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  • 13 Simple Baby Sleep Solutions

    Simple Baby Sleep SolutionsIf you’re struggling to help your child fall asleep, you aren’t alone. Helping your baby fall asleep is one of the first challenges you’ll face as a new parent. It will take some time to figure out what works for your family, but use this list of simple sleep solutions to get started.

    1. Avoid eye contact – Prolonged eye contact is stimulating for your baby. When you’re trying to help her sleep, avoid gazing into her eyes.

    2. Bath time – A soothing soak is a great way to relax your baby, but don’t include squirt toys or splashing. Keep your voice low and easy.

    3. Hands-on after transfer – When you transfer baby to the crib from your arms, leave your warm hands on her stomach for a few seconds so she feels safe.

    4. Swaddling – A nicely wrapped swaddle takes your baby back to days in the womb. Use a swaddle or our Slumber Sleeper to keep baby safe, secure and warm.

    5. Sleep begets sleep – An overtired baby is a challenge to get to sleep. The more often she sleeps, the easier it will be to get her to sleep. Keep your nap schedule!

    6. White noise – In the womb, baby heard a lot of sound from within and outside of mom. Gentle, white noise is comforting.

    7. Dark room – Light is stimulating and it blocks melatonin production. Skip nightlights and use blackout curtains to keep the room dark or if you want a nightlight use orange light or salt lamp.

    8. Co-sleeping – Co-sleeping means having your baby sleep in the same room as mom and dad, NOT sleeping in the same bed (which is dangerous).

    9. Stay cool – Babies sleep best in rooms kept between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. (It’s also helpful in preventing SIDS.)

    10. Offer pacifier – A pacifier at bedtime can help soothe your baby. When she falls asleep, remove it so she doesn’t wake up when it falls out naturally.

    11. Rocking/walking – We all know that rocking a baby helps them fall asleep, but it’s the walking gesture that works for the best for some. Your baby is used to the rolling, side-to-side motion from months in mom’s stomach. If rocking back and forth isn’t helping, take a walk around your home.

    12. Learn the tired cues – After a few weeks with your baby, you’ll start to recognize the signs of tiredness. Do not ignore them, even if you’re out of the house. Find a way to help your baby sleep or risk a meltdown.

    13. Tell you baby you love them with a smile allowing them to know that sleep time is positive.

    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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  • 8 SIDS Prevention Tips

    SIDS Prevention TipsAs parents, we want to do everything possible to keep our children safe. SIDS is a complex issue and while everything we don’t know everything about it, we do know what types of behaviors can reduce the chance. Follow these tips to prevent SIDS.

    1. Back to Sleep

    The risk of SIDS is high when your baby sleeps on his stomach or side. These positions angle your baby’s face into the mattress, which can smother him. Every time you put your baby down to sleep, you must put him on his back. This applies to short nap times as well. Once your baby has learned to roll over on his own, don’t worry if he rolls around.

    This is the single most important thing you can do to prevent SIDS.

    2. Empty Crib

    To prevent suffocation, it’s imperative that you lay your child down in an empty crib. That means no bedding, bumpers, toys, crib rail covers, or pillows. Each of these pose a smothering risk if your child rolls his face into them.

    The only items that should be in the crib are a firm mattress with a tight fitting crib sheet and your baby. Dress and swaddle the baby properly for the temperature conditions in your home.

    3. Overheating

    Overheating may increase the chance of SIDS. Dress your infant in light, comfortable clothes that are suitable for the environment. Often this means a onesie and pajamas that cover the hands and feet. If you swaddle, wrap it snugly around baby so it can’t come loose and cover his face.

    4. No Smoking

    Babies born to women who smoked throughout their pregnancy are three times more likely to succumb to SIDS. Even after birth, second hand smoke increases the risk. Keep all smoking outside the home.

    5. Breastfeeding

    Experts don’t understand why, but breastfeeding your baby can cut the risk of SIDS in half. The leading theory is that breast milk provides immunological protection from infections that could increase the likelihood of SIDS.

    6. Pacifier

    Again, scientists don’t understand why, but there’s evidence that shows that using a pacifier prevents SIDS. Put the pacifier in your baby’s mouth when he falls asleep, but when it falls out, don’t reinsert it. Make sure to keep it clean and replace it if the nipple becomes damaged. Also, don’t force your baby to ever take the pacifier and never coat it with any substances.

    7. Sleep Alone

    Room-sharing is quite alright (and helps new parents have some peace-at-mind), but bed-sharing is definitely a no-no.

    8. Tummy Time

    Use tummy time to strengthen your infant’s neck, shoulders and core while he is awake. This way if he rolls into a vulnerable position during his sleep, he’ll have the strength to correct himself.

    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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