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  • Developmental Milestones and Sleep. From guest blogger Sleep Expert Dana Obleman

    You were just about to sit back and congratulate yourself on how well your baby has been sleeping. Perhaps you’ve had several months now of peaceful evenings, and full-night sleeps, and then out of nowhere your little one put up a fuss at bedtime last night!
    The first thing to think about when you experience a night or two of regression is developmental milestones. Has your baby learned anything new lately? Some popular sleep stoppers are learning to roll, learning to sit up, and learning to crawl, stand up, or walk.
    When the body is learning to master a new skill, it’s compelled to keep trying.  Even when your child is exhausted, even when it’s frustrating him to no end, he just keeps doing it! I can remember going into my son’s room to find him rubbing his eyes madly and sitting up in his crib. I must have gone in there five times a night for at least a week, and would wonder why, oh why, did he continue to do it, when it was clearly making him mad, tired, and frustrated.
    The truth is that 9 times out of 10 a developmental milestone is going to derail sleep for at least a week, and often two. Here are some tips to get you through it without disrupting all of your hard work thus far.

    • Help out. If your baby can roll one way and not the other, then she will need some help getting re-positioned. It’s not fair to leave a child standing that truly cannot figure out how to get herself back down again.
    • Don’t make it too rewarding. You will have to go in and help, but when you do, make it as businesslike as possible. So no games of tickle or long chats. Just walk in, lay your baby down, and leave. This will prevent any “game playing” from developing around this issue.
    • Practice during the day. Help your little one up and down several times throughout the day to help encourage mastery of the skill.
    • Know when to stop. Once you have seen your child successfully roll both ways, or get himself down all on his own, then you may need to put a stop to your visits at bedtime or through the night.
    • The Slumber Sleeper™ can be a useful tool to help curb some of the developmental milestones from derailing sleep progress.

     

    About Dana Obleman

    Sleep Sense Founder Dana Obleman Sleep expert Dana Obleman.

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

  • Another Mommy Blogger reviews the Slumber Sleeper™.

    "The Swanling Slumber Sleeper™ is a great way to keep a child swaddled and kept in place in the middle of their crib to help reduce the risk of SIDS.  Just imagine a swaddle sack, crib sheet and waterproof mattress pad in one which is creating a safe environment for baby.  We have been reviewing the Slumber Sleeper set for about a week and my 6 month old daughter Madison is sleeping so soundly in the crib, it’s amazing.  It’s made out of a soft, cotton spandex blend (96% cotton, 4% spandex and is also available in 100% organic cotton fabrics that are breathable.  The breathable cotton is important to help keep your child’s temperature regulated.  Since I have 3 little ones at home I like things to be simple and the Slumber sleeper is so simple to use, keeps my daughter happy and is machine washable, does it get any easier?  This slumber sleeper is a waterproof mattress pad, a fitted sheet and a sleep slack in one that any baby is sure to love and feel comfortable in.  Once your child is a bit older maybe after 4 months you can securely place them in the slumber sleeper without using the swaddle attachment.  It’s available in crib size or twin size so once baby is no longer in the crib they can still feel safe and secure.  The slumber sleeper allows children to move freely and allows them to sleep on their stomachs, on their side or however they feel the most comfortable.  For babies they're held safely secured in one place keeping them positioned on their back with ample room for their legs and arms to move.  This Slumber Sleeper fits my daughter perfectly and while awake she was able to kick her feet and stretch out.  This would make such a fun and unique baby shower gift to any expecting set of parents.  Since this product keeps baby in place you won’t have to worry about placing unsafe crib bumpers in babies crib and that’s one less thing you have to worry about.  I definitely sleep much more at ease knowing my daughter is safe, secured and warm in her Swanling slumber sleeper.  The Slumber sleeper is available for just $129, which is a huge savings since it’s 3 products in 1.  If you were to buy the products separately a mattress protector, crib sheet and swaddle it would be much more.  I am so thankful I found this product for my daughter we will be getting plenty of use out of it."

    Brittany Shaw from addictedtosavingsforyou.com

    Happy Baby in the Slumber Sheet. Happy Baby in the Slumber Sleeper™.
  • Slumber Sleeper™ Review from an Amazon.com customer.

    "We don't leave ratings all too often however this product was awesome. The quality of the product was exemplary as the material is extremely soft and the manufacturing is wonderful. The design worked great and our little Oliver sleeps better than ever without any fear of him rolling onto his belly.
    It's quite easy to get him into the sheet and it fit perfectly on the crib mattress.
    Great design and great quality!"

    T.P. North Carolina
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  • Dr. Johannes Ramirez, M.D. discusses the Slumber Sleeper™.

    Dr. Johannes Ramirez, M.D. doctor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, discusses the benefits of the Slumber Sleeper™, and how it facilitates a safe sleep environment.

  • Swaddling even more effective with the Slumber Sleeper™.

    Dr. Marcus Elliot, MD, discusses swaddling and the peace of mind he enjoys with the Slumber Swaddle.

  • Swanling Innovations Inc. enters contest for FedEx small business grant. Please Vote!

  • The Slumber Swaddle is the perfect hip-healthy swaddle solution.

    The recent controversy regarding the safety of swaddling and new recommendations on the best ways to swaddle have left many parents confused, concerned and sleep deprived.

    A new study in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood warns against swaddling the wrong way, because it can cause hip dysplasia. Study author Nicholas Clarke, a consultant orthopedic surgeon at the Southampton University hospital in the U.K., writes:

    “Safe swaddling’ with appropriate devices should be promoted because it is recognized that traditional swaddling is a risk factor for DDH [developmental dysplasia of the hip]. In order to allow for healthy hip development, legs should be able to bend up and out at the hips. This position allows for natural development of the hip joints. The babies’ legs should not be tightly wrapped in extension and pressed together. Commercial products for swaddling should have a loose pouch or sack for the babies’ legs and feet, allowing plenty of hip movement and hip flexion and abduction.”

    This is all well and good until you watch the swaddle examples given in the video put out by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. Any parent knows that any swaddle wrapped that way totally defeats the purpose and your child will be break free and be wide awake in no time.

    For this reason the Slumber Swaddle® used in conjunction with the Slumber Sleeper™ is an ideal hip healthy solution. The Slumber Sleeper™ gives your baby full range of motion for their hips and legs while also keeping baby safely centered in their crib and facilitating back sleeping. While the Slumber Swaddle™ keeps your babies arms snuggly tucked in reducing sporadic waking due to startle reflex, it is easy to use and keeps baby safely swaddled and sleeping longer.

    The beauty of the Slumber Sleeper™ is that it can continue to be used even after the baby no longer needs to be swaddled and makes that transition smoother for both babies and parents.

     “Our goal has been to create products that will truly make a difference in parents’ lives. We are strong believers that a well-rested family is a happy family. And what could be more important than that? The Slumber Swaddle™ was designed to allow parents to use the Slumber Sleeper™ sooner and give parents peace of mind, knowing they are doing the very best for their baby.” shares Joanna von Yurt, the mommy behind the Slumber Sleeper™ and Slumber Swaddle designs.

  • "As a physician, the Slumber Sleeper™ makes sense to me." Dr. Marcus Elliot. MD, father of 3.

    Harvard doctor, expert in the field of physical performance and father of three discusses the Slumber Sleeper™.

  • The versatility of the Slumber Sleeper™ in action.

    The innovative design of the Slumber Sleeper™ will make it the most important product you purchase for your child's first three years.

  • "The next best thing to mummy's cuddle."

  • "The slumber sheet saved us."

    "The slumber sleet has literally saved us.  My baby was waking up every 45 minutes to an hour all night long and he slept in bed with us.  With a combination and light sleep training I was able to transition him to a crib and take his night wakings down to twice.  Jad adjusted very easily to being zipped up in the sheet and is able to self soothe very easily now."

    Samantha R.

    Click here to read Samantha's full Slumber Sheet story on her blog.

    The Slumber Sheet saved us.

  • The Slumber Swaddle™ gives parents an easy to use and safe swaddling solution.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACT:  Julie Tomlinson; julie@swanling.com

     Santa Barbara, CA (Nov. 13, 2013) – Swanling Innovations Inc. delivers a safe swaddle solution with the Slumber Swaddle™ used in conjunction with the Slumber Sheet®.

    The recent controversy regarding the safety of swaddling and new recommendations on the best ways to swaddle have left many parents confused, concerned and sleep deprived.

    A new study in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood warns against swaddling the wrong way, because it can cause hip dysplasia. Study author Nicholas Clarke, a consultant orthopedic surgeon at the Southampton University hospital in the U.K., writes:

    “Safe swaddling’ with appropriate devices should be promoted because it is recognized that traditional swaddling is a risk factor for DDH [developmental dysplasia of the hip]. In order to allow for healthy hip development, legs should be able to bend up and out at the hips. This position allows for natural development of the hip joints. The babies’ legs should not be tightly wrapped in extension and pressed together. Commercial products for swaddling should have a loose pouch or sack for the babies’ legs and feet, allowing plenty of hip movement and hip flexion and abduction.”
    The Slumber Swaddle® used in conjunction with the Slumber Sheet® gives children full range of motion for their hips and legs while also keeping baby safely centered in their crib and facilitating back sleeping. The Slumber Swaddle™ is easy to use and keeps baby safely swaddled and sleeping longer.

    The magic of the Slumber Sheet® is that it can continue to be used even after the baby no longer needs to be swaddled and makes that transition smoother for both babies and parents.

    “Our goal has been to create products that will truly make a difference in parents’ lives. We are strong believers that a well-rested family is a happy family. And what could be more important than that? The Slumber Swaddle™ was designed to allow parents to use the Slumber Sheet® sooner and give parents peace of mind, knowing they are doing the very best for their baby.” shares Joanna von Yurt, the mommy behind the Slumber Sheet®.

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    ABOUT Swanling Innovations Inc.
    Swanling Innovations is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products of only the highest quality that meet the expectations of discerning parents. It is our goal to provide safe sleep solutions that help address the many concerns surrounding safe sleeping environments for babies and toddlers today. To learn more please visit www.swanling.com or email julie@swanling.com

  • "The Slumber Sheet was easy to use and easy to clean."

    "We used the Slumber Sheet for our 6 months old daughter after she had surgery. She had a skin expander implanted on her forehead. She was supposed to sleep on her back and stay as still as possible during the night. Any parent knows that at this age this isn't so easy to accomplish. The Slumber Sheet kept her from rolling over and shifting around at night, which was a great help for us. Our daughter was cozy and comfortable in it and slept great - even though she previously had already started sleeping on her tummy as her preferred position. The Slumber Sheet was easy to use and easy to clean. The material felt very nice. We definitely liked this product and found it very helpful."

    Katinka G & baby Carlina

  • "Our baby is safely hugged all night and sound asleep."

    "We have been using the slumber sheet and swaddle since Ella was three weeks old. She absolutely loves it. She is now three months old and we just put her to bed for the first time in the slumber sheet without the slumber swaddle attachment. We were prepared to work through a transition period and to our surprise she slept though the night nearly the exact same period as when in the slumber swaddle- we are over the moon about it. Our baby is safely hugged all night and sound asleep. This is the best sleep aid after mommy's cuddle."

    Oz & Alex A. & Baby Ella

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  • Ali Landry Loves her Slumber Sheet!

  • Ali Landry Chooses the Slumber Sheet as one of her Favs!

    We are thrilled to have Ali Landry, mother of 3, former Miss USA, model and actress, become one of our biggest fans! She chose the Slumber Sheet as one of her favorites from the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas.

    "My two-year-old just recently climbed out of his crib and fell on the floor. He was okay, but after that I immediately started looking for products that would keep him safe in his crib. At the (ABC Kids Expo) show, I saw the Slumber Sheet and felt like it was the answers to my prayers! Plus, I can use it for each one of my kids." Quoted from The Bump Blog

    We were able to see Ali again at the MomMe Fall Fest in Santa Monica, where she once again gave the Slumber Sheet amazing reviews as she has time to use it with her two year old, who loves it!

    We know the Slumber Sheet is a special product and will truly make a real difference for many families, but it is so wonderful hearing the heartfelt gratitude that Ali offered. We look forward to hearing from many more happy moms and dads.

    Ali-Joanna-Hollie- Fav Toddler Products

     

  • Ali Landry Loves the Slumber Sheet.

    "My two-year-old just recently climbed out of his crib and fell on the floor. He was okay, but after that I immediately started looking for products that would keep him safe in his crib. At the (ABC Kids Expo) show, I saw the Slumber Sheet and felt like it was the answers to my prayers! Plus, I can use it for each one of my kids."

    Ali Landry (Mother of 3)

  • "This product is so cool and so helpful!"

    "Honestly, this product is so cool and so helpful! I wish I had this from infancy for the crib! I had to start to transition our 3-year old son from his crib to a twin bed as he was climbing out of the crib and pretty much falling out. I googled sleep solutions for toddlers and came across the slumber sheet and, after watching the videos, thought that it was definitely worth a try. I was dreading having to buy all new twin size sheets/and mattress protector etc but it has it all. Anyway, my son was easy to adapt to the slumber sleepy, as we call it and in fact he loves it!!...He stays warm, actually stays in bed, and I feel really good that he is so much safer now. It’s been a win-win all around!"

    Donna B., (Mother of two -3 & 7 yrs old)

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  • "...he sleeps beautifully and peacefully..."

    "I purchased the Slumber Sheet for my three month old grandson. Using the sheet makes my time as a grandmother so nice, not only does he sleep beautifully and peacefully, I can watch him at all times making me feel very confident in his safety. Ironically, my four year old granddaughter thinks the sheet is now hers to sleep in too!"

    Nancy H. (Grandmother of two)
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  • "...our baby girl sleeps so well all through the night."

    "I did not have an easy time with my first child when it came to sleeping. I promised myself and my husband that with our next child I would do things differently. I received the Slumber Sheet as a gift. I was a little confused by it at first, but open minded about having a good option for helping our new baby sleep. Honestly, the first time I used the Slumber Sheet, it was really easy. I feel really happy to have come across the Slumber Sheet as our baby girl sleeps so well all through the night. The sheet is wonderful itself, but the Slumber Swaddle attachment is amazing and so easy to use and so safe. My newborn never got unswaddled and we all continue to sleep very well. Thank you !!!!"

    Francisca M. (mother of two)

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    Francisca and baby Cassandra.

  • "My daughter is loving the Slumber Sheet!!"

    "My daughter is loving the Slumber Sheet!! Like she did before, she sleeps all through the night, but now I am far more at ease as I know she will stay in the same spot!! Before the Slumber Sheet she was rolling all over the place and I was always scared she might get stuck somewhere or choke herself with her  blanket!  When it comes down to it, the Slumber Sheet is safe as it keeps the child on their back and prevents him or her from getting hurt anywhere in the crib, especially in those early months!!! That's exactly what doctors recommend, the Slumber Sheet just makes it so easy for moms!!"

    Nadine E. (Mother of three and wife of Harvard M.D.)

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    Baby Mila happy in her Slumber Sheet.

  • "Keep your baby safe and warm..."

    "As a new mom I received the Slumber Sheet and I really recommend it to every parent. Not only does the Slumber Sheet keep your baby safe but it keeps them warm and also has a leak proof pad within it in case of an accident or leak. It is easy and fast to put her in and out.

    My baby is at that stage where she is grabbing her feet continuously and before the Slumber Sheet she would play with her feet and roll over and stay awake thinking it was play time when really it was bed time. The slumber sheet prevents her from grabbing her feet which makes her more relaxed and fall asleep faster. However, she has full range of motion in her hips so I don't have to worry about hip dysplasia concerns. Thank you!"

    Kathryn T. (mother to 3 month old Destiny)

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    Kathryn & Danny with baby Destiny.

  • Swanling Slumber Sheet at ABC Kids Expo

    It is finally here, the ABC Kids Expo! We have been working towards this week for months. We are so excited to be introducing our Swanling Innovations line of products. We truly believe we have created a line of products that will make a real impact on safe sleep environments. We want the Slumber Sheet® and Slumber Swaddle™ to become an essential part of every parent’s baby shower must haves. The importance of creating a safe sleeping environment for our babies really hits home when you here some of the devastating statistics http://www.npr.org/2011/07/15/137859024/rethinking-sids-many-deaths-no-longer-a-mystery

    We are grateful for the opportunity to make a difference and help parents and children enjoy better sleep.

    Come see us at booth 4949!

    JanABCExpo

  • Swanling to Introduce Products at the 2013 ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas October 15-18

    abc-expoFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACT: Julie Tomlinson
    Introducing the Slumber Sheet®, an innovative approach to safe sleep comes to the US market.

    Santa Barbara, CA (Sept. 23, 2013) – Swanling Innovations Inc. will introduce the Slumber Sheet® to the US market at the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas, October 15-18, booth #4949.

    Introducing the original 3-in-1 Slumber Sheet®. A modern multifunctional baby bedding solution that successfully addresses the new recommendations for a better safe sleep environment to help prevent sudden infant death syndrome (S.I.D.S.) and accidental suffocation.

    The Slumber Sheet® is the only all-in-one product to offer solutions to the many concerns and needs surrounding infant and toddler sleep that would normally require multiple products. Without compromising quality or effectiveness the Slumber Sheet® delivers amazing versatility, ease of use and functionality.

    The Slumber Sheet® offers longevity in a way that is rarely seen in baby products. It continues to solve common concerns and frustrations that arise as the child grows and transitions from being used with a swaddle to no swaddle and from crib to bed. Is not limited to just one stage of a child’s development.

    Every detail has been meticulously thought through from the elastic band that secures the sheet to the mattress, to the waterproof liner, to the snaps and zippers, to the weight and stretch of the fabric.

    “It is our desire to make products that are accessible to every parent but with no compromise in material and production. We know first hand how important our jobs as parents are and we want to make it a little easier to find solutions that give parents peace of mind and comfort.” says Joanna von Yurt, the founder of Swanling Innovations Inc.® “It is our goal to be a trusted brand that parents around the world know and love.”

    ABOUT Swanling Innovations Inc.®

    Swanling Innovations is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products of only the highest quality that meet the expectations of discerning parents. It is their goal to provide safe sleep solutions that help address the many concerns surrounding safe sleeping environments for babies and toddlers today. To learn more please visit www.swanling.com or email Julie Tomlinson.

    Swanling Innovations Inc.
    5380 Overpass Rd., Santa Barbara, CA. 93111 855.777.4338

  • Welcome to Swanling.com!

    welcomeWelcome to Swanling.com!

    Many people have asked just how we came up with the idea for the Slumber Sheet®, so I thought I would start off with a story about parents in need. And how often the needs of our children lead us to be innovative in both our minds and hearts.

    Our story really is one of necessity. We are now parents of three beautiful girls and like all parents we have learned and been guided by them along the way. It all began with our first baby, she just would not sleep in a crib, the only way she would sleep was next to one of us on a bed, which we didn’t feel was safe. Being the new parents that we were we were desperate to find a way of sleeping with our baby near but also secure and safe. My husband and I have a history of thinking outside of the box so we approached this challenge in the same way we had many others and started looking at all the different options out there and how just maybe the creative combining of a few good ideas just might give us the great idea we were looking for. We researched patents going back as far as the 1900s and in 2003 the prototypes began for our first “sleep sheet.”

    Now after 3 kids and 28 prototypes that sleep sheet has become the Slumber Sheet® and has evolved and been developed to meet the stringent requirements of not only discerning parents but more importantly the little ones, our three girls, who have tested the fabrics and designs with us every step of the way. Truly a family venture- or I like to think of it as a family adventure!

    We are excited to share the Slumber Sheet® with other families who I am sure will find it to be a welcome gift of restful, happy and safe sleep for both parents and children.

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