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  • Easiest Baby Foods to Make Yourself

    Easiest Baby Foods to Make YourselfIf you have the time and energy to make your own baby food at home, this could be a lot more beneficial for your child. Not only will this allow you the flexibility to choose any type of food that you’d like to feed the little one, but you can also trust the source and production of the food. Also, be sure to grab the organic fruits and vegetables to make these baby entrées as healthy as possible. Here are the best baby foods to make at home:

    Pureed Carrots

    Puree some fresh carrots to make a healthy treat for your baby. Carrots have been shown to improve vision, promote healthier skin, help prevent infection, and can aid in preventing a bunch of other nasty diseases.

    Mashed Avocado

    Avocado isn’t called a super food without reason! Mash up some avocado for your child to obtain a ton of potassium, vitamins and fiber, in addition to various heart-healthy benefits.

    Pureed Sweet Potato

    Sweet potatoes are not only a delicious snack for baby, but they’re also loaded with great vitamins and minerals! Some of these include vitamins B6, C and D, iron, magnesium and potassium!

    Butternut Squash

    Puree Butternut squash is one of the most common varieties of winter squash and is chock full of vitamin A, potassium and fiber. Due to its tough exterior, you can store this squash for a long time before choosing to make some food for your baby. Mashed

    Bananas

    Bananas are great for homemade baby food because they’re so easy to mash and they’re also very healthy. Bananas are known for the amount of potassium they contain, but they are also loaded with many other vitamins and minerals.

    Pureed Peas

    Peas don’t only make for a colorful puree, but they’re also great for your baby. They provide immune system strength, many antioxidants, and blood sugar regulation effects.

    Apple Puree

    Apples are always a favorite of young children because of their sweet taste. In addition to this, they contain a lot of vitamins and fiber, can decrease the risk of diabetes, and have actually been shown to curb many different types of cancer!

    Pear Puree

    Pears, just like apples, not only taste great, but provide some great benefits as well. Pears deliver fiber, vitamins B2, C and E, and potassium. Pears also contain a fair amount of pectin, which is a water-soluble fiber.

    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.

  • 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.

  • The Importance of Breastfeeding Baby

    The Importance of Breastfeeding BabyBreastfeeding is one of the most beautiful acts a woman can perform, as it strengthens the bond between mother and child and it provides all the necessary nutrients baby needs to develop into a healthy child. By making the choice to breastfeed, moms are securing a healthy future for baby, and a healthier future for themselves. Moms can also greatly benefit from breastfeeding baby, which adds to the lengthy list of reasons to breastfeed.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that mothers breastfeed their infants exclusively for at least the first six months. For mothers who are unable to breastfeed, there are other options they can turn to, like milk bank associations that provide moms with donated milk. Here are 10 ways that breastfeeding benefits mom and baby:

    1. Breast milk contains all of the vitamins and nutrients that your baby needs, plus it contains substances that fight and protect against diseases and infections.
    2. Children who were breastfed score higher on IQ tests.
    3. Moms who breastfeed have a reduced risk of breast cancer and Type 2 Diabetes.
    4. It can protect your child from obesity as breastfed babies have healthier eating patterns.
    5. Breastfeeding can also protect your child from developing allergies and provides a layer of protection to baby’s intestinal tract.
    6. It can help moms return to their pre-pregnancy weight quicker and easier.
    7. It does not cause upset stomach or digestive issues like baby formula can.
    8. Studies have shown that breastfeeding can lower baby’s risk of SIDS. The CDC recommends breastfeeding for as long as possible to reduce this risk.
    9. Breastfeeding can lower mom’s stress level and her risk of developing postpartum depression. Nursing releases oxytocin, which promotes relaxation and helps mom bond with baby.
    10. Breastfeeding can also lower baby’s risk of developing asthma.

    The Human Milk Banking Association of North America supports breastfeeding and the health of mom and baby by providing safe, pasteurized donor milk for babies in need. Their milk banks receive surplus milk and dispense it after the donated milk has been pasteurized and tested to make sure it’s safe for any baby. For information on becoming a donor or finding a milk bank near you, visit https://www.hmbana.org.

    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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