Thursday, October 10, 2013

Safe Sleeping Practices, SleepSack Review & Giveaway

Let me tell you a little story. 

My oldest daughter was born almost 4 years ago.  We had a HALO SleepSack for her when she was younger so she could stay swaddled (thank heaven for their designs with Velcro... she was Houdini and could get out of everything else).  We called it her straight jacket, but don't let that name fool you, we loved it!  I'll do anything (within reason of course) to help my babies get better sleep and spoiler alert: because of this it's always my go-to baby shower gift!  It is by far my must-have item to have on stock for myself or for any new mom. 

But once she grew out of it, we didn't buy her a new one & just (tried) to dress her appropriately at night.  Ever since then, my husband & I would "discuss" what the temperature should be. 

Every. Single. Night. 

We always had a hard time deciding what to put the thermostat to because we didn't want our sweet baby to get cold, but we didn't want to be sweating all night either.  THEN we had another baby and it just got even more complicated from there because one could keep a blanket on and one couldn't. 

We recently got another HALO SleepSack for my 10 month old & can I just tell you how much I love not having to worry about the temperature at night?! 

I love that my baby can be wearing a blanket (safe & comfy), my toddler can be tucked in (safe & comfy) and my husband & me?  Well... we're all tucked in safe & comfy, too! 

No joke, this is the first time in 4 years that I finally feel like we've figured out this whole temperature thing. 

I'm pretty sure Lindsey likes it, too!

October is SIDS Awareness Month, & HALO is raising awareness.   

During the month of October, HALO will donate $1 to SIDS Awareness for every new Facebook “like”.

Did you know that 80-90% of SIDS-related deaths are due to unsafe sleep practices?

Safe Sleep Practices:

  • 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

HALO has so kindly offered to give one of my lucky readers their very own Micro-Fleece HALO SleepSack!

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*I was not paid for this post, but I was given a HALO SleepSack to give my review.  All of my reviews are my honest opinion.  This post may have some affiliate links.  I may receive a small percentage of your purchase through these links, but it will not cause you to pay more money.  In fact, I always try to find you the best deals possible! 


  1. We use a portable space heater in the baby's room. It is temperature controlled, so it will keep the room at the set temperature all night long.

  2. Nestling and baby bundling (also known as the "burrito" in our family) always worked for us :) Awesome giveaway!

  3. Our baby loves to be swaddles. Also, during the dry months we use a humidifier.

  4. No baby yet, one on the way though!

  5. Keeping all blankets, stuffed animals, and extras out of the crib!

  6. Keeping all blankets, stuffed animals, and extras out of the crib!

  7. Having nothing in the crib with them

  8. I make sure there is nothing in the crib that could be a suffocation danger.

  9. I keep everything out of the crib when she is in it.

  10. None here yet - trying to win this for a friend! :)

  11. my first child has not been born yet
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  12. When mine were young I kept their toys out of the crib and made sure they had warm jammies on. I would love to win this for a friend that is expecting!

  13. Keeping the room a nice warm temp. No blankets, just swaddled.

  14. keep the crib spacey and clean!

  15. We use a sleep sack and small space heater to keep my little guy comfy.

  16. No blankets a small firm pillow for myself and he sleeps on his back in the crook of my arm, we have side rails on our bed but he literally can't even sneeze with out waking me.

  17. We used swaddlers when he was little and now we use sleep sacks. They work great!

  18. We used swaddlers when he was little and now we use sleep sacks. They work like a charm!

  19. My little on is not here yet but I will be using swaddlers so I think that will help

  20. i used something similar to this but not as thick and it had sleeves -Eric rivera

  21. My baby isn't here yet. She will be here in January.

  22. I used to use swaddlers (with the velcro tabs) until he got big and strong enough to work his way out of them - a sleep sack would be perfect!

  23. Swaddling and keeping excess toys/blankies out of crib

  24. He slept so much better swaddled and in fisher price's rock and play!

  25. We used to swaddle her, but now that she's over 1 year old we've just been using blankets. Only problem is, she kicks them off, gets cold, and wakes up! I'd love to try a sleep sack.

  26. He loves being swaddled. It would be nice to swaddle without using a blanket!


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