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  • 7 Natural Baby Foods Babies Love

    Natural Baby FoodsThe baby food market is known for buzzing about being organic promoting healthy growth. Regardless of the brand, here are culinary champions straight from nature that you can guarantee nutritional benefits from. Here are 7 of our favorites for baby’s diet.

    1. Squash

    Plain old squash straight from mother earth acts as an excellent source of vitamins A and C. It’s creamy consistency and natural sweet flavor makes it perfect for babies! Serving squash with garbanzo beans is one of our favorite combinations. You’ll find that you love squash too when you discover all the great dinner ideas!

    2. Yogurt

    This beloved classic snack is known to boost the immune system while aiding the brain and heart’s health. Yogurt is also an excellent source of vitamin D and calcium! There are ton of yogurts on the market, but they are not equal. When choosing a yogurt for baby, opt for plain organic choices with no sugars added. We find that yogurt works well with mandarins other fruits. There are countless ways to serve yogurt, so be creative!

    3. Avocados

    This rich source of “good” fat is similar to the composition of breast milk. Because avocados are an unsaturated fat, it is safe for baby and offers some benefits toward his development. You can mash avocados with other foods of your choice but we love the combination of avocados and apples spread on toast!

    4. Mandarin oranges

    Antioxidants and vitamin C contents are high in this delicious fruit. The size of mandarins makes them super easy for babies to eat in pieces as finger food. If you choose to buy canned mandarins, be sure to purchase brands that house the fruit in water rather than sugary syrup.

    5. Lentils

    This inexpensive legume is packed with more nutritional power than you could imagine. Lentils are an excellent source of protein, and are known to increase energy,  and encourage both heart health and digestive health.  Combined with veggies and your favorite assortment of seasonings, lentils make a great dinner for growing babies. We love lentils with a bit of oregano.

    6. Blueberries

    The flavonoids in the bluest of blueberries are excellent for your baby’s brain and eyes. Serving these mashed, warm or along with yogurt can make blueberries easy for baby to enjoy. The anthocyanins are even said to have benefits for the urinary tract as well.

    7. Spinach, Kale & Collard greens

    The high contents of iron and folate found in dark leafy greens are great for both you and babies for many reasons. Babies particularly benefit from the vision, iron and bone health advantages. Pureeing and steaming these greens make them perfect for baby consumption.

    Got any fun baby food recipes you’d like to share with us. Share your recipes 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.

  • 9 Multipurpose Products for Mom and Kids

    As a mom you’re expected to juggle dozens of tasks each day, from cooking and cleaning to taking the kids to school and driving them to extracurricular activities. It is hard to ever find some time for yourself! Moms need all the help they can get, and multi-use products are extremely helpful for completing everyday tasks. Here is my top list of multi-use products that will save moms time, money and space.

    1. The Minkey

    all-in-one winter garment for babies and toddlers

    The Minkey by Olie is a patented all-in-one winter garment for babies and toddlers. It combines gloves, scarf, and hat! The Minkey is very easy to use from newborn to 4 years old; 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, lost hats, and cold and grumpy children. The Minkey keeps your child warm and dry all winter long in just one piece

    $19.99

    2. Cossettie Compact Shopping Cart and High Chair Cover

    compact shopping cart and high chair cover

    Say hello to the most compact shopping cart and high chair cover. The simple, lightweight cover tucks into its own small attached bag making it easy to fit in your diaper bag or purse. It is a 2-in-1 machine washable cover that helps protect your little one from germs on shopping carts and restaurant-style high chairs. Elastic helps keep the cover snug around the shopping cart or high chair. Attached bag makes it easy to carry around and keeps messes contained. Voted 2014 Top Choice of the Year for High Chair & Shopping Cart Covers by Baby Maternity Magazine.

    $12.99

    3. The Texthook

    The Texthook

    The texthook™ is the ultimate smartphone holder for your active lifestyle. The patent-pending design tightly secures your smartphone while still providing access to the touchscreen or keyboard. With the touch of a finger, you can text, talk or e-mail, while exercising, shopping and more. With an easy strap-on design, texthook(TM) quickly fastens to the handlebar of your stroller, exercise equipment, shopping cart or bicycle. Lightweight and durable, the texthook(TM) can remain strapped to one handlebar or can be attached and removed repeatedly throughout your busy day.

    $25.99

    4. Babee Covee

    Babee Covee

    Babee Covee is an award-winning convertible baby blanket and cover that is four products in ONE! It makes daily life with baby easier by eliminating the need to buy, pack and carry bulky single-use items while helping to protect baby/toddler from germs where ever you go. The trendy Babee Covee can be used as: 1) car seat canopy cover 2) stroller cover/blanket and 3) baby carrier blanket, and 4) playtime blanket.

    $49.99

    5. Swanling Slumber Sleeper

    safe sleep for babies

    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. 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

    6. ZizzyBee Bags

    ZizzyBee Bags

    ZizzyBee Bags are handy, compact, reusable, washable storage bags convenient for every part of your life. The neat freak in your family will love that they help you store and organize just about anything! From diapers/wipes, make-up and sports gear, to even purse clutter these trendy bags makes organization easy and they’re see-through so you can easily find what you’re looking for.

    Reduce single-use bag waste while keeping life’s clutter cleaned up. With two eco-friendly bag sizes to choose from, ZizzyBee Bags are a perfect fit for storage and organizational needs.

    $15.99-$19.99

    7. 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

    8. pello

    luxe floor pillow for kids

    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. The distinctive donut shape, with the raised edges and soft, padded center, has several benefits at all stages of a child’s life.

    $120.00

    9. Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper

    Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper

    This innovative rocker and napper that features a one hand switch from sit to sleep. Rocker easily converts from seat to comfy napper and provides soothing movements to rock your baby at all 3 reclining positions. Flat pad with raised borders offers a safe and cozy napper environment and cute musical toy hangs off the Rocker’s adjustable arm.

    $99.99

    winter hat, gloves and scarf for babies and toddlersGuest Blog by Christina Plejdrup, Mom and Inventor of the Minkey

    Christina Plejdrup is a mother of a 3-year-old girl, Oliva, who tried many different winter products to see if she could find anything that could get her daughter to keep her gloves on as well as her hat and scarf. Christina tried everything, but nothing worked!

    After several failed attempts to get her daughter to keep her gloves, hat and scar on, Christina designed her own solution! It worked like a charm and when they would walk through their neighborhood, several parents asked where they found such a unique and practical winter garment.  This is when the Minkey (as her daughter calls it) was born.

    The Minkey is a unique 3-in-1 winter hat, gloves and scarf for babies and toddlers. It’s easy to use and goes great under any jacket, snowsuit or vest, and children have plenty of comfort and movement. They will always stay warm and dry where it is important while out in the cold.

    The Minkey is now an award-winning product adored by parents and kids all over the globe!  Visit http://www.theolie.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.

  • Managing Separation Anxiety

    Managing Separation AnxietyBabies under six months old get by just fine without mom and dad for a night or two, but by seven or eight months, they have learned object permanence. Object permanence is the concept that things and people exist even when they are out of our sight. Baby knows you’re somewhere, so he feels stressed because you aren’t with him. If your baby fusses and struggles when you leave, here are some tips on dealing with his separation anxiety.

    1. Create a good-bye ritual.

    Create a simple ritual that you perform every time you leave for the day. Make it something memorable. You could sing a short rhyme, give hugs and kisses, and then leave. Do not return. If you return because you see or hear your child crying, you’ll just make it harder in the long run.

    2. Practice leaving.

    Games like peek-a-boo help and “Where’s Mommy?’ give your child some separation practice. Practice leaving for short periods of time by going into the other room while another caregiver watches baby. Perform your good-bye ritual and step into your bedroom for a few moments.

    3. Socialize with the sitter.

    Ideally, your regular daycare provider would be someone you interact with often, like a grandparent or close friend. You want baby to be close with this person so he doesn’t feel alone when you leave. If you’ll be putting your child in daycare, opt to spend a few hours at the facility with baby so he spends time with the care providers.

    4. Provide a consistent pattern.

    Kids thrive on predictability. If you usually drop your child off to daycare in the morning, continue this routine even on days where you don’t work as early.

    5. Offer a sense of control.

    Ask your child if he wants to play with the blocks or the coloring books when he gets to daycare. It doesn’t matter what he answers, but by choosing something, he has gained an element of control over his day and won’t feel powerless.

    6. Keep calm yourself.

    If your child sees you struggling with the separation, he isn’t going to handle it well himself. Keep your emotions in check and stay positive.

    7. Meet all of your child’s needs before leaving.

    Separations are harder when your child is hungry, sick, tired or needs a change. Solve all of these problems beforehand and leave when your baby is usually happy and alert (typically mornings).

    8. Send some favorite items.

    If the separation is taking place outside the home, pack along some favorite items that make baby comfortable.

    pacifier holderGuest Blog by Julie Tabor Thompson, Founder & President of Bounce Innovations, Inventor of PullyPalz

    As a mother of two, Julie found she was continuously retrieving dropped pacifiers, because even though they spit them out, they still want them immediately! She called it "the pacifier game," and, at times, it was difficult to play. One day, she thought, 'I wish somebody would invent a ...' A what? What could make it so babies can keep up with their pacifiers? Clips help parents keep up with pacifiers, but they don't help the baby. Babies don't understand when it's behind their shoulder or around their side. As they say, out of sight, out of mind. She started by making the first prototype in her kitchen (which included melting molding plastic, an instruction manual for her sewing machine, and YouTube videos). Several designs later, the PullyPalz were born... The first ever pacifier toy that - with the help of baby's interaction - keeps pacis coming back!

    Her goal is to offer unique products that make life and parenthood just a little easier, and ultimately more enjoyable. Compatible products (teethers and toys) will be coming to market soon. Julie also offers product development and consultation services for other aspiring entrepreneurs.

    For more information, visit www.pullypalz.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.

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