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  • Looking Forward by Looking Back: Baby Products That Change the Way We Live

    Baby Products That Change the Way We LiveFlashback to 1989…

    The only moms who were “wearing” their children were the hippies. They were criticized for being too attached to their kids. These moms were also big into breastfeeding, which (at the time) was considered offensive and inefficient.

    Some realized how better it was to keep their children close to their bodies, but these women didn’t have many options. Most baby carrying devices were a wrap of some sort, a long swatch of fabric that wasn’t easy to use.

    Although wearing your baby was a new concept in the US, people had been doing it in Europe since the 70s, starting in Sweden. Medical experts concluded that eye contact and physical closeness between parent and child was important for healthy bonding.

    Björn Jakobson was inspired by this research and developed a product that could facilitate closeness and the bond between parents and their newborn babies. BabyBjörn launched its first baby carrier, "Hjärtenära" (close to heart), in 1973.

    It took over thirty years for the concept of wearing your baby to be accepted in the United States. It just wasn’t fashionable until a black and white advertisement in Harper’s Bazaar featured a svelte new mom model showing off her Bijorn carrier.

    The sleep sack, a hybrid blanket and sleeper was also popular in Sweden a long time ago, but only gained ground in the States during the 90s. The sack provides warmth and comfort to baby without the looseness of a traditional blanket, which helps prevent SIDS.

    Flash-forward to 2015…

    Wearing your child isn’t just a popular trend. It’s recommended by doctors, nurses, midwives, and parenting experts. Attachment parenting (and breastfeeding) continues to grow and develop. Children are thriving.

    Presently in the United States, there are more than 20 companies producing carious designs of baby carriers and wraps so parents can maintain a better bond with their children. These devices not only soothe baby so he/she can grow without stress, but they are fantastically convenient.

    We have established a new paradigm in how to best care for children; one that includes the importance of emotional well-being and growth.

    At Swanling Innovations, we’re trying to base our work on the same concept; the principals of bonding and giving children a sense of security. Through safe, secure sleep, children grow up feeling loved, comforted, and without stress.

    Our sleep aide, the Slumber Sleeper, is a modern sleep solution for infants and children. It’s an integration of traditional European concepts (that have been working for centuries) that we’re trying to bring to American life.

    We hope to revolutionize how children self-soothe, giving them and parents the rest they deserve.

    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.

  • Attachment Parenting and the Slumber Sleeper

    Every parent has been in this situation before.

    (Note: This is not our video. We do not advocate the use of bumpers in a crib and such a practice is discouraged by the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) safe sleep recommendations.)

    Sometimes our little ones just want to be cuddled. They don’t have any physical needs as long as they are fed, changed and clean; but they long for the closeness of mom or dad. They long for that feeling of comfort and security they felt while in the womb.

    Sometimes no sophisticated gadget, swing, or vibrating lounger will make your baby happy. He or she just wants to be in your arms. As parents, when our children should be sleeping alone but can't sleep and want to be held, especially at nighttime, parents are often temped to give in and bring them into the parents' bed. Unfortunately, parents should avoid giving children this type of "sleep crutch" as it will only prolong the child's inability to sleep independently.

    As our children's emotional wellbeing is so important and as even small infants learn early on how to get mom and dad to surrender quickly, few parents have ever been fans of letting children cry themselves to sleep. However, co-sleeping and other "sleep crutches" such as the late night rocking chair are of little or no lasting value to either the parent or child. So, how do we face this challenge? Isn’t there a way to offer the child an independent, yet safe sleep environment that allows them to feel comfortable and secure while at the same time allowing the parents to get a much needed good night's rest?

    With the current movement in attachment parenting, shown by the rise in baby "wearing" and co-sleeping; parents of today are obviously seeking this closeness. However, when faced with numerous studies showing tragic results to infants from co-sleeping, parents today must consider alternate, thoughtful and safe practices such as those recommended in the AAP guidelines for sleep.

    The Slumber Sleeper was designed to allow the baby to always feel cuddled and secure. It simulates the comforting experience of being in mom's or dad’s arms and is similar to the enclosed feeling they enjoyed in the womb and early infant swaddling. When the child awakens, they are aware of the soft touch and secure comfort of the special fabric. This bypasses their immediate need for a parent's touch. As they recognize the feeling of warmth and security, they are soon back to sleep. The Slumber Sleeper is just like a little slice of sleep magic.

    It is important for our children to learn early on about sleep independence and have the opportunity to sleep train properly. The value of good sleep habits for children and the positive effect of well rested parents, can go a long way to promote and maintain an atmosphere of patience, leading to a happy, healthy home environment. The Slumber Sleeper is an excellent tool to help families successfully achieve that coveted goal.

    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: Geoff Livingston via Compfight cc

  • Soft to the Touch

    It has long been understood that humans are tactile beings. Children in particular use their sense of touch as their very first way of finding out about the world. For the majority of babies it is through touch that they learn to sooth themselves. They are drawn to the softest, silkiest textures rubbing them between their fingers or against their faces finding comfort there.

    This is why children often latch on to a "lovie" when transitioned to sleeping in their crib or a new environment. It is something familiar and comforting, helping them feel safe and settled. Recently there have been growing concerns regarding children having stuffed animals or blankets in the crib with them for fear of accidental suffocation. Swanling Innovations created a solution for parents of children who really need their "lovie" to sleep at night. The Slumber Sleeper™ is made with the snap-in-place system, allowing the Slumber Swan or Slumber Silkie to be safely snapped at the wait of the child, so their "lovie" is always with in hands reach but always kept away from their face, and conveniently IN the crib.

    Waking up frequently with children during the night causes for a cranky household in the morning. Zero to little sleep across the board is not the way we want to start our day.
    Using the Swanling snap-in place system can help keep children safely sleeping through the night, changing sleepless nights into restful mornings.

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