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  • 4 Ways to Make an Easy Daylight Savings Time Change for Your Family

    daylight savings time sleep tips for babies and kidsEvery parent understands the importance of a schedule. Our bodies thrive on consistency and that goes double for little kids. When they go to bed and nap at consistent times, they have energy and great moods. But when their schedules are erratic and unpredictable, they’re somber and cranky. Plus, sleep deprivation can affect a child’s development.

    That’s what makes Daylight Savings Time so hard for a lot of parents. The “falling back” part in autumn is easy because everyone gets more sleep, but the “spring ahead” can be difficult.

    Fortunately, the time change doesn’t have to be a nightmare with a little preparation. Here are some essential tips to help your family adjust to Daylight Savings Time.

    1. Start adjusting early

    Daylight Savings Time starts on March 13th this year. It’s a Sunday, which is nice because it gives us at least one buffer day before we have places to be on Monday.

    Start your adjustment early – at least four days in advance. The goal is make the first day of DST as painless as possible by adjusting each previous day just a little bit.

    Each day, put your kids to bed 15 minutes earlier than the day before. You might have to adjust other daily activities to help their bodies adjust, like meal times, nap times, and snack times. Then, wake them up 15 minutes earlier in the morning. If you do this four days before DST starts, they’ll have adjusted for the hour without any hassle.

    2. Keep the rest of your routine the same

    During the adjustment period, don’t mess with any other parts of their routine. This is not the time to transition from two-nap-days to one-nap-days. It’s not the time to take a long car trip to visit Grandma. And it’s not the time to start new things, like dance or soccer. Focus on keeping everything the same until the adjustment has been made. It’s only four days, so this shouldn’t interrupt your life too much.

    3. Use lighting

    Our bodies use melatonin to regulate our internal clock. When it gets dark, our bodies increase our melatonin levels, which makes us sleepy. When it’s bright, melatonin is actually broken down by the light.

    You can induce sleepiness and wakefulness by adjusting the amount of light in your home. Close the curtains and dim the lights about 45 minutes before bedtime to put your child in the mood to sleep. Open the curtains and turn on lights as it gets near wake time.

    This is an excellent way to gradually wake up or put your child to sleep, without fussiness or tears.

    4. Be patient

    If you can, I recommend making the few days after the DST low activity. If you have to get the kids out of the house in the morning, this might be tough for you, but if your kids spend the day at home, don’t force them to stick to a schedule. Their bodies will naturally adjust on their own, even if you don’t intervene.

    I hope that helps! Daylight Savings Time usually isn’t a problem for most parents, but for some families it can be a tense few days. We’d love to hear about your DST challenges. Post your questions or comments on Facebook and we’ll help you out!

    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 Professional, 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 New Mom Tips for Getting Some Sleep

    how new moms can get sleepPinterest paints a rosy picture of new-motherhood, but the truth is that there’s a lot of sleepless nights ahead for new parents. It’s worth it in the end, but that first year is rough. You’ll spend a lot of time worrying about your baby’s sleep habits (and you should – they are important), but don’t forget to think about yourself as well. Here are some ways to for new moms to get some sleep.

    1. Sleep when the baby sleeps – I know you hear this a lot and it seems impossible because there’s always so much to do, but it’s the best piece of advice you’ll hear. The best way to get more sleep is to sleep when you can. When the baby is awake, there is tending to do, but when your little one falls asleep, you must take what you can get.

    2. Say no to extra responsibility – This is not the time in your life to volunteer for field trips, bake cookies for the bake sale, or take on an extra project at work. There will be time for all of that next year, but right now you should trim down your responsibilities.

    3. Accept help – Want to know a secret about super moms who always seem to do so much? They accept the help of other people and delegate tasks. Lean on other people (like your parents) who genuinely want to help. Grandma and Grandpa want to spend time with the baby? Great, how about giving a feeding and a bath too? You will be amazed at how many people will take things off your plate.

    4. You won’t sleep through crying – Some moms worry that they won’t hear their baby cry if they (the mom) are asleep, so they insist that someone be up. That isn’t the case. There’s something in your brain that rockets you awake when your baby cries.

    5. Don’t expect your baby to sleep through the night – An infant who wakes up every two hours is completely normal. Babies wake often to feed. Their little tummies run empty fast! Don’t become frustrated when your baby doesn’t sleep for hours. When he/she does fall asleep, put baby down and get some rest yourself.

    6. Take turns with your spouse – A full, uninterrupted night sleep is a wonderful thing. If one person is getting all the sleep, however, you’ll begin to resent each other. To make sure both people get some sleep, take turns getting up.

    7. Turn away guests – During the first couple months, lots of people will ask to stop over and see the new baby. Unfortunately, this is when families are just getting adjusted to the new little one and sleep is at a premium. Don’t feel guilty about turning people away until things settle and your family finds a routine.

    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 Facts About Newborn Sleep You Have to Know

    newborn sleep factsNewborns (and all children, really) sleep differently than you or I. As a parent, you’ll spend the first months of your child’s life obsessing over their sleep habits. You’ll find one trick that works for a while and then something will change and you’ll have to find something new. Here are some facts about newborn sleep you may not know.

    1. A bedtime routine is one of the best ways to help your child fall asleep, even for newborns. A good routine for a newborn involve lots of sensation, like a bath, gentle rocking, and close contact with mom or dad.

    2. Newborns lack a circadian rhythm. This means they don’t have the mental and behavioral cues to get sleepy when it’s dark. They develop these over time.

    3. The phrase “sleeping like a baby” describes long, deep, peaceful sleep… unlike any newborn I’ve ever seen. Infants wake up often, but that’s part of their design. They need to eat and be comforted.

    4. Babies have significantly shorter sleep cycles than adults, meaning they move into a light sleep mode more often, which gives them opportunities to wake up.

    5. Babies take longer to fall into deep sleep. You can identify deep sleep by their eyelids: if her eyeballs are still, they have entered the deepest part of their cycle.

    6. Sleep is key for brain development. During sleep, blood flow to the brain increases and proteins that make nerves are produced.

    7. You probably don’t have a bad sleeper. Many parents hear stories of that three month-old who sleeps through the night. Even if these are true, they are the exceptions, not the rule.

    8. Babies sleep more than it seems. You may be exhausted, but newborns sleep 16 to 20 hours a day.

    9. Night wakings are actually important. As much as you want your infant to sleep six hours, that wouldn’t be healthy. Young babies have tiny stomachs that burn through food quickly, so they have to wake up to refill their bellies. He/she also needs to sleep lightly as a survival tool so they can quickly respond to any adverse stimuli.

    10. Sleep begets sleep. For you and me, staying up a long time will make us sleep a long time, but that isn’t the case for babies, especially newborns. A rested child has an easier time falling asleep.

    11. Constant pressure is comforting and reassuring to your little one. Whether it’s a swaddle, your arms, or the Slumber Sleeper Bassinet, children are almost universally comforted by constant sensation on their skin. This comes from their experience in the womb. Helping recreate a sense of that environment will go a long way in allowing your child a more restful sleep.

    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 Professional, 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.

  • What Does it Mean to Be Overtired?

    what is overtirednessIf you have a baby, you are familiar with overtiredness.

    Overtiredness lies somewhere between tired and exhausted. It’s that window of time when your baby is too tired to fall asleep easily. You’ve probably been overtired yourself. You feel uncomfortable and antsy. You may even have a headache. But as an adult, you can calm yourself enough to fall asleep.

    A baby, however, doesn’t have the right control to relax themselves, so that anxiety remains. Often an overtired baby will simply stay awake until they are outright exhausted.

    How to recognize an overtired baby

    Your baby can become overtired about an hour after first feeling tired. Ideally you want to recognize the tired signs and put your baby to sleep, but if you miss them, you could end up in overtired territory. Here’s how to tell.

    • Your baby is suddenly hyperactive.
    • Your baby is fighting sleep.
    • Your baby is easily annoyed by the slightest sounds or sights.
    • Your baby isn’t making eye contact or interacting with you.
    • Your baby is clingy.
    • Your baby is whining or whimpering.
    • Your baby has sudden outbursts of emotion.

    Even though it’s a struggle, you should try to put your baby to sleep right away if you feel he or she is overtired.

    How to help chronically overtired children

    A child who becomes overtired frequently experiences chronic sleep deprivation. Keep in mind that sleep is an important part of growing up. It’s when the brain and body does a majority of its growing. So keeping your child from sleep is robbing them of their healthy development. Sleep deprived children exhibit some of these signs:

    • Undereating
    • Fussy behavior
    • Developmental delay
    • Gastrointestinal discomfort
    • Overstimulation

    The solution is simple: more sleep. Do not judge how much sleep your child needs based on what your friends say or what you read online. Judge the amount of sleep your child needs based on your child’s behavior. Did you cut back to one nap too soon? Are you letting him or her stay up too late at night and then waking them in the morning to start the day?

    Children who suffer from sleep deprivation take a few days to catch up. They won’t feel fine after just one night’s sleep. Spend a weekend prioritizing sleep. Make the sleep environments quiet and dark to really stretch out those naps. Keep rough play to a minimum and start sleep times as soon as they exhibit signs. You can work out of sleep deprivation, but it takes time.

    In short, when your baby becomes overtired, use that as an opportunity to examine your sleep routine and make the appropriate adjustments.

    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.

  • Is My Baby Ready for Night Weaning?

    Night WeaningNaturally, parents with babies are desperate to get back to the good old days. You know, the ones where you slept for seven or eight hours without interruption. Eventually you’ll want to wean your baby from nighttime feedings so everyone can get long stretches of sleep. The solution is to wean your baby off nighttime feedings.

    There’s no set schedule for this, of course. You’ll have to decide if your child is old enough. Even doctors aren’t sure when the best time is. All children are different, but here’s a general schedule so you know if you’re on the right track.

    • Newborn to 3 months: feed every 2-3 hours
    • 3-4 months: 2-3 feedings per night
    • 5-6 months: 1-2 feedings per night
    • 7-9 months: 1 (sometimes 2) feedings per night
    • 10-12 months: sometimes 1 feeding per night
    • 12+ months: no feedings per night

    Other factors will come into play, of course. Growth spurts make your baby hungry. She won’t be able to keep herself quiet and calm to fall asleep. Teething and illness, of course, will keep any baby awake. In all cases, a feeding might soothe and relax baby, even though she isn’t hungry.

    Generally speaking, formula-fed babies wean sooner. This is because formula is harder to digest, so the little tummy stays fuller longer. Breastmilk is easy to digest, so it runs through baby quicker.

    Here are 3 signs to determine if your child is ready for night weaning

    1. Baby is not eating much throughout the day – This is an indication that she expects a nighttime feeding, even though you know she’s capable of eating more. Encourage more daytime eating, including a heavy just-before bed meal.
    2. Baby treats night time feedings as play time – If your child is less concerned about the boob or the bottle and more interested in playing, she isn’t really hungry, just accustomed to getting up at that time. This is a good sign the evening feeding isn’t necessary.
    3. Baby eats a lot of solid foods – Once your baby has started solids, they’re nearing the night weaning timeframe. A good portion of solids will hold her over during the night until the morning where she’ll need another good dose of solid foods.

    Here are some basic tips to make night weaning easier.

    • Go slow: simply feed less over time until you’re not feeding at all, just comforting.
    • Make sure your baby is eating enough. She may not eat as much during the day because she expects it at night. Take scheduled breaks from play to eat.
    • Try waking your child for a “dream feed” just before you go to bed.
    • Don’t wean baby during a transition time, like on a vacation, during bad teething, or just after you’ve returned to work.
    • Don’t lift baby out of the crib. This will signal that it’s time to wake up and eat.

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

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

    Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology. Joanna is a Certified Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Prevention Professionals, Safe Sleep Educator, Member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Member of the National Sleep Foundation, and Member of the Canadian Sleep Society.

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

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

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

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

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

  • The 6 Essential Summertime Sleep Tips

    Summertime Sleep TipsThe summertime poses some interesting sleep challenges for parents, especially for parents of infant children. Many children don’t get adequate sleep during the summer, which can impact their mood and development. Here are some summertime sleep tips to help you get through.

    1. Remove unnecessary bedding – If your child is still in the SIDS risk age, you shouldn’t have any bedding. For older children who might have blankets or pillows, take them out of the crib or off the bed so they don’t keep your child too warm.

    2. Make the space as quiet as possible – Depending on where you live, there might be more ambient noise during sleep times during the summer. Kids play outside later, people have parties and barbeques, cars are driving more often, etc. A white noise machine (or a running fan or air conditioner) is a great way to muffle those sounds.

    3. Hang some blackout curtains – Like adults, babies like to sleep in the dark. During the summer, however, the sun is up longer than usual. It can be tough to convince a baby to fall asleep before it’s dark, or keep them in bed until a reasonable hour. Pull the blackout curtains closed during your bedtime routine so your little one begins to adjust to the night time and leave them closed until it’s time to come out of the crib.

    4. Keep baby’s room cool – Young children sleep the best (and the safest since overheating is a factor of SIDS) in a room that’s between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don’t have air conditioning, use a fan to keep the air moving and make sure blinds and curtains stay closed during the day so the run doesn’t heat the space.

    5. Use summer clothes – Your little one may look cute in footed pajamas, but they aren’t right for the season. Dress your little one in lightweight pajamas for sleeping. Choose natural fibers, like cotton, which are breathable. Consider what you sleep in: your baby doesn’t need much more.

    6. Don’t neglect the naps – We typically do a lot more during the summer, so it can be easy to go-go-go all day and forget to make time for naps. Even if you spend the day at the zoo or the pool, you need to break for nap time. A tired child falls asleep easily, but an overtired child will fight and resist sleep. Do your best to give a nap, even if it’s sitting in the car (with the AC running!) or stroller.

    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 Steps to Handle Sleep Regression

    Steps to Handle Sleep RegressionYou thought you had it all figured out!

    Your baby was finally sleeping well. Maybe not all the way through the night, but with just a single wakeup or two, you are finally getting some sleep yourself. And then it happens… sleep regression.

    Suddenly your precious one is up several times a night, demanding attention and requiring you to go through your old tricks (feedings, rocking, cuddling).

    Take these steps to get through this difficult time.

    1. Understand the cause

    Sleep regression can be caused by a number of things. He might be going through a growth spurt and especially hungry. He might be teething and in pain. He might be beginning to have vivid dreams that he doesn’t understand. Try to figure out why your child is waking up. The solution might be as simple as some baby Tylenol before bed or more solid foods.

    2. Let them cry a bit

    I’m an advocate of the cry-it-out approach (at least not the cry-all-night system), but a few tears are OK. You have to learn to read your child’s crying. There’s a difference between light moaning and full-on screaming.

    If your child wakes up at night, by all means go in and comfort him, but leave him in the crib. Be loving for a few minutes until he comes down and then let leave, even if he protests a bit. Wait 10 minutes. If he’s still crying, go in again and calm him down. Repeat until he falls asleep (which will be a lot sooner than you expect).

    3. Try co-sleeping

    Often children go through a sleep regression when their development reaches a new level, like they understand that mom and dad are still around somewhere, but they can’t see them. A simple solution might be to put your child in a place in your room where he can see mom and dad.

    NOTE: Bed-sharing is dangerous for children under one. Do not bring your little ones into your bed.

    4. Use some old methods

    White noise, rocking, cuddling, walking, feeding, swinging, patting… go to whatever used to work before. A sleep regression is usually temporary. In a week or two, things will settle back to normal as your child adjusts. In the meantime, don’t think you’ll introduce sleep associations again, just get everyone back to sleep.

    5. Accept that this will be tough

    There’s no sure-fire solution to this time period. It’s all about your child’s development; something you can’t rush. You will have better sleep again. Until then, double up on coffee in the morning and get to sleep earlier at night.

    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.

  • Is My Baby Sleeping Too Much?

    Is My Baby Sleeping Too MuchSleep is a tough subject to relate to most parents. Children are all different. Some need more, some need less. Most of the time, parents are concerned that their children aren’t sleeping enough, but sometimes parents wonder if their child sleeps too much.

    Newborns sleep a LOT

    The first two to three months of your baby’s life is full of rapid growth, which is exhausting. They’ll spend most of their non-eating time asleep. If your baby seems perpetually lethargic during this period, everything is normal.

    Some parents have to gently wake their children with a breast or bottle every 2-3 hours during the first couple weeks to make sure they eat, but otherwise babies will wake up when they’re hungry. The best measure of development at this stage is if your child is wetting at least eight diapers a day. If your child is not producing enough wet or dirty diapers, speak with your doctor.

    What about after the newborn stage?

    Around three months, a good day of sleep is about 15 hours. If it’s a couple more than 15, that’s OK too. That typically breaks down to 11-12 at night and three or more hours during the day.

    Awake time is important too, however. Children need time to soak in their surroundings, interact with loved ones and explore their world. If your child is sleeping more than 18 hours in a day, there might be an underlying medical condition at play. Consult with your doctor.

    What about the toddler stage?

    As your baby gets older, his/her sleep needs will lessen and consolidate to a long afternoon nap. Instead of three one-hour naps, you’ll drop down to two, then one long one. So if your two year old falls asleep for three hours after lunch, nothing is actually wrong. It’s just his/her body becoming better at sleeping and managing to stay down.

    Mind your own instincts

    A parent’s instincts are the best tool to gauge something like this. Do you feel your child is missing out on learning because he/she is sleeping? Do they want to go back to sleep soon after waking? Do you feel like your child isn’t hitting milestones because he/she hasn’t had enough wake time to practice? (Keep in mind that every child is different; there’s no date a child should hold a spoon, sit up, walk, etc.)

    One other thing: be grateful if you have a baby that sleeps easily. Many parents envy you!

    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.

  • 4 Things That Occur When Kids Don’t Get Enough Sleep

    When Kids Don’t Get Enough SleepGetting proper rest and recovery from sleep is important at any age, but even more so when kids are growing and developing. Sleep deprivation in kids can cause many detrimental consequences that will not only affect their day-to-day life, but also their future. Here are a few things that occur when kids don’t get enough sleep:

    1. Self-Regulation Issues

    A lack of sleep can cause a child to lose their ability to control themselves, which affects their emotions and moods. Studies have actually shown a link between short sleep duration, late bedtimes, and poor overall sleep quality with aggression, impulsivity, and being short-tempered. Also, kids who aren’t getting the amount of sleep they need can also show symptoms similar to children with ADHD; these symptoms include inability to sit still, stay on task, and focus.

    2. Lack of Growth/Development 

    When a child doesn’t get the necessary amount of sleep their body needs, it could negatively affect their growth and development. Getting enough sleep guarantees that our bodies are producing the right amount of hormones and chemicals at the right times to keep growing. Also, being well-rested allows a child the ability to pay attention, acquire and comprehend new information, and think critically. Without these abilities, kids won’t have access to the mental faculties they need to learn the basic skills they need.

    3. Health Problems 

    If your child fails to get the proper amount of sleep, their immune system and white blood cell production can suffer. When the immune system isn’t running at its optimal efficiency, children are much more susceptible to getting sick. Another health issue that can come from sleep deprivation occurs mentally. Research has shown a link between persistent sleep difficulties in childhood and mental health problems like depression, anxiety disorders, and alcohol abuse later in life. If all of these health problems can be avoided with some extra sleep, this is an important aspect to keep in mind with your children.

    4. Memory Loss

    It may be subtle, but when a child lacks the proper amount of sleep they need, their ability to retain information and memories can suffer. You probably know that on the days when you are most tired, you're forgetful and unfocused, but sleep deprivation can lead to permanent cognitive issues. The less we sleep, the less we benefit from the memory-storing properties of sleep. Additionally, a lack of sleep can cause "brain deterioration," according to a 2013 study, which may at least in part explain memory loss in seniors.

    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.

  • Looking Forward by Looking Back: Baby Products That Change the Way We Live

    Baby Products That Change the Way We LiveFlashback to 1989…

    The only moms who were “wearing” their children were the hippies. They were criticized for being too attached to their kids. These moms were also big into breastfeeding, which (at the time) was considered offensive and inefficient.

    Some realized how better it was to keep their children close to their bodies, but these women didn’t have many options. Most baby carrying devices were a wrap of some sort, a long swatch of fabric that wasn’t easy to use.

    Although wearing your baby was a new concept in the US, people had been doing it in Europe since the 70s, starting in Sweden. Medical experts concluded that eye contact and physical closeness between parent and child was important for healthy bonding.

    Björn Jakobson was inspired by this research and developed a product that could facilitate closeness and the bond between parents and their newborn babies. BabyBjörn launched its first baby carrier, "Hjärtenära" (close to heart), in 1973.

    It took over thirty years for the concept of wearing your baby to be accepted in the United States. It just wasn’t fashionable until a black and white advertisement in Harper’s Bazaar featured a svelte new mom model showing off her Bijorn carrier.

    The sleep sack, a hybrid blanket and sleeper was also popular in Sweden a long time ago, but only gained ground in the States during the 90s. The sack provides warmth and comfort to baby without the looseness of a traditional blanket, which helps prevent SIDS.

    Flash-forward to 2015…

    Wearing your child isn’t just a popular trend. It’s recommended by doctors, nurses, midwives, and parenting experts. Attachment parenting (and breastfeeding) continues to grow and develop. Children are thriving.

    Presently in the United States, there are more than 20 companies producing carious designs of baby carriers and wraps so parents can maintain a better bond with their children. These devices not only soothe baby so he/she can grow without stress, but they are fantastically convenient.

    We have established a new paradigm in how to best care for children; one that includes the importance of emotional well-being and growth.

    At Swanling Innovations, we’re trying to base our work on the same concept; the principals of bonding and giving children a sense of security. Through safe, secure sleep, children grow up feeling loved, comforted, and without stress.

    Our sleep aide, the Slumber Sleeper, is a modern sleep solution for infants and children. It’s an integration of traditional European concepts (that have been working for centuries) that we’re trying to bring to American life.

    We hope to revolutionize how children self-soothe, giving them and parents the rest they deserve.

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

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

    Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology. Joanna is a Certified Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Prevention Professionals, Safe Sleep Educator, Member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Member of the National Sleep Foundation, and Member of the Canadian Sleep Society.

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

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

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

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

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

  • The Startle Reflex and Your Baby

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    - Katie D., mother to Dylan

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

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

    Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology. Joanna is a Certified Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Prevention Professionals, Safe Sleep Educator, Member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Member of the National Sleep Foundation, and Member of the Canadian Sleep Society.

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

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

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

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

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

  • 13 Simple Baby Sleep Solutions

    Simple Baby Sleep SolutionsIf you’re struggling to help your child fall asleep, you aren’t alone. Helping your baby fall asleep is one of the first challenges you’ll face as a new parent. It will take some time to figure out what works for your family, but use this list of simple sleep solutions to get started.

    1. Avoid eye contact – Prolonged eye contact is stimulating for your baby. When you’re trying to help her sleep, avoid gazing into her eyes.

    2. Bath time – A soothing soak is a great way to relax your baby, but don’t include squirt toys or splashing. Keep your voice low and easy.

    3. Hands-on after transfer – When you transfer baby to the crib from your arms, leave your warm hands on her stomach for a few seconds so she feels safe.

    4. Swaddling – A nicely wrapped swaddle takes your baby back to days in the womb. Use a swaddle or our Slumber Sleeper to keep baby safe, secure and warm.

    5. Sleep begets sleep – An overtired baby is a challenge to get to sleep. The more often she sleeps, the easier it will be to get her to sleep. Keep your nap schedule!

    6. White noise – In the womb, baby heard a lot of sound from within and outside of mom. Gentle, white noise is comforting.

    7. Dark room – Light is stimulating and it blocks melatonin production. Skip nightlights and use blackout curtains to keep the room dark or if you want a nightlight use orange light or salt lamp.

    8. Co-sleeping – Co-sleeping means having your baby sleep in the same room as mom and dad, NOT sleeping in the same bed (which is dangerous).

    9. Stay cool – Babies sleep best in rooms kept between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. (It’s also helpful in preventing SIDS.)

    10. Offer pacifier – A pacifier at bedtime can help soothe your baby. When she falls asleep, remove it so she doesn’t wake up when it falls out naturally.

    11. Rocking/walking – We all know that rocking a baby helps them fall asleep, but it’s the walking gesture that works for the best for some. Your baby is used to the rolling, side-to-side motion from months in mom’s stomach. If rocking back and forth isn’t helping, take a walk around your home.

    12. Learn the tired cues – After a few weeks with your baby, you’ll start to recognize the signs of tiredness. Do not ignore them, even if you’re out of the house. Find a way to help your baby sleep or risk a meltdown.

    13. Tell you baby you love them with a smile allowing them to know that sleep time is positive.

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

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

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

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

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

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

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

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

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  • 3 Reasons to Get Those Kids Sleeping

    reasons to help kids get sleepWe all know kids need to get plenty of sleep. Sleep is crucial to helping kids develop both physically and mentally, which is why they will spend approximately 40 percent of their childhood sleeping.

    I always advise that children have an early bedtime that parents stick to no matter what…unfortunately, that means leaving summertime beach parties before the bonfire starts up, or putting the kids to bed even though Grandma and Grandpa want to spend time with them after Christmas dinner. Sometimes it can be hard and parents have to stand their ground. But in the end you have a well-rested child and far less nighttime tantrums. Kids who get to stay up late with their family and crash when their parents do are far more likely to be cranky and miserable the next day.

    If you need a little more incentive for making sure your child is getting a good night’s sleep, here are my top-3 reasons to make good sleep habits a priority in your family:

    1. For your child’s health

    There are no two ways about it: experts all agree that sleep is vital to good health. Children who don’t get enough sleep are prone to a long list of potential negative side effects. Here are just a few:

    Obesity

    There have been many studies linking childhood obesity with lack of sleep. A recent study from the International Journal of Obesity looked at 422 children between the ages of 5 and 10. Researchers measured and weighed the children and asked their parents about their sleeping habits. They discovered that 20 percent of the boys and 24 percent of the girls studied were overweight or obese, and the  children who slept less than 10 hours a night were 3 1/2 times more likely to be overweight than those who slept 12 hours or more.

    Researchers still aren’t certain exactly why less sleep equals potential weight gain, but there are a few practical possibilities. The more tired you are, the less active you are, so a sleepy child is far more likely to sit in front of the TV with a bowl of potato chip than to run around and play tag with the neighbours. There is also some evidence that lack of sleep can trigger a hormonal response that makes you feel hungrier.

    ADHD

    While lack of sleep may not directly cause ADHD, a lot of the symptoms of ADHD are mimicked by kids who are not sleeping enough, such as irritability, hyperactivity, difficulty concentrating and impulsive behaviour.

    But according to the National Sleep Foundation, for kids who do have ADHD, too little sleep may significantly impact their ADHD symptoms. One study found that treating sleep problems could even be enough to eliminate attention and hyperactivity issues for some children.

    School Performance

    It seems to only make sense that kids who aren’t getting enough rest will be groggy and have trouble concentrating in school. But the research on academic performance is pretty shocking. One study showed that kids with C's, D's and F's got about 25 fewer minutes of sleep and went to bed an average of 40 minutes later than A and B students. Kids who aren’t sleeping enough just will not have the ability to focus on, or even care about, their school work.

    2. For your health

    Let’s face it, if your child isn’t getting enough sleep then you probably aren’t either. Babies and young children who consistently wake up throughout the night or go to bed late will be keeping their parents up as well. When your child goes down at 7 p.m. you will have a couple of kid-free hours to yourself to restore and revive and then you’ll still have plenty pf time to get lots of rest yourself. It’s so important for parents to take good care of themselves so they can take care of their children without feeling exhausted and overwhelmed.

    3. For the health of the family

    Families who get enough sleep often claim to be more fulfilled. Being tired causes grumpiness, irritability and impatience, so families who aren’t sleeping well will be less likely to have fun together and be active when they’re battling fatigue.

    Teaching your children to take care of themselves by getting enough sleep is one of the biggest gifts you can give them, and it starts with your family habits. Sleeping well as a child will set them up for being a well-adjusted adult with less likelihood for issues like insomnia when they’re older.

    Sleep Sense Founder Dana OblemanGuest Blog by Dana Obleman, Creator of The Sleep Sense Program

    Dana launched her successful private practice in 2003, and since then has helped over 30,000 of parents solve their children’s sleep problems. She is the creator of “The Sleep Sense Program,” a best-selling do-it-yourself guide for sleep deprived parents. Dana has made numerous television appearances, has been featured in national and local newspapers, spoken at multiple parenting trade shows and baby conventions. She was also invited to lecture on solving infant and toddler sleep problems to Family Physicians, through the University of British Columbia. In addition, to a BA in Psychology, Dana also holds a degree in Elementary Education from King’s University (1999), and is a professional member of the National Sleep Foundation.

    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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  • How Light is Keeping Your Baby Awake and 4 Ways to Stop It

    nightlight keeping baby awakeIn order to provide safe and effective sleep for our kids, we have to optimize their sleep environment. That means making their sleep space as comfortable and non-disruptive as possible. Just like adults, too much light keeps children awake, but you’ll also be surprised to know that the color of the light is also important.

    The light-dark cycle we’re exposed to every day is how we regulate our sleep cycle (or circadian rhythm) and even some of the hormones in our body. However, we often put night lights in our children’s rooms to make them feel safe, but they can cause more harm than good.

    Even if our kids (or adults) fall asleep in a room with gentle light, the brain can detect that light through the eyelids. This could inhibit the production of melatonin, a hormone that helps control our sleep-wake cycles. Typically melatonin is high in the late evening and throughout the night, then begins to decrease towards the morning. Essentially, it keeps you asleep.

    Blue, white and green spectrum light are both melatonin-suppressive. They stop your body from making melatonin, which eventually cause us to rise. This is the type of light emitted from electronic devices and most household lightbulbs.

    From a Harvard study: “While light of any kind can suppress the secretion of melatonin, blue light does so more powerfully. Harvard researchers and their colleagues conducted an experiment comparing the effects of 6.5 hours of exposure to blue light to exposure to green light of comparable brightness. The blue light suppressed melatonin for about twice as long as the green light and shifted circadian rhythms by twice as much (3 hours vs. 1.5 hours).”

    What’s even worse: some research shows that blue light may contribute to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

    Here are some ways you can make the sleep space as conducive to sleep as possible:

    1. Nix the nightlights

    The change might be tough to make, especially if your children are used to sleeping with nightlights, but their health is worth it. A simple and effective way to remove nightlights is to move them out of the room over time. Move them from their usual position to an outlet near the door, then an outlet in the hallway, down the hallway, etc. Eventually you’ll be able to do away with them without incident.

    2. Turn off electronic devices

    Make sure all televisions and computers are switched off during the night. Studies have shown that those children who watched TV and played video games before going to bed took longer to fall asleep than those who watched none at all. Even the light from alarm clocks can interfere with their sleep. (Most people don’t have an alarm clock in the nursery, but it’s worth mentioning since these sleep tips apply to anyone at any age.)

    3. Use red tone lights

    You’ll need light in some places, like the hallway or bathroom for when kids wake up. Use lights that work on the red spectrum so they don’t disrupt sleep. Here are three great options: the Himalayan Salt Lamp, the Ikea Patrull Nightlight and the OriGlam Light Color Change Humidifier.

    4. Install blackout curtains

    Blackout curtains are a great way to keep outside light out of the room. These don’t just stop the sunlight. They also stop car headlights, street lamps, moonlight and other weather related light from penetrating the room and keeping your little one awake. They also reduce your heating and cooling costs.

    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 Much Sleep do Babies and Kids Need?

    To support their rapid development (mentally, emotionally and physically), babies and children need a tremendous amount of sleep. Not only does sleep rejuvenate them and collect energy, but it’s the time when a majority of the growing takes place. Even missing an hour of sleep in a day can impact their personality, cognitive functions, and overall development.

    Many parents know their kids require more sleep, but not by how much. Often it’s hard to tell if our children need more sleep, or require some other need to be met. The signs of insufficient sleep aren’t always the same for small children, especially babies. In fact, sleep deprivation in babies can appear as restlessness and hyperactivity. When they’re overtired, they resist any attempts to help, including bedtime.

    The following are some simple guidelines to tell you how much sleep a child needs. Keep in mind that these are guidelines and your child might deviate slightly. If you notice significant difference between your child’s sleep schedule and this list, consult your pediatrician.


    Image and information credit: National Sleep Foundation

    • Newborns (0 to 3 months) need 14 to 17 hours of sleep each day, with no less than 11 or more than 19.
    • Infants (4 to 11 months) need 12 to 15 hours of sleep each day, with no less than 10 or more than 18.
    • Toddlers (1 to 2 years) need 11 to 14 hours of sleep each day, with no less than 9 or more than 16.
    • Preschoolers (3 to 5 years) need 10 to 13 hours of sleep each, with no less than 8 or more than 14.
    • Kids (6 to 13 years) need 9 to 11 hours of sleep each day, with no less than 7 or more than 12.
    • Teenagers (14 to 17 years) need 8 to 10 hours of sleep each day, with no less than 7 or more than 11.
    • Young adults (18 to 25) need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each day, with no less than 6 or more than 11.

    If you suspect your child isn’t getting adequate sleep and you’ve done everything you can to help them, talk to your doctor. Long term sleep deprivation isn’t healthy for anyone, but especially not for children who are struggling to grow.

    Your doctor may be able to teach your some helpful techniques or recognize an underlying medical condition (like sleep apnea, which we’re learning is more common in young children than we thought). Often sleep struggles can be resolved by changing the sleep environment and bedtime habits.

    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.

  • Why Sleep is Important for Babies and Kids

    Why Sleep is Important for Babies and KidsEveryone knows sleep is important. After a long day, your body craves sleep whether you mentally want to or not. In fact, go long enough without it and our bodies would fall asleep on their own.

    For children, though, sleep plays an interesting role in their development. It doesn’t just rejuvenate them for another day like you or I. Sleep plays a key role in their growth.

    In our bodies, the pituitary gland secrets the Human Growth Hormone, a substance that, quite literally, helps the body grow. Its production is influenced by many factors, such as stress, nutrition and exercise. In growing bodies, however, HGH is affected by sleep.

    HGH is most intensely released shortly after children fall into their deep sleep. That means they do the most growing while they are asleep.

    That means without proper sleep, a child’s growth can actually be stunted. Improper sleep can consist of keeping a child awake when their bodies want to sleep, or a sleep obstruction problem like sleep apnea.

    If a child severely lacks HGH, they can even suffer from lung and heart problems, as these organs may not grow fast enough to keep up with their bodies. It’s unlikely that a lack of sleep could cause this much damage, but little sleep combined with an underlying condition could create a serious problem.

    Other hormones can be affected by a lack of sleep as well. Hormones that regulate appetite can be affected, causing your child to overeat or prefer high-calorie foods. Lack of sleep can affect the way a child’s body handles the food it receives by triggering insulin resistance (which is a threat for diabetes).

    You can tell your child needs more sleep by evaluating their mood and behavior. If they’re frequently cranky, irritable and lethargic, they might need a few more hours at night or an extra nap during the day. Lack of sleep over a long term can affect your child’s grades in school, their performance in extra-curricular activities, and even make permanent changes to their disposition and personality.

    Ensure your child is getting enough sleep by setting a bedtime and nap routine appropriate for their age and adjusting it as you see fit. A consistent routine will help their bodies adjust so they know when sleep is coming. Make sure your child’s sleeping space is conducive to sleep without any distractions.

    Most importantly, keep an eye out for signs of sleep deprivation. It does more damage than you think.

    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.

  • Helping Mom Get The Sleep She Deserves

    Mother sleeping with her newborn babyAs a parent, we talk a lot about baby sleep. We analyze our children’s sleep schedules, judge their needs and bend over backwards to help them get the sleep they need. But what about moms?

    There have definitely been some mornings for me where I laid in bed, looking up at the ceiling, wishing I could have just fifteen more minutes of sleep. I’m sure I’m not alone. Motherhood is a grueling experience for new parents. Amidst the lovey tender feelings is certainly some stress and anxiety. So how does a mom go about getting the rest she needs?

    Sleep when the baby sleeps

    There will always be chores to perform and errands to run, but your priorities should be your baby’s health and your own. When baby sleeps, you should sleep. Even if you aren’t particularly tired, lie down and close your eyes for a few minutes. Get the rest when you can.

    Avoid excessive responsibilities

    Everyone has a limit; a point of which they can do no more. Recognize yours and stop volunteering to help when you’ve come to it. For example, don’t volunteer to attend your child’s school field trip if the thought of a long day with hours on a bus makes you anxious.

    After your delivery, use the hospital nursery

    It’s funny that when we’re the most exhausted we’ve ever been (right after birth), we also want to interact with our little one as much as possible. Take advantage of the hospital staff and let them tend to your baby for a night or two while you recuperate. You’ll have plenty of time to bond.

    Accept offers of help

    When grandma wants to visit for a couple hours, say yes! Even if you don’t feel tired or stressed, let her come over and mind the baby for a bit. Rather than use the time to recover your inner calm, use it to prevent stress and exhaustion. Plus, you might have plenty of people who would enjoy the experience.

    Speak up!

    If you’re tired, tell someone! There’s no need to carry a burden by yourself if others are willing. Talk to the people in your life, especially your spouse. Let them know that the stress is starting to accumulate and you’re worried about its effect on your health.

    In fact, carrying for a child while you are sleep deprived is dangerous. You could make a terrible mistake. You aren’t a bad mom just because you need some time to yourself – you’re just human.

    footed pajamas for fast diaper changesGuest Blog by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

    Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son's diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby's pajamas.

    Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son's pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby's entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby's comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

    One night while feeding her son she thought of "Zippyz." Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

    For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.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.

  • 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.

  • Holiday Sleep Gifts for Baby and Toddler

    All parents know the importance of giving their children a good night’s sleep. Sleep is vital for healthy child development and brain maturation in babies. Unfortunately, some infants have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep throughout the night. This results in sleep deprivation for parents.

    “Sleep is one of our most important biological needs. Just as you strive to provide your family with nourishing and healthful food, you should also make quality sleep a priority. Achieving healthy sleep is easier than you may think: Know how much sleep your child needs and insist on it on a daily basis. Take care to provide a sleeping environment that is conducive to healthy sleep - this includes a room that is dark, cool, quiet and free from distractions. Ensure that your child has a consistent pre-sleep routine that helps them to relax and unwind and also serves as a cue that sleep is forth coming. Follow these simple rules this holiday season and throughout the year to help your family get the sleep they need!” says Certified Child Sleep Consultant, Amy Lage from Well Rested Baby. 

    While sleep deprivation is a normal part of being a parent, there are products out there that can help baby sleep longer and safer. Pair these products with a good sleep routine and soon the whole family will be sleeping soundly. Here are my favorite products to give families the gift of sleep.

    1. The Slumber Sleeper™ by Swanling Innovations

    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. 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. (For children age 3 months and up.)

    The Slumber Sleeper™

    $99.0

    www.swanling.com

    2. Marpac Dohm Sound Conditioner

    The Marpac Dohm Sound Conditioner creates the soothing sound of rushing air, also known as "white noise," which has been proven to effectively block noises at a broad range of frequencies. A uniform blanket of smooth sound masks disruptive noises. This nifty device has two speeds and integrated vibration-dampening rubber feet for improved sound quality. Get Dohm, and get some Serious Sleep.

    Marpac Dohm Sound Conditioner

    $49.99

    www.marpac.com

    3. Posh Tots Valentino Glider

    The Valentino Adult Glider adds the perfect finishing touch to the nursery. Comfortable and stylish, this glider is available in a variety of fabric options to coordinate with any decor. Glider features a removable seat cushion. The unique parallel rocking motion is similar to a porch glider and the no-sag, nine-gauge sinuous springs are closely spaced for superior comfort. Precision balanced linkage offers unrestricted rocking without the use of springs. Includes an attached 51 ball bearing swivel action. The steel tubular ring base allows for greater stability in all positions.

    Posh Tots Valentino Glider

    $638.00

    www.poshtots.com 

    4. MAM Night Glow in the Dark Pacifier

    The BPA-free MAM Night Pacifier’s glow-in-the-dark feature makes it easy to for baby and parent to find at night. Developed by leading pediatric dentists and developmental psychologists to provide maximum comfort and style for babies from birth to six months, MAM’s cutting-edge pacifiers combine technological innovation and trendsetting design to help give babies a healthy start in life.

    MAM Night Glow in the Dark Pacifier

    $5.99

    www.mambaby.com

    5. Fisher Price Soothing Motions Glider

    Fisher-Price's Soothing Motions Glider provides motion for baby in two ways: side-to-side or front-to-back. This glider is so plush and comfy, newborns will love it from the start. The deep cradle seat with newborn insert offers extra support for baby's back, sides and head. It also features 2 position recline and 2 speeds, so mom can make everything just right for baby. And with the chair's comforting motion, you can choose from 8 soothing or 8 playful songs while baby gazes at the plush toys overhead. Soft flush pad is machine washable, the toybar easily removes, and there are non-skid feet to keep it in place.

    Fisher Price Soothing Motions Glider

    $88.79

    www.diapers.com

    6. The Slumber Silkie™

    The most unique security blanket ever made. The luxurious Slumber Silkie™ will be the blanket your baby will always want, (you may want to get two.) With the Swanling® Snap-in-Place™ system this blanket will be every parent’s favorite blanket. By attaching the blanket securely at the waist of the Slumber Sleeper™ vest the blanket is kept safely away from baby’s face while sleeping. Baby will sleep safe and sound through the night with the Slumber Silkie™ always within reach and not tossed on to the floor in the middle of the night.

    The Slumber Silkie™

    $18.00

    www.swanling.com

    7. The Slumber Swan™

    The Swanling® Slumber Swan™ is the perfect baby gift for both boys and girls. The Swanling® Swan is made from the softest materials and will soon become your child’s best friend. The small and medium size swans are equipped with a gentle and soothing rattle, all of the swans have child safe eyes.

    The Slumber Swan™

    $14.00

    www.swanling.com 

    8. The Slumber Swaddle™

    The Slumber Swaddle™ is for newborns and can be used until your baby has grown out of swaddling (usually around 3 months of age.) The Slumber Swaddle™ uses our original Snap-in-Place™ system to attach securely at the waistband of the Slumber Sleeper™. The Snap-in-Place™ system ensures that the swaddle will stay in place and helps keep baby comfortably wrapped through the night.

    The wonderfully soft lightweight bamboo jersey fabric is breathable helping your infant maintain a comfortable temperature. The easy wrap and tie design takes the guesswork and frustration out of swaddling.

    The Slumber Swaddle™

    $29.00

    www.swanling.com

    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.

    Photo Credit: Amanda Truss /clash via Compfight cc

  • 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.

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

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

  • How to Develop a Sleep Schedule for Baby

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

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

    Start Early

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

    Establish a Routine

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

    Night and Day

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

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

    Make the Sacrifice

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

    Expect Changes

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

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

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

  • 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.

  • Three Ways to Teach Baby to Self-Soothe

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

    1. Create a Soothing Routine

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

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

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

    2. Drift Away

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

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

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

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

    3. Swaddle and Then Wean from the Swaddle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

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

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

  • 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.

  • Your Baby’s Sleep Development

    baby sleep development guideDuring the first year of your baby’s life, you’ll be privileged to witness a myriad of changes and developmental achievements. You’ll witness his sleep schedule change to meet the demands of his growing body. Here’s a summary of your baby’s sleep development by age and what to expect.

    Birth to Three Months

    During this period your baby will sleep a lot, up to 18 hours per day. However, he’ll only sleep for three or four hours at a time in between feedings. Tame the sleepless nights using a safe swaddle for baby.

    Your baby’s sleep cycle is far shorter than ours, including more time in the easily-disturbed phases. This type of rest is critical for proper brain development.

    You can help your baby sleep during this time by recognizing when he’s tired. After two hours of wakefulness, he’ll need sleep. Don’t let him become overtired or he’ll struggle to slumber. Learn the sleepy cues: he’s sleepy if he rubs his eyes, swats at his ears, whines at the slightest stimuli, becomes quiet and still, yawns a lot, or loses interest in people and toys. He’ll also probably push his face into your chest or skin to block out stimulations.

    You can help him begin to recognize day time versus night time by being especially active during the day (socializing, playing, talking, keeping the house bright) and relaxed and calm in the evenings.

    Three Months to Six Months

    At this point your baby will still sleep 15 hours per day, but a long stretch of that will take place at night. The rest is likely divided amongst a few daytime napes. By six months he should be capable of sleeping throughout the night without interruption (even without a feeding).

    Make sure to set clearly established bedtimes and naptimes. Earlier, determining when to sleep was as simple was watching for the signs. Now you have to take a bit of control. He’ll need consistency to regulate his sleep patterns.

    You should also be developing a bedtime routine that you’ll follow each evening. Some popular bedtime routine activities include a quiet game, a warm bath, a bedtime story, lullaby, and a gentle massage. Using a product like the Slumber Sleeper™ - a 4-in-1 mattress protector, flat sheet, fitted sheet, and sleep sack - every night will allow baby that consistency and familiarity they associate with sleep time. Use whatever routine works for you, but stay consistent.

    Six to Nine Months

    By this time your baby should be sleeping up to seven to 11 hours per night. He’s probably waking briefly during the night, but he has learned how to soothe himself back to sleep. That’s a great sign!

    Continue to keep consistent times with the morning and afternoon naps. Continue to follow your bedtime routine. It’s important at this point to introduce as much stability as you can into your baby’s schedule. That includes lunches, snacks, and bouts of activity during the day. Regular activities will help your baby fall asleep more easily when it’s time.

    At this age, your baby might be waking up at night due to the teething or separation anxiety. He may also wake up and begin experimenting with his new skills: siting up, rolling over, and crawling. After a bit of movement, he might find it tough to settle back down. If he calls for you, pause before rushing into the room. He may figure out how to fall asleep himself.

    Nine to Twelve Months

    Sleep is still crucial to his development. At this point your baby is still sleeping 10 to 11 hours at night with two shorter naps during the day. Maintain his consistent daytime and bedtime schedules. He should be well in sync by now.

    You may hear your baby standing up in the crib, cruising back and forth and even shouting for you at night. He’s begun to become aware that you still exist when you aren’t around, and the separation makes him anxious. It’s up to you if you go into the room at night, but remember to give him plenty of opportunities to fall asleep on his own. With the Slumber Sleeper™, baby is more likely to go back to sleep alone sooner and parents have peace of mind that baby is safe in crib.

    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.

  • 5 Methods to Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night

    baby sleep through the nightSleep doesn’t come naturally to babies. Their little bodies and minds are still adjusting to the world; working out the kinks and struggling to process everything. You’ll want your baby to sleep for long stretches so you can get some rest yourself, but this can be challenging. Here are some methods that might help your baby sleep through the night.

    1. Wrap her in a swaddle.

    During the first four months, you shouldn’t worry about sleep training. A newborn is going to sleep and eat on her own schedule. You can cause the least disruption in everyone’s life by letting her sleep when she prefers. This gives her time to learn how to sleep in our world before you require a schedule. Before four months, however, you can use the swaddle to help her rest.

    In the womb, your baby could always feel her edges. Her skin was constantly stimulated and she always knew the entirety of her world. Everything was small and safe.

    Out with the rest of us, however, the world is open and scary. Your baby struggles to cope with the onslaught of new sensations and feelings. By wrapping her in a swaddle, you return her to that comforting place where she has spent most of her life.

    A swaddle also keeps her body still so her natural startle reflex doesn’t wake her up throughout the night, and keeps her on her back to prevent SIDS. Once baby begins to roll, usually around 4 months, this is the time to stop swaddling baby and move on to the next tips.

    2. Create a bedtime routine.

    You’ll want to create a soothing nightly routine for you and your child to enact each evening. Once you establish your routine, try not to sway from it. As you condition your baby to recognize the routine, she’ll begin to feel drowsy as soon as you start.

    Pick a few activities you can perform every night no matter where you are. For example, start with a warm, relaxing bath, then a calm story (try not to read with too much animation or movement), and then off to bed. Make sure baby’s tummy is full and the lights are dim so she’s inclined to sleep.

    3. Put on some white noise.

    It’s a myth that babies need silence to sleep. When your baby was inside her mom’s womb, she was constantly exposed to sounds, from without and within. There was actually very little silence.

    Babies are comforted by a bit of noise. A white noise machine is worth the cost; it creates a gentle sound that takes your baby back to her days in the womb. A great white noise machine to look into purchasing is the Marpac Dohm. Make sure the white noise machine is not too close to baby’s ears however to ensure hearing safety. If you don’t have a white noise machine, a simple solution is to use a fan to create just enough noise, but be sure to point it away from baby’s sleeping space. Bonus: the fan helps to regulate baby’s temperature to prevent overheating (risk factor of SIDS).

    4. Lay baby down drowsy, but not asleep.

    One of the toughest lessons a baby has to learn is called “self-soothing.” Self-soothing is when your baby can comfortably put herself back to sleep without your presence. This is an extremely important skill that will help her sleep throughout the night, wake up less often, and bother mom and dad less.

    You can help teach self-soothing by laying your baby down when she’s drowsy, but not asleep. This teaches her how to transition into sleep by herself in the crib, without a parent’s arms. If your baby constantly falls asleep in your lap or beside you, she’ll become dependent on that arrangement.

    Bonus tip: swaddle baby using the hands over heart position; this way baby is in a natural womb position and can settle down using their own fingers and hands.

    5. Wait before coming to the rescue.

    Just because you’re hearing noises through the baby monitor doesn’t mean you have to rush to the crib. Your little one may wake during the night and begin making her normal, everyday gurgles and spurts. Learn to recognize the different sounds she makes. If she isn’t upset or in need of something (a change, a feeding, etc.), don’t feel pressured to run into the room. Give her some time to 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.

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  • Soft to the Touch

    It has long been understood that humans are tactile beings. Children in particular use their sense of touch as their very first way of finding out about the world. For the majority of babies it is through touch that they learn to sooth themselves. They are drawn to the softest, silkiest textures rubbing them between their fingers or against their faces finding comfort there.

    This is why children often latch on to a "lovie" when transitioned to sleeping in their crib or a new environment. It is something familiar and comforting, helping them feel safe and settled. Recently there have been growing concerns regarding children having stuffed animals or blankets in the crib with them for fear of accidental suffocation. Swanling Innovations created a solution for parents of children who really need their "lovie" to sleep at night. The Slumber Sleeper™ is made with the snap-in-place system, allowing the Slumber Swan or Slumber Silkie to be safely snapped at the wait of the child, so their "lovie" is always with in hands reach but always kept away from their face, and conveniently IN the crib.

    Waking up frequently with children during the night causes for a cranky household in the morning. Zero to little sleep across the board is not the way we want to start our day.
    Using the Swanling snap-in place system can help keep children safely sleeping through the night, changing sleepless nights into restful mornings.

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  • The Essential 101 Guide to the Slumber Sleeper™

    We help families have a complete restful night of sleep and wake up feeling like a new person when their children use the Slumber Sleeper™. It's no longer sleepless nights wondering "how in the world will they make it at work tomorrow." but sleep becomes something that both the children and adults look forward to.

    We created the Slumber Sleeper™ as a way for our children to sleep comfortably, safely, and securely at night so we as parents would not be completely worried when we slept thinking about the "what if's."

    Take a look at the latest behind the scenes with the founders of Swanling, Jan Marco and Joanna von Yurt.

    Also, you can find more information answering all of your questions about the Slumber Sleeper™ here, and if yours is missing, feel free to contact us.

  • Asleep in Minutes

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    Children and adults of all ages need sleep, better yet, sound sleep. An evening without rest can be detrimental the next day- cranky, tired, hungry, snacking all day on carbs and sugar to keep you energized from the long night before.

    What you do at night to prepare for bed can make it easier to have a solid night of sleep.

    Routines are popular with children because when they get into the habit of something, it becomes natural. Adults in this sense are the same. Here are our top tips for parents to use with their children to have sound sleep so that everyone can wake up fresh and ready to go for the day ahead.

    1. Turn off blue lights at sunset

    Electronics are a huge culprit today for sleep. We are watching television late at night with the bright blue light in our faces that disrupts our circadian rhythm (aka our brain's time clock). So the more that you use your tablets, computers, televisions, phones, lamps at night, the more your circadian rhythm will be off kilter. This leads to worse things than just a night's sleep. We are talking about diabetes, heart disease, obesity, leptin resistance, and more. It's like a domino effect down the line.

    To correct this, start using amber lightbulbs in the house without blue light and also the free app f.lux for computers and tablets.

    2. Bath Time

    Getting a bath a night and starting to calm down is key. Help your child get dressed in their favorite pajamas after a bath, brush their teeth, and get in the habit of this is what happens at night before bed.

    3. Bedtime Story

    Remember snuggling up in bed with a nice story with your family when you were younger? Bedtime stories are a key feature of childhood memories. Growing up reading books not only stimulates learning and creativity but also allows for family bonding time.

    4. Music

    Soft music (jazz, classical, soundscapes, etc.) can help get children and adults into a calm, relaxed state ready for bed. All of their worries and thoughts are set aside, and sleep is the next logical step for the mind. Here's a favorite Spotify playlist of the calming ocean waves.

    5. Slumber Sleeper

    For the young children (newborns through toddlers), the Slumber Sleeper helps create a comforting environment for a child to fall asleep and stay asleep all night, which means a solid night's sleep for the rest of the family as well.

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