Swaddles are a mom’s best friend. But with so many options, how do you know which one is right for you and your baby?
There are 2 main types of swaddles – a traditional swaddling blanket and a swaddling sack or pouch. For blankets you need to learn how to swaddle your baby yourself (and how to keep them secure!) while the swaddle sacks or pouches help guide you along with Velcros, snaps and zippers to make things much easier.
We’ve tried both styles but much preferred the swaddle sacks over the blankets to keep our life a little bit easier! There’s a lot to learn when it comes to newborns, I’ll take easy when I can!
When it comes to the type of swaddle sacks, we’ve used 3 different types of swaddles – the SwaddleMe, the Ollie Swaddle and our absolute favorite – HALO SleepSack Swaddle!
Our hospital actually gives us a fleece Halo Swaddle after our babies are born so we have quite the collection of those. They’re our go to during colder months but for hot summer days or nights we don’t like to do swaddles that are so thick and warm.
We finally got a cotton HALO SleepSack Swaddle with our 3rd to use year round and it quickly rose to the top as our absolute favorite swaddle!
If you’re new to swaddles or just interested in the Halo SleepSack Swaddle, keep reading!
HALO’s founder, Bill Schmid and his wife lost their daughter to SIDS. SIDS stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome which is the sudden, unexplained death of a seemingly healthy infant up to the age of one year.
This loss lead Bill to create HALO and to do what he could to create a safe sleep environment for babies. He’s created the HALO SleepSlack: the Original Wearable Blanket, the Bassinest (review on that here!) and more.
Bill also launched the HALO Safer Way to Sleep Hospital Modeling Program which provides free HALO SleepSack wearable blankets, training and educational tools to help hospitals educate parents about safe sleep. Our hospital is one of those hospitals!
We’ve been using HALO Swaddles for over 4 years so I promise, they’re amazing! Here’s my full HALO SleepSack Swaddle review with pros and cons!
HALO SleepSack Swaddle Review
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HALO SleepSack Swaddle Pros
1. Easy to use!
The HALO SleepSack Swaddle is one of our favorites because it’s so easy to use. You don’t need to wonder which side is up or down or worry about it come undone.
There’s arm holes to put your baby’s arms through, an easy to zip zipper and velcro to keep the swaddle nice and tight!
All you do is lay out the Halo with the wings to the side and the zipper open. Lay your baby down on top of the swaddle. Put their arms through the arm holes and zip up the zipper.
Lay the non-Velcro side across your baby and securely fasten the Velcro side to the non-Velcro side. And that’s it!
This swaddle makes middle of the night feedings and diaper changes a breeze since you’re not folding and tucking – just zip and velcro! We actually don’t even put pajamas on our newborns. We use little sleep shirts and swaddles – that’s it!
Let me tell you – when you’re sleepy at 3am, the last thing you want is to try to get a tiny little newborn leg back in their pajamas. Just zip them up in their swaddle, velcro them all cozy and back to sleep for you both!
2. Adjusts to baby’s sleep style
The Halo Swaddle can be used 3 different ways – with both arms in, with one arm out or with both arms out. We always start with both arms in to prevent the “Moro” or startle reflex with they’re newborns.
Then we adjust as needed. We usually end up with both arms out for quite a while before transitioning fully away from the swaddle.
3. Easy to clean + washes well
Have a blow out? Did your baby drool all over it? Just throw it in the wash and drier and you’re read to go! We always buy 2 swaddles so we have an extra one ready when one is being washed.
The HALO swaddles are very reasonably priced, typically around $20. We typically buy 2 cotton swaddles to rotate for both the small size and the medium size. They’re totally worth it!
If you live in colder climates (like us), the fleece ones are especially perfect for winter!
5. Hips and legs are free
Just the arms of your baby is swaddled rather than the whole body so there’s no danger to your little one’s hips or legs being swaddled too tight.
Halo SleepSack Swaddle Cons
To be completely honest there isn’t much of a con to the Halo SleepSack Swaddle. If I had to pick a few, here’s what they are.
The Halo SleepSack is a lot of fabric with the sack itself and the 2 wings. The wings of the swaddle can get jumbled when you’re laying it out to put your baby in. They are a bit long (which they need to be!) and can fold up and on one another.
The other thing is the Velcro can be loud! In most cases it doesn’t matter since our little one is usually awake during diaper changes but it can startle your baby if you need to un-Velcro them while they’re asleep.
Where to Buy a Halo SleepSack Swaddle
You can buy a HALO Swaddle at most retailers! Here’s a few places:
Overall, we’ve loved our Halo SleepSack Swaddle for all 3 of our kids and highly recommend them if you’re looking for a swaddle for your little one!
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And don’t forget to check out my HALO Bassinest review here!