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  • 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.

  • Benefits of the Slumber Sleeper for Special Needs Children

    Benefits of the Slumber Sleeper for Special Needs ChildrenSome sleep experts estimate that up to thirty percent of all children struggle with sleep in one way or another. In the special needs community, that number is significantly higher – as much as eighty percent.

    Sleep is an essential component of one’s development, so it’s extremely important that special needs kids get their rest. Here are a few reasons we think our Slumber Sleeper is also helpful to the special needs community.

    Sleep Disruption

    Some children with special needs (especially any child that falls on the autism spectrum) tend to have sensitive nervous systems. Slight changes in their environments can easily disturb them, even the absence of sensation. The Slumber Sleeper provides a feeling of gentle security and light pressure all night long, which helps override sudden sensations.

    Similarly, caregivers are encouraged to create sleep spaces that encourage sleep by limiting sensation: darkening shades, white noise machines, comfortable temperature, etc.

    In fact, autism specialists sometimes recommend parents tuck either side of their blankets beneath their mattresses so they feel tightly tucked in, which is, in essence, a similar feeling that the Slumber Sleeper provides.

    Consistency

    Caregivers for special needs children often try to build consistent routines. Change can be unsettling and cause anxiety (for all children, but special needs kids more so).

    By using the Slumber Sleeper, you’re creating a consistent environment night after night. It’s comforting, soothing, and most importantly: reliable. Your child knows what to expect when it’s time to go to bed and doesn’t fight you about it. Further, if you are having to travel with your child by bringing the Slumber Sleeper along you will continue that consistency for your child even while away from home.

    Back Positioning

    Sleeping on one’s back is the most recommended position. It’s regarded as the best sleep position for anyone of any age. It allows the mattress to support the spine and doesn’t force our backs into any contortions.

    For children whose disabilities affect their bones, ligaments, joints, or muscles, the Slumber Sleeper keeps them in the healthiest sleep position all night long.

    Circadian Rhythm

    Since the brain regulates our sleep-wake cycles, autistic children often have trouble going to sleep and waking up at appropriate times. They wake up sooner than they should, fight bedtimes, and wake up more often during the night.

    The only solution is to make the bedroom environment as conducive to sleep as possible. The Slumber Sleeper helps remind them that it’s sleep time and their brains respond accordingly.

    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.

  • 8 SIDS Prevention Tips

    SIDS Prevention TipsAs parents, we want to do everything possible to keep our children safe. SIDS is a complex issue and while everything we don’t know everything about it, we do know what types of behaviors can reduce the chance. Follow these tips to prevent SIDS.

    1. Back to Sleep

    The risk of SIDS is high when your baby sleeps on his stomach or side. These positions angle your baby’s face into the mattress, which can smother him. Every time you put your baby down to sleep, you must put him on his back. This applies to short nap times as well. Once your baby has learned to roll over on his own, don’t worry if he rolls around.

    This is the single most important thing you can do to prevent SIDS.

    2. Empty Crib

    To prevent suffocation, it’s imperative that you lay your child down in an empty crib. That means no bedding, bumpers, toys, crib rail covers, or pillows. Each of these pose a smothering risk if your child rolls his face into them.

    The only items that should be in the crib are a firm mattress with a tight fitting crib sheet and your baby. Dress and swaddle the baby properly for the temperature conditions in your home.

    3. Overheating

    Overheating may increase the chance of SIDS. Dress your infant in light, comfortable clothes that are suitable for the environment. Often this means a onesie and pajamas that cover the hands and feet. If you swaddle, wrap it snugly around baby so it can’t come loose and cover his face.

    4. No Smoking

    Babies born to women who smoked throughout their pregnancy are three times more likely to succumb to SIDS. Even after birth, second hand smoke increases the risk. Keep all smoking outside the home.

    5. Breastfeeding

    Experts don’t understand why, but breastfeeding your baby can cut the risk of SIDS in half. The leading theory is that breast milk provides immunological protection from infections that could increase the likelihood of SIDS.

    6. Pacifier

    Again, scientists don’t understand why, but there’s evidence that shows that using a pacifier prevents SIDS. Put the pacifier in your baby’s mouth when he falls asleep, but when it falls out, don’t reinsert it. Make sure to keep it clean and replace it if the nipple becomes damaged. Also, don’t force your baby to ever take the pacifier and never coat it with any substances.

    7. Sleep Alone

    Room-sharing is quite alright (and helps new parents have some peace-at-mind), but bed-sharing is definitely a no-no.

    8. Tummy Time

    Use tummy time to strengthen your infant’s neck, shoulders and core while he is awake. This way if he rolls into a vulnerable position during his sleep, he’ll have the strength to correct himself.

    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.

  • The Dangers of Side Sleeping – Baby Sleep Safety

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

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

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

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