Disclosure: I received a HALO SleepSack Swaddle in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
I was very excited when HALO approached me about reviewing one of their SleepSacks. We swaddled E for months after she was born and I knew that we were likely to do the same with our second baby. Since we were coming into cooler weather and we would be using the SleepSack right from the beginning, I choose the newborn microfleece swaddle in their gender neutral Bee Buddies print. The SleepSack Swaddle also comes in cotton and plushy dot velboa.
I am very happy with our SleepSack choice. The mircofleece is very soft and cozy feeling and is a very nice medium weight fleece, which is great for this time of year. I think the cotton muslin SleepSack would be an excellent choice for summertime. The newborn size is specified for babies 19 to 23 inches in length and 6 to 12 pounds. T is already 9 lb. 6 oz. and 22.1/2 long and we’re still going strong with the newborn swaddle fit-wise. I’m sure he will continue to grow like a weed but I think that we’ll be able to use this size swaddle for a couple more weeks at least.
We’ve been using our SleepSack Swaddle every night since we brought T home from the hospital. We have other swaddles that are similar to the HALO SleepSack that we used with E but we have been so pleased with the SleepSack Swaddle that we haven’t even pulled any of them out of the dresser! Some things we love about the SleepSack Swaddle: it’s super easy to use, because of the zipper you can change a diaper without undoing the swaddle (though it can be a bit tricky), it keeps T warm and cozy, and you can swaddle baby with arms in or arms out. Papa Bear has even said that he wants more in larger sizes. One minor drawback (and this could be true with many swaddles, I just haven’t used any of the others in so long that I don’t really remember) is that if T is squirmy the upper edges of the swaddle can sometimes creep up and touch his cheeks and chin. This isn’t a super huge deal except that it sometimes causes him to wake and start rooting because something is touching his cheek when he might have otherwise drifted back off to sleep.
Overall we really like the HALO SleepSack Swaddle and given how well it has worked for us we would likely like the other SleepSack products as well.
Recently HALO recently released a new product – the HALO Bassinet Swivel Sleeper. The Swivel Sleeper Bassinet allows baby to sleep right next to mom (and dad), which keeps baby close for bonding and easier breastfeeding, but also gives baby his own separate sleeping space.
The bassinet makes the frequent nighttime stirrings of a newborn more convenient for a new mom, particularly if she is breastfeeding. The bassinet has two swivel points, which allow it to be pulled into the bed next to mom and to swing open like a door to allow mom in and out of bed. The baby is so close at hand that it is very easy to reach over and sooth her if she is fussy or pick her up and place her to the breast if she is hungry. Mom doesn’t even have to leave her bed! The bassinet’s other features include a nightlight, nature and womb sounds, music, and gentle vibration. It can be adjusted to fit beds 24-24 inches high and is designed for babies from birth to 20 pounds or five months of age.
Check out this video of the Swivel Sleeper Bassinet in action!
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Some current sleep recommendations for infants are:
- Place baby to sleep on his or her back at naptime and at night time.
- Use a crib or bassinet that meets current safety standards with a firm mattress that fits snugly 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.
- Never put your baby to sleep on any soft surface (adult beds, sofas, chairs, water beds, quilts, sheep skins etc.)
- 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.