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  • 4 Ways to Make an Easy Daylight Savings Time Change for Your Family

    daylight savings time sleep tips for babies and kidsEvery parent understands the importance of a schedule. Our bodies thrive on consistency and that goes double for little kids. When they go to bed and nap at consistent times, they have energy and great moods. But when their schedules are erratic and unpredictable, they’re somber and cranky. Plus, sleep deprivation can affect a child’s development.

    That’s what makes Daylight Savings Time so hard for a lot of parents. The “falling back” part in autumn is easy because everyone gets more sleep, but the “spring ahead” can be difficult.

    Fortunately, the time change doesn’t have to be a nightmare with a little preparation. Here are some essential tips to help your family adjust to Daylight Savings Time.

    1. Start adjusting early

    Daylight Savings Time starts on March 13th this year. It’s a Sunday, which is nice because it gives us at least one buffer day before we have places to be on Monday.

    Start your adjustment early – at least four days in advance. The goal is make the first day of DST as painless as possible by adjusting each previous day just a little bit.

    Each day, put your kids to bed 15 minutes earlier than the day before. You might have to adjust other daily activities to help their bodies adjust, like meal times, nap times, and snack times. Then, wake them up 15 minutes earlier in the morning. If you do this four days before DST starts, they’ll have adjusted for the hour without any hassle.

    2. Keep the rest of your routine the same

    During the adjustment period, don’t mess with any other parts of their routine. This is not the time to transition from two-nap-days to one-nap-days. It’s not the time to take a long car trip to visit Grandma. And it’s not the time to start new things, like dance or soccer. Focus on keeping everything the same until the adjustment has been made. It’s only four days, so this shouldn’t interrupt your life too much.

    3. Use lighting

    Our bodies use melatonin to regulate our internal clock. When it gets dark, our bodies increase our melatonin levels, which makes us sleepy. When it’s bright, melatonin is actually broken down by the light.

    You can induce sleepiness and wakefulness by adjusting the amount of light in your home. Close the curtains and dim the lights about 45 minutes before bedtime to put your child in the mood to sleep. Open the curtains and turn on lights as it gets near wake time.

    This is an excellent way to gradually wake up or put your child to sleep, without fussiness or tears.

    4. Be patient

    If you can, I recommend making the few days after the DST low activity. If you have to get the kids out of the house in the morning, this might be tough for you, but if your kids spend the day at home, don’t force them to stick to a schedule. Their bodies will naturally adjust on their own, even if you don’t intervene.

    I hope that helps! Daylight Savings Time usually isn’t a problem for most parents, but for some families it can be a tense few days. We’d love to hear about your DST challenges. Post your questions or comments on Facebook and we’ll help you out!

    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 Professional, 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 Facts About Newborn Sleep You Have to Know

    newborn sleep factsNewborns (and all children, really) sleep differently than you or I. As a parent, you’ll spend the first months of your child’s life obsessing over their sleep habits. You’ll find one trick that works for a while and then something will change and you’ll have to find something new. Here are some facts about newborn sleep you may not know.

    1. A bedtime routine is one of the best ways to help your child fall asleep, even for newborns. A good routine for a newborn involve lots of sensation, like a bath, gentle rocking, and close contact with mom or dad.

    2. Newborns lack a circadian rhythm. This means they don’t have the mental and behavioral cues to get sleepy when it’s dark. They develop these over time.

    3. The phrase “sleeping like a baby” describes long, deep, peaceful sleep… unlike any newborn I’ve ever seen. Infants wake up often, but that’s part of their design. They need to eat and be comforted.

    4. Babies have significantly shorter sleep cycles than adults, meaning they move into a light sleep mode more often, which gives them opportunities to wake up.

    5. Babies take longer to fall into deep sleep. You can identify deep sleep by their eyelids: if her eyeballs are still, they have entered the deepest part of their cycle.

    6. Sleep is key for brain development. During sleep, blood flow to the brain increases and proteins that make nerves are produced.

    7. You probably don’t have a bad sleeper. Many parents hear stories of that three month-old who sleeps through the night. Even if these are true, they are the exceptions, not the rule.

    8. Babies sleep more than it seems. You may be exhausted, but newborns sleep 16 to 20 hours a day.

    9. Night wakings are actually important. As much as you want your infant to sleep six hours, that wouldn’t be healthy. Young babies have tiny stomachs that burn through food quickly, so they have to wake up to refill their bellies. He/she also needs to sleep lightly as a survival tool so they can quickly respond to any adverse stimuli.

    10. Sleep begets sleep. For you and me, staying up a long time will make us sleep a long time, but that isn’t the case for babies, especially newborns. A rested child has an easier time falling asleep.

    11. Constant pressure is comforting and reassuring to your little one. Whether it’s a swaddle, your arms, or the Slumber Sleeper Bassinet, children are almost universally comforted by constant sensation on their skin. This comes from their experience in the womb. Helping recreate a sense of that environment will go a long way in allowing your child a more restful sleep.

    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 Professional, 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.

  • What Does it Mean to Be Overtired?

    what is overtirednessIf you have a baby, you are familiar with overtiredness.

    Overtiredness lies somewhere between tired and exhausted. It’s that window of time when your baby is too tired to fall asleep easily. You’ve probably been overtired yourself. You feel uncomfortable and antsy. You may even have a headache. But as an adult, you can calm yourself enough to fall asleep.

    A baby, however, doesn’t have the right control to relax themselves, so that anxiety remains. Often an overtired baby will simply stay awake until they are outright exhausted.

    How to recognize an overtired baby

    Your baby can become overtired about an hour after first feeling tired. Ideally you want to recognize the tired signs and put your baby to sleep, but if you miss them, you could end up in overtired territory. Here’s how to tell.

    • Your baby is suddenly hyperactive.
    • Your baby is fighting sleep.
    • Your baby is easily annoyed by the slightest sounds or sights.
    • Your baby isn’t making eye contact or interacting with you.
    • Your baby is clingy.
    • Your baby is whining or whimpering.
    • Your baby has sudden outbursts of emotion.

    Even though it’s a struggle, you should try to put your baby to sleep right away if you feel he or she is overtired.

    How to help chronically overtired children

    A child who becomes overtired frequently experiences chronic sleep deprivation. Keep in mind that sleep is an important part of growing up. It’s when the brain and body does a majority of its growing. So keeping your child from sleep is robbing them of their healthy development. Sleep deprived children exhibit some of these signs:

    • Undereating
    • Fussy behavior
    • Developmental delay
    • Gastrointestinal discomfort
    • Overstimulation

    The solution is simple: more sleep. Do not judge how much sleep your child needs based on what your friends say or what you read online. Judge the amount of sleep your child needs based on your child’s behavior. Did you cut back to one nap too soon? Are you letting him or her stay up too late at night and then waking them in the morning to start the day?

    Children who suffer from sleep deprivation take a few days to catch up. They won’t feel fine after just one night’s sleep. Spend a weekend prioritizing sleep. Make the sleep environments quiet and dark to really stretch out those naps. Keep rough play to a minimum and start sleep times as soon as they exhibit signs. You can work out of sleep deprivation, but it takes time.

    In short, when your baby becomes overtired, use that as an opportunity to examine your sleep routine and make the appropriate adjustments.

    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.

  • This Is What It’s All About

    baby sleep solution testimonial

    It’s no secret that we’re a business that’s been created to sell a product, but that isn’t our true motivation. We know how challenging it can be for parents to help their children achieve safe, effective sleep. We’ve seen lots of families who just can’t find that rhythm. For many, it’s tense, frustrating and heartbreaking.

    We’re always overjoyed when we have the opportunity to help a baby (and his or her family) transition into a smoother, healthier sleep routine. Below you’ll see a quote by Wendi, a mom who was desperate to help her sensitive sleeper get the rest she needs. We’re proud to be a part of Wendi and her daughter Julia’s story.

    “I have a highly sensitive six month old who was scooting ALL over her crib and getting her head wedged and waking herself up crying. Whenever we make any kind of change in her sleeping situation, it takes sometimes weeks for her to get used to the "new" environment. She has been sleeping great in the Slumber Sleeper from the first time she used it - which is amazing! No more scooting and waking herself up.

    “Plus the customer service from Swanling is second to none. This sheet is worth every penny and more - it's well made and very soft. I bought a second one for backup just in case she spits up/soils it. This is a wonderful invention that every parent who has a difficult sleeper should use. When we transitioned from the Rock and Play to the crib, I wish I had known about this product - it would have made the transition so much easier! It would also be great for anyone who is using a wedge to elevate the mattress because of acid reflux and whose baby slips down the mattress!”

    If you have a story you’d like to tell us, please contact us here or through any of our social media pages.

    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.

  • Is My Baby Ready for Night Weaning?

    Night WeaningNaturally, parents with babies are desperate to get back to the good old days. You know, the ones where you slept for seven or eight hours without interruption. Eventually you’ll want to wean your baby from nighttime feedings so everyone can get long stretches of sleep. The solution is to wean your baby off nighttime feedings.

    There’s no set schedule for this, of course. You’ll have to decide if your child is old enough. Even doctors aren’t sure when the best time is. All children are different, but here’s a general schedule so you know if you’re on the right track.

    • Newborn to 3 months: feed every 2-3 hours
    • 3-4 months: 2-3 feedings per night
    • 5-6 months: 1-2 feedings per night
    • 7-9 months: 1 (sometimes 2) feedings per night
    • 10-12 months: sometimes 1 feeding per night
    • 12+ months: no feedings per night

    Other factors will come into play, of course. Growth spurts make your baby hungry. She won’t be able to keep herself quiet and calm to fall asleep. Teething and illness, of course, will keep any baby awake. In all cases, a feeding might soothe and relax baby, even though she isn’t hungry.

    Generally speaking, formula-fed babies wean sooner. This is because formula is harder to digest, so the little tummy stays fuller longer. Breastmilk is easy to digest, so it runs through baby quicker.

    Here are 3 signs to determine if your child is ready for night weaning

    1. Baby is not eating much throughout the day – This is an indication that she expects a nighttime feeding, even though you know she’s capable of eating more. Encourage more daytime eating, including a heavy just-before bed meal.
    2. Baby treats night time feedings as play time – If your child is less concerned about the boob or the bottle and more interested in playing, she isn’t really hungry, just accustomed to getting up at that time. This is a good sign the evening feeding isn’t necessary.
    3. Baby eats a lot of solid foods – Once your baby has started solids, they’re nearing the night weaning timeframe. A good portion of solids will hold her over during the night until the morning where she’ll need another good dose of solid foods.

    Here are some basic tips to make night weaning easier.

    • Go slow: simply feed less over time until you’re not feeding at all, just comforting.
    • Make sure your baby is eating enough. She may not eat as much during the day because she expects it at night. Take scheduled breaks from play to eat.
    • Try waking your child for a “dream feed” just before you go to bed.
    • Don’t wean baby during a transition time, like on a vacation, during bad teething, or just after you’ve returned to work.
    • Don’t lift baby out of the crib. This will signal that it’s time to wake up and eat.

    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 6 Essential Summertime Sleep Tips

    Summertime Sleep TipsThe summertime poses some interesting sleep challenges for parents, especially for parents of infant children. Many children don’t get adequate sleep during the summer, which can impact their mood and development. Here are some summertime sleep tips to help you get through.

    1. Remove unnecessary bedding – If your child is still in the SIDS risk age, you shouldn’t have any bedding. For older children who might have blankets or pillows, take them out of the crib or off the bed so they don’t keep your child too warm.

    2. Make the space as quiet as possible – Depending on where you live, there might be more ambient noise during sleep times during the summer. Kids play outside later, people have parties and barbeques, cars are driving more often, etc. A white noise machine (or a running fan or air conditioner) is a great way to muffle those sounds.

    3. Hang some blackout curtains – Like adults, babies like to sleep in the dark. During the summer, however, the sun is up longer than usual. It can be tough to convince a baby to fall asleep before it’s dark, or keep them in bed until a reasonable hour. Pull the blackout curtains closed during your bedtime routine so your little one begins to adjust to the night time and leave them closed until it’s time to come out of the crib.

    4. Keep baby’s room cool – Young children sleep the best (and the safest since overheating is a factor of SIDS) in a room that’s between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don’t have air conditioning, use a fan to keep the air moving and make sure blinds and curtains stay closed during the day so the run doesn’t heat the space.

    5. Use summer clothes – Your little one may look cute in footed pajamas, but they aren’t right for the season. Dress your little one in lightweight pajamas for sleeping. Choose natural fibers, like cotton, which are breathable. Consider what you sleep in: your baby doesn’t need much more.

    6. Don’t neglect the naps – We typically do a lot more during the summer, so it can be easy to go-go-go all day and forget to make time for naps. Even if you spend the day at the zoo or the pool, you need to break for nap time. A tired child falls asleep easily, but an overtired child will fight and resist sleep. Do your best to give a nap, even if it’s sitting in the car (with the AC running!) or stroller.

    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 Steps to Handle Sleep Regression

    Steps to Handle Sleep RegressionYou thought you had it all figured out!

    Your baby was finally sleeping well. Maybe not all the way through the night, but with just a single wakeup or two, you are finally getting some sleep yourself. And then it happens… sleep regression.

    Suddenly your precious one is up several times a night, demanding attention and requiring you to go through your old tricks (feedings, rocking, cuddling).

    Take these steps to get through this difficult time.

    1. Understand the cause

    Sleep regression can be caused by a number of things. He might be going through a growth spurt and especially hungry. He might be teething and in pain. He might be beginning to have vivid dreams that he doesn’t understand. Try to figure out why your child is waking up. The solution might be as simple as some baby Tylenol before bed or more solid foods.

    2. Let them cry a bit

    I’m an advocate of the cry-it-out approach (at least not the cry-all-night system), but a few tears are OK. You have to learn to read your child’s crying. There’s a difference between light moaning and full-on screaming.

    If your child wakes up at night, by all means go in and comfort him, but leave him in the crib. Be loving for a few minutes until he comes down and then let leave, even if he protests a bit. Wait 10 minutes. If he’s still crying, go in again and calm him down. Repeat until he falls asleep (which will be a lot sooner than you expect).

    3. Try co-sleeping

    Often children go through a sleep regression when their development reaches a new level, like they understand that mom and dad are still around somewhere, but they can’t see them. A simple solution might be to put your child in a place in your room where he can see mom and dad.

    NOTE: Bed-sharing is dangerous for children under one. Do not bring your little ones into your bed.

    4. Use some old methods

    White noise, rocking, cuddling, walking, feeding, swinging, patting… go to whatever used to work before. A sleep regression is usually temporary. In a week or two, things will settle back to normal as your child adjusts. In the meantime, don’t think you’ll introduce sleep associations again, just get everyone back to sleep.

    5. Accept that this will be tough

    There’s no sure-fire solution to this time period. It’s all about your child’s development; something you can’t rush. You will have better sleep again. Until then, double up on coffee in the morning and get to sleep earlier at night.

    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.

  • 7 Sleep Tips for Parents with Newborns

    Sleep Tips for Parents with NewbornsFor most people, getting a newborn to sleep isn’t that hard. Their bodies are exhausted from all growing that they’re usually inclined to fall asleep after each feeding. It’s not always that simple, though. Sometimes you have to work to get a newborn to sleep. You’ve met their needs (they’re clean, dry, and fed), so how does one convince an infant to sleep?

    1. Skin-to-skin – Sometimes babies are just lonely and want to feel that physical connection to mom and dad. Strip your baby to just the diaper and lay him or her against your bare chest.  Your baby will enjoy the warm sensation and eventually quiet down. Wrap yourself in a blanket or a shirt for skin-to-skin contact.

    2. Swaddling – Swaddling prevents the falling-like sensation of the startle reflex and takes your baby back to a comforting and secure place – the womb. Our Slumber Swaddle and Slumber Sleeper are designed to create a safe and comforting sleep environment.

    3. Fill that tummy – Just like you and I, babies love that full tummy feeling. It helps them fall asleep without a care in the world and prevents them from waking up a moment later. Even though their little stomachs need to be constantly replenished, a feeding just before sleep gives you both as much peace and quiet as possible. If you’re clever, it’s possible to feed a baby without waking them up (because the sucking motion is so instinctual).

    4. White noise – White noise is wonderfully simple. When your baby was in the womb, he or she heard noises from inside and outside mom all the time. Noise is comforting. You can pick up a fancy white noise machine if you like, but anything that makes constant noise will do: a fan, an air conditioner, a radio at low volume, etc.

    5. Bedtime routine – A bedtime routine won’t help you on day one, maybe even during the first month, but over time it will be enormously effective. It creates a predictable cue that sleep is coming. Eventually at the beginning of the routine, your baby will start to become drowsy. You can even perform bedtime routines before naps, but they’re usually shorter (for example, no bath).

    6. Diaper changes – You’ll find that a diaper change makes your baby more alert. They’re not in mom or dad’s arms, their body is exposed and their limbs are being manipulated. When your baby wakes up at night and inevitably needs a change, do it before the feeding so your baby can fall asleep with the bottle (and even through the burp).

    7. Stay in baby’s room – If there’s no comfortable place to sit in baby’s room, you might be tempted to let him or her fall asleep on your lap in the living room, or you might take a stroll around your house. It’s best to let baby fall asleep in their room so they become accustomed to it.

    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.

  • Why Self-Soothing is Important (and 5 Tips How)

    Self-Soothing is ImportantSelf-soothing is an important skill that all babies have to learn eventually. It’s how we all calm ourselves so we can fall back asleep. During the first few months of life, mom and/or dad do all of the soothing. They nurse, comfort, rock or sing to babies to get them to relax.

    But imagine you’re a baby. One minute you fall asleep in mom’s loving arms, the next you wake up alone in a crib. That can be scary! If baby wakes up where she went to sleep, she’ll be relaxed and inclined to fall back asleep.

    But you want your baby to learn to do it on their own at some point so you can actually get a full night’s sleep. They can self-soothe in a number of ways: thumb-sucking, reinserting a pacifier, rubbing a special blanket, or anything else they find calming.

    When do babies learn to self-soothe?

    When babies are born, they aren’t capable of regulating their emotions. They need parents to step in and comfort them when they become angry or scared or frustrated or tired. Some babies gain the ability to self-soothe around three months old. Most have it by six months. You want to start working at self-soothing by six months before any strong sleep associations have formed.

    Why should babies self-soothe?

    Simply, for better sleep! Babies who self-soothe sleep longer and with fewer interruptions. When they wake during non-feeding times, they can quickly fall asleep without waking up anyone else. Plus mom and dad get some sleep too!

    Self-soothing does NOT mean ignoring your baby or letting her cry until she falls asleep.

    How does one teach a baby to self-soothe?

    It’s pretty simple, but you have to stick with it. Once you commit to teaching self-soothing, stick with it unless you think your baby is too young to learn, then you should wait a few more weeks.

    1. Wean baby from the swaddle. They usually need their hands free to self-soothe. That’s why the Slumber Sleeper is perfect, because baby feels safe and secure, but her hands are free to get to her mouth.
    2. Create a strong, consistent sleep routine. There should be a strong signal that it’s sleep time (for night sleep and naps) and several steps that lead to sleep so baby understands the cues.
    3. Lay baby down drowsy, but awake. You want baby to fall asleep without mom or dad’s arms. It might take her a few more minutes to fall asleep, but that’s OK. The goal is to get baby to fall into sleep on her own.
    4. Don’t rush into baby’s room at the first cry. You want to get her a minute or two to self-soothe before you do it for her.
    5. Teach self-soothing before age one. Children who never learn to soothe until after one year old have trouble doing it until they are as old as four.

    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.

  • Is My Baby Sleeping Too Much?

    Is My Baby Sleeping Too MuchSleep is a tough subject to relate to most parents. Children are all different. Some need more, some need less. Most of the time, parents are concerned that their children aren’t sleeping enough, but sometimes parents wonder if their child sleeps too much.

    Newborns sleep a LOT

    The first two to three months of your baby’s life is full of rapid growth, which is exhausting. They’ll spend most of their non-eating time asleep. If your baby seems perpetually lethargic during this period, everything is normal.

    Some parents have to gently wake their children with a breast or bottle every 2-3 hours during the first couple weeks to make sure they eat, but otherwise babies will wake up when they’re hungry. The best measure of development at this stage is if your child is wetting at least eight diapers a day. If your child is not producing enough wet or dirty diapers, speak with your doctor.

    What about after the newborn stage?

    Around three months, a good day of sleep is about 15 hours. If it’s a couple more than 15, that’s OK too. That typically breaks down to 11-12 at night and three or more hours during the day.

    Awake time is important too, however. Children need time to soak in their surroundings, interact with loved ones and explore their world. If your child is sleeping more than 18 hours in a day, there might be an underlying medical condition at play. Consult with your doctor.

    What about the toddler stage?

    As your baby gets older, his/her sleep needs will lessen and consolidate to a long afternoon nap. Instead of three one-hour naps, you’ll drop down to two, then one long one. So if your two year old falls asleep for three hours after lunch, nothing is actually wrong. It’s just his/her body becoming better at sleeping and managing to stay down.

    Mind your own instincts

    A parent’s instincts are the best tool to gauge something like this. Do you feel your child is missing out on learning because he/she is sleeping? Do they want to go back to sleep soon after waking? Do you feel like your child isn’t hitting milestones because he/she hasn’t had enough wake time to practice? (Keep in mind that every child is different; there’s no date a child should hold a spoon, sit up, walk, etc.)

    One other thing: be grateful if you have a baby that sleeps easily. Many parents envy you!

    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.

  • 4 Things That Occur When Kids Don’t Get Enough Sleep

    When Kids Don’t Get Enough SleepGetting proper rest and recovery from sleep is important at any age, but even more so when kids are growing and developing. Sleep deprivation in kids can cause many detrimental consequences that will not only affect their day-to-day life, but also their future. Here are a few things that occur when kids don’t get enough sleep:

    1. Self-Regulation Issues

    A lack of sleep can cause a child to lose their ability to control themselves, which affects their emotions and moods. Studies have actually shown a link between short sleep duration, late bedtimes, and poor overall sleep quality with aggression, impulsivity, and being short-tempered. Also, kids who aren’t getting the amount of sleep they need can also show symptoms similar to children with ADHD; these symptoms include inability to sit still, stay on task, and focus.

    2. Lack of Growth/Development 

    When a child doesn’t get the necessary amount of sleep their body needs, it could negatively affect their growth and development. Getting enough sleep guarantees that our bodies are producing the right amount of hormones and chemicals at the right times to keep growing. Also, being well-rested allows a child the ability to pay attention, acquire and comprehend new information, and think critically. Without these abilities, kids won’t have access to the mental faculties they need to learn the basic skills they need.

    3. Health Problems 

    If your child fails to get the proper amount of sleep, their immune system and white blood cell production can suffer. When the immune system isn’t running at its optimal efficiency, children are much more susceptible to getting sick. Another health issue that can come from sleep deprivation occurs mentally. Research has shown a link between persistent sleep difficulties in childhood and mental health problems like depression, anxiety disorders, and alcohol abuse later in life. If all of these health problems can be avoided with some extra sleep, this is an important aspect to keep in mind with your children.

    4. Memory Loss

    It may be subtle, but when a child lacks the proper amount of sleep they need, their ability to retain information and memories can suffer. You probably know that on the days when you are most tired, you're forgetful and unfocused, but sleep deprivation can lead to permanent cognitive issues. The less we sleep, the less we benefit from the memory-storing properties of sleep. Additionally, a lack of sleep can cause "brain deterioration," according to a 2013 study, which may at least in part explain memory loss in seniors.

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

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

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

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

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

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

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

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

  • The Startle Reflex and Your Baby

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    - Katie D., mother to Dylan

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

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

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

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

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

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

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

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

  • 7 Reasons Children Wake Up at Night

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

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

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

  • How to Make the Transition to One Nap a Day

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

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

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

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

    Your child still needs two naps if…

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

    You have several options

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

    Never try “cold turkey”

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

    Prepare your day care provider

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

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

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

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

    For more information, visit mypello.com.

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

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

  • 6 Daylight Savings Time Sleep Tips for Babies

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

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

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

    1. Make naps a priority

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

    2. Adjust bedtimes over the week

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

    3. Start Daylight Savings on Saturday

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

    4. Keep a good sleep environment

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

    5. Stick to your bedtime routine

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

    6. Adjust your typical daytime activities accordingly

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

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

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

    Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology.

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

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

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

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

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

  • 13 Simple Baby Sleep Solutions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology.

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

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

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

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

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

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  • How Much Sleep do Babies and Kids Need?

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

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

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


    Image and information credit: National Sleep Foundation

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

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

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

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

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

    Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology.

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

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

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

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

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

  • 13 Safe Sleep Tips for Infants and Toddlers

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

    1. Back is Best

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

    2. Swaddling

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

    3. Temperature Awareness

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

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

    4. Firm Sleep Surface

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

    5. No Soft Objects

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

    6. Keep all cords away from crib

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

    7. Smoke Free Environment

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

    8. Ventilation

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

    9. Breastfeeding

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

    10. Tummy Time

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

    11. Colic

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

    12. White Noise

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

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

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

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

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

    Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology.

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

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

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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