Expert / 21 September, 2021 / Ellie Thompson
HALO®, America’s leading safe sleep brand has finally arrived in the UK and we couldn’t be more excited! Since 1994, HALO has been the trusted leader for safe sleep-focussed products in the US and is expanding globally to make safe sleep easier and more accessible for parents and babies everywhere.
HALO was founded by Bill Schmid who lost his firstborn to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) who then made it his life’s mission to ensure another family wouldn’t have to experience the same tragedy. Using his expertise as a professional engineer, he designed America’s first wearable baby blanket, called the SleepSack Sleeping Bag. Since then, the sleeping bag has become the number one choice with American hospitals, over 1,700 in total.
The SleepSack Sleeping Bag (£20.99) is a roomy, sleeveless sack that is designed to promote healthy hip development. It features HALO’s, signature ‘back is best’ embroidery as a gentle reminder to place baby in the recommended sleep position.
HALO’s SleepSack Sleeping Bags are made using premium 100% cotton, and are available in 0.5 tog in three sizes (0-6m, 6-18m and 18-36m). Choose from two dreamy colours, Midnight Moons or Heather Grey.
Similar to the SleepSack Sleeping Bag is the SleepSack Swaddle (£20.99) which was designed for parents wanting to swaddle their babies and is ideally suited for babies up to six months. It is the only swaddle on the market that allows for swaddling three ways: arms in, hands-to-face and arms out. It also features a roomy sack to promote healthy hip development and features an inverted zip for easy nappy changes and generous fasteners providing adjustability for a perfect, cosy fit.
Like the Sleeping Bag, it is made using premium 100% cotton and is available in 1.5 tog, in White or Heather Grey.
Following on from the success of the SleepSacks, HALO went on to develop a bedside crib called the BassiNest which is the only bassinet on the market that swivels 360 degrees for safe, close sleep. It has a patented retractable wall that allows parents to care for their baby from the comfort of their own bed, by lowering the bedside wall. It provides parents with the reassurance that their baby can safely sleep in their own space, avoiding the risks associated with bed-sharing and co-sleeping.
The rotation makes getting out of bed easier which is particularly important for mums healing from birth and C-sections. It has mesh sides that provide breathability and it also helps parents easily see their baby.
There are two versions of the BassiNest, the Essentia (£190) which comes in a soft grey fabric called Morning Mist and the Premiere (£249) which is a subtle grey dotted print called Pebble. The Essentia shares many of the same features as the Premiere with the exception that the Premiere features a soothing centre with calming sounds, vibration and night lights.
HALO is working in partnership with The Lullaby Trust in the UK, to champion the charity’s safer sleep advice and help all families give their babies the best possible start in life. The Lullaby Trust raises awareness of SIDS, provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies as well as offering emotional support for bereaved families.