One of the things that we decided as parents early on was that it was important to us to continue to do the things we love to do (in our pre-baby lives) and to socialize our kid(s) into “our lifestyle” rather than completely restructuring our entire lives around them. This meant finding a way to continue to go out for meals at some of our favorite restaurants without being the parents with the screaming kid that everyone wishes would just leave (fodder for another post).
Our Highchair Dilemma: one of the first things we noticed was that a lot of our favorite places didn’t even have high chairs, and the ones that did were pretty nasty. So step 1 was to buy a fabric cover so that our son was at least sitting in a clean chair (not that we are freaky about germs or anything, but I wouldn’t sit in a chair if it were as dirty as what they offered us for our son). This worked fine, doubled as a shopping cart cover, but was bulky to carry around and no help when the establishment didn’t have highchairs.
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…