October is SIDS Awareness Month – Ensure Safe Sleep with #HALOSleepSack

 

With baby on the way, understanding safe sleep practices has been on my mind more than ever. When my first two children were babies we always laid them on their back, but we also put blankets in the crib because I was worried about the kids being cold. Since then, I’ve learned that bedding can actually be dangerous to an infant and should not be used (CDC website).

I had never heard of a ‘sleepsack’ until recently, so when I was contacted to try one and help spread the message about SIDS awareness I was thrilled to take part!  In fact, During the month of October, HALO will donate $1 to SIDS Awareness for every new Facebook “like”. Be sure to head over and give them a like to help support the awareness campaign!

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Safe Sleep Practices

ALWAYS
  • 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
  • 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.

About Halo SleepSack

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.
You can see just how the Halo SleepSack Swaddle works in this informative video. Not only does the swaddle keep baby warm, but also safe from loose blankets in the crib!

Find Halo SleepSack online at www.halosleep.com and on social media: www.facebook.com/halosleepsackwww.twitter.com/halosleepsack and www.pinterest.com/halosleepsack.

Thoughts on Halo SleepSack

I was sent one of the new designs exclusive to jcpenney.com, and although baby hasn’t arrived yet I did take a peek at the SleepSack. The material is very soft and comfortable (and cute), and using the SleepSack should be a breeze since the swaddle portion stays in place with fasteners.

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I also love that it zips from the bottom up. This means if baby has a dirty diaper in the middle of the night, I don’t have to take the whole thing off. I can just zip open the bottom, change the diaper, and be on my way back to sleep…hopefully.  🙂

The SleepSack is also recognized as ‘hip healthy’ by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. This is actually really important, and I only recently learned that if you swaddle the legs or don’t allow free movement, the hips can become displaced which could lead to serious surgery. You can read more about swaddling and hip dysplasia here: Are you swaddling your baby properly?

Halo SleepSack Giveaway!

Are you ready to Rock your baby’s crib? As part of the Rocktoberfest event with cheapisthenewclassy and Eat Play Rock, we are teaming up with Halo SleepSack to give away either a SleepSack or SleepSack Swaddle of your choice. Simply enter on the form below for your chance to win! (US 18+)

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32 thoughts on “October is SIDS Awareness Month – Ensure Safe Sleep with #HALOSleepSack

  • October 16, 2013 at 6:01 am
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    I never realized there was a danger of hip dysplasia in swaddling. My daughter is expecting my first grandchild and I would love to win this for her.

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  • October 16, 2013 at 10:45 am
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    I used a Halo SleepSack when my almost two year old was born. I absolutely loved the ease and the peace of mind it gave me at night (that baby was warm but not suffocating).

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  • October 16, 2013 at 10:46 am
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    I learned about Infant Hip Dysplasia! I had no idea that could happen!

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    • October 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm
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      I actually didn’t either until I researched it a little. I’m glad I know now though!

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  • October 16, 2013 at 6:26 pm
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    I learned that the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using a wearable blanket instead of loose blankets to keep your baby warm.

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  • October 16, 2013 at 7:53 pm
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    I learned that swaddling your baby correctly can help avoid hip dysplasia.

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  • October 17, 2013 at 10:46 am
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    i learned since 2005 the American Academy of Pediatrics was recommended wearable blankets.

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  • October 17, 2013 at 1:43 pm
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    I learned that you do not/should not dress baby too warmly for bed.

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  • October 17, 2013 at 7:01 pm
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    I learned that you should transition your baby to a sleep sack when they learn to break free from the swaddle. I need to do this NOW!
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  • October 17, 2013 at 9:47 pm
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    these4 are used in the hsotpal here so they can keep the baby safe during hot

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  • October 17, 2013 at 11:11 pm
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    back is best! i wish we had these with my son. swaddling was a pain! he always wanted his hands free to suck his thumb!

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  • October 18, 2013 at 3:19 pm
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    I learned that “Back is best” for newborns! I’m expecting my first baby in November, thanks for the opportunity!

    Seasidesmitten@aol.com

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  • October 18, 2013 at 3:35 pm
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    sleep sacks are amazing and I’d love to add this to our collection!

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  • October 18, 2013 at 8:21 pm
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    i learned that these “wearable” blankets are recommended over the loose blankets in cribs, thank you!

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  • October 19, 2013 at 1:40 am
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    The HALO SleepSack wearable blanket replaces loose blankets in the crib that can cover your baby’s face and interfere with breathing.

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  • October 19, 2013 at 9:35 pm
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    I learned about the importance of having nothing but baby in their bed and sleeping on their back. I used sleep sacks with both of my little ones and they worked for the first few years of their lives — especially with the early walker sleepsacks they now make!

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    • October 21, 2013 at 8:37 am
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      glad to hear it, this will be my first time using it and am excited to give it a try! p.s. taking back all the blankets my MIL got us as gifts, lol…shhhh, don’t tell her!

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  • October 20, 2013 at 9:38 pm
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    I learned about infant hip dysplasia.

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  • October 22, 2013 at 9:52 pm
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    Learned-•Never dress your baby too warmly for sleep; keep room temperature 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.

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  • October 24, 2013 at 4:39 am
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    I learned that a lot of hospitals use halo sleep sacks.

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  • October 25, 2013 at 4:28 am
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    I learned that back is best for naps and nighttime. (Why is it that so many daycares that I visit have the kids sleeping on their stomach?)

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    • October 25, 2013 at 8:40 am
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      Hmm…are they older? Maybe the kids roll over?

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  • October 26, 2013 at 7:10 am
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    I learned that you need to remove all soft toys and blankets from baby’s sleeping area, it is better for the baby to use a wearable blanket.

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  • October 27, 2013 at 12:16 am
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    Always place your baby to sleep on his or her back.
    Thanks for the giveaway! =)

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  • October 28, 2013 at 3:05 pm
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    i learned it is meant to replace loose blankets therefor preventing SIDS

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  • October 28, 2013 at 3:11 pm
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    I had no idea that they had sleep sacks for big kids!

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  • October 28, 2013 at 3:32 pm
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    I learned that baby’s hips shouldn’t be tightly swaddled straight down!

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  • October 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm
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    always put babies on their backs to sleep.

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