5 Tips to Reduce the Risk of SIDS [+ #HALOSleepSack Review & Giveaway]

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***This giveaway is no longer accepting entries. Read on for 5 tips to reduce the risk of SIDS.***

When Grady and Haley were newborns, SIDS was something I definitely fretted over. I think all parents do. I still make sure they sleep safely and they’re now 3 and 1! Instead of being constantly worried, I was proactive in keeping them safe by taking specific steps to reduce the risk of SIDS. You’ll find what I did below.

Tips to Reduce the Risk of SIDS HALO #halosleepsack

5 Tips to Reduce the Risk of SIDS

  • BACK IS BEST: Always place your baby on their back to sleep. There are “Back to Sleep Campaigns” for a reason. There’s been a significant reduction in the number of SIDS cases since their inception. And as long as you provide plenty of tummy time during the day you can prevent flat head syndrome as well.
  • SHARE A ROOM: Sharing a room with you baby has also been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS. The AAP recommends separate sleeping spaces, but we’ve co-slept with both of our kiddos – with safety precautions in place, of course (firm bed, no heavy blankets, etc.)
  • BREASTFEED: There have been studies that have shown that breastfeeding reduces the risk of SIDS by 50% – so breastfeed if you can, for as long as you can.
  • USE A PACIFIER - Studies have shown a correlation between pacifier use and lower incidences of SIDS. More studies need to be done, but it’s definitely worth doing and causes no harm. Grady took one, but Haley never would.
  • BE CAREFUL WITH BEDDING AND CLOTHING: Other studies have shown a link between soft bedding and SIDS, so it’s best to use a firm mattress with a fitted sheet, have no extra pillows, bedding, stuffed animals, crib bumpers, etc in your baby’s sleeping space – not only to reduce the risk of SIDS but of suffocation, too. Instead of covering your baby with a blanket – use wearable blankets or sleepsacks instead – like the one I received to review from HALO SleepSacks.

And don’t smoke. That’s just a given. It’s bad and you should quit if you do. ;)

HALO SleepSacks

HALO Sleepsack review baby girl sitting

Did your hospital or birthing center give you a HALO SleepSack when you gave birth? Mine didn’t (makes me sad) – but many do! The HALO SleepSack Swaddle is used in 1,000 hospital nurseries because of the HALO Safer Way to Sleep Initiative:

HALO Innovation’s SleepSack® Swaddle has 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. That is 1.5 million births getting first-hand, in-hospital experience with the HALO SleepSack Swaddle and safe sleep practices! Leading health organizations agree that modeling proper baby care in the hospital is the single biggest influence on how parents care for their baby at home. HALO Innovations also offers free Safe Sleep Practices kits to childbirth educators to help further the cause of SIDS prevention.

HALO SleepSacks are wearable blankets that you can use to replace blankets in your baby’s sleep environment to protect against suffocation and reduce the risk of SIDS (see #5 above). They also include an embroidery reminder that “back is best” so that everyone who puts your baby down to sleep knows exactly what to do.

HALO Sleepsack back is best embroidery

We were sent the 100% Cotton SleepSack Wearable Blanket in Pink Striped Hearts. In hindsight I probably should have gotten the Early Walker version – Haley gets frustrated trying to walk in it, although it’s doable. We got the size large (12-18 months) and I probably could have gotten away with a medium as Haley still has a ton of room left in the bottom. She’s almost 14 months and about 19 pounds for reference. At least it will last us for awhile!

HALO Sleepsack baby girl walking in #halosleepsack

The fabric is super soft, comfortable, and has been perfect with our warm weather this summer. It’s great that it’s sleeveless, too. I’ve been putting Haley in a onesie underneath and it’s been perfect. She doesn’t seem too hot or too cold.

#HALOSleepsack Sleeveless

The zipper starts at the top and ends at the bottom. That means it opens easily at the bottom so you can change your baby’s diaper without removing the whole thing. That’s a wonderful feature for those few months you still need to do diaper changes in the middle of the night. Thankfully, we don’t have that problem now!

#HALOSleepsack top zipper

#HALOSleepsack bottom zipper

Haley seems to sleep very well with it on. It’s roomy enough that she can kick around during the night without it being restrictive and waking her up. Like I mentioned above, she doesn’t like walking in it, so I just put it on right before bed and take it off as soon as she gets up. Works for us!

#HALOSleepsack baby girl black and white

Do you use wearable blankets? I think they’re just a genius invention!

Buy it

You can purchase a HALO SleepSack, like the one I reviewed, on the HALO SleepSack Website for $26.95. In addition to 100% cotton they’ve got micro-fleece, lots of prints, early walker versions, and one’s for older kids, too.

Connect

Check out HALO SleepSack on Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest

Win it

#HALOSleepsack Giveaway

One lucky According to Jenny reader is going to win a HALO SleepSack Swaddle! The winner will get to choose size (newborn or small) and their gender preference.

Enter below using the rafflecopter form. The first entry is mandatory and then the rest of the entries are optional, but will greatly increase your chances of winning! You can view my official giveaway rules here. Good Luck!

US/CAN, 18+, Ends 8/30/13

***This giveaway is no longer accepting entries.***

Winner: Maggie F.

Halo Sleepsack Winner

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Comments

  1. Michelle J. says:

    I loved it HALO sleepsack. Unfortunately, my son did not. :-/ Hw would cry and fuss until we took him out. We tried dealing with a regular blanket, same thing. Once he was able to kick one for or of the blanket he was fine. Just like his mom. Hopefully we can use our HALO for the next baby.

  2. Getting in her sleep sack is part of my daughter’s one year-old bedtime routine. In the morning we bring her to our bed for some cuddle time then she asks (by grabbing at the zipper) to get out when she is fully awake and ready to go play while I get her breakfast.

  3. Danielle B. says:

    I like that your post has some useful tips for safe sleep and doesn’t just focus on the product. I do love the Halo sleep sack swaddles, and were going to try out the regular sleep sacks this time, too. There are a lot of cute ones!

  4. Bekah Kuczenski says:

    I love our halo sleepsack swaddle when my daughter was a baby! I am due with a baby boy in a couple weeks and now Id love one for him! I love that it keeps them warm, secure, and safe :)

  5. Anne Perry says:

    Cosleeping and breastfeeding…. I love halo sleepsacks. My toddler wears the early walker too

  6. The first cue to let me son know it’s time to take a nap or go to bed is putting him into his sleep sack. We LOVE these! I sleep better at night knowing he’s safe in it!

  7. I think this would be perfect for us. My parents’ house is usually hot. At night it is somewhat cooler. So I dress my 5mo in pjs. He seems slightly too warm so maybe Halo would work better. We co-sleep & he breastfeeds through the night sometimes. He kicks & wiggles away from me too. I am actually trying to find some sort of crib or co-sleeper so that I can make his sleep space bigger.

  8. I love the sleep sacks, just wish they were a little longer. My guy is long & out grows them in length.

  9. Sounds like a great product, would love to try it out.

  10. This look neat!

  11. Jennifer P. says:

    Our first daughter hated sleep sacks, so I always wondered what all the hype was about, but our second daughter LOVES them and won’t sleep without one so now we have quite the collection. I love them now too! My favourite kind are the ones that have the “holes” in the front and back to feed the car seat or stroller buckles through – super helpful when taking the baby with me when dropping off my older daughter at school in the mornings.

  12. I loved our Halo sacks! Thanks for offering to Canadians

  13. I love that HALO makes swaddling so much easier! I’m expecting my first baby, and tons of mommies have recommended HALO to me!

    Thanks!

  14. Those Halo sleep sacks are fabulous.

  15. Rebecca Parsons says:

    I really like these. I am getting ready to have two new grandbabies in 2 months and these would make perfect gifts.

  16. Happily Southern says:

    I haven’t ever heard of these before. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  17. Michelle F. says:

    always used sleep sacks with my daughter. gave me piece of mind.

  18. I’m pregnant and have heard great things about the Halo sleepsacks! Will def be trying them once this little one arrives!

  19. Allison R. says:

    Great for late night diaper changes too!!!

  20. Elizabeth C. says:

    I am pregnant with my first and so excited to use our Halo SleepSacks as he is due in November. Now he can stay warm SAFELY! Thank you Halo!

  21. we didnt have any of these for my son but i think id really want them for #2 due this winter!!

  22. Julie Bolduc says:

     love the sleep sacks perfevt for newborns

  23. With my son I never heard of the sleepsack. This time around I will need a few!

  24. I have a November baby to be and this would great to have on her arrival!

  25. Megan Bailly says:

    My first baby wanted to be swaddled when she slept until she was almost 6 months old. She grew out of all the ones we had. I’m hoping this baby will love it too because it does help prevent SIDS

  26. Claire Rheinheimer says:

    I’ve been wanting one of these forever for my baby girl! It’s hard to know what to put her in at night, and of course I won’t put any blankets in her crib so then I worry all night that she’s cold!

  27. Christine Bailey says:

    We used Halo sleep sacks for my daughter during the winter, and plan to again this winter. They are awesome!

  28. Thank you for this post. As a mother of two little boys and expecting a baby girl in Feb., SIDS is such a scary, scary thing. When my boys were newborns, I was terrified. But we all know that you can do everything right and it can still happen (which is terrifying). We did all of the tips except for the pacifier. I always tried to give my boys pacifiers (to reduce the risk of SIDS) but they never took it. Maybe it was because I waited too long. I was breastfeeding and did not want to interfere with latching so I wouldn’t try to give it to them until they were 2 weeks old. I hope our baby girl takes one just for an extra peace of mind.

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