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  • 7 Foods You Didn’t Know Are No Good for Babies

    bad foods for babiesSoda pop and candy may seem like obvious players in the black listed baby food department, but there are some foods that are GREAT for us grownups and bad for babies. Do you know all of them? We’ve listed seven foods that haven’t been known to sit well on baby’s tummy. Some of these may surprise you.

    1. Peanut Butter

    Kids live by their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches; infants… not so much. The rich nutty flavor of this household staple is great for us but its sticky consistency can make it tough for a young infant to swallow safely. It is strongly advised to avoid feeding your baby peanut butter in his first months.

    2. Honey

    Yes, Honey! The gooey golden goodness packed with antibacterial and antifungal properties is not as great for baby as it is for us. This stuff isn’t exactly an allergen but it has the potential to cause botulism in infants under 1 year old.

    3. Acidic Fruits

    This isn’t an allergen either but it has been known to cause rashes and itching in babies. Use these ingredients sparingly in your baby care regimen and his diet

    4. Unpasteurized Cheese

    There is a slight risk with cheese of this caliber that many overlook. Young babies have difficulty digesting this common dairy product and are at risk for food poisoning. Fortunately, most cheeses that are sold in Unities States are in fact pasteurized but it’s better to be safe than sorry and read your labels.

    5. Drinking Whole Milk

    You would think that milk and babies go hand in hand but milk proteins and lactose found in the milk we grownups drink has been known to cause severe allergic reactions in babies. Tummy aches are another symptoms babies experience from whole milks. It is much harder for them to digest whole milk than it is for us. Formula and breast milk are made for baby for a reason. Don’t risk it.

    6. Grapes

    Surprisingly, the acidic levels of grapes is not the issue here, instead it is the size of the grape that can be dangerous. Grapes are easily a huge choking hazard for babies. Many recommend avoiding feeding them to babies younger than 10 months.

    7. Underwater critters

    I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about the endless benefits of fish, but it isn’t quite safe for infants. Shellfish in particular is known to be a little rough on baby’s undeveloped immune system. Pediatricians have said to avoid feeding your baby fish until as old as two years old!

    Is there a particular food that surprised you when you found out it wasn’t as good for babies. Share your findings with us on our Facebook page and let’s discuss!

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

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

    Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology. Joanna is a Certified Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Prevention Professionals, Safe Sleep Educator, Member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Member of the National Sleep Foundation, and Member of the Canadian Sleep Society.

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

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

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

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

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

  • 8 Amazing Perks of Being a Parent

    Amazing Perks of Being a Parent Even with all the chaos that comes with being a parent, the silver lining makes it all worth it. The reward for being someone’s mommy or daddy is unmatched. Here are 8 things that make being a parent one of the most awesome titles you will ever have.

    1. Knowing that your baby trusts you with his life

    When you gaze into your baby’s eyes, you know that they undoubtedly trust you more than any other person has before. Not only is this gaze adorable, it’s an honor.

    2. Dressing up your baby

    We know children are not dolls, and they will quickly develop their own personal style; but that small window where we get to dress our babies in whatever we like is just fun! The clothing available for babies and toddlers is absolutely adorable and sometimes witty. Since it’s pretty much not socially acceptable for us to wear a monkey suit to the grocery store, why not live vicariously through your 8-month-old.

    3. Understanding their babble

    For a good while, you’ll be the only person in the world that understands their baby’s language. You’ll act as an interpreter for other family members and friends. It’s almost surprising to you that grandpa doesn’t know “gummy boggle” means “I want my bottle now.” This secret language between you two is certainly a great way to feel connected.

    4. Being called “mom” or “dad”

    When you consider the meaning of such noble titles, hearing someone call you “mom” or “dad” is wonderfully empowering. It’s a reminder that you made a human life.

    5. Passing the torch

    Your child will of course become their own person and develop different passions. It’s still great when you see certain qualities and interests that you have manifest in someone else. Your child is your own little contribution to the world and a reflection of you.

    6. Being needed

    Knowing someone relies on you and literally NEEDS you can be a challenge, but it s also one of the GREATEST rewards in life. A sense of fulfillment comes from knowing your child wants and needs your help, insight, love and guidance. For some people, this is one of the few times in life they will feel valued. Being needed gives you a sense of unparalleled responsibility.

    7. Seeing the world through their perspective

    So many parents say having a child opened their mind to other world views they hadn’t even thought of before. When your child starts to make bold statements and ask pressing questions about relationships, death, and even politics we are forced to examine at the world a little differently.

    8. Love, Love, Love

    For many, the love between a parent and child is the only true unconditional love we will experience. Nothing compares.

    This list only scratches the surface! Tell us what your favorite part of being a parent is on our Facebook page.

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

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

    Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology. Joanna is a Certified Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Prevention Professionals, Safe Sleep Educator, Member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Member of the National Sleep Foundation, and Member of the Canadian Sleep Society.

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

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

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

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

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

  • Easiest Baby Foods to Make Yourself

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

    Pureed Carrots

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

    Mashed Avocado

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

    Pureed Sweet Potato

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

    Butternut Squash

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

    Bananas

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

    Pureed Peas

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

    Apple Puree

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

    Pear Puree

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

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

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

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

    For more information, please visit myoogie.com.

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

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

  • 10 Tips for Relieving Allergies

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

    1. Change out any air filters.

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

    2. Check the pollen count.

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

    3. Clear out the sinuses.

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

    4. Take a daily fish oil supplement.

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

    5. Try the herb butterbur

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

    6. Take an antihistamine.

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

    7. Take your shoes off at the door.

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

    8. Shower before you sleep.

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

    9. Dry your clothes in a dryer.

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

    10. Wear hats and sunglasses.

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

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

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

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

    For more information, please visit myoogie.com.

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

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

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