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Learn the Story behind the woman who’s transformed the infant safe sleep sector.

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Healthy sleep is an aspect of childcare that plagues all parents who’ve just welcomed their new baby home.

Questions raised by these parents usually revolve around the sleep environment of their child. 

Inadequate sleep environments are considered one of the significant factors contributing to SIDS( Sudden infant death syndrome).

SIDS is a fundamental concern amongst new and expecting parents, and this comes with good reason. About 1400 infants die annually from S.I.D.S in the United States alone, and these numbers are expected to increase on a global scale.

In this article, we learn how C.E.O and founder of Linen & Leah, Jen O’ Malley has transformed the safe sleep sector and provided babies the comfort and safety they deserve!

Baby Steps

Jen is a child growth and development expert who’s worked with children for more than 20 years.

She started her career as a teacher at a childcare center, then transitioned to in-home childcare after giving birth to her kids.

Jen worked towards returning to the childcare center when her youngest child started grade school, but when the time came, she realized she had developed intimate connections with the children she looked after.

“It was something the childcare center could not give me, and I didn’t give up due to this.”- Jen

Some time passed,  and Jen started her home-based childcare business. It’s the best decision she’s made to date, and she’s fallen in love with it completely.

Discovering the problem

During her daily rounds, she noticed that while the kids were asleep, most of the sheets in the Play-yards would untuck.

She asked herself this question, ” how can I provide the utmost comfort for sleeping infants without putting them at risk?”

“As my passion for the quality of care that I provided grew, I also started to care for the environment I put the children in- making sure they were safe outside, inside, and while sleeping.”- Jen explains.

Safe sleep environments were the most challenging part of Jens’s work. Like many childcare providers, grandparents, and parents, she used Pack n’ Plays during naptime for children aged eight weeks to 16 months. 

A Pack n Play is a beautiful alternative to a crib because you can move them around or take them apart to create more play space.

The catch is that they don’t come with sheets, so you are left to find your own. 

There are several Pack & Play sheets on the market. However, most of them are too loose, and every time Jen did her 15-minute check-in at naptime, there would be a child who had pulled the corners of the sheet off the mattress.

One day, she went for a check-in and found her daughter entirely wrapped in her pack n’ play sheet; she was gasping for air, and her face had turned a terrifying shade of red.

Knowing that this happened in 10 minutes- the time it takes to fold a load of laundry- was enough for Jen to realize that she needed to make her sheets.

Eventually, Jen created a sheet that completely secures itself to the mattress, providing a safe sleep environment for babies and toddlers. 

In June 2016, she closed her Home-Based childcare business to run Linen & Leah full time. And In recent times, Jen accepted a position on the Board of Members of a Safe Sleep campaign in Minnesota.

Values and Principles

Former CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, once explained that, “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. 

Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.” 

Jen and her family are substantial apple fans, and this quote by Steve Jobs has formed the foundation for Jens’s principles. 

When she started linen & Leah, she would stare at it every day to remind herself that it’s not always about money, passion can be an excellent driving force instead, and Jens passion is safe to sleep. 

Lending a helping hand

“A lot of Childcare providers and grandparents use our sheets,  and this creates peace of mind for parents because they know that their baby is in a safe sleep environment when they can’t be at home napping in their crib.” – Jen says.

The goal at Linen and Leah is to create a safe sleeping environment for infants. Apart from this, Linen & Leah has also optimized their website for education. Their website is packed with safe sleep best practices and blogs. 

Her thoughts 

Yes, there are a lot of factors that can contribute to the sudden death of an infant and new parents this can be a little overwhelming; to clear things up, I’ll let Jen take it over from here;

“Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) (SUIDS) Is the sudden, unexplained death of a baby 

Usually, less than a year old. SIDS doesn’t have a known cause even after countless studies and research carried out scientists.

When an Infant dies of SIDS, an investigation takes place. This is somewhat like your usual CIS process;

First, a complete autopsy is done; after that, the death scene is examined. The process usually ends with a review of the infant’s clinical history.

Many clinicians and researchers believe that SIDS is associated with problems in the ability of the baby to arouse from sleep.

Another thing to note is the infant’s ability to detect low levels of oxygen; When babies sleep face down, they may re-breathe Exhaled carbon dioxide, and this leads to the build-up of dangerous amounts of carbon dioxide.

There is no guaranteed way to prevent SIDS, but there are things we can do to lower the risk significantly. 

Try following the American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendations of Safe sleep, which include: 

  • Place the baby on his or her back on a firm sleep surface such as a crib or bassinet with a tight-fitting sheet.
  • Avoid the use of soft bedding, including crib bumpers, blankets, pillows, and soft toys. The crib should be bare.
  • Share a bedroom with parents, but not the same sleeping surface, preferably until the baby turns one but at least for the first six months. Room-sharing decreases the risk of SIDS by as much as 50 percent.
  • Avoid baby’s exposure to smoke, alcohol, and illicit drugs. 

Free Time

Our leisure time is often spent with the people we hold close to our hearts, our friends, family, and loved ones.

It’s a time when we get to relax and reminisce about all the good things that have happened to us.

For Jen, Family is where the hearts at. Jen ensures she spends adequate time with her family, especially her teenage children. 

As they grow older, she engages in activities she couldn’t do with them as Kids.

This Halloween was spent in haunted houses and hayrides. Apart from Halloween themed activities, Jen also plays a significant supportive role as a soccer mom.

She does her best to attend all their games 

Traveling helps a lot too. Jen and her fiance travel as often as they can. Seeing new places and exploring new traditions can put things into perspective.

Company culture at Linen & Leah

Linen & Leah is a new firm comprising five individuals. And safe sleep is the topic of the day, every day.

They love to keep their dynamic positive, light, upbeat, and fun, just like a family.

The company culture at linen & Leah is all about creating a safe sleep environment for infants and raise awareness for SIDS/SUIDS.

10% of the firm’s revenue is donated to the SIDS Foundation. Asides from that, they have a collaboration with Baby2Baby, a non-profit organization that shares the same mission as Linen & Leah.

“It’s not about making the sale; it’s about all of us sharing the same passion, building relationships with our customers,  being honest, moving forward, and having fun!”- Jen

I've always had a knack for storytelling! Hi there, I'm Chukwuma Agugbue. I'm a copywriter and, a blogger. I Interview individuals who've achieved some sort of success in their field- Actively building a knowledge base for Millenials

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How To Bounce Back In Business After The Pandemic With Parmarth Mori

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Fear is familiar with the unknown. For an entrepreneur, they understand the risk of business, and every single decision change life. Parmarth Mori has dealt with negative anxiety as an IT entrepreneur and gives some tips for eliminating worry as an entrepreneur.

Being an entrepreneur is appealing, but it can also be a difficult battle, especially when you are running the business. When new entrepreneurs are just beginning, they often fret that they are not going to make it in the business world. Well, it is a familiar feeling among entrepreneurs; some may not know how to overcome it. Here are ways to beat fear by Parmarth Mori.

Leading Entrepreneur of Gujarat Parmarth is the founder of the best website designing company in India PM Communications and Top App Development Company in India.

Identify the doubt

It starts with identifying fear once you realize it, you can eliminate it from your life.

Entrepreneurs need to discover what precisely is causing it. So when you are passing from such stage, just sit down and think about it and ask yourself what is causing these feelings.

Is it the fear of product failing, or is it the concern of not being able to keep up with other entrepreneurs? You have to find out the actual reason first so that you can overcome it.

Embrace Defeat

After finding out the reason of fear, the next thing you can do according to Next Gen IT Entrepreneur Parmarth Mori is to accept it. Let’s say, one of the most familiar fears that every entrepreneur has is fear of failing.

Many entrepreneurs in the start are afraid that they won’t make it like others. Well, this is not a line; it is a fact which is shared by many successful entrepreneurs with their business experience.

Take Risk

They are afraid that a product of theirs won’t appeal to people, and they will face a significant loss of time and money.

Well, Parmarth Mori believes that failure sometimes is beneficial than the direct success. Failure teaches you many things in life and makes you perfect in your field. Failure sometimes also improves you as a professional.

Fears can Guide you in your Entrepreneurial Journey

Fear is beneficial too, and when you have the right doubt means you are on the right path. It helps you improves more and more in your work, which makes you perfect in your field.

So if you are an entrepreneur, it’s a natural thing that you might get afraid. But letting fear take over can severely limit growth and who don’t allow fear take over can become a successful entrepreneur like Parmarth Mori.

He is also working with digital marketing experts, Jigar Saraswat and Monish Solanki on their dream project Indian daily post 25kalak cybercrime website25Ghante Hindi platform, and newscast.

Following these tips can help you grow better with confidence; they need to prosper in the world of business. Always remember that building a successful business, you need patience and dedication.

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Matthew J Phillips is Disrupting How Coaches are Normally Helped

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Best Coach who can help you earn in six figures:

We’ve all seen it, the hundreds of courses out there designed to take coaches and consultants to 6 figures in 30 days. The gurus charging 5k for 1-1 to help only to throw you a couple of finding your avatar worksheets. Isn’t it sad that the majority of support out there for struggling coaches, consultants and mentors sucks?

Matthew J Phillips under 20 Entrepreneur:

Matthew J Phillips a 19 years old entrepreneur from the United Kingdom has completely disrupted this. His educational company and Organic Clients Program has transformed the lives of hundreds of coaches for a fraction of the price of these low detail, overpriced courses, and guru mentorship programs.

Earning in big numbers:

As proof, from an investment of $300, coach Adam Smith made $7,000 in 5 days. From an investment of $1,000, Gilberto Morales made $11,000 in under 4 weeks. From an investment of $500, Devansh Sharma made $9,000. You don’t see these types of success stories anywhere else.

Matthew knows how to run programs and content on social media platforms:

We think it’s fair to say Matthew and his company have truly disrupted how coaches are helped. His programs and content across platforms like Facebook & Instagram simply work and it’s not just Adam, Gilberto and Devansh that have seen success. They’re just a few of hundreds.

Learn how to gain more leads:

We asked Matthew how you pick the right person to learn from if you’re looking to start fixing up your problems and get more leads and clients flowing through on a week-to-week basis. He said, your best bet is to not go searching for a big guru. The best help he’s ever had is from highly successful individuals that don’t have their face plastered on every youtube video, podcast and ad. Shop around in quality groups on Facebook.

Nice Human Being:

He also says to avoid anyone who’s only success stories go along the line of this “You should work with Jack, he’s a real nice guy”. Again, this is common amongst those that plaster their face on ads and are not in the slightest bit results-oriented with anyone other than themselves. Also, you want to make an ROI, someone saying that someone is a nice guy shouldn’t give you confidence that you’ll see that ROI. You want to see real success stories.

Last words:

Matthew’s fuel to help those in his industry, the right way, comes from individuals like one of his students who spent $40,000 on courses and gurus with not a client closed in return. After sitting down with Matthew, we believe he is disrupt approved.

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Learn How Jess Crow Became The Successful WoodWorker She is Today

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 Jess Crow Is the founder of Crow Creek Designs, a woman-owned and operated woodworking shop located in Alaska. She is widely known as a leading authority in the artistic woodworking and epoxy industry.

 Crafting A Name For Herself

 Jess has not found it easy to get to the level she is currently at; Jess explains that she has made a name for herself by trying to be being an inspiration and sharing everything she’s learned so far. 

 By striving to be approachable and willing to accept advice from anyone; Jess feels that that has been an essential contributing factor to her growth, both personally and professionally.

 So far, Jess’s designs have caught the eyes of notable individuals like Team Gary Vaynerchuk in New York, LinkedIn, as well as Insider, DIY Network, and many more. She’s well on her way to becoming the most sought after woodworking epoxy artist in her field. Jess also is a highly sought after teacher for those wanting to learn how to grow their business despite facing challenging obstacles and learn how to “build more than furniture.”

 Overcoming Obstacles

 Obstacles are a part of everyday life, and so far, Jess has dealt with more than a handful of them. Some of the challenges she has had to deal with include criticism and rejection.In a lot of Social Media circles, the advice is often “stick with what other people are doing,” and that is how you can succeed. Jess has found that standing out and being different than the crowd is the way to go.

 “It is a lot easier to conform to what is known than it is to break free and become what is will be known.” – Jess Crow

 Below Jess shares how she handled this obstacle;

 “To overcome not only these obstacles but any obstacles that are in my way, I run through all the problems I think I could happen. For me, I function better when I am not surprised. 

 

Some folks may see this as “worrying” whereas I feel it falls more in-line with pre-gaming and planning. If you can think about, the “no’s” you may get; you can fine-tune your approach based on that information.”

 Making A Difference 

In a field that’s dominated by men, Jess sometimes finds that her voice sometimes has to be louder to make an impact. Although this sounds daunting, Jess has taken it as a good thing. She shares that she’s learned so much from her male counterparts and that she feels her ability to accept the different ways men and women think has given her an edge. 

She listens to what everyone has to say, and if she deems it’s worth trying, she takes it and adds it to her knowledge bank to make something new or better.

 “Woodworking is an art unto itself, but when you add unexpected elements by way of color and objects, it is exhilarating.”- Jess.

 

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