Halo Early Walker Micro Fleece Sleepsack
Last updated date: July 28, 2019
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In our analysis of 63 expert reviews, the Halo Halo Early Walker Micro Fleece Sleepsack placed 5th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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From The Manufacturer
The HALO SleepSack Early Walker replaces loose blankets in the crib. With its unique foot openings, the SleepSack Early Walker wearable blanket allows for greater mobility while babies are awake, but also keeps little feet covered and warm while sleeping. In addition to helping your baby sleep safer, the HALO SleepSack wearable blanket helps your little one sleep better, too. It is a warm cuddly blanket they cannot kick off, ensuring little ones sleep soundly throughout the night. Foot openings for easier mobility when your child is awake and room to tuck in feet at night for warmth. Unzips from the bottom for easy diaper changes. Generous sack design allows room for kicking, but cannot be kicked off, so baby stays warm all night. Our founder Bill Schmid and his wife Cathy lost their firstborn to SIDS. From this tragedy, HALO and its mission were born. For nearly 20 years we’ve been dedicated to putting the health, safety and well-being of babies first. From our best-selling SleepSack wearable blankets that help babies sleep safely, to our award-winning Bassinest Swivel Sleeper that lets you sleep safely next to your baby, all we do comes from one core idea – putting babies first.
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An Overview On Sleep Sacks
Among the many useful items you’ll purchase or be gifted at your baby shower are sleep sacks. Sleep sacks were designed with your infant’s safety in mind to help him or her drift off into a peaceful nap or nighttime slumber.
Safe-sleep expert, Kate Desmond, says sleep sacks are one parenting purchase you will not regret.
“Sleep sacks are the perfect and safe solution for parents looking to provide a little extra comfort or warmth for their sleeping baby,” she says. “We know that loose bedding is a major risk factor when it comes to infant sleep-related deaths. A sleep sack gives parents the ability to provide a cozy environment and warmth without the risk of a traditional blanket. “
You’ll find several different types of sleep sacks on the market, so it’s a good idea to do a little research before selecting one that would work the best for your newborn.
Start off looking for any awards or recommendations that let you know you’re buying a quality sleeper. The Halo 100% Cotton Sleepsack, for example, is the No. 1 trusted choice of hospitals, used in hospital nurseries all over America. They also are recognized as “Hip Healthy” by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute thanks to the roomy sack that does not restrict a baby’s legs from moving around.
“Sleep sacks come in a variety of types with some offering swaddle arms or flaps and others more tank top-like armholes,” Desmond says. “The important thing to note when purchasing a sleep sack is your baby’s size and ability to roll. Once a baby is able to roll you definitely want to opt out of the swaddle variety and switch to the more traditional sleeveless sack.”
Be sure to check out the sleep sack design. Is it restrictive and frustrating, or is it snug in a way that promotes calm? The Love To Dream Swaddle UP was created with a patented design that allows your baby to self-soothe. When you place your baby in the sleeper, you’ll tuck his or her arms in the sack in an upward position, which is how newborns tend to place their arms when sleeping on their backs.
Determine if important safety standards were followed and whether the sleep sack has been tested to meet those standards. You won’t want the sleeper to have any toxins. It should be BPA and phthalate-free.
Can the sleep sack grow as your baby grows, or is it meant for just one stage of use? Some sleepers are only for swaddling, while others, like baby deedee Sleep Nest Lite have removable shoulder snaps to allow for growth. Examine the zipper on the sleep sacks. Although any zipper will do, a reverse zipper is best because it allows for changing your newborn’s diaper without fully removing them from the sleeper. If you’re lucky, your baby will even sleep through the diaper change!
“Sleep sacks get bonus points with me if they have a double or reverse zipper,” Desmond says. “Changing a diaper from the bottom up, instead of top-down is a huge bonus in the middle of the night.”
Desmond advises that you read the washing instructions before tossing your baby’s sleep sack in the wash.
“I found that, when possible, air-drying or a low dryer setting can prevent shrinkage,” she says. “With a fairly hefty price tag, it would be a big bummer if baby outgrew the sack due to laundry error rather than a growth spurt.”
Desmond also advises that you pay close attention to fabrics and weights.
“Make sure when selecting one for your baby you consider the temperature inside your home,” she says. “During certain months, a lightweight muslin sleep sack and a onesie might be perfect. Other times of the year might require something a little more substantial, like a heavier fleece fabric.”
Fashion-conscious parents will be happy to know sleep sacks come in all different colors and designs these days, so you will be sure to find one that matches your taste.
DWYM Fun Fact
Did you know that on average moms and dads lose out on approximately six months of sleep by the time their precious little one reaches two years of age? It’s true. Now we know how sleep affects parents, let’s take a look at what it does to newborns!
Although your infant may close his or her eyes a few minutes after you start using the rocking chair, deep sleep won’t occur until 20 minutes later. Baby sleep cycles are 30 to 40 minutes shorter than adults, which is why they wake up more frequently during the night.
It has been shown that parents who have babies who are better sleepers score higher cognitively than babies who don’t sleep as well. They also tend to have a better temperament. Newborns need a lot of sleep because their brains use 60% of their body’s glucose supply.
The average nap for an infant lasts between 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours. Babies tend to nap three to four times a day up until age 5 months, then drop to two to three naps through age 9 months. One to two naps are seen up until 18 months of age, however, parents may wish to put their children down for an afternoon nap through the toddler years (2 1/2 to 4 years of age).
The Sleep Sack Buying Guide
- Sleep sacks don’t need to be washed daily if they aren’t soiled from spit-up or a diaper leak. Instead, you can toss them in the wash once or twice a week when laundering your crib sheets.
- Always check the sleep sack’s tag for washing and drying instructions. Most can be tossed in the washing machine just fine, but require drying on low heat. Of course, you’ll also want to make sure you’re using a laundry detergent that is gentle on a baby’s skin. Find one that is free of dyes and perfumes, or use one that is specifically labeled for use on newborn clothing.
- It’s important to do all you can to prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). The American Academy of Pediatrics has several recommendations that parents will want to follow to reduce the risk of SIDS. This includes placing baby on his or her back for the first year of life during nap and bedtimes, as well as using a firm sleep surface and stopping the use of swaddlers once the baby begins to roll over.
- Make sure you are choosing a sleep sack that is appropriate for the current climate. They do make sleep sacks that are thicker for colder winter months and sleepers that are made of lighter fabric for warmer summer months.
- Select a sleep sack based on your baby’s weight, not age. You don’t want the sleep sack to be too tight, which would not only be uncomfortable for your little one, but could also pose a danger. Additionally, you don’t want the sleep sack to be so loose that it doesn’t provide the calming benefit that helps your little one fall fast asleep.
- Look on the sleep sack packaging label to see what stage the sleeper is recommended for, so that you purchase one that matches the stage your baby is in. Stage 1 may be for swaddling, Stage 2 may be for transitioning out of swaddling and Stage 3 may be for independent sleeping.
- You’ll be pleased to discover that when it comes to price, there isn’t much deviation among the various sleep sacks. Although the Halo 100% Cotton Sleepsack is considered the best value, it is still close in cost to the Love To Dream Swaddle UP, which has the best overall ratings. You’ll also find the baby deedee Sleep Nest Lite and the Nested Bean Zen Sack Classic meet expectations when it comes to quality and price.