Halo SleepSack Wearable Blankets: As Cozy As A Teddy Bear

03/11/2009 at 11:45 AM ET

I stocked up on HALO SleepSack Wearable Blankets 3 ½ years ago when I had my son Finn, so I thought I wouldn’t need any new ones for baby Egan. But when I got my hands on one in the Deluxe Velboa fabric ($30) I knew I’d be adding to my collection.

HALO SleepSacks are designed to keep babies cozy without bulky blankets that can be a risk factor for SIDS. They have a zipper that pulls down toward baby’s feet to zip it so the tab doesn’t rub cute little chins, and Finn never did figure out how to unzip them himself. The arm openings are specifically designed so little ones can’t pull their elbows in. Even after Finn was able to stand in the crib, he never got tangled in his SleepSacks.

The Velboa fabric is really special and the Deluxe SleepSack Wearable Blankets are lined in a soft, jersey knit. They’re so soft and cuddly that when Egan wears the mocha sack he looks like a soft little teddy bear. Velboa is one of those new, fleecy fabrics that is just indescribably soft and warm without being stifling. It’s just perfect for cold nights and I never worry about him catching a chill in his crib at night. Halo SleepSack Wearable Blankets carry the First Candle/SIDS Alliance “#1 Safe Sleep Product Seal,” which means we have one less reason to be up all night worrying.

–Kristen

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Amber on

These sleep sacks are wonderful!! As a SIDS parent myself and someone who volunteers with the SIDS Foundation, I am so happy to see you with a picture of this great tool. My biggest fear with my 2nd baby was to wake up and find her with a blanket on her face (beleive me, my heart dropped a few times!!), obstructing her airway. This makes it SO much easier for me as a parent to sleep at night.

Julie on

My son has been wearing Halo Sleep sacks since we brought him home from the hospital as a little preemie. Now he is a big one year old and still wears them….they are great!

MZ on

we have one for our son, but his arm are still flailing so we’re having to swaddle him. i bought a kiddopotamis swaddler. i look forward to being able to use our sleep sack soon! i agree with amber: the sleep sack is a great tool for helping to prevent SIDS.

Angelique on

We have five or six of these, our son wears one every night. They’re perfect! A must have!

ash on

Sleep Sacks are HARMFUL to developmental delay. The 6-12 month old child has no opportunity to explore legs and attempt standing and using legs, torso etc, in an experimental fashion when alone in his crib. This time is CRUCIAL to a developing baby and his dexterity skills. These creations have stunted the development of a child I have had first hand experience with. DO NOT USE ON A BABY PAST 6 MONTHS.

MZ on

at what point can a child have a blanket in bed with him? it seems that a sleep slack wouldn’t cause major damage if the child was getting adequate time to use their legs during the day but thanks for letting us know. i’ll def. talk to my pediatrician about it!

Angelique on

Ash, can you support your claims with research/studies/science?

ash on

There has not been any research in to this as it is still a relativley new wave creation/fad. I am speaking only from personal experience of what has happened to family member child put in a sleep sack from birth until 1 year old and suffered extreme delay in physical development to the point where they thought he may have cerebal palsy. I watched him in his crib around the age of 10 months struggling in frustration to sit himself up like a poor stunted sealion, and then trying to stand while his legs got in a restricted tangle from the sack he had no way out of. He gave up time and time again and took to just flopping down on to his back like a 3 month and playing with his hands instead. Not even being able to stretch his legs out fully or touch his feet or toes to get to know them. Babies have slept with blankets for thousands of years. I can see why this design would be appealing but really please do think about what this is doing to your child when he wants to experiement with his limbs – they learn a surprizing amount while alone in their crib awake. I am trying to pass this info around as much as possible but these sacks seem to be getting more and more popular.

Lisa on

It is not clear with what authority or expertise “ash” is speaking. I can tell you that here in Europe EVERY baby sleeps in a sleep sack. And for a long time. And Europe is not a continent of developmentally stunted individuals (It’s us Americans who sit in front of the TV all day.) My daughter is 2 1/2 and still sleeps in one. (By the way, she can walk in it.) And Halo makes a model that has feet holes. She also likes the boundries it gives her (=sense of security). For the life of me, I can’t understand why this product has not stormed America!!

ash on

How can anyone develop or walk normally while trapped in a sack? Would you like to walk around in a sack or try to stand up in a sack? No less, when you haven’t even properly mastered it at all yet.

Danielle on

We will be getting a quote from an expert on the safety of sleep sacks. Stay tuned!

— CBB Danielle

Angelique on

Ash, respectfully, I don’t think the sleep sack is the cause of your family member’s disability. I understand how frustrated you must feel to see this little one not developing as he should, but I think you should be open to looking into other reasons for the developmental delay and not fixate on the sleep sack as the culprit.

sunflower on

My daughter is 17 months and has been in a sleep sack since a month when we realised she rolled about too much to make blankets a safe and warm option (fortunately there IS an option!). She was crawling at 6 months, walking at just 10 months and when awake instantly is on her feet yelling at the side of the cot for attention anyway so anytime awake is not spent ‘pottering’in her crib playing. These sleep sacks have in no way impeded her development, provided you of course have one that give plenty of leg long room.

Tanya Remer Altmann, MD on

As a mom, pediatrician, author and spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics I have never come across any evidence or research that suggests this type of sleepwear is associated with developmental delays of any sort. Sleepsacks provide adequate room for legs to kick and move. These products have been a staple in Europe for many, many years, and I do believe not believe there has ever been a downside to using wearable blankets for babies. It is probably one of the most important safety products a new parents can have at home.

I talk to parents about sleep everyday–from safe sleep environments to how to help your infant sleep through the night. I use sleepsacks for both of my boys and many of my patients love them as well. Sleepsacks are great to keep infants warm and safe while sleeping. They are also recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Loose blankets are not safe and can easily get kicked up over a sleeping infants face and lead to SIDS or suffocation. Swaddle sleepsacks are also available for newborns or infants who like to be swaddled. For older infants and toddlers who are standing and walking, sleep sacks with foot holes are also available.

Tanya Remer Altmann, MD
http://www.mommycalls.com
http://www.drtanya.com
http://www.communitypeds.com

Sammy on

We use sleepsacks too and the ones from Halo are the best. We have found they are the best quality and you are right the velboa is just like a sweet cuddly bear on our little one!

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