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  • 8 SIDS Prevention Tips

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

    1. Back to Sleep

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

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

    2. Empty Crib

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

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

    3. Overheating

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

    4. No Smoking

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

    5. Breastfeeding

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

    6. Pacifier

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

    7. Sleep Alone

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

    8. Tummy Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

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

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

  • How to Prepare to Welcome Home a New Baby

    how to prepare for a babyBabies are exciting and wonderful, but they sure can shake our lives up! For the first few months, you’ll do nothing by eat, sleep (a little), work, and care for your new child. Before you go into this endeavor, it’s important to be prepared. Here are some ways you can prepare for your new baby.

    Prepare your other children for the new addition.

    If you have other children, you’ll need to take steps to make sure that they understand what will be happening soon. Your older children may understand what a brother or sister is on a general level, but you’ll need to explain to them how everyone’s life will change, especially during the first year. Make sure it’s clear that you won’t be favoring the new baby and that you will need their big sister or big brother “help.”

    Enlist some help for the first few weeks postpartum.

    The first month or so after birth is often the hardest on parents. Your sleep schedule is off, there’s a lot of crying that rubs your nerves, and you still aren’t sure you’re doing everything properly. Even if both parents are together, don’t be afraid to enlist some help from a family member or friend, even if you only need them to wash a load of laundry or cook dinner. You’ll be surprised how many people are willing to help.

    Learn how to install your car seat.

    A car seat is an important safety tool that you absolutely need if you plan to take your baby in a car. They need to be installed and used properly to ensure your baby is safe. Take some time before your baby is born to understand how this device works. If you aren’t sure, stop by a car seat technician in your area (usually at your local police station).

    Find a doctor that you like.

    The best time to interview doctors is before your child is born. After the birth you’ll be a lot busier than you expect and sitting down with pediatricians just won’t make your schedule. Set up a few short interviews with a few doctors in your area to get a feel about their practice. Make sure to bring up any value issues you may have.

    Understand the birthing process.

    Men and women who take the time to learn about the birthing process are more likely to be active participants, which creates better outcomes. For example, a mother who learns about the impact of diet and stress on her pregnancy is more likely to make better choices for her and her baby’s health. Learn as much as you can.

    Talk to veteran moms.

    The best source of information you have are the people in your life who have been through it all before. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You may feel like asking “How do I change a diaper?” will receive laughs, but it’s an honest question that you need answered. Don’t be afraid to ask.

    Don’t buy anything until after your baby shower.

    If you’re fortunate to have a family, wait until the gift-giving festivities have ended before you start making your own purchases. A new baby makes people especially generous. Your family may supply you with most of the things you need.

    Build a savings.

    Babies aren’t tremendously expensive, but they can put a strain on any budget that doesn’t prepare for them. Add to your monthly budget any expenses you could think of (including doctors’ co-pays, which add up) to get an idea of how much you need to budget and save for.

    booger removal toolGuest Blog by Dr. Nina Farzin, Inventor of oogiebear

    Nina is a wife, mother and career professional who never intended to start her own business. When her children were newborns, she ached to ease the discomfort from dry, stubborn, crusty mucus (boogers)! As a doctor, she knew there were no safe solutions on the market to help her kids, so she invented oogiebear, a revolutionary booger removal tool that helps babies breathe easier.

    Nina graduated Howard University where she earned her doctorate in Pharmacy (R.Ph, Pharm.D). She is a Registered Pharmacist in Washington DC, Maryland and New York. Nina and her family are fitness enthusiasts who enjoy outdoor activities and healthy eating.

    For more information, please visit myoogie.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.

  • 10 Coconut Oil Benefits for Mom and Children (and Dad too)

    Coconut oil is the latest craze on the market today. With the benefits and chemical properties of coconut oil, there is no doubt about this oil being at the top of the list. It has antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. It's an oil that you can use from cooking to a moisturizer.

    Here's some top ways to help your children and can also help mom and dad too.

    1. Massage

    Forget about other lotions and oil, put a little bit of coconut oil (We love Nutiva unrefined coconut oil) on your finger tips and start giving your little one a massage that moisturizes their skin as well.

    2. Speed Healing of Cuts and Sunburns

    If your child spent too much time in the sun and is starting to get a sunburn or even has a cut, the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make coconut oil at the top of the treatment list. Mix with a few drops of lavender essential oil and rub directly onto the burn or cut. It will heal in a fraction of the time, and your skin will not peel.

    3. Hair

    Use directly onto scalp and at the ends of hair as a conditioner. It will tame unruly hair, moisturize, and can get rid of infant's cradle cap.

    4. Increases Breast Milk in Breastfeeding Mothers

    If you are a breastfeeding mother, your milk supply is key to your child receiving all of it's nutrients and minerals. With the large amount of saturated healthy fats, it keeps your hormones optimal, which in turn keeps you producing the right amount of breast milk.

    5. Diaper Rash

    Instead of over the counter creams try coconut oil. Use a small amount and rub directly onto skin. Watch the rash disappear in a fraction of the time.

    6. Eczema

    Is your child battling dry, itchy skin that tends to breakout easily? Use coconut oil as a moisturizer and watch the skin clear up. Also works well for acne for both children and adults.

    7. Bug Bites

    It's still summertime and the bugs are out in full force. If your child is constantly scratching and itchy from bites, use a little bit of coconut oil on the skin as it relieves itchiness.

    8. Nursing Nipples

    Many mothers experience cracked, dry nipples while nursing their child. Instead of using lanolin many mothers are keeping a jar of coconut oil handy to use instead.

    9. Help Speeds Up Metabolism and Weight Loss

    Coconut oil is made up of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) also known as medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). It is a healthy fat. When consumed, it goes directly to the liver and increases metabolism. This in turn leads to weight loss. Start adding a few tablespoons a day of coconut oil into your coffee or your favorite dishes to speed up weight loss.

    10. Body Scrub

    Mix equal parts coconut oil and sugar together for an instant skin exfoliator and moisturizer. Use in the bath or shower and have amazingly soft skin.

    Pick up your jar of coconut oil today at your local grocery store and start seeing the difference in your life.

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