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  • 8 Backyard Safety Tips for Kids

    Backyard Safety Tips for KidsEvery child needs plenty of active, outdoor play during the summer, but that comes with its own set of dangers. We’re serious about safety, so use these backyard safety tips to keep everyone healthy.

    1. Ponds, lakes, rivers, fountains or other water features – Children can drown in as little as an inch of water. Use fencing to prevent your kids from wandering too close to water. If you allow them to play in the water, make sure an adult is watching at all times.

    2. Swing sets and play sets – These are common in backyards all over the world and kids usually love them. Be careful with older models that don’t conform to modern safety standards (which change every year for many products). Check to see if yours has been recalled.

    3. Lawn maintenance equipment – Naturally, these aren’t intended for children to play with, but kids can get hurt if these tools are left around. Put them away properly when you’re finished using them. Do not allow children to play in the area they are being used. Make sure never to leave them running (like your mower, trimmer, tractor) unattended.

    4. Fire pit, grill or other cooking stations – It’s best to keep kids away from these while they’re being used. While children usually understand not to touch them, it’s easy to fall while running and injure oneself. An adult should always be near these objects if children are playing outside.

    5. Playing in the road – While many of us have summer memories of playing in the street, this isn’t safe. People drive much faster these days and don’t expect children in the road. If the game can’t be played in someone’s yard, take the children to a proper court.

    6. Mosquitos, ticks and other bugs – If the children are playing in the woods, make sure to use age-appropriate bug spray before they go outside. When they’re done, check them thoroughly for bug bites that need to be treated and ticks that need to be removed. A tick that isn’t removed can be very serious.

    7. Dress you children properly – The right clothing can make the difference and prevent your kids from getting hurt. Don’t let them wear flip-flops or open-toed shoes while they are climbing a swing set, and no loose clothing with strings that might cause strangulation.

    8. Spread woodchips in play areas – Woodchips are a great way to create a soft landing place beneath play sets or swing sets, or anywhere your kids play often. Some tree removal companies will give them away if you come pick them up yourself.

    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 Toddler Proof Your Home

    Toddler Proof Your HomeAn accident or injury can occur in any part of your home, and especially when there are small children present. Some safety hazards are obvious, such as a toy truck left lying at the top of the stairs, but others are not so easily identified. Toddler proofing your house is a necessity when they begin to walk around and explore their environments. Here are some house safety tips for parents of toddlers:

    1. Fall Hazards 

    Falls are one of the most common injuries that children can sustain, but when they become inquisitive toddlers, this percentage multiplies. Wall-mounted baby gates are one of the best ways to prevent your child from taking these tumbles. Installing them at the top and bottom of stairs is your best prevention method, while applying padded bumpers to hard and sharp furniture items will keep them safe during spills.

    2. Windows 

    Did you know that every year more than 4,000 kids end up in the emergency room after tumbling out of a window? It's crucial to install window guards or window stops on all upper-level windows to prevent your child from opening the window completely. Also, toddlers can be strangled by cords on blinds and shades, so place cribs and other furniture away from windows.

    3. Airborne Trouble 

    If your home was built a while back, there may be lead in the paint under the topcoats on your walls and windows, as well as in old floor varnish. When lead dust gets stirred up during a home renovation, or when paint starts to chip, the toxic particles put your child at risk. These particles can cause developmental and learning problems in children, so it's important to hire a contractor who's certified in safely removing leaded materials.

    4. Kitchen Safety

    The kitchen can be a very dangerous place for a young child. Between the sharp silverware, all the electrical appliances, and plenty of places to climb and reach to, you may have a lot of toddler proofing to do here. Make sure almost all breakable and sharp objects are well out of reach of you child, and that they can’t climb up anything in the kitchen.

    5. Silent Killers 

    Radon and carbon monoxide are two very dangerous home hazards that are virtually invisible. For radon, an inexpensive test kit that's available at home-improvement stores will be reliable to make sure your home is safe from this toxic chemical. Also, make sure you are regularly testing the carbon monoxide alarms in your house. There should be a detector in every bedroom.

    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 Baby Safety Tips for the Summer

    Baby Safety Tips for the SummerNow that’s summer, it’s a good idea for us to brush up on our summertime safety rules. If you live somewhere that’s especially warm or your family likes to spend a lot of time outside, heed these five tips carefully.

    1. Don’t sit in a hot car

    In direct sunlight, the interior of a car can heat up by 19 degrees in just 10 minutes. Each summer we hear stories about poor little ones who were injured because they sat in cars too long.

    If you have to wait somewhere for a while, make sure the AC is running. Or, seek someplace cool to sit. Even if the air is hot, the circulation will keep you cooler. It’s better to sit beneath a tree than behind than inside the car.

    Of course never leave a child alone in a car for any length of time.

    2. Mind your pool safety

    This goes for lakes, oceans and ponds too!

    Anytime you take a baby into the water, you need to have another adult with you. Your buddy will make sure nothing happens to you so nothing happens to the baby. It’s a good idea for even grownups to have a swim buddy with them.

    Take a CPR class (they’re cheap and quick) so you can be prepared if anything happens. If you’re in a public place, make sure you’re always swimming within reach of the lifeguard.

    Whenever your baby is in the water, he or she should be wearing a floatation device of some kind, ideally a lifejacket for little babies, but older kids can wear arm swimmers. They make combination jackets and arm swimmers now that position baby face-up if they are submerged.

    Keep in mind that the whole pool is deep for baby, for stay in the shallow end.

    3. Protect baby’s skin

    Early childhood burns increase the chance for skin cancer later in life, so it’s important to protect that skin. It burns very easily. Avoid the heavy sunlight hours between 11 AM and 2 PM. Make sure baby is wearing a hat and sunglasses any time he’s out in the sunlight, as well as clothing made form tight fibers.

    Always use sunscreen! Even when it’s not hot. Use at least SPF 15. If baby goes into the water, reapply it as soon as he/she is out.

    4. Keep the bugs out

    Throw a mesh cover over your stroller or infant seat to keep the bugs out, specifically mosquitos and ticks. Children over 2 months can use a repellent with DEET, but the formula should be no more than 30%. Choose the lowest concentration of DEET you can find.

    You should only need to apply repellent once per day. Avoid using sunscreen/repellent combinations products because the repellent hampers the effectiveness of the sunscreen.

    At the end of an outdoor day, check you and your baby for bites. Remove ticks immediately if you find any and treat mosquito bites with a topical antihistamine.

    5. Look out for heatstroke

    Heat exhaustion occurs first, which includes dizziness, thirst, cramping and fatigue. If you (or baby) stay in the heat, it can lead to heatstroke which is much more serious. If it looks like your baby is drowsy in the heat, get into air conditioning immediately.

    Avoid heatstroke and heat exhaustion by keeping cool. Spray baby regularly with water and make sure he is drinking plenty of formula and breast milk.

    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.

  • 11 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Child’s Pediatrician

    Choosing Your Child’s PediatricianChoosing a pediatrician for your new baby is an intensely personal decision. You want to find the right doctor that you can stick with through the years so your child becomes comfortable. Here are some things you ought to consider as you make your decision.

    1. Is the doctor accredited? This is usually a simple check that’s worth 10 seconds of your time. Is the doctor licensed? Where did he go to school?

    2. What are his office hours? Obviously you need someone who holds office hours that work for your schedule. If you work 9-6 and your so does your doctor, you’ll constantly be rescheduling your life to make an appointment.

    3. What is the staff’s demeanor? Your child will be interacting with the doctor and his staff (administrators and nurses). You want these people to be calm and kind to alleviate fear.

    4. Can you make phone calls? Are they returned timely? Oddly, some offices don’t take phone calls. They force you to make an appointment. But you’ll want the flexibility to be able to ask the doctor or a nurse a quick question.

    5. Does your doctor have any hospital appointments? If your child is hospitalized, will your doctor play a role in the care or will you have to find a new doctor with hospital access?

    6. What are the other physicians like? Many doctors practice in a group. If you need care on your doctor’s day off, you’ll end up with another doctor, so make sure they are acceptable substitutes.

    7. Does the doctor coordinate specialists? If your child develops a complex illness, will your doctor work with the other specialists or push you onto a different pediatrician to handle the load?

    8. Does the doctor speak in plain English? You want a doctor who will skip the medical jargon and tell you straight what’s going on with your child. Does he throw big terms at you (that you can’t possibly know) or speak plainly?

    9. Does the doctor care? Or is he just trying to cram as many patients (and billings) into the same day as possible?

    10. What are the doctor’s values? Some people have some specific requirements in a doctor for spiritual/personal/religious reasons. Your doctor doesn’t have to agree with those requirements, but be willing to provide care that fits in line with them.

    11. What is his reputation? To answer this question, you’ll have to ask around. Ask people you know what they have heard about the practice. Get some testimonials from current or previous patients about their experiences.

    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.

  • 7 Reasons to be an Attachment Parent

    Reasons to be an Attachment ParentBelieve it or not, you are probably an attachment parent already.

    Attachment parenting is a parenting style where mom and dad create a close bond with their baby. It’s not a new phenomenon (actually it’s very old), but there are some other parenting styles that people adopt.

    1. Attachment parenting gets a bad rap

    For some reason, attachment parenting has been sensationalized in the media as the hippy mom who lets her children do whatever they want, breastfeeds until age five, and showers as a group. That isn’t attachment parenting.

    2. Attachment parented children have a place of safety

    By building a comforting relationship with your child, he is more likely to be adventurous and try new things. You aren’t creating a dependency, you are giving your child a sphere of safety they can return to after their new experiences. When they know there is somewhere safe to return to, they will become more outgoing.

    3. Attachment parented babies feel less anxiety

    Long-term exposure to anxiety can have an impact on a person’s psychology. That’s why it’s important to meet your baby’s needs as quickly as possible so they don’t spend too much time in that anxious state. When babies are kept close and monitored by their parents, their needs are met quickly and they spend more time in quiet contentment.

    4. Attachment parenting fosters learning

    Infancy is the most crucial learning period of your baby’s life. Experts believe that since attachment parented infants feel safe, less stressed, and secure, they are in a more optimal position to learn.

    5. Attachment parented children learn how to build relationships

    Children who were raised in an attachment parenting environment tend be more popular in school and have more friends. When a person learns how to form a close relationship with someone at a very young age, they carry that sophistication with them through their life.

    6. Attachment parented children have better relationships with their parents later in life

    We all understand that our job is to make productive, healthy people, but we all wants to be friends with our kids as well. When parents and children form close bonds in early in life, those bonds remain forever. Once the child-rearing years are behind you, a valuable friendship remains.

    7. Attachment parenting calls for positive discipline

    Positive discipline is far more effective than negative. Positive discipline encourages children to repeat behaviors (like good manners, sharing, etc.), whereas negative discipline only teaches kids to avoid the punishment. The attachment parent can discipline positively for best results.

    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.

  • Crib Mattress Safety: IKEA Recall Info

    IKEA crib mattress recallSafety is paramount when it comes to our children, especially helpless little babies who can’t fend for themselves. Recently, there were reports of two children who became trapped between the crib and their VYSSA mattress, manufactured and sold by Swedish furniture company IKEA.

    Fortunately neither children were hurt, but safety-conscious IKEA has done the right thing and recalled five of their styles of this line of mattress. The recall includes nearly 169,000 mattresses in the United States, including the following lines: Vackert, Vinka, Spelevink, Sloa, and Slummer.

    Mattresses should be designed to ensure a snug fit within the crib frame. A baby should not be able to split their fingers between the crib slats and the mattress, let along get their whole bodies in there.

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission insists that crib mattresses be 27 ¼ inches by 54 ¼ inches. By standardizing the size, consumers can purchase different brands of mattresses, cribs, and bedding without worrying that the combination renders them unsafe. The CPSC is charged with evaluating thousands of products every year to ensure they are safe for use. They are especially thorough when it comes to baby products.

    You can verify that your mattress is the proper length by removing all bedding, including fitted sheets. The mattress should fill the space between the frame pieces entirely, touching all four sides. If you can fit a finger in without squishing the mattress, there’s too much room.

    If you own an IKEA VYSSA crib mattress that was manufactured on May 4, 2012 or earlier, you are entitled to a full refund or exchange. You can find this information on the mattress’ label.

    Ikea is going the extra mile and not requiring you prove that you purchased the mattress. Just bring it in and pick up your money or a new one.

    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.

  • Top All-In-One Products for Baby, Kids, and Mom

    In general, moms are the ones who do everything around the house on a daily basis. Most moms cook, clean, get the kids to school, take care of baby, and even go to work each day. It’s a lot to handle for any one person, but moms are somehow able to do it all. Luckily for them, there are plenty of women out there who have experienced the same thing and so they’ve decided to invent products to help make things a little easier. Multi-purpose products are all the rage as they save parents’ time, money, and space at home or in the diaper bag. Here are the top 10 multi-purpose gift ideas for moms.

    1. PunkinWrap

    PunkinWrap

    PunkinWrap is the only wrap purposely designed to multi-task as a blanket, car seat cover, sunshade, changing pad, tummy time mat, and nursing cover. It was created by a mom and is completely safe for baby. The 7-in-1 baby solution can be placed over baby while nursing, over the car seat, or over the stroller to keep baby protected from the sun at all times. The wrap is lightweight and breathable so baby is always comfy. Plus, it also gives mom privacy while breastfeeding and baby privacy while sleeping. This is the perfect solution to protect baby from the elements like rain and wind, too!

    $48.00

    2.  The Minkey by Olie

    The Minkey by Olie

    The Minkey by Olie is a patented all-in-one winter garment for all babies and toddlers. It combines gloves, scarf, and hat! The Minkey is very easy to use - you simply pull on the Minkey over the child’s head just like a balaclava hat and it will keep the child’s head, ears, neck, throat, arms and the hands warm and dry. The amazing thing about the Minkey is that it stays on even though your child doesn’t want it to so no more lost gloves, no more lost hats and no more cold and grumpy children. The Minkey keeps your child warm and dry all winter long in just one piece.

    $19.99

    3. pello

    pello

    Designed by a mom for a well-loved baby, pello is a luxe floor pillow for kids that goes beyond the standard play mat, positioning pillow, or baby gym. The pello provides comfort and support, promotes muscle development, and encourages independent play. pello is unique because it meets your child’s ever-changing needs. As your child grows they can continue to use pello as a comfy place to read and relax, or even play video games!

    $120.00

    4. The Slumber Sleeper™ by Swanling

    The Slumber Sleeper™ by Swanling

    The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in-1 safe sleep solution. It is a mattress protector, fitted sheet, flat sheet and sleep sack all in one. It is designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered while sleeping. Although the sheet allows older children to move freely and change sleep positions, the Slumber Sleeper™ unique design helps facilitate back sleeping and helps keep baby centered while in the crib, two important components of safe sleep for babies, and you get the added benefit of easily keeping an eye on them without adjusting your baby monitor frequently.

    $99.00

    5. PunkinLinks and PunkinSnaps

    PunkinLinks and PunkinSnaps

    PunkinLinks and PunkinSnaps function as a baby-safe clip to attach toys to baby gear and were designed to work with the PunkinWrap to keep it linked to virtually any baby transportation system. The links and snaps are BPA, PVC, PET, and Phthalate free so they are safe for baby to play with and even chew on as a teether. They are made in the USA and come in gift-boxed packages of 12 PunkinLinks and 4 PunkinSnaps so you can gift to any parent. There are endless uses for these nifty links and snaps; attaching a tag along toy to stroller or diaper bag, creating a chain and attaching toddler to stroller, makes a great toy to entertain baby or toddler – they love to chew on them and open and close them – and so many more uses.

    $19.00

    6. oogiebear

    oogiebear

    For parents of young children, oogiebear is the first booger removal tool that safely and gently removes both sticky and dried boogies from a child's nostrils.

    Developed by mother and Registered Pharmacist, Dr. Nina Farzin, oogiebear was developed with comfort in mind, offering two unique ends to remove mucus effectively to help children breathe easier and soothe them at a time of incredible discomfort. The oogiebear also works to safely clean baby’s ears making it two useful products in one!

    $9.50

    7. Baby Bee® Multipurpose Ointment

    Baby Bee® Multipurpose Ointment

    Mama’s got the natural touch with this multipurpose, non-irritating, petroleum-free ointment. Pediatrician-tested to be gentle enough for everyday use, it moisturizes and smoothes baby’s skin by forming an effective barrier against dryness. Calming your little love’s sensitive diaper area so both baby and mommy get the relief they so dearly need.

    $9.00

    8. Nizo Wear Infinity Breastfeeding Scarf

    Nizo Wear Infinity Breastfeeding Scarf

    The Nizo Wear Infinity Breastfeeding Scarf is made in the USA and offers you a fashionable, everyday style that is convenient to wear and use while nursing your baby. This scarf also comes equipped with a signature pocket to store your keys, a pacifier, cell phone, or anything you may need an extra pocket for. Made of a very soft and breathable, 100% cotton; also available in a polyester blend.

    $29.99

    9. Ultimate Bib

    Ultimate Bib

    Keep your child’s clothes clean with the only bib you will ever need. Think of all the time and money you can save if you can use just one bib that lasts all year. Milk, juice, food, and other messes can be removed by wiping and you’ll instantly have a bib that’s ready for use again! Perfect to use as a burp cloth, full body bib, art smock, apron, place mat, and more.

    $24.99

    10.  Itzbeen Pocket Nanny

    Itzbeen Pocket Nanny

    Itzbeen Pocket Nanny was designed by parents for parents. It has a host of helpful features that combine to make caring for a newborn baby a little bit easier. Use it as a reminder to nurse, a timer, a nightlight, and an alarm. The one-touch timer works great for changing, feeding, naptime and more.

    $24.99

    car seat cover nursing cover stroller shadeWritten by Laura Gravett, Inventor of PunkinWrap

    Laura, a mom of two, is the inventor of PunkinWrap, a multi-use car seat cover and baby wrap. PunkinWrap is the only wrap purposely designed to multi-task as a blanket, car seat cover, sunshade, changing pad, tummy time mat, and nursing cover.  The 7-in-one baby solution can be placed over baby while nursing, over the car seat, or over the stroller to keep baby protected from the sun at all times. The wrap is lightweight and breathable so baby is always comfy. Plus, it also gives baby privacy while sleeping and protects him from the other elements like rain and wind.

    More so, Laura is a former nanny with a degree in psychology who formerly worked at Yale University doing research. As an Atlanta native and currently residing in the best suburb of Atlanta: Roswell, Laura and her husband love their community. Laura volunteers on various committees in their city to help give back in any way she can.  Laura and her husband spent several years taking care of rescue dogs - transport, intakes, fostering, etc. and had to step away a bit once they had their first child. The Gravetts now have two children (girls ages 3 and 10 months) and three rescue dogs.

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  • 4 Baby Sleep Myths

    baby sleep mythsBaby sleep is a complicated issue. During your first months of parenthood, it could be the single largest obstacle in your life. You may look to your pediatrician for answers, query your friends and family, poke at Google and even hire a certified child sleep consultant. Unfortunately, you’re bound to find some common misinformation. Here are some baby sleep myths you’re sure to come across.

    1. You need to be quiet around a sleeping baby.

    It’s true that babies tend to be lighter sleepers than adults, but there’s no need to whisper in your own home in fear that your child will wake up. When your baby was in the womb, she was exposed to lots of noises and sounds, from the outside world and even inside your body. (Imagine what a hungry tummy sounds like on the inside!).

    Many of these noises are actually soothing to your child at this point. Some babies even resist sleeping in pure silence. You might be tempted to use a white noise machine. These devices are fine, just be careful your child doesn’t become too accustomed to the machine (or to silence). It’s best your child becomes used to typical house noises.

    2. Adding rice cereal to your baby’s bottle will help her sleep longer.

    At some point, someone will suggest this to you and it will seem odd right away. Nevertheless, this myth has persisted. The supposed logic is that your baby won’t wake up and cry out at night because she won’t be hungry. It seems like it could be true, but there’s no evidence to support this claim. Babies who eat rice cereal before bed don’t sleep any longer.

    Furthermore, feeding rice cereal to a baby under four months old isn’t safe. Their gastrointestinal systems haven’t developed enough to process it.

    3. Start sleep training right away.

    Parents would do well to accept their child’s erratic sleep schedule during the early months. It’s easier to adjust our schedules than force to the baby on to a schedule at this point. A circadian rhythm develops over time and takes effect near the third or fourth month. Forcing your baby to stay awake just so she’ll sleep when you prefer can have serious developmental effects.

    4. You must respond to your baby right away at night.

    Well-intentioned parents often rush into the nursery at the slightest whimper over the baby monitor. If your baby makes some sleep noises, or even wakes up a bit and gurgles for a few minutes, don’t charge into the room and slather on the attention. Give your child a few minutes to put herself back to sleep. If you don’t give her the opportunity to learn how to self-soothe, she surely never will.

    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.

  • The Dangers of Side Sleeping – Baby Sleep Safety

    dangers of side sleepingAs we know, it’s imperative that babies sleep on their backs to reduce the likelihood of SIDS. Years of research has shown that it’s best for a baby to sleep on his back in a crib without pillows, blankets, toys or bumpers, as all of these can be suffocation hazards. (This goes for naps too!)

    Around four months, however, babies have developed enough strength and control to roll on to their sides. This is a concern for many parents. A baby sleeping on his side runs an equal risk of succumbing to SIDS as he would sleeping on his stomach, but he hasn’t grown out of the age where SIDS is a concern.

    Some parents try to pull their child’s arm outwards and perpendicular to their body to act as a stabilizer. This way, if they roll a bit, they physically stop themselves from rolling too far. But this isn’t really a solution. By this age, babies have plenty of control over their arms.

    When we were at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference, many doctors reported that one of the most frequent questions they received from parents was what to do when their children roll on to their sides or stomachs during the night, but aren’t able to roll back. The doctors admitted that they didn’t have an answer for this as they don’t want parents going in repeatedly during the night to turn the child back.

    Several doctors pointed out to us that they felt the Slumber Sleeper held a distinct advantage over other baby products in this regard. You see, the Slumber Sleeper has what one might call a self-regulating quality that prevents babies in the five month range (the window when rolling starts but SIDS risks remain) from moving themselves into an unsafe position.

    We don’t want to constrain our children. Some movement is necessary for healthy sleep. As Dr. Sears says, “freedom of breathing implies freedom to adjust body position as needed.” The Slumber Sleeper is not a rigid positioner, but it provides just the right amount of resistance to keep children of this particular age still.

    Yes, in the short term, your five-month-old child will find the resistance of the Slumber Sleeper frustrating, but that is far better than gambling against SIDS. Until you pass the 6 month threshold, safety is far more important than comfort. Furthermore, like we were told at the conference, this is a big issue that parents are concerned about, so it needed addressing.

    In the long term, however, your child will age out of this window and the risk of SIDS will reduce dramatically. Within a very short period, your child will have the strength and dexterity to turn forward and backward within the Slumber Sleeper and can sleep as they wish. This is the point at which children look forward to the routine they have in the Slumber Sleeper and bedtime becomes even more enjoyable for the child. With their new found strength they can now move around as they wish while still staying centered in the crib. Magic!

    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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