Safe Sleep with HALO Innovations SleepSacks {Plus a Giveaway Too!}

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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68 Responses to Safe Sleep with HALO Innovations SleepSacks {Plus a Giveaway Too!}

  1. Alycia says:

    My son is always placed on his back, and there is nothing in his crib besides breathable bumpers on the sides.

  2. we keep toys and blankets out of the crib

  3. Theresa J says:

    I keep the crib clear and place him on his back

  4. Amanda says:

    The baby hasn’t arrived yet, but when he or she gets here, I will be vigilant about back-to-sleep and no bumpers, blankets or toys in the crib.

  5. Jennifer A. says:

    We practice safe sleep by making sure the crib has no extras in it, and is a firm mattress.

  6. lena c says:

    Baby always sleeps on his back in a bassinet or in the crib with no toys or bumpers.

  7. Christina K. says:

    Baby boy is due in February. I plan to swaddle and use sleepsacks. For the first six months he’ll sleep next to our bed in a co-sleeper. We will also have an Angelcare Monitor.

  8. Charlene Hertzberg says:

    Babies sleep on their backs no blankets no stuffed animals, and we always have a monitor just in case.

  9. Jillian says:

    We make sure the cats can’t go near the bedrooms.

  10. Kimberly Schotz says:

    We keep the crib free of toys, pillows and blankets

  11. V says:

    Baby always sleeps on her back and the crib has no pillows or blankets

  12. katherine says:

    we have mesh – easy breathing bedding for the baby

  13. Laurie P says:

    we have always used a halo sleepsack, about to outgrow our second one….

  14. K.Pugh says:

    Always on their backs as newborns.
    Thanks for the chance.

  15. Emily Cotton says:

    We always put our babies to sleep on their backs! When our babies are born, we have them sleep next to our bed in a bassinet. We never use blankets, we use sleep blankets/sleep sacks like Halo!

  16. italia says:

    We move the toys out of the way.

  17. Janet W. says:

    We practice safe sleep by always placing on baby’s back and keeping hazardous items out of reach.

  18. Diane Sallans says:

    babies must be put on their backs & no extra blankets in the crib so these are great

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