When you have a newborn, you give up your right to a sound slumber. And figuring out how to send your peanut off to dreamland in the safest way possible could trigger a new-parent anxiety attack. Not anymore: Enter the Halo SleepSack. We talked to founder Bill Schmid and got the scoop on why this wearable blanket is literally a lifesaver.
Why did you create the Halo SleepSack wearable blanket?
I came across research from the Netherlands (where the SIDS incidence has always been very low) that showed that the use of a sleeveless “sleeping bag” (a “Trappelzak” in Dutch) had a protective effect against SIDS. We “Americanized” the design and introduced it to the U.S. market a dozen years ago.
What kind of fabric is it made of?
It’s available in premium, breathable fabrics like 100-percent cotton, micro-fleece, velboa, chenille, and organic cotton that will keep your baby warm (but not too warm).
Tell us about the benefits, and why it’s safer than using a regular blanket.
The Halo SleepSack wearable blanket replaces loose blankets in the crib that can cover your baby’s face or wrap around her neck and interfere with breathing. We’ve taken great care in the design to ensure that it’s the safest way to sleep: It’s a roomy sack with ample leg room that allows a baby’s legs and hips to flex properly for healthy hip development. In fact, it’s been approved as ”hip healthy“ by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. The sleeveless design reduces the risk of overheating and the “back is best” message reminds parents to put the baby to sleep on her back. It’s used in more than 800 hospital nurseries nationwide in an effort to help educate parents about safe sleep practices.
Does it actually help babies sleep better? If so, how?
Yes! It’s a cozy blanket they can’t kick off, so they’re comfortable all night long. Our SleepSack Swaddle with a 2-in-1 adjustable swaddle wrap also helps babies sleep better by preventing the “moro” or startle reflex that can wake them up. It also helps many babies better tolerate the supine or back sleep position, which is the only position your baby should sleep in. As your baby grows, the adjustable swaddle allows you to swaddle them with one arm in and one arm out for an easier transition out of swaddling (and into the SleepSack wearable blanket). Moms tell us this process works like a charm!