As a nurse that works with newborns, new mothers, and new families, one of my favorite parts of my job is teaching. My top 3 favorite teaching topics are: breastfeeding, skin-to-skin/bonding, and safe sleep. All 3 of those things are important in my own life, so I know that they’re going to be important to other new moms too.
The third topic, safe sleep, is not only important to just me, however, but to my hospital as well. All infants in our hospital wear a HALO SleepSack Swaddle in effort to keep infants safe and to model a safe, blanket-free environment for new parents. HALO Innovations SleepSack® wearable blankets have become the standard for hospital nurseries and parents alike. In fact, 1,000 hospital nurseries use the HALO SleepSack Swaddle instead of blankets through the HALO Safer Way to Sleep Initiative. HALO Innovations also offers free Safe Sleep Practices kits to childbirth educators to help further the cause of SIDS prevention.
Did you know that 80-90% of SIDS-related deaths are due to unsafe sleep practices? Unfortunately, it’s true. With that being said, it’s very fitting that October is SIDS Awareness Month and that HALO Innovations is also introducing a whole new selection of micro-fleece safe sleep designs. I was lucky enough to get to pick out a brand new design to review on my youngest little, Ezra. Since he is only 6 weeks old, I chose a SleepSack Swaddle in the adorable micro-fleece Bee Buddies design. All 3 of my children have used HALO wearable blankets, but this one is definitely the cutest!
The quality of the micro-fleece on the new SleepSack is excellent. It’s very warm, and will be wonderful to have in the coming cooler months of fall and winter. It’s warm enough to leave baby in just a onsie underneath. It is super soft, and even after multiple washings the material hasn’t pilled at all. They have a unique zipper design that closes at the bottom of the sack so the zipper is far away from baby’s face, and it makes diaper changes so much easier. We were able to keep Ezra swaddled tight while changing his diaper without even waking him up, which is always a plus for any parent with a newborn!
One of the updates in the newer design that I noticed and love is the Velcro closure on the swaddle portion. The loop part of the Velcro is now the whole wing instead of a small area. This makes for quick swaddling and a very custom, snug fit for baby. Ezra has already figured out that when he gets swaddled in the SleepSack it’s time for bed. He sleeps 4-5 hours at a time when swaddled, compared to only 1-2 hours when he’s not swaddled. So it’s a definite must for this momma!
There are lots of tips on safe sleep you can use for your precious babe. Remember to place baby to sleep on his or her back at naptime and at night time, 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, remove all soft bedding and toys from your baby’s sleep area (this includes loose blankets, bumpers, pillows and positioners), breastfeed, have a separate safe sleep environment near your bed for baby, and consider offering a pacifier. Never put your baby to sleep on any soft surface, never dress your baby too warmly for sleep, keep room temperature 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit, and never allow anyone to smoke around your baby or take your baby into a room or car where someone has recently smoked. All SleepSacks include an embroidered Back is Best reminder to encourage safe sleep practices.
You can purchase any of the new micro-fleece designs online at Target.com and Amazon.com. Also, during the month of October, HALO will donate $1 to SIDS Awareness for every new Facebook “like”. You can also follow them on Twitter and Pinterest.
And… one lucky reader is going to win their very own HALO SleepSack for SIDS Awareness Month! Fill out the form below to enter!