Swaddle of Choice: The Halo Sleepsack Swaddle Wearable Blanket
May 31, 2010
Pros: Easy to use, flexible use, able to get good swaddle
Cons: Only comes in newborn size regularly, zipper could stick and then you're stuck
The Bottom Line: This was our best solution for getting good amounts of sleep... Halo Sleepsack Swaddle is a dream
A swaddle can be important for baby for the first few months to create a secure feeling. For my first two babies, I didn’t need to use a swaddle much past the first week. When I received a Halo Swaddle Wearable Blanket from the hospital, it ended up just sitting in the closet. With my newest little one though it’s a different story. Several weeks after birth she still wasn’t sleeping well so we pulled out the swaddle blanket… low and behold it worked. Once summer finally arrived though, the free fleece one wasn’t going to work so I purchased a Halo Wearable Swaddle Blanket in cotton as well. The cotton version comes in several colors and designs, but I went with one cream and one with green and brown polka dots.
A wearable what? Halo started off with a wearable blanket in an anti-SID’s movement to get people to take blankets out of the crib. With pajamas on baby is placed in the sleep sack and then you don’t have to worry about placing loose blankets over baby. The top of the sleep sack is a tank top style so you just have to slip baby’s arms in and you’re set. It also features a reverse zipper that makes for easy diaper changes. I also used this for keeping baby a little cooler on the warmer nights. A few years ago, Halo then added swaddle “wings” to their sleep sack to make two blankets in one. The single piece of cotton attaches with strong Velcro as well as straps on either side. Don’t plan on using the Halo swaddle for very long though as it mainly coming in newborn size. Smalls are becoming available but primarily only online.
Swaddle-Me This I had previously used the SwaddleMe blankets as well as regular receiving blankets and both options seemed too complex once baby got a little older and squirmier. I find the Halo Swaddle fairly easy to us as all you do is place baby in, sip it up and fold over each wing as tight as you prefer. Since this is made of cotton, it does have a little give to it. My little one is able to still squirm a little but she feels secure enough to rest easily. The Velcro on the swaddle is extremely strong, which provides a strong swaddle hold. You can also leave the swaddle open or around baby with arms out if needed.
I have used our cotton Halo Sleepsack for a few weeks now and we love it. I know our sitter uses it during the day and I use it for overnight to help her sleep well - though she doesn’t like it if she’s not ready for sleep yet. I have used both a onsie for pajamas and baby in just her diaper and she has been comfortable both ways. For this summer weather, the blanket keeps her warm enough that I don’t have to worry about anything else. Since using the Halo Swaddle, my little one has consistently slept well during the night averaging 4-6 hours at a time. Very nice for mommy.
The Halo Sleepsack is machine washable. Though I haven’t washed this one yet I have washed the fleece one and it came out fine. All I needed to do was make sure the Velcro was already attached to itself so it didn’t gather everything else in the wash.
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100% Soft cotton Swaddle on the wearable blanket is a great feature to mimic mommy Sleeveless to reduce risk of rebreathing Sack design prvents babies from kicking off blankets Inverted zipper allows easy access for diaper changing