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  • 6 Ideas for Bonding Time with Baby

    Ideas for Bonding Time with BabyAs soon as the new baby arrives, parents almost have no other thoughts aside from their child. They want to take care of him/her, play with them, and get in as much bonding as possible each day. Luckily, there are so many different ways you can enjoy bonding activities with your little one. Here are some of our suggestions for doing so:

    1. Nursing

    Breastfeeding baby is not only a healthy way to engage in feeding time, but it’s one of the most beneficial bonding experiences between mother and child. This activity allows you to get an up close look at your child’s facial expressions and body language as well. Even if you’re unable to nurse, or you’re a dad, bottle feeding with a bunch of talking and interaction is just as good!

    2. Sleep Nearby

    If you still can’t get enough bonding in during the day, have your child sleep in his/her bassinet or crib in your room at night. This is also a great way to be ready to take care of any issues that arise in the middle of the night for a newborn. You can rest assured that your baby will be safe and comforted.

    3. Interpret the Cry

    While it may be tough to examine while you’re trying to ease your child, interpreting their cry is another great bonding technique. As your baby develops, you’ll learn to figure out the reason behind their crying a lot easier. This will help a lot in terms of fixing any issues that arise.

    3. Baby Massage

    Giving your little one a gentle massage is a great bonding activity for you two. On top of the bonding, this will also help to relax their muscles, increase circulation, and reduce stress in the process!

    4. Playtime

    Giving your new baby constant stimulation and play opportunities is not only beneficial to their development and growth, but for your development from parent to child as well. Even if they’re too young to do much with baby toys, you can still have fun with them waving fun objects around and appeasing their sense of sight and touch.

    5. Baby Carrier

    If you can implement the use of a front baby carrier into your daily routines, you’re killing two birds with one stone! You’ll be able to go about your daily tasks and get important duties finished while also bonding with your child. This technique allows you and baby to be face to face and interacting all day long.

    6. Singing

    Let’s be honest – we weren’t all blessed with great singing voices. With a new baby however, this doesn’t matter at all! Your child will love to hear the sound of your voice, and singing rhythmic tunes to them is an awesome way to bond with baby.  

    footed pajamas for fast diaper changesGuest Blog by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

    Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son's diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby's pajamas.

    Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son's pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby's entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby's comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

    One night while feeding her son she thought of "Zippyz." Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

    For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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  • 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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