Halo SleepSack for Newborn Babies

Published in Wellness, Pediatrics

In partnership with the Dominick Bruns Memorial Fund, each new baby is dressed in a Halo® SleepSack®during their stay and sent home from the hospital with a new SleepSack.

The Halo SleepSack is a wearable blanket, replacing loose blankets in the crib that can cover your baby’s face and interfere with breathing. Halo Sleep Sacks have been proven to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). 

SIDS is the leading cause of death for infants between 1 month and 12 months of age. SIDS is most common among infants that are 1-4 months old. However, babies can die of SIDS until they are 1 year old.

The American Academy of Pediatrics provides the following recommendations for safely putting your baby to sleep:

  • Always place your baby on his or her back for every sleep time.
  • Always use a firm sleep surface. Car seats and other sitting devices are not recommended for routine sleep.
  • The baby should sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed (room-sharing without bed-sharing).
  • Keep soft objects or loose bedding out of the crib. This includes pillows, blankets, and bumper pads.
  • Wedges and positioners should not be used.
  • Pregnant woman should receive regular prenatal care.
  • Don’t smoke during pregnancy or after birth.
  • Breastfeeding is recommended.
  • Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.
  • Avoid covering the infant’s head or overheating.
  • Do not use home monitors or commercial devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Infants should receive all recommended vaccinations.
  • Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development and minimize the occurrence of positional plagiocephaly (flat heads).

In October 2011 AAP expanded their safe sleep recommendations:

  • Breastfeeding is recommended and is associated with a reduced risk of SIDS.
  • Infants should be immunized. Evidence suggests that immunization reduces the risk of SIDS by 50 percent.
  • Bumper pads should not be used in cribs. There is no evidence that bumper pads prevent injuries, and there is a potential risk of suffocation, strangulation or entrapment.