Baby Gear Review: HALO SleepSack Swaddle
I think it is justifiable to be suspicious about a baby product when the website advertising lead-in is something to the effect of: did you know that your baby could suddenly DIE IN THEIR SLEEP if not properly swaddled in their cribs?
But if you head over to the HALO SleepSack website right now, that’s exactly what you’ll see. The first banner image you’ll likely see will take you to a video of a friendly pediatrician (and mother) who will tell you all about the 2,500 babies who die every year from SIDS (and the 2,500 additional babies that die suddenly from crib suffocation every year – wait…how is that not the same thing?). Anyway, the takeaway is that this all could have been prevented with the HALO SleepSack Swaddle.
So while this website did make me suspicious, I did not come here to rag on HALO’s fear-mongering advertising staff, nor am I trying to make light of the tragic baby-deaths that happen ever year from SIDS. I’m here to review the HALO SleepSack Swaddle, a product which I was lucky enough to have gifted to me recently…
The SleepSack is basically a premier-product replacement for the blanket you would otherwise wrap your baby in, were you say, you know…not filthy rich. It’s a fun little garment that comes in many different colors and fabrics (white micro-fleece, baby blue 100% organic cotton, mint green NEW! Chenille). It’s essentially a little bag with a zipper in the front (that zips down – cool idea), includes two big flaps on the baby’s back that wrap around the front of baby, and are secured with gentle velcro. There’s an adorable little saying on the front of the SleepSack along the lines of “this side up” so that you are reminded that your baby’s survival rate goes up drastically when you place them on their backs at nap time.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got absolutely NOTHING against the SleepSack, but that is perhaps because – like I said – these SleepSacks were gifts given to me and my wife. The HALO SleepSack starts at around $19.99 (Target), and can range up to $52.95 for the deluxe, pamper-your-baby Chenille SleepSack. The alternative is an obsolete, baby-slaying receiving blanket the likes of which I’ve been able to price for under ten bucks apiece (Overstock). But you would only use those if you want your baby to DIE, right HALO?
So here’s the thrust: the HALO SleepSack is a solid product, but it really doesn’t do much more than wrap up your baby the same way a properly-tied blanket does…except it costs twice as much. If you want my recommendation, put the SleepSack on your baby-gift registry. Let grandma and grandpa plunk down the cash for the SleepSack. Otherwise, do what the rest of us do and wrap your baby correctly with the blankets that the friendly nurses let you swipe out of the hospital.