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  • The 8 Benefits of Swimming for Kids

    Benefits of Swimming for KidsIt’s still warm out, so there’s plenty of time to take your kids swimming. Not only is it a ton of fun, but it’s fantastic exercise that some children sorely need. Even if you don’t have a pool at home, there’s surely a public pool or YMCA nearby. Take the family for a day and watch how much fun everyone has! Check out these eight benefits.

    1. It’s a great workout – Swimming uses all the body’s muscle groups at once. It’s a great aerobic activity and it builds strength. It’s low impact, so young joints aren’t strained and it increases flexibility (because of the big sweeping motions). With an obesity epidemic on, kids need as much fun-fitness as they can get.

    2. It’s the safest sport for kids – Children are less likely to injure themselves swimming than any other sport. Even when roughhousing, there’s little danger of harm. There are no scraped knees, bruised wrists or conked heads in a swimming pool (well, usually).

    3. It improves coordination – Unlike other exercises, swimming requires the use of one’s entire body: arms, legs, feet, hands, and core. Children learn how to master all their muscle groups at once, which makes them more stable on land and at other sports.

    4. Swim play keeps them safe – Playing in a pool or lake under supervised conditions teaches kids how to behave in the water and keep themselves afloat. This is useful in the event of a disaster or emergency where kids end up in water (like a storm or capsized boat). Everyone should know how to swim. Drowning is the nation’s second leading cause of accidental death in children under 14.

    5. Swimming helps them socialize – No kid can resist a swimming pool. Put a few kids in a pool and they’ll figure out how to play one game or another. If your child is introverted or new to the area, he’ll undoubtedly make some friends at the pool.

    6. Swimming helps kids do better in school – Just like other forms of regular activity, swimming helps kids to better in school. During the developmental years, it’s important that all children get regular exercise to regulate their bodies. If you have a high-energy child, you know just how useful a few hours of activity can be.

    7. It’s a solo and a team sport – Your child can swim anyway he wants. He can do it alone for fun and exercise, he can horse around with friends, or he can compete on a team. There are plenty of swimming events (racing and diving) to participate in.

    8. It includes children with disabilities – Many children who can’t participate in land-based sports and games are able to support and move themselves in the water, making swimming an excellent way for them to stay fit and make friends.

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

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

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

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

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

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

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

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

  • 5 Baby Safety Tips for the Summer

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

    1. Don’t sit in a hot car

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

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

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

    2. Mind your pool safety

    This goes for lakes, oceans and ponds too!

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

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

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

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

    3. Protect baby’s skin

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

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

    4. Keep the bugs out

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

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

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

    5. Look out for heatstroke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

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

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

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