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  • 6 Ways to Strengthen the Bond Between Parent & Child

    quality time ideasFor any family, it’s important to set aside time to be spent doing various activities together. These activities, whether they last all day or only an hour, are valuable bonding experiences that a family can thrive from. Here are some of the best parent-child bonding activities:

    1. Charity Work 

    Planning a day of charity work with your kid is beneficial for many reasons. Not only are you getting the chance to spend quality time together, but you’re also helping your community and those less fortunate. The best part about this activity is your children learn valuable lessons along the way. Look into volunteering at a local soup kitchen, or find a marathon-style event to raise money for a good cause.

    2. Family Breakfast 

    Starting the day off as a family is a great way to get some bonding time in. If you want to have a family breakfast during the week, get the food going while your child is getting ready for school and your spouse gets ready for work. Better yet, save the breakfast for the weekend so you can take your time and enjoy together!

    3. Watch Home Videos 

    Breaking out the home videos for a viewing is a timeless family activity. The best part about this bonding activity is that you and your child get to reminisce on some of the best memories you had together. Treat it like a movie night, pop some popcorn, and enjoy the laughs and good times as a family. 

    4. Date Night 

    Plan a typical date night but instead of planning it around your significant other, do so for your child. After you get some dinner together, find something fun to do like bowling, a movie, or miniature golf. Another alternative would be having a home-cooked dinner and then playing a fun board game with the family instead. No matter which you choose, you’ll have a great time conversing and bonding.

    5. Host a Party 

    Hosting a family get-together is one of the best ways to get your children, and the entire family, together for great bonding time. Invite as many aunts, uncles, and cousins as you can and have them bring a dish to make for a big family feast. Plan various fun activities that everyone can partake in, like Frisbee or family game of soccer. You can even buy poster board and everyone can take turns filling in their part of the family tree!

    6. Family Vacation 

    If possible, planning a family vacation is a guaranteed fun bonding experience. Research the best destinations that have families in mind in terms of the activities, events, and venues they offer. An obvious choice would be Disney, where both parents and kids will be able to have a great time together. Your children will be grateful to have spent all that time together in such a fun place.

    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.

  • 17 of the Best Baby and Kids Halloween Costumes

    Now that Halloween is over, parents are uploading photos of their little ones all over the web and social media. Some are cute; others are downright clever. Here are some of the funniest and most adorable Halloween costumes for babies!

    1. A pumpkin – just make sure to clean it out well

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    2. A bowl of spaghetti

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    3. A hot dog

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    4. A bucket of popcorn

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    5. A pineapple

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    6. An Ewok (from Star Wars)

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    7. Grandma

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    8. A burrito

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    9. Dwight (from The Office)

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    10. Albert Einstein

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    11. The Dude (from The Big Lebowski)

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    12. Wilson (from Cast Away)

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    13. A Wild Thing (from Where The Wild Things Are)

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    14. Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

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    15. Thing 1 and 2 – perfect for twins!

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    16. A goldfish

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    17. Ron Burgundy (from Anchorman)

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    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.

  • The 8 Benefits of Swimming for Kids

    Benefits of Swimming for KidsIt’s still warm out, so there’s plenty of time to take your kids swimming. Not only is it a ton of fun, but it’s fantastic exercise that some children sorely need. Even if you don’t have a pool at home, there’s surely a public pool or YMCA nearby. Take the family for a day and watch how much fun everyone has! Check out these eight benefits.

    1. It’s a great workout – Swimming uses all the body’s muscle groups at once. It’s a great aerobic activity and it builds strength. It’s low impact, so young joints aren’t strained and it increases flexibility (because of the big sweeping motions). With an obesity epidemic on, kids need as much fun-fitness as they can get.

    2. It’s the safest sport for kids – Children are less likely to injure themselves swimming than any other sport. Even when roughhousing, there’s little danger of harm. There are no scraped knees, bruised wrists or conked heads in a swimming pool (well, usually).

    3. It improves coordination – Unlike other exercises, swimming requires the use of one’s entire body: arms, legs, feet, hands, and core. Children learn how to master all their muscle groups at once, which makes them more stable on land and at other sports.

    4. Swim play keeps them safe – Playing in a pool or lake under supervised conditions teaches kids how to behave in the water and keep themselves afloat. This is useful in the event of a disaster or emergency where kids end up in water (like a storm or capsized boat). Everyone should know how to swim. Drowning is the nation’s second leading cause of accidental death in children under 14.

    5. Swimming helps them socialize – No kid can resist a swimming pool. Put a few kids in a pool and they’ll figure out how to play one game or another. If your child is introverted or new to the area, he’ll undoubtedly make some friends at the pool.

    6. Swimming helps kids do better in school – Just like other forms of regular activity, swimming helps kids to better in school. During the developmental years, it’s important that all children get regular exercise to regulate their bodies. If you have a high-energy child, you know just how useful a few hours of activity can be.

    7. It’s a solo and a team sport – Your child can swim anyway he wants. He can do it alone for fun and exercise, he can horse around with friends, or he can compete on a team. There are plenty of swimming events (racing and diving) to participate in.

    8. It includes children with disabilities – Many children who can’t participate in land-based sports and games are able to support and move themselves in the water, making swimming an excellent way for them to stay fit and make friends.

    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.

  • 5 Tips to Teach Your Children How to Share

    Teach Your Children How to ShareLearning to share is a normal part of growing up. Kids aren’t built to know how to do this themselves. Parents need to encourage their children to share until the kids start picking it up on their own. This will help turn your children into compassionate, empathetic adults who work well with others. Here are some tips.

    1. Teach taking turns

    If you have two children who want to play with the same item, teach them that they can share by taking turns. You can tell them that they each have 10 minutes to play with the toy and then set a timer. Once the timer goes off it’s the other child’s turn to play with the toy. Not only are they learning how to share, they are also learning patience and delaying gratification. If the children cannot agree to take turns, take the toy away and tell them that neither can play with the toy until they can learn to share.

    2. Set some basic rules

    A young child may not fully understand the concept of sharing right away, but they can follow basic rules that will help them learn how to share. These rules can include teaching them to wait their turn and that if they walk away from a toy, that means it’s free for another child to play with it. Also teach them that if they brings toys along to a play date, everyone gets to play with those toys too.

    3. Donate old toys

    When your children have too many toys in their playroom or get news ones for their birthday or other holidays, donate some to a charity or children’s shelter.  Talk to your child and explain what it means to donate toys and why it’s a good idea to share with the less fortunate. You can even bring your child to a toy store and ask them to pick out items to donate.

    4. Let them see you share.

    Children look to their parents and often emulate their actions and behaviors. Share things with your child, like a cookie or ice cream and ask him to share things with you. If your child is cold, share a blanket with him, and offer the same to other members of your family. Let them know that you would love to share some of your ice cream with them and describe your sharing interactions to them.

    5. Make it fun

    Give your child small toys and rewards to share with some friends. It could be a sheet of stickers or some snacks to be divided evenly with each of his friends. Give your child positive reinforcement by saying how nice it is of him to share with friends and how his friends must feel happy to have a friend who likes to share.

    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.

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