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  • 8 Amazing Perks of Being a Parent

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

    1. Knowing that your baby trusts you with his life

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

    2. Dressing up your baby

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

    3. Understanding their babble

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

    4. Being called “mom” or “dad”

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

    5. Passing the torch

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

    6. Being needed

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

    7. Seeing the world through their perspective

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

    8. Love, Love, Love

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

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

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

  • 10 Tips for Relieving Allergies

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

    1. Change out any air filters.

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

    2. Check the pollen count.

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

    3. Clear out the sinuses.

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

    4. Take a daily fish oil supplement.

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

    5. Try the herb butterbur

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

    6. Take an antihistamine.

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

    7. Take your shoes off at the door.

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

    8. Shower before you sleep.

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

    9. Dry your clothes in a dryer.

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

    10. Wear hats and sunglasses.

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

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

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

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

    For more information, please visit myoogie.com.

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

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

  • How to Prepare to Welcome Home a New Baby

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

    Prepare your other children for the new addition.

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

    Enlist some help for the first few weeks postpartum.

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

    Learn how to install your car seat.

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

    Find a doctor that you like.

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

    Understand the birthing process.

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

    Talk to veteran moms.

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

    Don’t buy anything until after your baby shower.

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

    Build a savings.

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

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

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

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

    For more information, please visit myoogie.com.

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

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

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

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

    1. PunkinWrap

    PunkinWrap

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

    $48.00

    2.  The Minkey by Olie

    The Minkey by Olie

    The Minkey by Olie is a patented all-in-one winter garment for all babies and toddlers. It combines gloves, scarf, and hat! The Minkey is very easy to use - you simply pull on the Minkey over the child’s head just like a balaclava hat and it will keep the child’s head, ears, neck, throat, arms and the hands warm and dry. The amazing thing about the Minkey is that it stays on even though your child doesn’t want it to so no more lost gloves, no more lost hats and no more cold and grumpy children. The Minkey keeps your child warm and dry all winter long in just one piece.

    $19.99

    3. pello

    pello

    Designed by a mom for a well-loved baby, pello is a luxe floor pillow for kids that goes beyond the standard play mat, positioning pillow, or baby gym. The pello provides comfort and support, promotes muscle development, and encourages independent play. pello is unique because it meets your child’s ever-changing needs. As your child grows they can continue to use pello as a comfy place to read and relax, or even play video games!

    $120.00

    4. The Slumber Sleeper™ by Swanling

    The Slumber Sleeper™ by Swanling

    The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in-1 safe sleep solution. It is a mattress protector, fitted sheet, flat sheet and sleep sack all in one. It is designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered while sleeping. Although the sheet allows older children to move freely and change sleep positions, the Slumber Sleeper™ unique design helps facilitate back sleeping and helps keep baby centered while in the crib, two important components of safe sleep for babies, and you get the added benefit of easily keeping an eye on them without adjusting your baby monitor frequently.

    $99.00

    5. PunkinLinks and PunkinSnaps

    PunkinLinks and PunkinSnaps

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

    $19.00

    6. oogiebear

    oogiebear

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

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

    $9.50

    7. Baby Bee® Multipurpose Ointment

    Baby Bee® Multipurpose Ointment

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

    $9.00

    8. Nizo Wear Infinity Breastfeeding Scarf

    Nizo Wear Infinity Breastfeeding Scarf

    The Nizo Wear Infinity Breastfeeding Scarf is made in the USA and offers you a fashionable, everyday style that is convenient to wear and use while nursing your baby. This scarf also comes equipped with a signature pocket to store your keys, a pacifier, cell phone, or anything you may need an extra pocket for. Made of a very soft and breathable, 100% cotton; also available in a polyester blend.

    $29.99

    9. Ultimate Bib

    Ultimate Bib

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

    $24.99

    10.  Itzbeen Pocket Nanny

    Itzbeen Pocket Nanny

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

    $24.99

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Dangers of Side Sleeping – Baby Sleep Safety

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

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

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

  • 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.

  • Our ABC Kids Expo Favorites

    Going to the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas, we saw tons of new products that are on the market and will be appearing soon in your local stores. However, thanks to the internet, you can purchase them now.

    1. Vtech Monitors

    Vtech Kids collection has monitors that keeps parents from worrying about their children while they are sleeping.

    2. Pebble Accessories and Toys

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    Pebble products are made in Bangladesh to help support their economy and lives of others. Their products are gorgeous vibrant and best of all machine washable (even on the toys!).

    3. Mimo

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    Mimo has developed the SMART Nursery. It's a wireless device that attaches onto their specific onesie, which allows parents to track whether or not their child is asleep or awake, tracks breathing, body temperature, and also body position.

    4. Tottigo

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    It's a Pack 'n Potty that makes taking potty training easy when you are traveling or just going out to dinner.

    5. Baby Powder Wipes

    The guys behind Quantuminds have developed baby powder wipes that are talcum and gluten free that will not make you or your child cough. Easy to take on the go.

    6. Smart Bottoms

    Smart bottoms has cute reusable diapers. Check them out.

    Keep your eyes out for all of these products and let us know what you think.

  • Top 5 Summer Popsicles for Teething Children

    Summer is here, which for most of the Northern Hemisphere means warmer weather. With a child around, you must have something to cool them down. Combine that with the added pain that comes through with teething, a popsicle is a must have. Forget stopping by the store for these. Make them at home by yourself or with the older children to get everyone involved together. Be sure to make extra, as it will not only be the teething child wanting these.

     1. Roasted Fruit Pops

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    The farmer’s markets and grocery stores are bursting at the seams with fresh produce. Why not use this opportunity to make a new variety of popsicles for the summer days? Start by roasting the fruit; then puree them. Adds a new type of flavor to your standard popsicles. Your children and you will indulge in these.

    (Recipe by: Lesley W Graham and Stir and Scribble)

    2. Watermelon Pops

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    Homemade summer popsicles with watermelon are sure to refresh and hydrate after a hot and humid summer day. Crisp, refreshing, and your teething child will love this.

    (Recipe by: Paper{whites})

    3. Frozen Mango, Kiwi, Raspberry Pops

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    Fresh fruit purees stacked in layers make this popsicle vibrant, beautiful, and bursting with colors. Pair this with a hot summer day and a child, and you have a match made in heaven.

    (Recipe by: Skinnytaste)

    4. Carrot, Mango, and Raspberry

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    Add a serving of fruit and vegetables with this delicious combination. Your child will absolutely love the berry and tropical mix with a hint of carrot.

    (Recipe by: The Girlichef)

    5. Maple and Squash Pumpkin Pie Popsicles

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    Thanksgiving on a stick is what this should be called. This popsicle is geared towards an older toddler but will be enjoyed by adults too.

    (Recipe by: The Kitchn)

  • Best Summer Baby Food Recipes

    Making your own baby food for your children lets you play in the kitchen and find out exactly what your son or daughter really enjoys. Not only is it a healthier solution without preservatives but also less expensive. Grab your chef’s apron and play Iron Chef America in your kitchen today with your favorite blender (We love the Vitamix.). Start creating gourmet masterpieces that even you will eat.

    -Note: Please check with your pediatrician to make sure that your child is ready for solid foods.

    1. Pureed Carrots

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    Start with the basics on this recipe but feel free to add herbs and a dash of salt and pepper once you find out whether or not your child enjoys them. (Recipe by: chocolateandcarrots.com)

     

    2. Pureed Peaches

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    Make this healthy version of a southern peach pie. Peaches are currently in season and taste absolutely amazing. (Recipe by: premeditatedleftovers.com)

    3. Blueberry, Mango, Avocado

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    If summer had a puree, this would be it- a mix of tropical and berries with the consistency of pudding from the avocados. It’s making my mouth water now. Be sure to save some for your child before you get to taste testing. (Recipe by: babyfoode.com)

    4.Basil and Ginger Infused Peach Compote

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    Is this supposed to be for my yogurt and pancakes or is this going to my baby? Feed your baby first and make a double batch. This takes baby food to a whole new level. (Recipe by: thelowhistaminechef.com)

    5. Quinoa Ratatouille

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    Tonight your child is not just going to have dinner, but he or she is going to have dinner in a French café with this ratatouille. (Recipe by: loveandduckfat.com)

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