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  • 7 Tips to Maintain Healthy Sleep While on Vacation

    Maintain Healthy Sleep While on VacationIt’s vacation season, so many of you may be packing up for a week or two away from home. When you have little kids with you, it’s important to continue to make sure they get proper rest, especially when you’re away and everyone is excited. Here are some tips to help you be sure everyone gets their sleep on vacation.

    1. Your baby still needs naps

    Just because you’re out of the house doesn’t mean naps stop. You may have to make special arrangements so you can be a dark and quiet place during nap time, but that’s just how it goes. If you’re visiting attractions of theme parks, head back to the hotel for a bit.

    2. Bring the big stroller

    You might be tempted to use one of those tiny umbrella strollers when you’re out because they are so light, but these are poor places for your baby to sleep if he or she gets tired. Bring the big stroller so he/she can recline and get cover from the sun.

    3. Take turns nap-sitting

    It can be a drag to spend two or three (or four or five for infants) hours every day waiting for your child to take a nap. Take turns with your spouse so only one of you has to wait around at a time.

    4. Maintain your routine

    If 8 PM is bedtime, keep it that way. Your child is much more likely to get healthy sleep if the schedule stays the same. It might affect your vacation plans, but that’s life as a parent. Keep everything else the same: bottles, baths, pajamas, etc.

    5. Practice!

    If you’re using a travel bed or crib for your trip, have your baby sleep in it a few times before you leave home. This will make it familiar so there isn’t any anxiety in the hotel room.

    6. Bring a familiar lovey

    It’s healthy for your child (at a young age) to have a transitional object to help them self-soothe at night. Make sure you bring this along. If your child doesn’t have one, consider implementing one before you go away.

    7. No sleep training

    Being away from home is NOT the time to work on your sleep training program. Hopefully you know you’ll be traveling in advance so you don’t get interrupted by the trip. When you’re asking your baby to sleep in a new environment, help them soothe however you can and manage the sleep training when you get home.

    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 Ways to Stop Kids From Getting Out of Bed

    Ways to Stop Kids From Getting Out of BedOne of the best feelings as a parent is finally getting your child to fall asleep in their own bed. However, throughout the night, they may wake up and find themselves wandering outside of the bedroom to seek comfort and safety. While it’s ok to help them out sometimes, the ultimate goal is to get your child to sleep through the night in their own bed and room. Here are some tips to encourage this good habit for them.

    Incentives

    A reward system can go a long way when it comes to children. Children love to be rewarded for their accomplishments (don’t we all), but if this gets them to sleep the night through it’s definitely worth trying.

    Let your child know that if they can get through the entire week without getting out of bed at night, they have some sort of prize coming their way. Create a chart or calendar so they can visualize their progress. After a couple weeks of this practice, your child will become accustomed to it and won’t need to be rewarded for their good behavior.

    Prevent Waking Up

    The best way to be absolutely sure that your child won’t leave their bed at night is simply by ensuring they won’t wake up! If you can manage to get your child tired enough to the point that they can sleep the whole night through, this will certainly help in keeping them in their own bed. Create a sleep routine for your kids that will both tire them out and prepare them for an entire night of rest to help make this happen.

    Compromise

    Another great way to get your child to stay in their own bed each night is to make simple compromises with them. For example, you can tell them that you will stay in the room/bed with them until they are able to fall asleep. Once they fall asleep however, they have to remain in bed until morning.  Or another option is the use of a nightlight for your child. Most all children love to see a nightlight and this allows for a reasonable compromise between parent and child.

    Making a compromise will make them feel like they can trust you and at least have your comforting presence until they fall asleep. It also gives them a sense of control over the situation since they are technically choosing to stay in bed.

    Practice

    Practice makes perfect! Even if your child ends up making their way to your room in the middle of the night, you should stand your ground. Walk them back to their own bed and stay with them until they can fall back to sleep. Eventually, your child will have to learn to do this on its own in order to learn!

    Sleep (Aid) Products

    Purchasing special products to help your child sleep through the night is another option you can try. There are many of safe, natural remedies that will produce calming effects on your child before bedtime. The Slumber Sleeper helps children stay in their beds at night because they develop a long-lasting feeling of security and don’t feel compelled to leave.  Children can sit up, stand up and move around comfortably in the Slumber Sleeper allowing them the coziness they so need to sleep for longer periods of time.

    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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