I rarely go to events, as most of you know. But when my friend Ives said she was going to hold an event for safe sleep among infants, I got excited. Ives is the one-woman show behind Halo Philippines, which is the exclusive distributor of the Halo Sleep Sack. She is also a staunch advocate of safe sleep. The event was held at Pink Me Up Nail and Dry Bar in Lee Gardens, Mandaluyong City.
Aside from being a Safe Sleep presentation for the mommy bloggers in attendance (many of whom are my friends already), it was also a sparty! Yay!
The spa was a pretty picture of a place, which I’ll share about in another post. Meanwhile, I want to share some of the takeaways I had from Ives’ safe sleep presentation.
Facts on Safe Sleep for Babies
1. Keep baby on his back. I first learned this from my mother, even way before I’d read baby books and websites. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends putting the baby to sleep on his back. That’s why it’s surprising how some of my relatives and even reliable “manangs” suggested that it was OK to let a baby sleep on its side — yikes! This actually increases the risk of SIDS, as much as baby sleeping on his tummy does! So, if you’re a new mom, remember: Let baby sleep on his back. It’s a better position for breathing and swallowing, despite what other well-meaning people might say or advise.
2. Use a firm mattress and tightly fitted sheets. I’ll admit that I bought into the whole cute revolution of baby beddings. I bought them all: bumper sets, blankets, bolsters — everything! The sad fact is that these can actually hinder your baby’s breathing, if they make contact with these things. My mom actually reprimanded me once, saying that I was buying stuff we didn’t need. Well, Mom did know best in this case!
To ensure your baby has the safest sleep possible, experts advise choosing a firm mattress with just a tightly fitted sheet. Remember to also choose a safe crib, too!
3. Room-share not bed-share. OK, so this kinda hit me hard, since we bed-share now, actually. But when Vito was tiny (up to when he was about four months, when he was huge), we let Vito sleep through the night in his own crib. It’s not easy, OK? But then again, raising a child in a safe and danger-free environment should take a lot of effort. I admit, though, that there were nights when I took him to bed with me, say, when he was around 3 months. But had I known more information about SIDS, I think I would have opted for a co-sleeper instead.
4. Fourth (and fittingly, as it is Breastfeeding Awareness month): Breastfeeding is best. According to studies, breastfeeding lowers the risk for SIDS. I breastfed Vito for two and a half years, and I have to say, I believe it was worth it!
5. Of course, use a sleep sack! We had a Halo Sleepsack long before they were brought to the Philippines! In fact, here’s a photo of Vito’s blue sleep sack, beside a shirt that he wears these days (size 4, Gingersnaps). As you can see, the sleep sack saw him through the years, and can in fact be used well into a child’s toddler and preschool years! (Though, we stopped using the sleep sack when Vito turned 2.)
I love that Halo Sleepsacks are made of 100% premium, non toxic, lead and chemical-free fabric. In fact, not only is it the #1 choice of parents and over 900 hospitals around the United States, but it is an award-winning and certified, and has received recognition from prestigious organizations, including the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
Some benefits of the Halo Sleepsack
- For newborns: When they are newborn, the sleep sack’s swaddle capability helps babies feel more secure when experiencing the Moro or Startle Reflex, which can easily disrupt a baby’s sleep pattern. And, unlike regular swaddling blankets and wraps, the Halo Sleepsack does not unravel, thus it poses no risk of suffocation for your baby.
- For “hip health” of babies: The Halo Sleepsack is also in the optimal shape for babies. Other commercial swaddles in the market are “pod-shaped” or “pea-shaped“, which confine the legs and increase the risk of hip dislocation. Its unique design makes the Halo SleepSack Swaddle the only commercial swaddle approved as hip healthy by the Hip Dysplasia institute.
- Made from safe, tried & tested fabrics: There are lots of locally-produced sleep sacks suddenly sprouting up in the market, but these are not guaranteed as completely safe for your baby’s skin. I’ve seen some sleep sacks that are “magaspang”, unlike the Halo Sleepsack, which is made of breathable, 100% premium, non toxic, lead and chemical-free fabric that is also hypoallergenic. That means that it is non-irritating and safe for your baby’s skin.
The Halo SleepSack retails at P1,300 up. For more information on Halo’s products, visit www.halophilippines.com. Watch out for them soon in leading department stores and select retailers. Please also help spread information about safe sleep advocacy, and enjoin your network to “Like” Halo Philippines on Facebook: www.facebook.com/halophilippines.