HALO SleepSack Wearable Blanket Review
We need to start this review with a small confession: When we first heard about infant sleep sacks, we thought they were stupid. After all, why not just use a blanket?
It turns out that we were so wrong. Sleep sacks are great, and we highly recommend HALO's affordable, easy-to-use sleep sack. It's a great product, and it might even save your baby's life. Seriously. It's actually that important.
Sleep Sacks and SIDS
In order to explain why we love our baby's sleep sacks so much, we need to talk a little bit about SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Be warned, this is not an easy topic to think about. So if you just want the short version, here it is: Sleep sacks can reduce the risk of SIDS and potentially save your baby's life. And now for the more detailed explanation.
SIDS is the sudden death of an infant younger than a year old. And the cause of SIDS is unknown. What we do know is that it typically occurs without noise (meaning the parent is usually unaware anything is wrong) and autopsies show no signs of other problems after death. It's awful and terrifying. And like any parent, we want to stay as far away from it as possible.
Thankfully, we do know some of the events that are correlated with SIDS. So even though we don't the exact cause of SIDS deaths, we do know some risk factors that increase the chances of SIDS. So if you avoid those risk factors, you decrease your baby's chances of sudden, unexpected death.
As it turns out, many of those factors deal with infant sleep. The majority of SIDS deaths occur between midnight and 9:00 AM, which points strongly to infant sleep being a major factor. Add to this that an alarming number of infants either suffocate or accidentally strangle themselves in bed, and you start to understand why something as simple as a blanket can matter a lot. In fact, it could be the difference between life or death.
It is recommended that parents keep all loose bedding out of the baby crib. Pillows, quilts, blankets, and the like have the potential to suffocate your child. Also you don't want your child to get too hot (which large blankets can easily do).
This is where the sleep sack comes in. Sleep sacks can keep your baby warm without the risk of suffocation. Your baby wears the sleep sack, meaning that your infant cannot pull it over the mouth and nose. And that means you can sleep easier. And you can choose between cotton and micro-fleece sacks, meaning you get some control over the how warm the sack makes your baby (where you live might impact this decision!).
Despite the warnings and continued tragic deaths, many parents still use normal bedding. We have to think this is due to not understanding the risks; we simply cannot believe so many parents would intentionally put their child in the way of harm. So spread the word! Sleep sacks can literally save lives. They allow you to keep your infant warm without increasing the risk of tragedy.
A Better Night of Sleep
The HALO SleepSack also provides babies with a comfortable night of sleep. The sack is warm and cuddly, but the arm holes keep the sack from getting too hot (helping you avoid yet another SIDS risk factor!). And this is the blanket that your infant can't accidentally kick off in the middle of the night, meaning you (the parent) don't get woken up just to adjust a blanket.
We also really like the HALO SleepSack because of how many factors were clearly thought through so well. For example, the zipper on the sack is upside down; it unzips from the bottom instead of the top. This seems like a strange design until you have to change your baby's diaper in them middle of the night. Because of the zipper design, you can change a diaper without ever fully unzipping the sack! And when the sack is fully zipped up again, the zipper tab doesn't irritatingly poke at your baby's chin. That's a lot of thought put into a simple zipper!
The sack also prevents crib climbing by restricting movement (which is really nice). Yet the sack also provides your baby with a healthy amount of hip freedom. The International Hip Dysplasia Institute has approved the HALO SleepSack as "Hip Healthy!" Unfortunately, some sleep products out there can actually harm your baby by limiting hip movement and potentially causing hip deformation. But the HALO sleep sack allows for all the proper hip movement your infant needs.
Sleep Sack Sizing
The HALO SleepSacks come is five different sizes. You can use them from the earliest days of infancy all the way to two years old.
Newborn: 19" to 23" (48 to 58 cm) and 6-12 pounds
Small: 23" to 26" (58 to 66 cm) and 10-18 pounds
Medium: 26" to 30" (66 to 76 cm) and 16-24 pounds
Large: 30" to 35" (76 to 89 cm) and 22-28 pounds
X-Large: 35" to 40" (89 to 101 cm) and 26-36 pounds
The HALO SleepSack really is just a great product. It's safe; it's convenient; it's well-designed; and it's surprisingly affordable. Our daughter sleeps in a HALO SleepSack, and we are happy to give them our highest recommendation!