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  • 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.

  • 4 Reasons Your Baby Isn’t Sleeping Well

    Reasons Your Baby Isn’t Sleeping WellSleep is a complex process. It takes time and a lot of your patience for your baby to learn how to sleep properly. Don’t fret if you notice that your baby isn’t sleeping well, just arm yourself with knowledge and guide her through it. Here are four reasons your baby might not be sleeping well.

    1. Baby needs you to fall asleep

    You’ve probably heard that it’s important to put baby down to sleep “drowsy but awake.” This is great advice during the first four months. By putting your baby down drowsy, she learns to fall asleep by herself. This starts the learning process of self-soothing.

    By four months, however, you shouldn’t be putting her down drowsy; you should be laying her down wide awake so she learns how to go from wide awake to fast asleep alone. Drowsiness is the beginnings of sleep. If you let her fall asleep in your arms, she’ll begin to need it.

    2. Baby is fed too close to sleep time

    In the beginning, it’s inevitable that your baby will fall asleep feeding at some point. Feeding is a soothing, relaxing experience that your baby enjoys, so it’s no wonder that is lulls her to sleep. As she gets older however, you want to separate the feedings from sleep time. This can cause a sleep-feeding association. When your baby wakes up in the night, she will immediately want to feed just to get back to sleep, which requires her to call to you rather than soothe herself back to sleep.

    Some people like to “top off baby’s tank” before sleep in hopes that baby will sleep longer, but that isn’t advisable past four months. Try moving your final feeding of the day to the very beginning of the bedtime routine so there’s still some time and activity before sleep comes.

    3. Baby’s sleep schedule isn’t suitable for her age

    Sleep is a biological function. It will change and adjust as your child grows like everything else. Your child’s sleep habits need to reflect her age, not some rigid schedule. A well-rested child accepts sleep more easily, which means a child who has healthy sleep during the day will also sleep better at night.

    It seems counterintuitive, but it makes sense when you think about it. If we put ourselves to sleep at the same time every day, it will be become easier to fall asleep at that time. This means that for your baby, daytime sleep is just as important as nighttime sleep, so be sure to respect it.

    4. You’re rushing in too quickly in the night

    Well-intentioned parents can inadvertently sabotage their child’s sleep by rushing into the nursery at the first sound. All babies have an occasional sleep-cry they emit during the night, and it can be quite loud. Don’t mistake this for a cry of pain or loneliness or you’ll end up waking your child up when it wasn’t unnecessary.

    Even if your child does wake up and make some noises, you should still pause a moment. Is baby in distress or is she just making her usual gurgles and chirps? If all of baby’s needs are met, give her a moment to try and put herself back to sleep.

    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.

  • Tips for Getting a Child to Sleep in Their Own Room

    Getting a Child to Sleep in Their Own RoomThere comes a stage in almost every child’s life when they simply cannot stand to sleep in their own room by themselves. While at first you allow them to crawl into bed with you a few nights of the week, eventually you need to break this habit. Children need to learn that they can’t rely on you to comfort them every single night. Here are tips for getting your child to sleep in their own room:

    Compromise

    Early on, there will certainly be nights where you can allow your child to sleep in your room so they feel safe and comfortable. Since this routine can’t go on forever, making compromises with your child is a great way to begin the transition process.

    Tell your child that they can sleep with you for three or four days of the week at first, and then slowly make it less and less as they become accustomed to sleeping in their own bed.

    Stay Until Asleep

    One way to ensure your child feels comforted by your presence is to simply stay in their room with them until they can fall asleep on their own. Having you in the room will give them that added sense of safety, which will make it a lot easier to sleep in their own bed.

    As your child begins to transition to sleeping in their own room every night, you can wean them away by possibly reading them a bedtime story and then leaving while they’re still awake.

    Reward System

    When a child knows they have the possibility of earning some type of reward or gift, they suddenly become a lot more compliant and willing to try something new. By setting up some sort of reward system that benefits your child for sleeping in their own room through the night, this could make a huge difference.

    For example, tell them that they have a special treat or surprise waiting for them at the end of the week if they can manage to sleep in their own bed each night. After a couple weeks of this, they’ll be sleeping soundly without your help at all!

    Bedtime Routine

    Many times, your child can’t fall asleep by themselves due to the fact that they’re still too wound up and not tired enough. Creating a bedtime routine will not only get your child into a healthy habit before bed each night, but it will also prepare them physically and mentally to be ready for sleep. If you can get your kids to brush their teeth, take a bath, put on pajamas, etc. before they lie down for bed, they’ll be relaxed and tired enough to drift off to dreamland!

    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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  • 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.

  • How to Create the Perfect Nursery for Baby

    creating the perfect nurseryBuilding a space for your baby to live and sleep is an important part of a pregnancy. It’s called “nesting,” when a mom needs to prepare her home for the new arrival. Before you jump in and start making purchases at your local baby boutique, use these tips to build the perfect nursery.

    1. Choose eco-friendly products.

    I can’t imagine a better place to use safe and healthy products than your newborn’s room. Products made from toxic materials can be especially dangerous to immature immune systems, so I always prefer to fill the room with non-toxic furniture and safe baby bedding and toys.

    2. Know the space you’re working with.

    This might be silly advice, but I’ve seen a lot of people buy expensive furniture for their baby’s room only to find out that it doesn’t fit in the space. Make sure to measure everything about the room before you make your purchases. Measure more than just the length and width of the room. Measure the height from the floor to the windows, the space between windows, and the width and height of the windows themselves.

    Also take note of the outlets in the room so you can place furniture near one; you don’t want extension cords running across the room. Bring your measurements with you to the store.

    3. Plan ahead.

    The worst thing you can do is buy too many things you don’t need, and then run out of space or money for the things you do need. Plan out the room and think critically about each item. For example, the crib is an expensive purchase. Will you be having more children? If so, go with a neutral color that will work for both a boy and a girl. Will you be moving soon? If so, maybe that ornate, heavy furniture is a bad idea.

    You’ll also want to consider what you already have in the room so you can buy pieces that match that theme.

    4. Choose adaptable décor.

    If your nursery will grow with your child, you’ll want to incorporate décor into the room that can grow as well. I don’t recommend painting intricate drawings on the wall unless you’ll be willing to paint over them one day. Your teenager probably won’t appreciate your cowboy theme. I like those colorful wall decals because they can be removed at will.

    5. Paint well before baby is due.

    Paint is one of the most toxic chemicals found in a room. If your house was built in the 70s, you’ll want to have the paint tested for lead. If lead is found, it needs to be stripped by professionals to make sure all traces are removed. Whenever you repaint, you’ll want to do it at least a few weeks before baby is due to sleep in the room so it has time to air out.

    6. Choose your key pieces first.

    Moms and dads often choose their colors before their furniture, but this is actually a mistake. A whole spectrum of colors are available, but your choices of furniture are limited. Pick out your crib, rocking chair, changing table and dresser before you choose paint, wall paper, or decorations.

    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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