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  • 5 Ways to Toddler Proof Your Home

    Toddler Proof Your HomeAn accident or injury can occur in any part of your home, and especially when there are small children present. Some safety hazards are obvious, such as a toy truck left lying at the top of the stairs, but others are not so easily identified. Toddler proofing your house is a necessity when they begin to walk around and explore their environments. Here are some house safety tips for parents of toddlers:

    1. Fall Hazards 

    Falls are one of the most common injuries that children can sustain, but when they become inquisitive toddlers, this percentage multiplies. Wall-mounted baby gates are one of the best ways to prevent your child from taking these tumbles. Installing them at the top and bottom of stairs is your best prevention method, while applying padded bumpers to hard and sharp furniture items will keep them safe during spills.

    2. Windows 

    Did you know that every year more than 4,000 kids end up in the emergency room after tumbling out of a window? It's crucial to install window guards or window stops on all upper-level windows to prevent your child from opening the window completely. Also, toddlers can be strangled by cords on blinds and shades, so place cribs and other furniture away from windows.

    3. Airborne Trouble 

    If your home was built a while back, there may be lead in the paint under the topcoats on your walls and windows, as well as in old floor varnish. When lead dust gets stirred up during a home renovation, or when paint starts to chip, the toxic particles put your child at risk. These particles can cause developmental and learning problems in children, so it's important to hire a contractor who's certified in safely removing leaded materials.

    4. Kitchen Safety

    The kitchen can be a very dangerous place for a young child. Between the sharp silverware, all the electrical appliances, and plenty of places to climb and reach to, you may have a lot of toddler proofing to do here. Make sure almost all breakable and sharp objects are well out of reach of you child, and that they can’t climb up anything in the kitchen.

    5. Silent Killers 

    Radon and carbon monoxide are two very dangerous home hazards that are virtually invisible. For radon, an inexpensive test kit that's available at home-improvement stores will be reliable to make sure your home is safe from this toxic chemical. Also, make sure you are regularly testing the carbon monoxide alarms in your house. There should be a detector in every bedroom.

    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.

  • 5 Baby Safety Tips for the Summer

    Baby Safety Tips for the SummerNow that’s summer, it’s a good idea for us to brush up on our summertime safety rules. If you live somewhere that’s especially warm or your family likes to spend a lot of time outside, heed these five tips carefully.

    1. Don’t sit in a hot car

    In direct sunlight, the interior of a car can heat up by 19 degrees in just 10 minutes. Each summer we hear stories about poor little ones who were injured because they sat in cars too long.

    If you have to wait somewhere for a while, make sure the AC is running. Or, seek someplace cool to sit. Even if the air is hot, the circulation will keep you cooler. It’s better to sit beneath a tree than behind than inside the car.

    Of course never leave a child alone in a car for any length of time.

    2. Mind your pool safety

    This goes for lakes, oceans and ponds too!

    Anytime you take a baby into the water, you need to have another adult with you. Your buddy will make sure nothing happens to you so nothing happens to the baby. It’s a good idea for even grownups to have a swim buddy with them.

    Take a CPR class (they’re cheap and quick) so you can be prepared if anything happens. If you’re in a public place, make sure you’re always swimming within reach of the lifeguard.

    Whenever your baby is in the water, he or she should be wearing a floatation device of some kind, ideally a lifejacket for little babies, but older kids can wear arm swimmers. They make combination jackets and arm swimmers now that position baby face-up if they are submerged.

    Keep in mind that the whole pool is deep for baby, for stay in the shallow end.

    3. Protect baby’s skin

    Early childhood burns increase the chance for skin cancer later in life, so it’s important to protect that skin. It burns very easily. Avoid the heavy sunlight hours between 11 AM and 2 PM. Make sure baby is wearing a hat and sunglasses any time he’s out in the sunlight, as well as clothing made form tight fibers.

    Always use sunscreen! Even when it’s not hot. Use at least SPF 15. If baby goes into the water, reapply it as soon as he/she is out.

    4. Keep the bugs out

    Throw a mesh cover over your stroller or infant seat to keep the bugs out, specifically mosquitos and ticks. Children over 2 months can use a repellent with DEET, but the formula should be no more than 30%. Choose the lowest concentration of DEET you can find.

    You should only need to apply repellent once per day. Avoid using sunscreen/repellent combinations products because the repellent hampers the effectiveness of the sunscreen.

    At the end of an outdoor day, check you and your baby for bites. Remove ticks immediately if you find any and treat mosquito bites with a topical antihistamine.

    5. Look out for heatstroke

    Heat exhaustion occurs first, which includes dizziness, thirst, cramping and fatigue. If you (or baby) stay in the heat, it can lead to heatstroke which is much more serious. If it looks like your baby is drowsy in the heat, get into air conditioning immediately.

    Avoid heatstroke and heat exhaustion by keeping cool. Spray baby regularly with water and make sure he is drinking plenty of formula and breast milk.

    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.

  • 11 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Child’s Pediatrician

    Choosing Your Child’s PediatricianChoosing a pediatrician for your new baby is an intensely personal decision. You want to find the right doctor that you can stick with through the years so your child becomes comfortable. Here are some things you ought to consider as you make your decision.

    1. Is the doctor accredited? This is usually a simple check that’s worth 10 seconds of your time. Is the doctor licensed? Where did he go to school?

    2. What are his office hours? Obviously you need someone who holds office hours that work for your schedule. If you work 9-6 and your so does your doctor, you’ll constantly be rescheduling your life to make an appointment.

    3. What is the staff’s demeanor? Your child will be interacting with the doctor and his staff (administrators and nurses). You want these people to be calm and kind to alleviate fear.

    4. Can you make phone calls? Are they returned timely? Oddly, some offices don’t take phone calls. They force you to make an appointment. But you’ll want the flexibility to be able to ask the doctor or a nurse a quick question.

    5. Does your doctor have any hospital appointments? If your child is hospitalized, will your doctor play a role in the care or will you have to find a new doctor with hospital access?

    6. What are the other physicians like? Many doctors practice in a group. If you need care on your doctor’s day off, you’ll end up with another doctor, so make sure they are acceptable substitutes.

    7. Does the doctor coordinate specialists? If your child develops a complex illness, will your doctor work with the other specialists or push you onto a different pediatrician to handle the load?

    8. Does the doctor speak in plain English? You want a doctor who will skip the medical jargon and tell you straight what’s going on with your child. Does he throw big terms at you (that you can’t possibly know) or speak plainly?

    9. Does the doctor care? Or is he just trying to cram as many patients (and billings) into the same day as possible?

    10. What are the doctor’s values? Some people have some specific requirements in a doctor for spiritual/personal/religious reasons. Your doctor doesn’t have to agree with those requirements, but be willing to provide care that fits in line with them.

    11. What is his reputation? To answer this question, you’ll have to ask around. Ask people you know what they have heard about the practice. Get some testimonials from current or previous patients about their experiences.

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

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

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

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

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

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

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

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

  • The 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.

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