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Last month was National Sids Awareness Month and in honor of Sids HALO gave $1 for every new fan they acquired on their Facebook page. They also sent 100 bloggers one of their HALO SleepSacks to review. I was privileged to be among the chosen bloggers to review this great product.
I only received the HALO sleepsack last week, so I haven’t had it long enough to know how long it will hold up under many washings. However, it’s first washing went great. I really love the concept of this product and how well it fulfills its purpose. Sir Eats Alot was warm and snuggly inside and I didn’t have to worry about blankets becoming uncovered because the fleecy HALO was keeping him warm. Nor did I have to worry too much about blankets. He sleeps with us, so I wake frequently with his moving and nursing schedule, but I still cover him with a blanket or even two. With the sleepsack though he only needs one winter one. We’ve had an amazingly warm fall so far. So as it gets colder and we turn on our heat he may not even need a blanket at all while wearing the sleepsack.
Another great thing about the HALO sleepsack is they made the zipper zip from the top down to the bottom so no worries about the zipper jabbing into baby’s chin or accidentally zipping it closed on some delicate baby skin.
The sleepsack seems pretty roomy allowing for a growth spurt or two depending upon your baby’s growth schedule. I am hoping Sir Eats Alot will make it through December in his, but it’s iffy at the rate he’s growing! We definitely want use the sleepsack as long as we are able.
Editor’s Note: We have found with multiple washings our cream colored sleepsack becomes greyish in color. 🙁
HALO surveyed more than 1,000 parents and grandparents and it revealed the following:
â€¢ 58% of grandparents agreed that â€œbabies are babies; what worked years ago when my children were babies is still fine today.â€ Conversely, 60% of parents disagreed with this opinion.
â€¢ Parents are more likely to say that itâ€™s best to place a baby on his or her back to sleep than grandparents (77% vs. 59%). Grandparents are more likely than parents to think a baby is safest sleeping on his or her side (21% vs. 12%) or stomach (16% vs. 8%).
â€¢ Grandparents are also more likely to believe it is safe to have loose blankets (49% vs. 31% of parents) and a baby monitor (23% vs. 12%) in the crib with the baby.
â€¢ 82% of parents say they swaddle their baby for sleep compared to less than half of grandparents who swaddle their grandchildren (46%).
Safe Sleep Practices (Editor’s note: While I encourage safe sleep practices, I do not necessarily agree or endorse all of them myself. Each of us has to decide for ourselves what is best for our babies based on our own research and experience.)
It is important that all caregivers are educated in safe sleep. Here are the recommended safe sleep practices:
â€¢ Place baby to sleep on his or her back at naptime and at night time.
â€¢ Use a crib that meets current safety standards with a firm mattress that fits snuggly and is covered with only a tight-fitting crib sheet.
â€¢ Remove all soft bedding and toys from your babyâ€™s sleep area (this includes loose blankets, bumpers and positioners). The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using a wearable blanket instead of loose blankets to keep your baby warm.
â€¢ Offer a pacifier when putting baby to sleep. If breastfeeding, introduce pacifier after one month or after breastfeeding has been established. (Editor’s Note: I actually don’t recommend unsupervised pacifier use, as Sir Eats Alot seemed to gag and catch his breath a couple of times since I started using a pacifier with him a couple of days ago. It really concerns me, as I have not used pacifiers with our babies on a frequent and consistent basis.)<>/em
â€¢ Breastfeed, if possible, but when finished, put your baby back to sleep in his or her separate safe sleep area alongside your bed.
â€¢ Never put your baby to sleep on any soft surface (adult beds, sofas, chairs, water beds, quilts, sheep skins etc.)
â€¢ Never dress your baby too warmly for sleep; keep room temperature 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.
â€¢ Never allow anyone to smoke around your baby or take your baby into a room or car where someone has recently smoked.
HALOÂ® was founded by Bill Schmid, who began researching sleeping environments after he lost a daughter to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in 1991. Since 1994, HALO has worked to develop products that encourage healthier and safer sleeping as well as bring peace of mind to your home.
The HALOÂ® SleepSackÂ® wearable blanket replaces loose blankets in the crib that can cover your baby’s face and interfere with breathing. No wonder it’s the #1 trusted choice of hospitals and parents alike. In addition to sleeping safer, the HALO SleepSack wearable blanket helps babies sleep better too. It’s a warm, cuddly blanket they can’t kick off, ensuring baby sleeps soundly throughout the night. And when baby is sleeping safe and sound, moms and dads can rest easy.
A percentage of HALO Innovations’ profits are donated to charities that help in the fight against SIDS.
HALO is also working with hundreds of hospitals nationwide via our Safer Way to SleepÂ® Initiative to educate parents on safe sleep practices and provide HALO SleepSack wearable blankets to NICU and hospital nurseries to model safe sleep practices. HALO SleepSacks are now available in Target stores, including the one I reviewed. I actually saw them at Target too the last time I was shopping there, so that was neat. They cost $19.99.
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