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  • 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.

  • The Startle Reflex and Your Baby

    The Startle Reflex and Your BabyHave you ever set your little one down to sleep only to watch her suddenly throw her hands out as if in fright? You might be concerned that you’ve done something wrong or maybe that there’s an underlying medical condition at play, but there’s nothing to worry about. This is called the Moro reflex, or more simply, the startle reflex.

    Babies are born with an array of interesting reflexes that we eventually outgrow, each designed to play a role in our survival. Human babies require more care and for a longer period of time than babies of any other species, so we have evolved with a few tricks to keep us safe.

    When exposed to a loud noise or a sudden movement, the Moro reflex can cause your baby to flail. The general belief is that back when humans were more ape, the reflex helped babies latch on to mom’s body if they fell. Nearly all babies experience this reflex, but it only lasts for four or five months after birth.

    If this reflex happens during sleep, the baby may wake up. It causes sleepless babies and frustrated parents all over the world. There’s nothing we can do to prevent the reflex from occurring, but there are a few things we can do to lessen its affect and help our babies sleep.

    1. When you lay your baby down in the crib or bassinet, try and make the delivery as gradual as possible by continuing that touch connection for a short period of time so that she feels as sense of you even after she is on her own and does not feel like she is falling.
    2. Try and make sure the room she sleeps in is not only dark, but is free from sudden sounds. Using white noise that is consistent and loud enough goes a long way to filter out noise changes in the home that may startle her.
    3. Make sure you have established a good nap and bedtime routine so that baby knows what to expect and feels secure with that consistency.
    4. And the most important thing you can do to help your child with the Moro reflex is to swaddle your baby snugly (but not too tight) so she always feel comforted and secure. When she startles, she’ll immediately feel her edges and calm right back down.

    The Slumber Sleep System is an effective tool for helping parents get around this reflex. By starting with the Slumber Swaddle baby will get the closeness they need to fall back to sleep immediately and then by continuing with the Slumber Sleeper after about 3-5 months of age you will help your baby continue to get that sense of closeness and bonding just like a swaddle as baby can always feel her edges. This reminds her of the time she spent in the womb, triggering feels of security and safety. It helps children fall back asleep faster without the need to summon mom or dad.

    Here’s a quote we received from Katie who found the Slumber Sleeper effective to soothing her son’s aggressive Moro reflex.

    “My 15 week old son had exaggerated Moro or startle reflux to the point where I first thought he was having seizures as he was waking excessively and the episodes were quite unsettling. My pediatrician recommended the Slumber Sleeper with the swaddle attachment and the very first time I put him in the sleeper it worked like magic! I can’t even begin to tell you how relieved I was as although my pediatrician said he would outgrow the reflux soon, the episodes were quite alarming. The Slumber Sleeper just settled him so nicely- not only did he not wake as often in the night but he began to sleep for longer stretches of time.” 

    - Katie D., mother to Dylan

    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.

  • 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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  • 13 Safe Sleep Tips for Infants and Toddlers

    Safe Sleep Tips for Infants and ToddlersSafe sleep is of the utmost importance to parents of babies and toddlers. There are many concerns surrounding safe sleeping environments and practices for children today and it’s up to parents to do their research and learn what they should and shouldn’t be doing for their children. Swanling Innovations is committed to providing modern, safe and innovative products for children and providing safe sleep solutions for parents. Here are our top safe sleep tips for infants and toddlers.

    1. Back is Best

    Always place baby on his or her back for sleep – for nighttime sleep AND nap time sleep. The back sleeping position reduces the risk of SIDS.

    2. Swaddling

    Pediatricians recommend swaddling baby for sleep time during the first three months. Babies have the Moro or startle reflex until approximately 3 months of age, which causes them to flail their arms and legs and wake themselves up. Swaddling helps reduce awakenings caused by the startle reflex. Babies sleep better when swaddled and on their backs. The Slumber Swaddle™ with the original Snap-In-Place™ system is the perfect accessory to the Slumber Sleeper™ for newborns and it takes the guesswork out of swaddling! Just snap, wrap and tie. Even though your child may have grown out of swaddling they will be able to continue to feel that wonderful feeling of being held and secure while still using their Slumber Sleeper™, and arms-free sleep sac that uses the same Snap-In-Place™ system.

    3. Temperature Awareness

    Most medical experts recommend a sleep environment of 65-72°F (18-22°C). It is important to dress your baby appropriately for sleep.

    As a general guide, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends dressing baby in no more than one layer more than an adult would use to be comfortable in the same environment. Babies are not good at regulating their own temperatures. No blanket can naturally regulate baby's temperature for them, so parents need to touch and feel their baby to ensure baby is not too hot or too cold. Your baby’s tummy is an excellent representation of their core temperature.

    4. Firm Sleep Surface

    Baby should sleep on a firm sleep surface, in a bassinet, cradle or crib near the mother's bed, without any soft toys, pillows or loose bedding. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends a fitted sheet on the baby's mattress. Babies should not be placed for sleep on water beds, quilts, pillows, sheepskins, or other fluffy surfaces.

    5. No Soft Objects

    No soft objects or loose bedding should be in baby's bed during sleep time. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no stuffed animals, no sheepskin, no quilts, no positioners, no pillows, and no bumpers should be in your child’s crib while they are sleeping.

    6. Keep all cords away from crib

    Electrical cords from video monitors, cameras and window treatments should be kept a minimum of three (3) feet away from baby’s crib and secured completely out of child’s reach. Cords are a strangulation hazard.

    7. Smoke Free Environment

    Always keep baby's environment smoke-free by not smoking when pregnant, near your baby, or in an area where your baby spends time or sleeps. Maternal smoking during pregnancy has emerged as a major risk factor in almost every epidemiologic study of SIDS.

    8. Ventilation

    Be sure that air can circulate freely around baby's face. A small fan in baby's room can increase ventilation, but should not blow air directly on baby.

    9. Breastfeeding

    Breastfeeding is encouraged. Breastfeed, if you can. Research shows that any amount of breastfeeding reduces the risk of SIDS along with the many proven physical and emotional benefits breastfeeding offers.

    10. Tummy Time

    Allow time for tummy time when baby is awake and supervised. Place baby on tummy during play time. Please remember that baby should ALWAYS be placed to sleep on his back.

    11. Colic

    Colic is believed to occur when a baby is sensitive to the environment surrounding them-which can cause baby to be very unsettled, or when gas forms in the belly causing discomfort.

    12. White Noise

    Soothing white noise can help your baby sleep more restfully and lessen noise interference that may stir or wake baby causing interrupted sleeping habits.

    13. Wish your child sweet dreams and a restful sleep :)

    The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in-1 safe sleep solution that has longevity unlike most baby products. It’s designed for newborn babies (7lbs) used in conjunction with the Slumber Swaddle and goes up to 2 years and also comes in a twin size for toddlers up to 4 years.  The Slumber Sleeper™ combines a mattress protector, fitted sheet, flat sheet, and a sleep sack all in one to help baby fall asleep and sleep safely throughout the night. The unique design of the Slumber Sleeper™ is intended to keep baby feeling safe, warm, and centered in bed giving them the benefits of long-term sleep training.

    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.

  • How to Develop a Sleep Schedule for Baby

    develop a sleep schedule for babyIf you can establish a successful sleep schedule for your child, it can make your life a whole lot easier. Also, a sleep schedule will put your baby on track for a much healthier lifestyle as they grow older. Try to use the following guidelines to get started but the key to developing a sleep schedule is using the techniques that work best for you.

    (Keep in mind that there’s no need to usher your child toward a sleep schedule during the first three months. For health reasons, it’s best to allow your baby to sleep whenever he or she prefers.)

    Start Early

    If possible, try to start a sleep schedule as soon as your child is able to fulfill the guidelines you’re putting in place. Once a consistent bedtime is established, the rest of the day will fall into place a lot easier.

    Establish a Routine

    One of the best ways to signal to your child that it’s almost time to go to sleep is by initiating the established routine you have set for them. Whether this routine includes brushing their teeth, taking a bath, putting on pajamas, reading a story, or other ideas, practicing this habitual schedule will slowly get them ready for bedtime. By the time all the pre-bedtime tasks are completed, your child’s body will know it’s time for the lights to be turned off.

    Night and Day

    When a child is very young, they sometimes get their nights and days mixed up due to all the occasional naps and weird sleep schedules they develop. When it’s daytime, try to keep the house bright and active so there’s no chance of them confusing it for bedtime. Play active games and speak to baby often.

    At night, the house should be dim or dark and there shouldn’t be any noises or loud conversations. Speak soothingly and play quietly. They need to know that night is for sleeping and day is for everything else!

    Make the Sacrifice

    When you’re first starting out on establishing your child’s sleep routine, there may be times when you have to make a sacrifice of staying up very late or waking up very early. Also, try to observe their patterns throughout the first few weeks to see which times of the day and night they’re most active or docile. Once a sleep schedule is in place, make sure that vacations, long events, and outings, etc. don’t make you deviate from it at all. The smallest interference could have a big impact on a young child.

    Expect Changes

    As your baby grows, you’ll have to change and adapt the sleep schedule to meet his changing needs. Baby will need fewer naps and more daytime stimulation, but sleep longer stretches at night. Embrace these changes as a sign that your little one is growing up.

    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.

  • Creating a Bedtime Routine That Works

    creating a bedtime routineJust like you or I, a child can’t switch from moments of high activity to sleep without some transition. To help them get into sleep mode, you should create a predictable routine that you perform just before bed. The sooner you establish a bedtime routine, the happier (and healthier) your whole family will be. Over time, your child will begin to show signs of drowsiness when you begin the routine.

    The details of the routine will change a bit as your child grows, and routines vary between families, but the basics will remain. Here’s how you can set a bedtime routine.

    Pick a Time

    I’m sure you’ve noticed that if you fall asleep at ten one evening, you’re sleepy the next night at the same time. Children are the same. Their bodies adjust to the schedules they keep. Exploit this so they follow a regular pattern and fall asleep without protest.

    Keep it Routine

    Naturally, the most important part of a bedtime routine is consistency. Once you find one that works, stick to it at all costs. Once you set the path, not only do children conform to it, they eventually prefer it. The bedtime procedure should stay the same all through the week, even on weekends. If your family visits Grandma for the holidays, maintain the routine as best you can at her house.

    Provide a Transitional Object

    Separation from you can be hard on many children. It’s helpful to create a transitional object that stands as a substitute for mom or dad when it’s time to go to sleep. This helps them cope with the anxiety of your absence. This object is often a stuffed animal with a personalized name. The Slumber Swan makes for a perfect transitional object.

    Designate a Sleep Environment

    Create a space that welcomes comfort and sleep. Keep distractions out of this room if possible. Play should happen in another room so your child doesn’t subconsciously associate the bedroom with activity and energy. Most importantly, your child should sleep in this place consistently so he or she becomes used to it.

    Popular Bedtime Routine Steps

    Offer a Light Snack – If meal time was a while back, offer something with carbohydrates and protein. The carbs induce sleepiness and the protein maintains blood sugar until the next meal.

    Give a Warning – At a young age, your child won’t understand “ten minutes to bedtime,” but it helps build an association that the day is winding down. This will give them some time to mentally prepare themselves for the change.

    Play Calmly – After-dinner play shouldn’t involve a lot of movement or activity. Play calmly with toys in a seated position. Keep your voice low and the lights dim.

    Give a Warm Bath – By raising your child’s body temperature slightly, you’ll make him or her more prone to sleep. It’s also a way to play in a calm manner. Since you your child can’t crawl or move around much, they won’t excite themselves. (If your baby doesn’t enjoy baths or gets too excited during them, leave this off your routine.)

    Ritual Grooming – Go through the typical end-of-day tasks that anyone else would: brushing teeth and gums, washing hands and face, change of diaper/use potty, etc.

    Dress for Bed – Choose non-binding, comfortable clothes. Let your child choose so they feel a sense of “ownership” over the process.

    Read a Storybook – Stories are the perfect activity just before bedtime because everyone is still, sitting comfortably in bed, and your voice will lull your child to sleep.

    Say Goodnight Briefly – Say goodnight, tell your child you love him or her and then exit the room. Don’t rush back in at the first noise (unless of course you believe you hear distress).

    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.

  • Three Ways to Teach Baby to Self-Soothe

    teach baby to self-sootheIt’s no secret – keeping a baby happy and comfortable at all times is not always easy and the only way a baby lets us know something is wrong is by crying. Babies will cry for various reasons, but figuring out exactly what that reason may be is the difficult part. When the crying starts, you will need to know how to soothe your child as best as you can, but it’s also important to allow your baby to learn self-soothing skills. Here are three ways you can teach your baby to self-soothe.

    1. Create a Soothing Routine

    While you may not be able to directly teach your child to soothe itself at first, you can set the proper environment to allow them to learn as they go. This all starts with a habitual bedtime routine or as what child sleep consultants like to call a “soothing routine.” With a routine, your child will become accustomed to it as they begin to grow and develop.

    An important factor in creating a soothing routine is to choose a single bedtime each night to set your baby’s internal clock which they will get used to.  Also, the preparation for bed should include a couple consistent activities as well, which can include things like taking a warm bath, dimming the lights, and cuddling a little.

    As you begin to go through the bedtime soothing routine, baby’s body will begin to respond and become drowsy. If you’re consistent, you’ll find your child start to fall asleep as you begin.

    2. Drift Away

    While your child may not be able to fall asleep at night without the comfort of your arms around them, you need to keep your main goal in mind:  teaching your child to self-soothe. However, with the help and soothing properties of the Slumber Sleeper, your child gets the advantage of feeling like they are being held while at the same time learning to sleep independently. Children need to know that you aren’t going to be able to stay right by their side at all hours of the night and by giving them the soothing comfort of the Slumber Sleeper, they do fall asleep quicker and sleep for longer periods of time. Parents no longer need to play the distance game to help with separation as the child goes to bed already feeling secure and held. Children happily fall asleep on their own paving the way to a healthier and more independent sleep training.

    Wherever possible, avoid letting your child fall asleep in your arms. Look for “sleepy cues” to know when baby is tired in order to place him or her in the crib to fall asleep alone. You do not want to wait until baby is overtired.  Some sleepy cues are:

    • rubbing eyes,
    • slight quieting,
    • rooting or wanting to nurse,
    • asking for a bottle, pacifier or lovey,
    • gazing off,
    • decreased activity,
    • sucking is weaker or slower,
    • quieter,
    • disinterested in surroundings,
    • eyes less focused,
    • yawning,
    • less movement of arms and legs,
    • droopy eyelids,
    • thumb sucking, and
    • pulling ears.

    If baby cries after you place them in the crib, use shushing sounds to soothe baby and leave the room to help them learn to self-soothe. The Baby Sleep Whisperer displays this well in this video helping baby sleep in her own crib. This will prevent your child from becoming conditioned to fall asleep only in your arms.

    3. Swaddle and Then Wean from the Swaddle

    Swaddling in the “hands over heart” position is the natural position baby is used to while in the womb. In this position, baby can use their hands and fingers to self-sooth and settle themselves down. Further, the fetal tuck position is soothing to the child as its is the natural position of infants and helps your baby to thrive and grow strong. The Slumber Swaddle is one of the few swaddle blankets on the market that not only offers the hands to heart placement, but it further allows self soothing or finger sucking if needed. Being able to use a swaddle blanket that gives your child these soothing qualities is not only fundamental but it gives parents peace of mind and sleep as well.

    When baby begins to roll, it’s no longer safe to swaddle. Some parents dread the transition, but weaning baby from swaddling is a big part of self-soothing since baby is able to move freely, interact with their surroundings, and have their hands free to move around. To help baby transition out of swaddling, use the Slumber Sleeper™ sleep system to continue to provide safety, security and comfort for baby, further it allows for arms-free, safe sleep for children.

    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.

  • Nursery DIY: Ideas for Decorating Baby’s Room

    When it comes to your baby’s room, you want to make it as nurturing and comfortable as possible. Your baby is going to spend a lot of time sleeping in the room during the first few months, so it’s important to make sure this room is a loving environment. Here are some do-it-yourself projects that you might enjoy to put your personal touch on the room.

    1. Chalkboard Dresser (Elledesign.ca)

    DIY projects for baby nursery

    Use chalkboard paint to cover any surface of the dresser (or any piece of furniture, really) that you like. Not only does this give your child another place to safely doodle and be creative, but it gives you a great way to keep the room organized.

    2. Yarn-Wrapped Letters (RepeatCrafterMe.com)

    DIY projects for baby nursery

    The ABCs are a staple of childhood. They’re usually one of the first songs and lessons a child learns. Plus, it’s good to familiarize your child with writing later on so they readily accept reading lessons. Simply pick up some wooden letters from your local craft store and wrap them with colored yarn to give them a softer appeal.

    3. Crayon Monogram (ChicCheapNursery.com)

    DIY projects for baby nursery

    This is a fun way to really personalize your baby’s room. All you have to do is print out a letter in a font you enjoy on a piece of paper. Arrange the crayons over the letter and cut them with a knife to the proper fit, then glue them to the paper. Frame and hang.

    4. Story Book Wall Art (HoneyWe’reHome.com)

    DIY projects for baby nursery

    This is a super simple project. First, find several pages in a storybook that have some meaning. These are usually the end pages that offer a moral or lesson. (I Love You More is a great book because each page states something the narrator loves. Goodnight Moon is a good one too.) Slice the page out of the book and center within a frame. Secure the page with tape.

    5. Growth Chart (ICanFindtheTime.com)

    DIY projects for baby nursery

    Most families record a child’s growth (by height) somewhere in the home, usually in a doorway. Using a long piece of wood and some wooden letters, decorate something a little more special. Figure out how you’re going to hang it before you add the height marks. You’ll want the bottom of the chart to start around three feet.

    6. Geometric Wall Art (Curbly.com)

    DIY projects for baby nursery

    I like this because it doesn’t take a lot of artistic talent, but it looks like it does. Use it to add some color to a room, break up large walls, and give baby something fun to look at. You’ll need wooden circles, paint, a few dowels, and tape (to make straight lines while painting).

    organic bedding and accessoriesGuest Blog by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk

    As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.

    She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.

    She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.

    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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