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  • A Fan’s Heartbreaking but Uplifting Story

    One of the reasons we invented the Slumber Sleeper was because of stories like the one below. SIDS is a heartbreaking experience that leaves families torn apart every year, struggling to find answers. I couldn’t imagine the pain of losing a child like so many parents have.

    We received this story from a fan of ours that we had to share. Emilee F. from Denver, Colorado lost a daughter to SIDS. She writes, “As you can imagine, it's hard to write about loss and keep it uplifting at the same time.” I commend her ability to stay strong and look for the positives in life. Many women struggle to find such strength, so I wanted to pass her story on to other moms…

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    We are you. We are an average family who loves our kids, can't keep up with laundry and try's to serve a vegetable with every meal. We worried about all of the normal stuff. Skinned knees, too much TV, nap times and picky eating. You know, the easy stuff.

    When our second daughter died of SIDS at daycare just before she hit the 4 month mark, our lives changed forever. The devastation of losing a child is indescribable and unbearable. I wouldn't wish it on our worst enemy.

    I often describe SIDS as a boogie man who sneaks into the crib of a sleeping baby and robs you of everything. No answers. No explanation. No mercy.

    In the wake of our loss we became pregnant with our third daughter. A child born after a loss is called a rainbow baby. They are the light after a storm. A beautiful sign of hope in your darkest days.

    Our rainbow girl was busy from the moment she entered the world. No time to waste and eager to explore. This lead to many worry filled and sleepless nights as she would roll over and attempt to sleep on her stomach. With safe sleep always on our minds, we knew that back is best. After hours of research I found Swanling and their Slumber Sleeper. I joke that a worried mom does better research than the FBI.

    This creation has been our saving grace. She is happy and so are we. Knowing she is safely tucked into her bed, on her back and cozy has given us a chance to have some normalcy. It is the first time since she's been born that we have been able to relax and enjoy these precious moments.

    One last thing I should mention is that SIDS is not preventable. Suffocation accidents are what we are trying to reduce with safe sleep guidelines. It is unknown why exactly causes SIDS.

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    Emilee’s family on what would have been Scarlett’s second birthday. Says Emilee, “We went to an open space where we once took her on a walk and released Monarch butterflies.”

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    Scarlett (9/6/12 – 12/18/12)

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    Hopefully stories like Emilee help moms find the strength to overcome the hurt and move on with their lives. I don’t pretend to have all the answers (because no one does), but I encourage moms to take every safeguard and precaution they can against this terrible occurrence. The stakes are just too high…

    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.

  • 7 Tips for Giving New Baby a Lovey

    giving baby a lovey(PLEASE NOTE: The AAP does not recommend using a soft toy or blanket in the crib before the child is one year of age. Once your baby is 12 months, it's okay for your child to bring a blanket or special toy to bed for comfort, but it's still safest to keep his crib relatively empty.)

    A lovey is also known as a transitional object. Your child goes through a lot of changings during the first year; many of them are stressful. A transitional object is a loveable item that never changes. It stays with the child through his or her changes and provides security. It’s helpful for sleep because it’s always there when your child is alone in bed or wakes up during the night.

    A lovey can be a blanket, stuffed animal or favorite toy. It can be anything as long as your child forms a bond with it. If you don’t intentionally introduce a lovely, there’s a pretty good chance your child will develop a connection with something anyway. Here’s how you can introduce one.

    1. Consider baby’s preferences

    You want an item that your child can easily relate to without much insistence on your part. If your child likes throw blankets, offer a special one. If your child has an affinity for rabbits, a stuffed bunny might be the best transitional object. You could also try a stuffed character from one of baby’s favorite books or programs.

    2. Introduce it early

    Make the lovey part of your child’s life around three to six months of age. Baby won’t respond to it right away, but the connection will slowly build over time. By eight months, your child will feel like it’s always been around, which cements consistency.

    3. Make sure the lovely is safe

    Ideally you want something soft and comfy so you don’t have to monitor your child’s use all the time. It should be able to remain in bed with your child all night. It should not have small pieces that can separate or be removed. It should not have any hard edges.

    4. Make it part of the bedtime routine

    The best way to get your child to accept a lovey is to make it a part of everyday life. Bring it to bed at bedtime. Incorporate it into games and play. Kiss and hug the lovey so your child sees that you accept it and that it’s safe.

    5. Make sure the lovey is present during stressful times

    If you think an occurrence or event will cause stress, make sure the lovey is around. You’ll want it present during doctor’s visits, waking periods after sleep, injuries, meeting new people, and crowded events.

    6. Impart mommy or daddy’s smell

    Young children use their sense of smell for comfort. You can make the lovey feel like mom or dad by snuggling with the lovey yourself. Make sure it touches you when you cuddle with your child before bed. You could also wear it for a few hours against your skin before you give it to your child.

    7. Choose something replaceable

    The idea of a transitional object is that it always stays with your baby, so you’ll want something you can replace in the event that it becomes lost, damaged or destroyed. If you’re buying something new and the cost isn’t too high, consider picking up a spare.

    transition baby from swaddleGuest Blog by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventor of the Zipadee-Zip

    The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: "Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time," and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family's reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker's daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.

    When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.

    Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte's startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!

    To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!

    For more information, visit sleepingbaby.com.

    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.

  • 8 SIDS Prevention Tips

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

    1. Back to Sleep

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

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

    2. Empty Crib

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

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

    3. Overheating

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

    4. No Smoking

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

    5. Breastfeeding

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

    6. Pacifier

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

    7. Sleep Alone

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

    8. Tummy Time

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

    safe sleep solutionWritten by Joanna von Yurt, Co-Founder and CEO of Swanling Innovations Inc.

    Joanna von Yurt is the mother of three intelligent, sensitive, and compassionate girls (who all want to be mommies when they grow up). She is first AND foremost a mom! Professionally, however, she is an accountant, controller and serial entrepreneur.

    Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology.

    Joanna has a lifelong passion for childcare and child safety. She enjoys sharing her experiences with other parents about sleep routines, attachment parenting, safe sleep guidelines, and children’s natural sleep patterns. Her company, Swanling Innovations, is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products that meet the expectations of discerning parents. The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in 1 safe sleep solution (mattress protector, flat sheet, fitted sheet and sleep sack all in one) designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered.

    Joanna always says that a well-rested child and well-rested parents add up to a happy family!

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

  • Nursery Products: What to Keep and What to Toss

    nursery items what to keep and throw awayWhen it comes to your child’s nursery, you probably have an image in your mind of the cutest, most colorful baby paradise. While this is expected, and encouraged, there are certain items that are essential to a nursery. At the same time however, there are plenty of things you’ll want to get rid of for your child’s sake. Here’s what to keep and what to toss:

    What to Keep

    Crib Mattress

    For your child’s crib mattress, you’ll want one that is firm and light. This will make your life a whole lot easier when something goes wrong in the middle of the night and you have to change the baby’s sheets. For added safety, try to find the most eco-friendly products to ensure they don’t have harmful chemicals or toxins. Personally we love naturepedic mattresses for children.

    Crib Sheet

    The sheet that you use for your baby is essential to their sleep habits. Using a natural cotton or organic sheet is important and at the same time, the sheet should never be bulky or loose where it poses a potential suffocation hazard. It should fit tightly around all sides of the mattress much like the way the Swanling Slumber Sleeper fits to the mattress thus ensuring your child has the natural fibers close and a sleep surface free of loose fabrics. Further, the Swanling Slumber Sleeper™ also acts as a mattress protector, fitted sheet, and sleep sack all in one package!

    Baby Monitor

    A baby monitor can offer peace of mind like no other product is able to do. It’s the one item that allows you to virtually be next to your child’s crib from anywhere in the entire house. A monitor not only allows you to get work and chores done throughout the day/night, but it gives you the ability to feel at ease knowing your baby is basically at the palm of your hand. Further smart phone compatible baby monitors allow parents to view the nursery on their phone at any time. Now that’s peace of mind!

    Sound Conditioner

    A sound conditioner (or white noise machine) is used to "mask" noise and create a more peaceful environment for your baby to sleep. Babies are used to a lot of noises from inside the womb, so they don't like pure silence, but loud and sudden noises can startle them awake. You'll want to keep one around so your baby gets full, uninterrupted sleep cycles.

    What to Toss

    Window Blinds

    The blinds for a window pose a huge hazard to your child when used in their nursery. As soon as your child is able to stand up in the crib or even get out on their own, blinds will have to go! The cords used to raise and lower the blinds pose a serious strangulation risk if your child were to play with them.

    Extra Crib Items

    The more junk you have in your child’s crib, the bigger risk there is of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Their crib should be firm and flat to avoid any of these risks. Tossing the stuffed animals, pillows, and overly fluffy bedding is recommended.

    Electricity

    Anything that could possibly lead to electric shock must be avoided at all costs! This means getting rid of or hiding electrical wires, covering up the outlets, and tossing any items that could potentially cause electric shocks if your child were to get into it. Never run an extension cord across baby’s room, as this could become a tripping hazard in the dark.

    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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  • 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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