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  • Crib Mattress Safety: IKEA Recall Info

    IKEA crib mattress recallSafety is paramount when it comes to our children, especially helpless little babies who can’t fend for themselves. Recently, there were reports of two children who became trapped between the crib and their VYSSA mattress, manufactured and sold by Swedish furniture company IKEA.

    Fortunately neither children were hurt, but safety-conscious IKEA has done the right thing and recalled five of their styles of this line of mattress. The recall includes nearly 169,000 mattresses in the United States, including the following lines: Vackert, Vinka, Spelevink, Sloa, and Slummer.

    Mattresses should be designed to ensure a snug fit within the crib frame. A baby should not be able to split their fingers between the crib slats and the mattress, let along get their whole bodies in there.

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission insists that crib mattresses be 27 ¼ inches by 54 ¼ inches. By standardizing the size, consumers can purchase different brands of mattresses, cribs, and bedding without worrying that the combination renders them unsafe. The CPSC is charged with evaluating thousands of products every year to ensure they are safe for use. They are especially thorough when it comes to baby products.

    You can verify that your mattress is the proper length by removing all bedding, including fitted sheets. The mattress should fill the space between the frame pieces entirely, touching all four sides. If you can fit a finger in without squishing the mattress, there’s too much room.

    If you own an IKEA VYSSA crib mattress that was manufactured on May 4, 2012 or earlier, you are entitled to a full refund or exchange. You can find this information on the mattress’ label.

    Ikea is going the extra mile and not requiring you prove that you purchased the mattress. Just bring it in and pick up your money or a new one.

    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 Products: What to Keep and What to Toss

    nursery items what to keep and throw awayWhen it comes to your child’s nursery, you probably have an image in your mind of the cutest, most colorful baby paradise. While this is expected, and encouraged, there are certain items that are essential to a nursery. At the same time however, there are plenty of things you’ll want to get rid of for your child’s sake. Here’s what to keep and what to toss:

    What to Keep

    Crib Mattress

    For your child’s crib mattress, you’ll want one that is firm and light. This will make your life a whole lot easier when something goes wrong in the middle of the night and you have to change the baby’s sheets. For added safety, try to find the most eco-friendly products to ensure they don’t have harmful chemicals or toxins. Personally we love naturepedic mattresses for children.

    Crib Sheet

    The sheet that you use for your baby is essential to their sleep habits. Using a natural cotton or organic sheet is important and at the same time, the sheet should never be bulky or loose where it poses a potential suffocation hazard. It should fit tightly around all sides of the mattress much like the way the Swanling Slumber Sleeper fits to the mattress thus ensuring your child has the natural fibers close and a sleep surface free of loose fabrics. Further, the Swanling Slumber Sleeper™ also acts as a mattress protector, fitted sheet, and sleep sack all in one package!

    Baby Monitor

    A baby monitor can offer peace of mind like no other product is able to do. It’s the one item that allows you to virtually be next to your child’s crib from anywhere in the entire house. A monitor not only allows you to get work and chores done throughout the day/night, but it gives you the ability to feel at ease knowing your baby is basically at the palm of your hand. Further smart phone compatible baby monitors allow parents to view the nursery on their phone at any time. Now that’s peace of mind!

    Sound Conditioner

    A sound conditioner (or white noise machine) is used to "mask" noise and create a more peaceful environment for your baby to sleep. Babies are used to a lot of noises from inside the womb, so they don't like pure silence, but loud and sudden noises can startle them awake. You'll want to keep one around so your baby gets full, uninterrupted sleep cycles.

    What to Toss

    Window Blinds

    The blinds for a window pose a huge hazard to your child when used in their nursery. As soon as your child is able to stand up in the crib or even get out on their own, blinds will have to go! The cords used to raise and lower the blinds pose a serious strangulation risk if your child were to play with them.

    Extra Crib Items

    The more junk you have in your child’s crib, the bigger risk there is of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Their crib should be firm and flat to avoid any of these risks. Tossing the stuffed animals, pillows, and overly fluffy bedding is recommended.

    Electricity

    Anything that could possibly lead to electric shock must be avoided at all costs! This means getting rid of or hiding electrical wires, covering up the outlets, and tossing any items that could potentially cause electric shocks if your child were to get into it. Never run an extension cord across baby’s room, as this could become a tripping hazard in the dark.

    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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