot as you can for a few minutes with the bathroom door closed, then sit inside with your baby so he can breathe in the wet air. Play with some toys so he isn’t frightened by the odd atmosphere.

    Elevate the head

    A common and simple way to get stuffy head relief is to keep the head elevated so the sinus drain. Roll a few towels and place them beneath your baby’s mattress on the side he lays his head to keep him at an angle all night.

    Avoid over the counter treatments

    The active ingredients in many medications and decongestants aren’t suitable for children under the age of four. Also, some decongestants can actually cause the symptoms they work to reduce if you overuse them. If you feel your child’s condition warrants medication, always consult your doctor first.

    Maintain the sleep schedule

    There isn’t much you can do to treat a stuffy head or cold other than manage the symptoms and wait it out. Encourage your baby to sleep through the discomfort as much as possible. Even if your child is fussy, go through your usual bedtime routine and put your baby down to sleep as you normally would.

    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.

  • 8 SIDS Prevention Tips

    SIDS Prevention TipsAs parents, we want to do everything possible to keep our children safe. SIDS is a complex issue and while everything we don’t know everything about it, we do know what types of behaviors can reduce the chance. Follow these tips to prevent SIDS.

    1. Back to Sleep

    The risk of SIDS is high when your baby sleeps on his stomach or side. These positions angle your baby’s face into the mattress, which can smother him. Every time you put your baby down to sleep, you must put him on his back. This applies to short nap times as well. Once your baby has learned to roll over on his own, don’t worry if he rolls around.

    This is the single most important thing you can do to prevent SIDS.

    2. Empty Crib

    To prevent suffocation, it’s imperative that you lay your child down in an empty crib. That means no bedding, bumpers, toys, crib rail covers, or pillows. Each of these pose a smothering risk if your child rolls his face into them.

    The only items that should be in the crib are a firm mattress with a tight fitting crib sheet and your baby. Dress and swaddle the baby properly for the temperature conditions in your home.

    3. Overheating

    Overheating may increase the chance of SIDS. Dress your infant in light, comfortable clothes that are suitable for the environment. Often this means a onesie and pajamas that cover the hands and feet. If you swaddle, wrap it snugly around baby so it can’t come loose and cover his face.

    4. No Smoking

    Babies born to women who smoked throughout their pregnancy are three times more likely to succumb to SIDS. Even after birth, second hand smoke increases the risk. Keep all smoking outside the home.

    5. Breastfeeding

    Experts don’t understand why, but breastfeeding your baby can cut the risk of SIDS in half. The leading theory is that breast milk provides immunological protection from infections that could increase the likelihood of SIDS.

    6. Pacifier

    Again, scientists don’t understand why, but there’s evidence that shows that using a pacifier prevents SIDS. Put the pacifier in your baby’s mouth when he falls asleep, but when it falls out, don’t reinsert it. Make sure to keep it clean and replace it if the nipple becomes damaged. Also, don’t force your baby to ever take the pacifier and never coat it with any substances.

    7. Sleep Alone

    Room-sharing is quite alright (and helps new parents have some peace-at-mind), but bed-sharing is definitely a no-no.

    8. Tummy Time

    Use tummy time to strengthen your infant’s neck, shoulders and core while he is awake. This way if he rolls into a vulnerable position during his sleep, he’ll have the strength to correct himself.

    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.

  • Nursery Products: What to Keep and What to Toss

    nursery items what to keep and throw awayWhen it comes to your child’s nursery, you probably have an image in your mind of the cutest, most colorful baby paradise. While this is expected, and encouraged, there are certain items that are essential to a nursery. At the same time however, there are plenty of things you’ll want to get rid of for your child’s sake. Here’s what to keep and what to toss:

    What to Keep

    Crib Mattress

    For your child’s crib mattress, you’ll want one that is firm and light. This will make your life a whole lot easier when something goes wrong in the middle of the night and you have to change the baby’s sheets. For added safety, try to find the most eco-friendly products to ensure they don’t have harmful chemicals or toxins. Personally we love naturepedic mattresses for children.

    Crib Sheet

    The sheet that you use for your baby is essential to their sleep habits. Using a natural cotton or organic sheet is important and at the same time, the sheet should never be bulky or loose where it poses a potential suffocation hazard. It should fit tightly around all sides of the mattress much like the way the Swanling Slumber Sleeper fits to the mattress thus ensuring your child has the natural fibers close and a sleep surface free of loose fabrics. Further, the Swanling Slumber Sleeper™ also acts as a mattress protector, fitted sheet, and sleep sack all in one package!

    Baby Monitor

    A baby monitor can offer peace of mind like no other product is able to do. It’s the one item that allows you to virtually be next to your child’s crib from anywhere in the entire house. A monitor not only allows you to get work and chores done throughout the day/night, but it gives you the ability to feel at ease knowing your baby is basically at the palm of your hand. Further smart phone compatible baby monitors allow parents to view the nursery on their phone at any time. Now that’s peace of mind!

    Sound Conditioner

    A sound conditioner (or white noise machine) is used to "mask" noise and create a more peaceful environment for your baby to sleep. Babies are used to a lot of noises from inside the womb, so they don't like pure silence, but loud and sudden noises can startle them awake. You'll want to keep one around so your baby gets full, uninterrupted sleep cycles.

    What to Toss

    Window Blinds

    The blinds for a window pose a huge hazard to your child when used in their nursery. As soon as your child is able to stand up in the crib or even get out on their own, blinds will have to go! The cords used to raise and lower the blinds pose a serious strangulation risk if your child were to play with them.

    Extra Crib Items

    The more junk you have in your child’s crib, the bigger risk there is of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Their crib should be firm and flat to avoid any of these risks. Tossing the stuffed animals, pillows, and overly fluffy bedding is recommended.

    Electricity

    Anything that could possibly lead to electric shock must be avoided at all costs! This means getting rid of or hiding electrical wires, covering up the outlets, and tossing any items that could potentially cause electric shocks if your child were to get into it. Never run an extension cord across baby’s room, as this could become a tripping hazard in the dark.

    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.

    Photo Credit: quinn.anya via Compfight cc

  • The Importance of Breastfeeding Baby

    The Importance of Breastfeeding BabyBreastfeeding is one of the most beautiful acts a woman can perform, as it strengthens the bond between mother and child and it provides all the necessary nutrients baby needs to develop into a healthy child. By making the choice to breastfeed, moms are securing a healthy future for baby, and a healthier future for themselves. Moms can also greatly benefit from breastfeeding baby, which adds to the lengthy list of reasons to breastfeed.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that mothers breastfeed their infants exclusively for at least the first six months. For mothers who are unable to breastfeed, there are other options they can turn to, like milk bank associations that provide moms with donated milk. Here are 10 ways that breastfeeding benefits mom and baby:

    1. Breast milk contains all of the vitamins and nutrients that your baby needs, plus it contains substances that fight and protect against diseases and infections.
    2. Children who were breastfed score higher on IQ tests.
    3. Moms who breastfeed have a reduced risk of breast cancer and Type 2 Diabetes.
    4. It can protect your child from obesity as breastfed babies have healthier eating patterns.
    5. Breastfeeding can also protect your child from developing allergies and provides a layer of protection to baby’s intestinal tract.
    6. It can help moms return to their pre-pregnancy weight quicker and easier.
    7. It does not cause upset stomach or digestive issues like baby formula can.
    8. Studies have shown that breastfeeding can lower baby’s risk of SIDS. The CDC recommends breastfeeding for as long as possible to reduce this risk.
    9. Breastfeeding can lower mom’s stress level and her risk of developing postpartum depression. Nursing releases oxytocin, which promotes relaxation and helps mom bond with baby.
    10. Breastfeeding can also lower baby’s risk of developing asthma.

    The Human Milk Banking Association of North America supports breastfeeding and the health of mom and baby by providing safe, pasteurized donor milk for babies in need. Their milk banks receive surplus milk and dispense it after the donated milk has been pasteurized and tested to make sure it’s safe for any baby. For information on becoming a donor or finding a milk bank near you, visit https://www.hmbana.org.

    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.

  • 4 Reasons Your Baby Isn’t Sleeping Well

    Reasons Your Baby Isn’t Sleeping WellSleep is a complex process. It takes time and a lot of your patience for your baby to learn how to sleep properly. Don’t fret if you notice that your baby isn’t sleeping well, just arm yourself with knowledge and guide her through it. Here are four reasons your baby might not be sleeping well.

    1. Baby needs you to fall asleep

    You’ve probably heard that it’s important to put baby down to sleep “drowsy but awake.” This is great advice during the first four months. By putting your baby down drowsy, she learns to fall asleep by herself. This starts the learning process of self-soothing.

    By four months, however, you shouldn’t be putting her down drowsy; you should be laying her down wide awake so she learns how to go from wide awake to fast asleep alone. Drowsiness is the beginnings of sleep. If you let her fall asleep in your arms, she’ll begin to need it.

    2. Baby is fed too close to sleep time

    In the beginning, it’s inevitable that your baby will fall asleep feeding at some point. Feeding is a soothing, relaxing experience that your baby enjoys, so it’s no wonder that is lulls her to sleep. As she gets older however, you want to separate the feedings from sleep time. This can cause a sleep-feeding association. When your baby wakes up in the night, she will immediately want to feed just to get back to sleep, which requires her to call to you rather than soothe herself back to sleep.

    Some people like to “top off baby’s tank” before sleep in hopes that baby will sleep longer, but that isn’t advisable past four months. Try moving your final feeding of the day to the very beginning of the bedtime routine so there’s still some time and activity before sleep comes.

    3. Baby’s sleep schedule isn’t suitable for her age

    Sleep is a biological function. It will change and adjust as your child grows like everything else. Your child’s sleep habits need to reflect her age, not some rigid schedule. A well-rested child accepts sleep more easily, which means a child who has healthy sleep during the day will also sleep better at night.

    It seems counterintuitive, but it makes sense when you think about it. If we put ourselves to sleep at the same time every day, it will be become easier to fall asleep at that time. This means that for your baby, daytime sleep is just as important as nighttime sleep, so be sure to respect it.

    4. You’re rushing in too quickly in the night

    Well-intentioned parents can inadvertently sabotage their child’s sleep by rushing into the nursery at the first sound. All babies have an occasional sleep-cry they emit during the night, and it can be quite loud. Don’t mistake this for a cry of pain or loneliness or you’ll end up waking your child up when it wasn’t unnecessary.

    Even if your child does wake up and make some noises, you should still pause a moment. Is baby in distress or is she just making her usual gurgles and chirps? If all of baby’s needs are met, give her a moment to try and put herself back to sleep.

    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.

  • Managing Separation Anxiety

    Managing Separation AnxietyBabies under six months old get by just fine without mom and dad for a night or two, but by seven or eight months, they have learned object permanence. Object permanence is the concept that things and people exist even when they are out of our sight. Baby knows you’re somewhere, so he feels stressed because you aren’t with him. If your baby fusses and struggles when you leave, here are some tips on dealing with his separation anxiety.

    1. Create a good-bye ritual.

    Create a simple ritual that you perform every time you leave for the day. Make it something memorable. You could sing a short rhyme, give hugs and kisses, and then leave. Do not return. If you return because you see or hear your child crying, you’ll just make it harder in the long run.

    2. Practice leaving.

    Games like peek-a-boo help and “Where’s Mommy?’ give your child some separation practice. Practice leaving for short periods of time by going into the other room while another caregiver watches baby. Perform your good-bye ritual and step into your bedroom for a few moments.

    3. Socialize with the sitter.

    Ideally, your regular daycare provider would be someone you interact with often, like a grandparent or close friend. You want baby to be close with this person so he doesn’t feel alone when you leave. If you’ll be putting your child in daycare, opt to spend a few hours at the facility with baby so he spends time with the care providers.

    4. Provide a consistent pattern.

    Kids thrive on predictability. If you usually drop your child off to daycare in the morning, continue this routine even on days where you don’t work as early.

    5. Offer a sense of control.

    Ask your child if he wants to play with the blocks or the coloring books when he gets to daycare. It doesn’t matter what he answers, but by choosing something, he has gained an element of control over his day and won’t feel powerless.

    6. Keep calm yourself.

    If your child sees you struggling with the separation, he isn’t going to handle it well himself. Keep your emotions in check and stay positive.

    7. Meet all of your child’s needs before leaving.

    Separations are harder when your child is hungry, sick, tired or needs a change. Solve all of these problems beforehand and leave when your baby is usually happy and alert (typically mornings).

    8. Send some favorite items.

    If the separation is taking place outside the home, pack along some favorite items that make baby comfortable.

    pacifier holderGuest Blog by Julie Tabor Thompson, Founder & President of Bounce Innovations, Inventor of PullyPalz

    As a mother of two, Julie found she was continuously retrieving dropped pacifiers, because even though they spit them out, they still want them immediately! She called it "the pacifier game," and, at times, it was difficult to play. One day, she thought, 'I wish somebody would invent a ...' A what? What could make it so babies can keep up with their pacifiers? Clips help parents keep up with pacifiers, but they don't help the baby. Babies don't understand when it's behind their shoulder or around their side. As they say, out of sight, out of mind. She started by making the first prototype in her kitchen (which included melting molding plastic, an instruction manual for her sewing machine, and YouTube videos). Several designs later, the PullyPalz were born... The first ever pacifier toy that - with the help of baby's interaction - keeps pacis coming back!

    Her goal is to offer unique products that make life and parenthood just a little easier, and ultimately more enjoyable. Compatible products (teethers and toys) will be coming to market soon. Julie also offers product development and consultation services for other aspiring entrepreneurs.

    For more information, visit www.pullypalz.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.

  • 5 Ways to Stop Kids From Getting Out of Bed

    Ways to Stop Kids From Getting Out of BedOne of the best feelings as a parent is finally getting your child to fall asleep in their own bed. However, throughout the night, they may wake up and find themselves wandering outside of the bedroom to seek comfort and safety. While it’s ok to help them out sometimes, the ultimate goal is to get your child to sleep through the night in their own bed and room. Here are some tips to encourage this good habit for them.

    Incentives

    A reward system can go a long way when it comes to children. Children love to be rewarded for their accomplishments (don’t we all), but if this gets them to sleep the night through it’s definitely worth trying.

    Let your child know that if they can get through the entire week without getting out of bed at night, they have some sort of prize coming their way. Create a chart or calendar so they can visualize their progress. After a couple weeks of this practice, your child will become accustomed to it and won’t need to be rewarded for their good behavior.

    Prevent Waking Up

    The best way to be absolutely sure that your child won’t leave their bed at night is simply by ensuring they won’t wake up! If you can manage to get your child tired enough to the point that they can sleep the whole night through, this will certainly help in keeping them in their own bed. Create a sleep routine for your kids that will both tire them out and prepare them for an entire night of rest to help make this happen.

    Compromise

    Another great way to get your child to stay in their own bed each night is to make simple compromises with them. For example, you can tell them that you will stay in the room/bed with them until they are able to fall asleep. Once they fall asleep however, they have to remain in bed until morning.  Or another option is the use of a nightlight for your child. Most all children love to see a nightlight and this allows for a reasonable compromise between parent and child.

    Making a compromise will make them feel like they can trust you and at least have your comforting presence until they fall asleep. It also gives them a sense of control over the situation since they are technically choosing to stay in bed.

    Practice

    Practice makes perfect! Even if your child ends up making their way to your room in the middle of the night, you should stand your ground. Walk them back to their own bed and stay with them until they can fall back to sleep. Eventually, your child will have to learn to do this on its own in order to learn!

    Sleep (Aid) Products

    Purchasing special products to help your child sleep through the night is another option you can try. There are many of safe, natural remedies that will produce calming effects on your child before bedtime. The Slumber Sleeper helps children stay in their beds at night because they develop a long-lasting feeling of security and don’t feel compelled to leave.  Children can sit up, stand up and move around comfortably in the Slumber Sleeper allowing them the coziness they so need to sleep for longer periods of time.

    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.

  • The Gift of Sleep For New Parents on KEYT - KCOY - KKFX News

  • Founder and Lead Consultant at The Baby Sleep Site® discusses the Slumber Sleeper™

    “As a sleep consultant, I am always on the lookout for innovative and high-quality products that I feel will help parents in their quest to improve their children’s sleep. And in my opinion, the Slumber Sleeper is one such product! It is incredibly high-quality, and is sure to last you through multiple children (making it a good investment). What’s more, I believe this product is useful in a variety of different situations. I think it is ideal for:

    -babies who have reflux, and who sleep on an angled mattress
    -babies who are rolling frequently and whose sleep is disrupted because of it
    -young toddlers who are climbing out of the crib but are too young for a toddler bed
    -older children who frequently fall out of bed or who are afraid of falling out of bed

    I think the Slumber Sleeper is a great option for families who are looking for an innovative way to help their children sleep!”

    NicoleBabySleepSite

    Nicole Johnson
    Founder and Lead Consultant at The Baby Sleep Site®
    www.babysleepsite.com

    BabySleeplogo

  • The NBC News 12 Arizona features the Slumber Sleeper™

    swanling-nbc

    The Slumber Sleeper™ was included as one of the wonderful holiday gift ideas for babies on NBC News 12 Arizona. Click here to view.

  • How to Prepare to Welcome Home a New Baby

    how to prepare for a babyBabies are exciting and wonderful, but they sure can shake our lives up! For the first few months, you’ll do nothing by eat, sleep (a little), work, and care for your new child. Before you go into this endeavor, it’s important to be prepared. Here are some ways you can prepare for your new baby.

    Prepare your other children for the new addition.

    If you have other children, you’ll need to take steps to make sure that they understand what will be happening soon. Your older children may understand what a brother or sister is on a general level, but you’ll need to explain to them how everyone’s life will change, especially during the first year. Make sure it’s clear that you won’t be favoring the new baby and that you will need their big sister or big brother “help.”

    Enlist some help for the first few weeks postpartum.

    The first month or so after birth is often the hardest on parents. Your sleep schedule is off, there’s a lot of crying that rubs your nerves, and you still aren’t sure you’re doing everything properly. Even if both parents are together, don’t be afraid to enlist some help from a family member or friend, even if you only need them to wash a load of laundry or cook dinner. You’ll be surprised how many people are willing to help.

    Learn how to install your car seat.

    A car seat is an important safety tool that you absolutely need if you plan to take your baby in a car. They need to be installed and used properly to ensure your baby is safe. Take some time before your baby is born to understand how this device works. If you aren’t sure, stop by a car seat technician in your area (usually at your local police station).

    Find a doctor that you like.

    The best time to interview doctors is before your child is born. After the birth you’ll be a lot busier than you expect and sitting down with pediatricians just won’t make your schedule. Set up a few short interviews with a few doctors in your area to get a feel about their practice. Make sure to bring up any value issues you may have.

    Understand the birthing process.

    Men and women who take the time to learn about the birthing process are more likely to be active participants, which creates better outcomes. For example, a mother who learns about the impact of diet and stress on her pregnancy is more likely to make better choices for her and her baby’s health. Learn as much as you can.

    Talk to veteran moms.

    The best source of information you have are the people in your life who have been through it all before. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You may feel like asking “How do I change a diaper?” will receive laughs, but it’s an honest question that you need answered. Don’t be afraid to ask.

    Don’t buy anything until after your baby shower.

    If you’re fortunate to have a family, wait until the gift-giving festivities have ended before you start making your own purchases. A new baby makes people especially generous. Your family may supply you with most of the things you need.

    Build a savings.

    Babies aren’t tremendously expensive, but they can put a strain on any budget that doesn’t prepare for them. Add to your monthly budget any expenses you could think of (including doctors’ co-pays, which add up) to get an idea of how much you need to budget and save for.

    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.

  • Holiday Sleep Gifts for Baby and Toddler

    All parents know the importance of giving their children a good night’s sleep. Sleep is vital for healthy child development and brain maturation in babies. Unfortunately, some infants have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep throughout the night. This results in sleep deprivation for parents.

    “Sleep is one of our most important biological needs. Just as you strive to provide your family with nourishing and healthful food, you should also make quality sleep a priority. Achieving healthy sleep is easier than you may think: Know how much sleep your child needs and insist on it on a daily basis. Take care to provide a sleeping environment that is conducive to healthy sleep - this includes a room that is dark, cool, quiet and free from distractions. Ensure that your child has a consistent pre-sleep routine that helps them to relax and unwind and also serves as a cue that sleep is forth coming. Follow these simple rules this holiday season and throughout the year to help your family get the sleep they need!” says Certified Child Sleep Consultant, Amy Lage from Well Rested Baby. 

    While sleep deprivation is a normal part of being a parent, there are products out there that can help baby sleep longer and safer. Pair these products with a good sleep routine and soon the whole family will be sleeping soundly. Here are my favorite products to give families the gift of sleep.

    1. The Slumber Sleeper™ by Swanling Innovations

    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. (For children age 3 months and up.)

    The Slumber Sleeper™

    $99.0

    www.swanling.com

    2. Marpac Dohm Sound Conditioner

    The Marpac Dohm Sound Conditioner creates the soothing sound of rushing air, also known as "white noise," which has been proven to effectively block noises at a broad range of frequencies. A uniform blanket of smooth sound masks disruptive noises. This nifty device has two speeds and integrated vibration-dampening rubber feet for improved sound quality. Get Dohm, and get some Serious Sleep.

    Marpac Dohm Sound Conditioner

    $49.99

    www.marpac.com

    3. Posh Tots Valentino Glider

    The Valentino Adult Glider adds the perfect finishing touch to the nursery. Comfortable and stylish, this glider is available in a variety of fabric options to coordinate with any decor. Glider features a removable seat cushion. The unique parallel rocking motion is similar to a porch glider and the no-sag, nine-gauge sinuous springs are closely spaced for superior comfort. Precision balanced linkage offers unrestricted rocking without the use of springs. Includes an attached 51 ball bearing swivel action. The steel tubular ring base allows for greater stability in all positions.

    Posh Tots Valentino Glider

    $638.00

    www.poshtots.com 

    4. MAM Night Glow in the Dark Pacifier

    The BPA-free MAM Night Pacifier’s glow-in-the-dark feature makes it easy to for baby and parent to find at night. Developed by leading pediatric dentists and developmental psychologists to provide maximum comfort and style for babies from birth to six months, MAM’s cutting-edge pacifiers combine technological innovation and trendsetting design to help give babies a healthy start in life.

    MAM Night Glow in the Dark Pacifier

    $5.99

    www.mambaby.com

    5. Fisher Price Soothing Motions Glider

    Fisher-Price's Soothing Motions Glider provides motion for baby in two ways: side-to-side or front-to-back. This glider is so plush and comfy, newborns will love it from the start. The deep cradle seat with newborn insert offers extra support for baby's back, sides and head. It also features 2 position recline and 2 speeds, so mom can make everything just right for baby. And with the chair's comforting motion, you can choose from 8 soothing or 8 playful songs while baby gazes at the plush toys overhead. Soft flush pad is machine washable, the toybar easily removes, and there are non-skid feet to keep it in place.

    Fisher Price Soothing Motions Glider

    $88.79

    www.diapers.com

    6. The Slumber Silkie™

    The most unique security blanket ever made. The luxurious Slumber Silkie™ will be the blanket your baby will always want, (you may want to get two.) With the Swanling® Snap-in-Place™ system this blanket will be every parent’s favorite blanket. By attaching the blanket securely at the waist of the Slumber Sleeper™ vest the blanket is kept safely away from baby’s face while sleeping. Baby will sleep safe and sound through the night with the Slumber Silkie™ always within reach and not tossed on to the floor in the middle of the night.

    The Slumber Silkie™

    $18.00

    www.swanling.com

    7. The Slumber Swan™

    The Swanling® Slumber Swan™ is the perfect baby gift for both boys and girls. The Swanling® Swan is made from the softest materials and will soon become your child’s best friend. The small and medium size swans are equipped with a gentle and soothing rattle, all of the swans have child safe eyes.

    The Slumber Swan™

    $14.00

    www.swanling.com 

    8. The Slumber Swaddle™

    The Slumber Swaddle™ is for newborns and can be used until your baby has grown out of swaddling (usually around 3 months of age.) The Slumber Swaddle™ uses our original Snap-in-Place™ system to attach securely at the waistband of the Slumber Sleeper™. The Snap-in-Place™ system ensures that the swaddle will stay in place and helps keep baby comfortably wrapped through the night.

    The wonderfully soft lightweight bamboo jersey fabric is breathable helping your infant maintain a comfortable temperature. The easy wrap and tie design takes the guesswork and frustration out of swaddling.

    The Slumber Swaddle™

    $29.00

    www.swanling.com

    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.

  • Tips for Getting a Child to Sleep in Their Own Room

    Getting a Child to Sleep in Their Own RoomThere comes a stage in almost every child’s life when they simply cannot stand to sleep in their own room by themselves. While at first you allow them to crawl into bed with you a few nights of the week, eventually you need to break this habit. Children need to learn that they can’t rely on you to comfort them every single night. Here are tips for getting your child to sleep in their own room:

    Compromise

    Early on, there will certainly be nights where you can allow your child to sleep in your room so they feel safe and comfortable. Since this routine can’t go on forever, making compromises with your child is a great way to begin the transition process.

    Tell your child that they can sleep with you for three or four days of the week at first, and then slowly make it less and less as they become accustomed to sleeping in their own bed.

    Stay Until Asleep

    One way to ensure your child feels comforted by your presence is to simply stay in their room with them until they can fall asleep on their own. Having you in the room will give them that added sense of safety, which will make it a lot easier to sleep in their own bed.

    As your child begins to transition to sleeping in their own room every night, you can wean them away by possibly reading them a bedtime story and then leaving while they’re still awake.

    Reward System

    When a child knows they have the possibility of earning some type of reward or gift, they suddenly become a lot more compliant and willing to try something new. By setting up some sort of reward system that benefits your child for sleeping in their own room through the night, this could make a huge difference.

    For example, tell them that they have a special treat or surprise waiting for them at the end of the week if they can manage to sleep in their own bed each night. After a couple weeks of this, they’ll be sleeping soundly without your help at all!

    Bedtime Routine

    Many times, your child can’t fall asleep by themselves due to the fact that they’re still too wound up and not tired enough. Creating a bedtime routine will not only get your child into a healthy habit before bed each night, but it will also prepare them physically and mentally to be ready for sleep. If you can get your kids to brush their teeth, take a bath, put on pajamas, etc. before they lie down for bed, they’ll be relaxed and tired enough to drift off to dreamland!

    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.

    Photo Credit: Amanda Truss /clash via Compfight cc

  • Top All-In-One Products for Baby, Kids, and Mom

    In general, moms are the ones who do everything around the house on a daily basis. Most moms cook, clean, get the kids to school, take care of baby, and even go to work each day. It’s a lot to handle for any one person, but moms are somehow able to do it all. Luckily for them, there are plenty of women out there who have experienced the same thing and so they’ve decided to invent products to help make things a little easier. Multi-purpose products are all the rage as they save parents’ time, money, and space at home or in the diaper bag. Here are the top 10 multi-purpose gift ideas for moms.

    1. PunkinWrap

    PunkinWrap

    PunkinWrap is the only wrap purposely designed to multi-task as a blanket, car seat cover, sunshade, changing pad, tummy time mat, and nursing cover. It was created by a mom and is completely safe for baby. The 7-in-1 baby solution can be placed over baby while nursing, over the car seat, or over the stroller to keep baby protected from the sun at all times. The wrap is lightweight and breathable so baby is always comfy. Plus, it also gives mom privacy while breastfeeding and baby privacy while sleeping. This is the perfect solution to protect baby from the elements like rain and wind, too!

    $48.00

    2.  The Minkey by Olie

    The Minkey by Olie

    The Minkey by Olie is a patented all-in-one winter garment for all babies and toddlers. It combines gloves, scarf, and hat! The Minkey is very easy to use - 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, no more lost hats and no more cold and grumpy children. The Minkey keeps your child warm and dry all winter long in just one piece.

    $19.99

    3. pello

    pello

    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. As your child grows they can continue to use pello as a comfy place to read and relax, or even play video games!

    $120.00

    4. The Slumber Sleeper™ by Swanling

    The Slumber Sleeper™ by Swanling

    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 while sleeping. 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

    5. PunkinLinks and PunkinSnaps

    PunkinLinks and PunkinSnaps

    PunkinLinks and PunkinSnaps function as a baby-safe clip to attach toys to baby gear and were designed to work with the PunkinWrap to keep it linked to virtually any baby transportation system. The links and snaps are BPA, PVC, PET, and Phthalate free so they are safe for baby to play with and even chew on as a teether. They are made in the USA and come in gift-boxed packages of 12 PunkinLinks and 4 PunkinSnaps so you can gift to any parent. There are endless uses for these nifty links and snaps; attaching a tag along toy to stroller or diaper bag, creating a chain and attaching toddler to stroller, makes a great toy to entertain baby or toddler – they love to chew on them and open and close them – and so many more uses.

    $19.00

    6. oogiebear

    oogiebear

    For parents of young children, oogiebear is the first booger removal tool that safely and gently removes both sticky and dried boogies from a child's nostrils.

    Developed by mother and Registered Pharmacist, Dr. Nina Farzin, oogiebear was developed with comfort in mind, offering two unique ends to remove mucus effectively to help children breathe easier and soothe them at a time of incredible discomfort. The oogiebear also works to safely clean baby’s ears making it two useful products in one!

    $9.50

    7. Baby Bee® Multipurpose Ointment

    Baby Bee® Multipurpose Ointment

    Mama’s got the natural touch with this multipurpose, non-irritating, petroleum-free ointment. Pediatrician-tested to be gentle enough for everyday use, it moisturizes and smoothes baby’s skin by forming an effective barrier against dryness. Calming your little love’s sensitive diaper area so both baby and mommy get the relief they so dearly need.

    $9.00

    8. 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

    9. Ultimate Bib

    Ultimate Bib

    Keep your child’s clothes clean with the only bib you will ever need. Think of all the time and money you can save if you can use just one bib that lasts all year. Milk, juice, food, and other messes can be removed by wiping and you’ll instantly have a bib that’s ready for use again! Perfect to use as a burp cloth, full body bib, art smock, apron, place mat, and more.

    $24.99

    10.  Itzbeen Pocket Nanny

    Itzbeen Pocket Nanny

    Itzbeen Pocket Nanny was designed by parents for parents. It has a host of helpful features that combine to make caring for a newborn baby a little bit easier. Use it as a reminder to nurse, a timer, a nightlight, and an alarm. The one-touch timer works great for changing, feeding, naptime and more.

    $24.99

    car seat cover nursing cover stroller shadeWritten by Laura Gravett, Inventor of PunkinWrap

    Laura, a mom of two, is the inventor of PunkinWrap, a multi-use car seat cover and baby wrap. PunkinWrap is the only wrap purposely designed to multi-task as a blanket, car seat cover, sunshade, changing pad, tummy time mat, and nursing cover.  The 7-in-one baby solution can be placed over baby while nursing, over the car seat, or over the stroller to keep baby protected from the sun at all times. The wrap is lightweight and breathable so baby is always comfy. Plus, it also gives baby privacy while sleeping and protects him from the other elements like rain and wind.

    More so, Laura is a former nanny with a degree in psychology who formerly worked at Yale University doing research. As an Atlanta native and currently residing in the best suburb of Atlanta: Roswell, Laura and her husband love their community. Laura volunteers on various committees in their city to help give back in any way she can.  Laura and her husband spent several years taking care of rescue dogs - transport, intakes, fostering, etc. and had to step away a bit once they had their first child. The Gravetts now have two children (girls ages 3 and 10 months) and three rescue dogs.

    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 Develop a Sleep Schedule for Baby

    develop a sleep schedule for babyIf you can establish a successful sleep schedule for your child, it can make your life a whole lot easier. Also, a sleep schedule will put your baby on track for a much healthier lifestyle as they grow older. Try to use the following guidelines to get started but the key to developing a sleep schedule is using the techniques that work best for you.

    (Keep in mind that there’s no need to usher your child toward a sleep schedule during the first three months. For health reasons, it’s best to allow your baby to sleep whenever he or she prefers.)

    Start Early

    If possible, try to start a sleep schedule as soon as your child is able to fulfill the guidelines you’re putting in place. Once a consistent bedtime is established, the rest of the day will fall into place a lot easier.

    Establish a Routine

    One of the best ways to signal to your child that it’s almost time to go to sleep is by initiating the established routine you have set for them. Whether this routine includes brushing their teeth, taking a bath, putting on pajamas, reading a story, or other ideas, practicing this habitual schedule will slowly get them ready for bedtime. By the time all the pre-bedtime tasks are completed, your child’s body will know it’s time for the lights to be turned off.

    Night and Day

    When a child is very young, they sometimes get their nights and days mixed up due to all the occasional naps and weird sleep schedules they develop. When it’s daytime, try to keep the house bright and active so there’s no chance of them confusing it for bedtime. Play active games and speak to baby often.

    At night, the house should be dim or dark and there shouldn’t be any noises or loud conversations. Speak soothingly and play quietly. They need to know that night is for sleeping and day is for everything else!

    Make the Sacrifice

    When you’re first starting out on establishing your child’s sleep routine, there may be times when you have to make a sacrifice of staying up very late or waking up very early. Also, try to observe their patterns throughout the first few weeks to see which times of the day and night they’re most active or docile. Once a sleep schedule is in place, make sure that vacations, long events, and outings, etc. don’t make you deviate from it at all. The smallest interference could have a big impact on a young child.

    Expect Changes

    As your baby grows, you’ll have to change and adapt the sleep schedule to meet his changing needs. Baby will need fewer naps and more daytime stimulation, but sleep longer stretches at night. Embrace these changes as a sign that your little one is growing up.

    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.

  • Creating a Bedtime Routine That Works

    creating a bedtime routineJust like you or I, a child can’t switch from moments of high activity to sleep without some transition. To help them get into sleep mode, you should create a predictable routine that you perform just before bed. The sooner you establish a bedtime routine, the happier (and healthier) your whole family will be. Over time, your child will begin to show signs of drowsiness when you begin the routine.

    The details of the routine will change a bit as your child grows, and routines vary between families, but the basics will remain. Here’s how you can set a bedtime routine.

    Pick a Time

    I’m sure you’ve noticed that if you fall asleep at ten one evening, you’re sleepy the next night at the same time. Children are the same. Their bodies adjust to the schedules they keep. Exploit this so they follow a regular pattern and fall asleep without protest.

    Keep it Routine

    Naturally, the most important part of a bedtime routine is consistency. Once you find one that works, stick to it at all costs. Once you set the path, not only do children conform to it, they eventually prefer it. The bedtime procedure should stay the same all through the week, even on weekends. If your family visits Grandma for the holidays, maintain the routine as best you can at her house.

    Provide a Transitional Object

    Separation from you can be hard on many children. It’s helpful to create a transitional object that stands as a substitute for mom or dad when it’s time to go to sleep. This helps them cope with the anxiety of your absence. This object is often a stuffed animal with a personalized name. The Slumber Swan makes for a perfect transitional object.

    Designate a Sleep Environment

    Create a space that welcomes comfort and sleep. Keep distractions out of this room if possible. Play should happen in another room so your child doesn’t subconsciously associate the bedroom with activity and energy. Most importantly, your child should sleep in this place consistently so he or she becomes used to it.

    Popular Bedtime Routine Steps

    Offer a Light Snack – If meal time was a while back, offer something with carbohydrates and protein. The carbs induce sleepiness and the protein maintains blood sugar until the next meal.

    Give a Warning – At a young age, your child won’t understand “ten minutes to bedtime,” but it helps build an association that the day is winding down. This will give them some time to mentally prepare themselves for the change.

    Play Calmly – After-dinner play shouldn’t involve a lot of movement or activity. Play calmly with toys in a seated position. Keep your voice low and the lights dim.

    Give a Warm Bath – By raising your child’s body temperature slightly, you’ll make him or her more prone to sleep. It’s also a way to play in a calm manner. Since you your child can’t crawl or move around much, they won’t excite themselves. (If your baby doesn’t enjoy baths or gets too excited during them, leave this off your routine.)

    Ritual Grooming – Go through the typical end-of-day tasks that anyone else would: brushing teeth and gums, washing hands and face, change of diaper/use potty, etc.

    Dress for Bed – Choose non-binding, comfortable clothes. Let your child choose so they feel a sense of “ownership” over the process.

    Read a Storybook – Stories are the perfect activity just before bedtime because everyone is still, sitting comfortably in bed, and your voice will lull your child to sleep.

    Say Goodnight Briefly – Say goodnight, tell your child you love him or her and then exit the room. Don’t rush back in at the first noise (unless of course you believe you hear distress).

    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.

  • 4 Baby Sleep Myths

    baby sleep mythsBaby sleep is a complicated issue. During your first months of parenthood, it could be the single largest obstacle in your life. You may look to your pediatrician for answers, query your friends and family, poke at Google and even hire a certified child sleep consultant. Unfortunately, you’re bound to find some common misinformation. Here are some baby sleep myths you’re sure to come across.

    1. You need to be quiet around a sleeping baby.

    It’s true that babies tend to be lighter sleepers than adults, but there’s no need to whisper in your own home in fear that your child will wake up. When your baby was in the womb, she was exposed to lots of noises and sounds, from the outside world and even inside your body. (Imagine what a hungry tummy sounds like on the inside!).

    Many of these noises are actually soothing to your child at this point. Some babies even resist sleeping in pure silence. You might be tempted to use a white noise machine. These devices are fine, just be careful your child doesn’t become too accustomed to the machine (or to silence). It’s best your child becomes used to typical house noises.

    2. Adding rice cereal to your baby’s bottle will help her sleep longer.

    At some point, someone will suggest this to you and it will seem odd right away. Nevertheless, this myth has persisted. The supposed logic is that your baby won’t wake up and cry out at night because she won’t be hungry. It seems like it could be true, but there’s no evidence to support this claim. Babies who eat rice cereal before bed don’t sleep any longer.

    Furthermore, feeding rice cereal to a baby under four months old isn’t safe. Their gastrointestinal systems haven’t developed enough to process it.

    3. Start sleep training right away.

    Parents would do well to accept their child’s erratic sleep schedule during the early months. It’s easier to adjust our schedules than force to the baby on to a schedule at this point. A circadian rhythm develops over time and takes effect near the third or fourth month. Forcing your baby to stay awake just so she’ll sleep when you prefer can have serious developmental effects.

    4. You must respond to your baby right away at night.

    Well-intentioned parents often rush into the nursery at the slightest whimper over the baby monitor. If your baby makes some sleep noises, or even wakes up a bit and gurgles for a few minutes, don’t charge into the room and slather on the attention. Give your child a few minutes to put herself back to sleep. If you don’t give her the opportunity to learn how to self-soothe, she surely never will.

    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.

  • The Dangers of Side Sleeping – Baby Sleep Safety

    dangers of side sleepingAs we know, it’s imperative that babies sleep on their backs to reduce the likelihood of SIDS. Years of research has shown that it’s best for a baby to sleep on his back in a crib without pillows, blankets, toys or bumpers, as all of these can be suffocation hazards. (This goes for naps too!)

    Around four months, however, babies have developed enough strength and control to roll on to their sides. This is a concern for many parents. A baby sleeping on his side runs an equal risk of succumbing to SIDS as he would sleeping on his stomach, but he hasn’t grown out of the age where SIDS is a concern.

    Some parents try to pull their child’s arm outwards and perpendicular to their body to act as a stabilizer. This way, if they roll a bit, they physically stop themselves from rolling too far. But this isn’t really a solution. By this age, babies have plenty of control over their arms.

    When we were at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference, many doctors reported that one of the most frequent questions they received from parents was what to do when their children roll on to their sides or stomachs during the night, but aren’t able to roll back. The doctors admitted that they didn’t have an answer for this as they don’t want parents going in repeatedly during the night to turn the child back.

    Several doctors pointed out to us that they felt the Slumber Sleeper held a distinct advantage over other baby products in this regard. You see, the Slumber Sleeper has what one might call a self-regulating quality that prevents babies in the five month range (the window when rolling starts but SIDS risks remain) from moving themselves into an unsafe position.

    We don’t want to constrain our children. Some movement is necessary for healthy sleep. As Dr. Sears says, “freedom of breathing implies freedom to adjust body position as needed.” The Slumber Sleeper is not a rigid positioner, but it provides just the right amount of resistance to keep children of this particular age still.

    Yes, in the short term, your five-month-old child will find the resistance of the Slumber Sleeper frustrating, but that is far better than gambling against SIDS. Until you pass the 6 month threshold, safety is far more important than comfort. Furthermore, like we were told at the conference, this is a big issue that parents are concerned about, so it needed addressing.

    In the long term, however, your child will age out of this window and the risk of SIDS will reduce dramatically. Within a very short period, your child will have the strength and dexterity to turn forward and backward within the Slumber Sleeper and can sleep as they wish. This is the point at which children look forward to the routine they have in the Slumber Sleeper and bedtime becomes even more enjoyable for the child. With their new found strength they can now move around as they wish while still staying centered in the crib. Magic!

    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.

  • Three Ways to Teach Baby to Self-Soothe

    teach baby to self-sootheIt’s no secret – keeping a baby happy and comfortable at all times is not always easy and the only way a baby lets us know something is wrong is by crying. Babies will cry for various reasons, but figuring out exactly what that reason may be is the difficult part. When the crying starts, you will need to know how to soothe your child as best as you can, but it’s also important to allow your baby to learn self-soothing skills. Here are three ways you can teach your baby to self-soothe.

    1. Create a Soothing Routine

    While you may not be able to directly teach your child to soothe itself at first, you can set the proper environment to allow them to learn as they go. This all starts with a habitual bedtime routine or as what child sleep consultants like to call a “soothing routine.” With a routine, your child will become accustomed to it as they begin to grow and develop.

    An important factor in creating a soothing routine is to choose a single bedtime each night to set your baby’s internal clock which they will get used to.  Also, the preparation for bed should include a couple consistent activities as well, which can include things like taking a warm bath, dimming the lights, and cuddling a little.

    As you begin to go through the bedtime soothing routine, baby’s body will begin to respond and become drowsy. If you’re consistent, you’ll find your child start to fall asleep as you begin.

    2. Drift Away

    While your child may not be able to fall asleep at night without the comfort of your arms around them, you need to keep your main goal in mind:  teaching your child to self-soothe. However, with the help and soothing properties of the Slumber Sleeper, your child gets the advantage of feeling like they are being held while at the same time learning to sleep independently. Children need to know that you aren’t going to be able to stay right by their side at all hours of the night and by giving them the soothing comfort of the Slumber Sleeper, they do fall asleep quicker and sleep for longer periods of time. Parents no longer need to play the distance game to help with separation as the child goes to bed already feeling secure and held. Children happily fall asleep on their own paving the way to a healthier and more independent sleep training.

    Wherever possible, avoid letting your child fall asleep in your arms. Look for “sleepy cues” to know when baby is tired in order to place him or her in the crib to fall asleep alone. You do not want to wait until baby is overtired.  Some sleepy cues are:

    • rubbing eyes,
    • slight quieting,
    • rooting or wanting to nurse,
    • asking for a bottle, pacifier or lovey,
    • gazing off,
    • decreased activity,
    • sucking is weaker or slower,
    • quieter,
    • disinterested in surroundings,
    • eyes less focused,
    • yawning,
    • less movement of arms and legs,
    • droopy eyelids,
    • thumb sucking, and
    • pulling ears.

    If baby cries after you place them in the crib, use shushing sounds to soothe baby and leave the room to help them learn to self-soothe. The Baby Sleep Whisperer displays this well in this video helping baby sleep in her own crib. This will prevent your child from becoming conditioned to fall asleep only in your arms.

    3. Swaddle and Then Wean from the Swaddle

    Swaddling in the “hands over heart” position is the natural position baby is used to while in the womb. In this position, baby can use their hands and fingers to self-sooth and settle themselves down. Further, the fetal tuck position is soothing to the child as its is the natural position of infants and helps your baby to thrive and grow strong. The Slumber Swaddle is one of the few swaddle blankets on the market that not only offers the hands to heart placement, but it further allows self soothing or finger sucking if needed. Being able to use a swaddle blanket that gives your child these soothing qualities is not only fundamental but it gives parents peace of mind and sleep as well.

    When baby begins to roll, it’s no longer safe to swaddle. Some parents dread the transition, but weaning baby from swaddling is a big part of self-soothing since baby is able to move freely, interact with their surroundings, and have their hands free to move around. To help baby transition out of swaddling, use the Slumber Sleeper™ sleep system to continue to provide safety, security and comfort for baby, further it allows for arms-free, safe sleep for children.

    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.

  • How to Create the Perfect Nursery for Baby

    creating the perfect nurseryBuilding a space for your baby to live and sleep is an important part of a pregnancy. It’s called “nesting,” when a mom needs to prepare her home for the new arrival. Before you jump in and start making purchases at your local baby boutique, use these tips to build the perfect nursery.

    1. Choose eco-friendly products.

    I can’t imagine a better place to use safe and healthy products than your newborn’s room. Products made from toxic materials can be especially dangerous to immature immune systems, so I always prefer to fill the room with non-toxic furniture and safe baby bedding and toys.

    2. Know the space you’re working with.

    This might be silly advice, but I’ve seen a lot of people buy expensive furniture for their baby’s room only to find out that it doesn’t fit in the space. Make sure to measure everything about the room before you make your purchases. Measure more than just the length and width of the room. Measure the height from the floor to the windows, the space between windows, and the width and height of the windows themselves.

    Also take note of the outlets in the room so you can place furniture near one; you don’t want extension cords running across the room. Bring your measurements with you to the store.

    3. Plan ahead.

    The worst thing you can do is buy too many things you don’t need, and then run out of space or money for the things you do need. Plan out the room and think critically about each item. For example, the crib is an expensive purchase. Will you be having more children? If so, go with a neutral color that will work for both a boy and a girl. Will you be moving soon? If so, maybe that ornate, heavy furniture is a bad idea.

    You’ll also want to consider what you already have in the room so you can buy pieces that match that theme.

    4. Choose adaptable décor.

    If your nursery will grow with your child, you’ll want to incorporate décor into the room that can grow as well. I don’t recommend painting intricate drawings on the wall unless you’ll be willing to paint over them one day. Your teenager probably won’t appreciate your cowboy theme. I like those colorful wall decals because they can be removed at will.

    5. Paint well before baby is due.

    Paint is one of the most toxic chemicals found in a room. If your house was built in the 70s, you’ll want to have the paint tested for lead. If lead is found, it needs to be stripped by professionals to make sure all traces are removed. Whenever you repaint, you’ll want to do it at least a few weeks before baby is due to sleep in the room so it has time to air out.

    6. Choose your key pieces first.

    Moms and dads often choose their colors before their furniture, but this is actually a mistake. A whole spectrum of colors are available, but your choices of furniture are limited. Pick out your crib, rocking chair, changing table and dresser before you choose paint, wall paper, or decorations.

    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.

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  • Nursery DIY: Ideas for Decorating Baby’s Room

    When it comes to your baby’s room, you want to make it as nurturing and comfortable as possible. Your baby is going to spend a lot of time sleeping in the room during the first few months, so it’s important to make sure this room is a loving environment. Here are some do-it-yourself projects that you might enjoy to put your personal touch on the room.

    1. Chalkboard Dresser (Elledesign.ca)

    DIY projects for baby nursery

    Use chalkboard paint to cover any surface of the dresser (or any piece of furniture, really) that you like. Not only does this give your child another place to safely doodle and be creative, but it gives you a great way to keep the room organized.

    2. Yarn-Wrapped Letters (RepeatCrafterMe.com)

    DIY projects for baby nursery

    The ABCs are a staple of childhood. They’re usually one of the first songs and lessons a child learns. Plus, it’s good to familiarize your child with writing later on so they readily accept reading lessons. Simply pick up some wooden letters from your local craft store and wrap them with colored yarn to give them a softer appeal.

    3. Crayon Monogram (ChicCheapNursery.com)

    DIY projects for baby nursery

    This is a fun way to really personalize your baby’s room. All you have to do is print out a letter in a font you enjoy on a piece of paper. Arrange the crayons over the letter and cut them with a knife to the proper fit, then glue them to the paper. Frame and hang.

    4. Story Book Wall Art (HoneyWe’reHome.com)

    DIY projects for baby nursery

    This is a super simple project. First, find several pages in a storybook that have some meaning. These are usually the end pages that offer a moral or lesson. (I Love You More is a great book because each page states something the narrator loves. Goodnight Moon is a good one too.) Slice the page out of the book and center within a frame. Secure the page with tape.

    5. Growth Chart (ICanFindtheTime.com)

    DIY projects for baby nursery

    Most families record a child’s growth (by height) somewhere in the home, usually in a doorway. Using a long piece of wood and some wooden letters, decorate something a little more special. Figure out how you’re going to hang it before you add the height marks. You’ll want the bottom of the chart to start around three feet.

    6. Geometric Wall Art (Curbly.com)

    DIY projects for baby nursery

    I like this because it doesn’t take a lot of artistic talent, but it looks like it does. Use it to add some color to a room, break up large walls, and give baby something fun to look at. You’ll need wooden circles, paint, a few dowels, and tape (to make straight lines while painting).

    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.

  • Your Baby’s Sleep Development

    baby sleep development guideDuring the first year of your baby’s life, you’ll be privileged to witness a myriad of changes and developmental achievements. You’ll witness his sleep schedule change to meet the demands of his growing body. Here’s a summary of your baby’s sleep development by age and what to expect.

    Birth to Three Months

    During this period your baby will sleep a lot, up to 18 hours per day. However, he’ll only sleep for three or four hours at a time in between feedings. Tame the sleepless nights using a safe swaddle for baby.

    Your baby’s sleep cycle is far shorter than ours, including more time in the easily-disturbed phases. This type of rest is critical for proper brain development.

    You can help your baby sleep during this time by recognizing when he’s tired. After two hours of wakefulness, he’ll need sleep. Don’t let him become overtired or he’ll struggle to slumber. Learn the sleepy cues: he’s sleepy if he rubs his eyes, swats at his ears, whines at the slightest stimuli, becomes quiet and still, yawns a lot, or loses interest in people and toys. He’ll also probably push his face into your chest or skin to block out stimulations.

    You can help him begin to recognize day time versus night time by being especially active during the day (socializing, playing, talking, keeping the house bright) and relaxed and calm in the evenings.

    Three Months to Six Months

    At this point your baby will still sleep 15 hours per day, but a long stretch of that will take place at night. The rest is likely divided amongst a few daytime napes. By six months he should be capable of sleeping throughout the night without interruption (even without a feeding).

    Make sure to set clearly established bedtimes and naptimes. Earlier, determining when to sleep was as simple was watching for the signs. Now you have to take a bit of control. He’ll need consistency to regulate his sleep patterns.

    You should also be developing a bedtime routine that you’ll follow each evening. Some popular bedtime routine activities include a quiet game, a warm bath, a bedtime story, lullaby, and a gentle massage. Using a product like the Slumber Sleeper™ - a 4-in-1 mattress protector, flat sheet, fitted sheet, and sleep sack - every night will allow baby that consistency and familiarity they associate with sleep time. Use whatever routine works for you, but stay consistent.

    Six to Nine Months

    By this time your baby should be sleeping up to seven to 11 hours per night. He’s probably waking briefly during the night, but he has learned how to soothe himself back to sleep. That’s a great sign!

    Continue to keep consistent times with the morning and afternoon naps. Continue to follow your bedtime routine. It’s important at this point to introduce as much stability as you can into your baby’s schedule. That includes lunches, snacks, and bouts of activity during the day. Regular activities will help your baby fall asleep more easily when it’s time.

    At this age, your baby might be waking up at night due to the teething or separation anxiety. He may also wake up and begin experimenting with his new skills: siting up, rolling over, and crawling. After a bit of movement, he might find it tough to settle back down. If he calls for you, pause before rushing into the room. He may figure out how to fall asleep himself.

    Nine to Twelve Months

    Sleep is still crucial to his development. At this point your baby is still sleeping 10 to 11 hours at night with two shorter naps during the day. Maintain his consistent daytime and bedtime schedules. He should be well in sync by now.

    You may hear your baby standing up in the crib, cruising back and forth and even shouting for you at night. He’s begun to become aware that you still exist when you aren’t around, and the separation makes him anxious. It’s up to you if you go into the room at night, but remember to give him plenty of opportunities to fall asleep on his own. With the Slumber Sleeper™, baby is more likely to go back to sleep alone sooner and parents have peace of mind that baby is safe in crib.

    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 Methods to Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night

    baby sleep through the nightSleep doesn’t come naturally to babies. Their little bodies and minds are still adjusting to the world; working out the kinks and struggling to process everything. You’ll want your baby to sleep for long stretches so you can get some rest yourself, but this can be challenging. Here are some methods that might help your baby sleep through the night.

    1. Wrap her in a swaddle.

    During the first four months, you shouldn’t worry about sleep training. A newborn is going to sleep and eat on her own schedule. You can cause the least disruption in everyone’s life by letting her sleep when she prefers. This gives her time to learn how to sleep in our world before you require a schedule. Before four months, however, you can use the swaddle to help her rest.

    In the womb, your baby could always feel her edges. Her skin was constantly stimulated and she always knew the entirety of her world. Everything was small and safe.

    Out with the rest of us, however, the world is open and scary. Your baby struggles to cope with the onslaught of new sensations and feelings. By wrapping her in a swaddle, you return her to that comforting place where she has spent most of her life.

    A swaddle also keeps her body still so her natural startle reflex doesn’t wake her up throughout the night, and keeps her on her back to prevent SIDS. Once baby begins to roll, usually around 4 months, this is the time to stop swaddling baby and move on to the next tips.

    2. Create a bedtime routine.

    You’ll want to create a soothing nightly routine for you and your child to enact each evening. Once you establish your routine, try not to sway from it. As you condition your baby to recognize the routine, she’ll begin to feel drowsy as soon as you start.

    Pick a few activities you can perform every night no matter where you are. For example, start with a warm, relaxing bath, then a calm story (try not to read with too much animation or movement), and then off to bed. Make sure baby’s tummy is full and the lights are dim so she’s inclined to sleep.

    3. Put on some white noise.

    It’s a myth that babies need silence to sleep. When your baby was inside her mom’s womb, she was constantly exposed to sounds, from without and within. There was actually very little silence.

    Babies are comforted by a bit of noise. A white noise machine is worth the cost; it creates a gentle sound that takes your baby back to her days in the womb. A great white noise machine to look into purchasing is the Marpac Dohm. Make sure the white noise machine is not too close to baby’s ears however to ensure hearing safety. If you don’t have a white noise machine, a simple solution is to use a fan to create just enough noise, but be sure to point it away from baby’s sleeping space. Bonus: the fan helps to regulate baby’s temperature to prevent overheating (risk factor of SIDS).

    4. Lay baby down drowsy, but not asleep.

    One of the toughest lessons a baby has to learn is called “self-soothing.” Self-soothing is when your baby can comfortably put herself back to sleep without your presence. This is an extremely important skill that will help her sleep throughout the night, wake up less often, and bother mom and dad less.

    You can help teach self-soothing by laying your baby down when she’s drowsy, but not asleep. This teaches her how to transition into sleep by herself in the crib, without a parent’s arms. If your baby constantly falls asleep in your lap or beside you, she’ll become dependent on that arrangement.

    Bonus tip: swaddle baby using the hands over heart position; this way baby is in a natural womb position and can settle down using their own fingers and hands.

    5. Wait before coming to the rescue.

    Just because you’re hearing noises through the baby monitor doesn’t mean you have to rush to the crib. Your little one may wake during the night and begin making her normal, everyday gurgles and spurts. Learn to recognize the different sounds she makes. If she isn’t upset or in need of something (a change, a feeding, etc.), don’t feel pressured to run into the room. Give her some time to put herself back to sleep.

    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.

  • Child Sleep Consultant discusses the benefits of the Slumber Sleeper™

    As a child sleep consultant, I am always looking for innovative ideas for my clients, which is why I was so excited to be introduced to “The Slumber Sleeper™!” After receiving the package containing the crib sized sheet, the Slumber Sleeper,™ swaddle and a small “silkie,” I immediately called one of my past clients to come over so that I could see how her baby reacted to it. My findings were all positive, he appeared comfortable and correctly positioned, snug and cozy. He was too old for the arm swaddle but kept reaching down for his “silkie” which is cleverly snapped to the sheet in order to avoid harm.

    During the time that I was exploring the use of the Slumber Sleeper™, I was approached by a client that hired me to help her toddler transition into a toddler bed. The family found the sheet very useful during the sleep training process. The child was able to stay in her bed and move about easily. When she wanted to get out of her crib, the sheet acted as a reminder to remain in bed until Mom or Dad came and got her. By the end of our time together, the little girl showed excitement each night before bed because she very much liked the secure feeling that the Slumber Sleeper™ provides.

    In addition to overall continuous use of the sheet, (for a child over 3 months) here are some scenarios that I feel the Slumber Sleeper™ would work really well in:

    When your toddler begins to climb out of their crib but they are not ready for a toddler bed yet:

    • In this case, for safety reasons, the sheet would prevent the child from climbing out of their crib. Before being introduced to this product, I recommended that parents put their toddlers in a sleep sac during this phase. I find the Slumber Sleeper™ to be a better resource in this situation.

    When your infant begins to roll and you have to go in their room in order to roll them back over:

    • Although the Slumber Sleeper™ provides the ability for a child to have range of motion; it would be a great tool to use in this scenario in order to eliminate the young infant from constantly rolling over in their sleep. Remember, when this milestone hits, give your plenty of opportunity during the day in order to practice their new skill!

    When a child continues to wiggle out of their swaddle during sleep, however, their startle reflexes are waking them when they are not swaddled.

    • Many babies will wake throughout their sleep cycles due to their “startle reflex.” As the child gets older, this goes away because both their brain and muscle strength begin to mature. This product provides a swaddle for the child’s arms which is also snapped into place on the Slumber Sleeper™. The sheet, as well as the arm swaddle, is a great tool to help keep your child asleep when they are going through this stage.

    My favorite features of the Slumber Sleeper™ are the positioning of the child, the “silkie” feature and the cozy, secure environment that it provides. A child in the Slumber Sleeper™ will be able to sleep in both a comfortable and safe position. Young infants will sleep on their back and in the center of the crib which coincides with pediatric guidelines but also gives them room to move and wiggle while they sleep which is important for their muscular development.

    I like the idea of being able to introduce a lovey or a “silkie” earlier than one year. With this product, the item is securely attached to the sheet. Many children take to a lovey and find them very comforting; I have found them to be an essential tool during a sleep training process.

    Many of my clients have asked for me to recommend a “weighted blanket” for their child. In my opinion this product could work in those situations because the sheet provides such a secure feeling, which helps calm children while they sleep. I often have clients report that their child needs to have Mom or Dads hand on them in order to fall asleep, this product could essentially provide that same type of comfort as well.

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    Diana Julian, owner of Big Sky Lullaby is a certified Child sleep DianaandOwenconsultant. She earned a bachelor's degree in social services and developmental psychology from Arizona State university and received her sleep consultant certification through the family sleep institute. Diana is very passionate about the work that she does and is committed to helping families find the rest they deserve! For more information on her and her services visit bigskylullaby.com!

     

     

  • Teaching our children well.

    As parents we wear many hats and play many roles for our children. One role is that of being teacher. A tough role, as we are so attached to the outcome. We want our children to succeed so badly we often go above and beyond teaching to, storming ahead and doing it for them or showing them how to do it rather than helping them think it through for themselves. Unfortunately, no teaching, or learning for that matter, gets done in that scenario.

    Rudolf Steiner, the creator of the Waldorf School offers a wonderful insight into how educators (and parents) can most effectively “teach” children.

    “our task as educators to remove bodily and psychical obstacles out of his way; to remove hindrances so that his spirit may enter in full freedom into life.”

    What a wonderful concept to embrace when we are faced with the dilemma of trying to “help” our child learn something. Maybe the best way to “help” them is to identify what is it that is blocking there path to leaning, is it time, mode, media, me? As adults we can use our more mature vision to see the big picture around our child’s learning experience and identify how we can adjust it to best suit our child’s learning process, rather than trying to change the child to accommodate the big picture.

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  • 20 Fall Family Adventures To Do This Weekend

    Fall is here. The crisp weather is upon us; pumpkins are in season; fresh apple cider is being pressed. Kids of all ages love going outside and playing.

    It's the opportunity to continue enjoying life together as a family.
    Here are some of our top ideas for this weekend to enjoy fall.
    1. Pick apples at an apple orchard
    2. Go to the park
    3. Ride bikes
    4. Go to the zoo
    5. Go see the colors on the leaves change
    6. Carve pumpkins
    7. Pick pumpkins at a pumpkin patch
    8. Go watch a football or soccer game
    9. Make s'mores
    10. Go camping (even if it's in your backyard)
    11. Play a game outside
    12. Make pictures from the clouds
    13. Have a photo shoot with your kids using your smartphone and dress in your favorite outdoor attire
    14. Horseback riding
    15. Hiking
    16. Go on a restaurant adventure stopping to eat something different at every stop (especially great for food trucks)
    17. Eat fresh made donuts on a crisp evening
    18. Go to the local fairs and festivals
    19. People watch
    20. Have a bonfire with the family and friends

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