Friday, December 12, 2014

Halo SleepSack Review

HALO Innovations is dedicated to putting the health, safety and well-being of babies first. In fact, over 1,200 hospitals use our HALO® SleepSack® wearable blankets through the HALO Safer Way to Sleep Initiative.  This summer we launched our new bassinet, the HALO™ Bassinest™ Swivel Sleeper, furthering our commitment to helping babies sleep safely.

This is Nora on one of the first nights that she was home from the hospital.  She's in her Halo SleepSack Swaddle that we were given in a goodie bag from our hospital.
KCH (Kosciusko County Hospital)is one of the hospitals that uses the Halo SleepSack Swaddles instead of the traditional swaddle blankets for use while in the hospital.  We absolutely loved them while we were in the hospital and were very excited to have one to bring home.  Alas we didn't get to use the one from the hospital for long because it was June and we don't have an air conditioner so fleece really isn't optimal for us.  We had some leftovers from Pete that were another brand, but we discovered that Nora was quite the Houdini and wouldn't sleep unless she was swaddled.  We tried the Halo SleepSack Swaddle and discovered she wouldn't try to get free.  Sleep was again a possibility in our home! We ended up purchasing a cotton jersey one from amazon.

Now that Nora is getting bigger and older (almost 6 months!). It was time to stop the swaddling. Luckily for us Halo had asked us to try out their SleepSack and review it on the blog. I never used a SleepSack for Pete so it was new to me as well as Nora. 
We've been trying it out for the last couple of weeks and have been happy with it for multiple reasons.  First the fleece is nice and warm for the winter weather. The SleepSack doesn't have sleeves, which seems like it would keep Nora too cool, but it also makes it possible to put her in jammies and customize her warmth so she doesn't get overheated.  

Halo embroiders "Back Is Best" on all of their SleepSacks and SleepSack Swaddles, which I have found great for grandparents that watch her because of the change in sleep suggestions from when I was a baby until now. I like to have it written out so there is no question for caretakers so they don't have to worry and neither do I.

 The SleepSack wearable blanket is ideal for Nora since she would pull a regular blanket over her face. She tries to do this in her carseat but she has a big brother who doesn't mind pulling them down while we're driving. Also the SleepSack is "hip healthy" so it doesn't interfere with proper hip development; this is something we are concerned about in regards to the carrier and products we put Nora in like jumpers as well. She spends much more of her day sleeping than in a jumper or carrier so it should also be okay on her hips.

The zipper is another feature that we are sold on.  It seems backwards at first to have the zipper start at the top and zip down, but middle-of-the-night diaper changes are so much faster since I don't have to undo the whole SleepSack to get to her diaper for the change.  Personally, quick diaper changes make the difference between a good night's sleep and a very long night: If Nora wakes up too much while changing her diaper then you can kiss sleep goodbye.

All in all the Halo SleepSack and SleepSack Swaddle are a must in our house.  I know she will be comfortably warm and safe.  They wash nicely and have the instructions listed on the tag so it doesn't get ruined or get stuck to anything else in the wash. Plus do you see how cute that ladybud is?!
If you would like to learn more about Halo products they have a great website and active social media, including facebook, twitter, instagram, google+, youtube, and pinterest.
I received the Halo SleepSack for free in order to review, but all comments and reviews are my own and not that of the company's.  Some of the pictures are my own while other are courtesy of Halo.

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