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  • 8 Amazing Perks of Being a Parent

    Amazing Perks of Being a Parent Even with all the chaos that comes with being a parent, the silver lining makes it all worth it. The reward for being someone’s mommy or daddy is unmatched. Here are 8 things that make being a parent one of the most awesome titles you will ever have.

    1. Knowing that your baby trusts you with his life

    When you gaze into your baby’s eyes, you know that they undoubtedly trust you more than any other person has before. Not only is this gaze adorable, it’s an honor.

    2. Dressing up your baby

    We know children are not dolls, and they will quickly develop their own personal style; but that small window where we get to dress our babies in whatever we like is just fun! The clothing available for babies and toddlers is absolutely adorable and sometimes witty. Since it’s pretty much not socially acceptable for us to wear a monkey suit to the grocery store, why not live vicariously through your 8-month-old.

    3. Understanding their babble

    For a good while, you’ll be the only person in the world that understands their baby’s language. You’ll act as an interpreter for other family members and friends. It’s almost surprising to you that grandpa doesn’t know “gummy boggle” means “I want my bottle now.” This secret language between you two is certainly a great way to feel connected.

    4. Being called “mom” or “dad”

    When you consider the meaning of such noble titles, hearing someone call you “mom” or “dad” is wonderfully empowering. It’s a reminder that you made a human life.

    5. Passing the torch

    Your child will of course become their own person and develop different passions. It’s still great when you see certain qualities and interests that you have manifest in someone else. Your child is your own little contribution to the world and a reflection of you.

    6. Being needed

    Knowing someone relies on you and literally NEEDS you can be a challenge, but it s also one of the GREATEST rewards in life. A sense of fulfillment comes from knowing your child wants and needs your help, insight, love and guidance. For some people, this is one of the few times in life they will feel valued. Being needed gives you a sense of unparalleled responsibility.

    7. Seeing the world through their perspective

    So many parents say having a child opened their mind to other world views they hadn’t even thought of before. When your child starts to make bold statements and ask pressing questions about relationships, death, and even politics we are forced to examine at the world a little differently.

    8. Love, Love, Love

    For many, the love between a parent and child is the only true unconditional love we will experience. Nothing compares.

    This list only scratches the surface! Tell us what your favorite part of being a parent is 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.

  • Looking Forward by Looking Back: Baby Products That Change the Way We Live

    Baby Products That Change the Way We LiveFlashback to 1989…

    The only moms who were “wearing” their children were the hippies. They were criticized for being too attached to their kids. These moms were also big into breastfeeding, which (at the time) was considered offensive and inefficient.

    Some realized how better it was to keep their children close to their bodies, but these women didn’t have many options. Most baby carrying devices were a wrap of some sort, a long swatch of fabric that wasn’t easy to use.

    Although wearing your baby was a new concept in the US, people had been doing it in Europe since the 70s, starting in Sweden. Medical experts concluded that eye contact and physical closeness between parent and child was important for healthy bonding.

    Björn Jakobson was inspired by this research and developed a product that could facilitate closeness and the bond between parents and their newborn babies. BabyBjörn launched its first baby carrier, "Hjärtenära" (close to heart), in 1973.

    It took over thirty years for the concept of wearing your baby to be accepted in the United States. It just wasn’t fashionable until a black and white advertisement in Harper’s Bazaar featured a svelte new mom model showing off her Bijorn carrier.

    The sleep sack, a hybrid blanket and sleeper was also popular in Sweden a long time ago, but only gained ground in the States during the 90s. The sack provides warmth and comfort to baby without the looseness of a traditional blanket, which helps prevent SIDS.

    Flash-forward to 2015…

    Wearing your child isn’t just a popular trend. It’s recommended by doctors, nurses, midwives, and parenting experts. Attachment parenting (and breastfeeding) continues to grow and develop. Children are thriving.

    Presently in the United States, there are more than 20 companies producing carious designs of baby carriers and wraps so parents can maintain a better bond with their children. These devices not only soothe baby so he/she can grow without stress, but they are fantastically convenient.

    We have established a new paradigm in how to best care for children; one that includes the importance of emotional well-being and growth.

    At Swanling Innovations, we’re trying to base our work on the same concept; the principals of bonding and giving children a sense of security. Through safe, secure sleep, children grow up feeling loved, comforted, and without stress.

    Our sleep aide, the Slumber Sleeper, is a modern sleep solution for infants and children. It’s an integration of traditional European concepts (that have been working for centuries) that we’re trying to bring to American life.

    We hope to revolutionize how children self-soothe, giving them and parents the rest they deserve.

    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.

  • Back To School for the Whole Family.

    It's back to school for many children, which means summer is over. Bedtimes are back in full force and schedules begin to play an even more important role.

    Here are our tips to make the back to school blues an easy transition for the entire family, especially when you have a range of ages amongst your children from newborn to teenagers.

    1. Begin to set a schedule
    With activities and clubs back on, the more structure that is present for children and adults the better. We know what it is like juggling soccer practice, tennis lessons, play dates, and having everyone around the table for dinner. Some days it seems impossible but with a schedule everyone knows where they need to be and at what time.

    2. Eat Breakfast
    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and gets your brain functioning properly. Babies and children will be cranky if this meal goes to the wayside.

    Here are our favorite on-the-go breakfasts.


    3. Make bedtime enjoyable

    Bath time, bedtime stories, music, time to relax helps get your child calmed down from all of the day's activities. The more wound up a child is, the harder it will be to fall asleep.

    4. Play
    Spending time together as a family can make all the difference in life. Create memories that last. Busy schedules and everyone running in 50 different directions makes it important for us all to take at least a few minutes and just all play disconnected from our iPhones and electronics.

    5. Set a learning environment
    Environment is key for learning. Make it fun and exciting with all of your children whether they are 3 months or 13 years old. Hands-on activities let your imagination play and allows your brain to remember concepts in a new way.

    6. Live
    Life can be hectic, and we are all not perfect, but when you put forth a valid effort, it pays off in the end. Just know that we all have been there and you are doing a great job at parenting.

  • Inspiring the Next Generation

    The children that you cuddle in your arms tonight will soon be the next generation of leaders, and it is your job to continue to inspire them.

    How? 
    Well, that is through experiences, learning, invoking creativity daily, and most of all spending time with your children.

    Kid President has done an amazing job of inspiring adults and children alike. We have to give kudos out to his family for the inspiration that they have had on Kid President's life. Take a look at this favorite video.

    Inspiration is everywhere. We just have to be wiling to expand our horizons to see it. Open up your boundaries. Be willing to explore with your children and always be there for them to come to.

    Children have their own individual personality and learn at a rapid rate. It's no longer "let's go to outer space in this rocket playground equipment," but today, it's "time to blast off with a full countdown," and then upon getting up, you must float because gravity isn't in outer space.

    Inspire your child daily to open their mind. Create new ideas, innovate, and expand their horizons.

    The future will be a bright one with this next set of leaders including your child.

  • Spending Time with Your Children

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    As parents, we know that spending time with our kids is important and vital to their overall success and development. There are times when we discount the value of going to a basketball game or attending that one dance practice before the big recital. We believe that they may not remember or don't value our time the same way that we see it. I mean we can't exactly bill our children by the hour like we do for client work.

    But at the end of the day, we realize that it is all worthwhile. The smiles, the joy, the happiness it brings to their faces when they see you in the audience with a sense of relief that you made it and your attention is completely on them.

    You may not realize what it is worth or your children for that matter until you can no longer have those moments. When life takes loved ones that are dear to your heart away, you would give anything to have another basketball game, band concert, golf tournament, dance recital, you name it and see your parents in the stands.

    So when you have the moment to spend with your children, most definitely do it no matter what is going on in the back of your mind on what else you could be doing. Your children look up to you and need your never ending support and love in life.

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