Did you know that October is Safe Sleep Month? It’s to help raise awareness of safe sleep practices for babies and toddlers in order to reduce the occurrence of SIDS and help the little ones get a good night’s sleep. HALO gave us a chance to try out one of their new designs, the HALO SleepSack Early Walker to review and see how it can help even big kids sleep safer
We’ve used Halo’s wearable blankets for both of our boys. But, once they started walking, they kind of out grew them. Now, HALO has solved that problem! The Early Walker SleepSack has little ankle cuffs and foot holes so that your little one can toddle around, but it’s still nice and roomy so that they can pull their feet in while they’re sleeping to keep warm. And of course, it’s a wearable blanket, so they can’t kick it off or wiggle out of it. It’s exhausting to be woken up repeatedly because the baby is cold and wants you to fix his blanket. But with SleepSacks, they always have their blanket on and it won’t end up over their head or in an unsafe position.
The Early Walker comes in a light weight knit fabric or micro fleece. Avery is trying out the micro fleece, which will be great this winter—did you know Chicago is FREEZING in the winter? It is. Not a fan. But, Avery will be nice and toasty, and he can still keep up with his brother during play time before bed. It’s a little big—you can just see his little toes peeking out in the picture below—but he’ll grow into it quickly. And I love that HALO now also has the SleepSack Big Kids version, which is the same design as the Early Walker, but for even bigger kids up to 5T!
So my little guy is now sleeping safe and comfy and HALO is working hard to make sure babies everywhere sleep safe, too. During the month of October, HALO will donate $1 to SIDS Awareness for every new Facebook “like”. And they’ve also published these Safe Sleep Guidelines to help parents.
- 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). The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using a wearable blanket instead of loose blankets to keep your baby warm.
- Offer a pacifier when putting baby to sleep. If breastfeeding, introduce pacifier after one month or after breastfeeding has been established.
- Breastfeed, if possible, but when finished, put your baby back to sleep in his or her separate safe sleep area alongside your bed.
- 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.
- Never allow anyone to smoke around your baby or take your baby into a room or car where someone has recently smoked.
HALO Innovation’s 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. Follow HALO on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to stay up to date on keeping your baby safe during sleep.
Win a micro-fleece HALO SleepSack!
How to enter:
One lucky reader will win a micro-fleece HALO SleepSack, you’ll choose the gender and size! Enter to win by leaving a comment on this post that tells me who it’s for how you will use it. You can follow my Twitter page, Sarah’s Twitter page, Facebook page, Pinterest page, Google + page, and Instagram page for extra entries. Leave a comment for each task you complete. Contest ends October 29, 2013, good luck!
This review was written by contributing author Sarah Van Pelt. When she’s not writing at her own blog, The Education of A Stay At Home Mom, she is tending to her two young boys, her husband and her household and loving it! She is still in the process of learning what it means to be a stay at home mom, follow along with her parenting trials!
*I received the aforementioned product for review, all opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received.