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  • 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.

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