Baby Safety Month & HALO® SleepSack® Swaddle Giveaway

September is Baby Safety Month and Halo would like help remind parents about the importance of proper swaddling.   This information is important for anyone taking care of an infant.

There are two aspects to swaddling safely:

1) Avoiding suffocation

2) Preventing Hip Dysplasia

Suffocation is a fairly obvious thing to avoid.  Make sure not too bog your little one down with too much clothing or blankets.  The blankets ought to be snug and there should be no loose blankets around your baby.  Remember that infants are not capable of moving blankets from their little faces.

I was not familiar with Hip Dysplasia.  Here is some more information regarding this condition.

Hip Dysplasia is one of the most common conditions among newborn babies, affecting about 1% of North American newborns (about 75,000 per year). According to a recent survey conducted by HALO Innovations, 82% of parents choose to swaddle, and swaddling improperly can lead to Hip Dysplasia or dislocation. Treatment ranges from wearing a harness or brace to undergoing surgery. These condistions can get worse with age and are linked to early adult arthritis and hip-replacement surgery.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging Pediatricians to watch for signs of hip dysplasia and dislocation and to warn parents not to extend their baby’s frog-like legs straight when swaddling. There’s a temptation to stretch the legs out and that needs to be resisted. They need to be able to straighten themselves out naturally and gradually. Parents should allow for room in the swaddle – or sleepsack – for baby to bend at the hips.
Dr. Charles Price, Director of the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, has recorded the following video about Hip Dysplasia and how to swaddle safely.

 

Dr. Tanya Altmann, Pediatrician and Mother, provides tips for swaddling safely in this video, specifically about avoiding suffocation.

HALO’s SleepSacks and Swaddles are the only products on the market approved “hip healthy” by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.

SleepSack® Swaddle- As a SleepSack® wearable blanket it replaces loose blankets in the crib that can cover your baby’s face and interfere with breathing. It’s unique adjustable swaddle allows for swaddling arms in or arms out for an easy and gentle transition when it’s time to stop swaddling.

I never had one of these snuggly and safe sacks for my three little boys.  I wish I would have!  They look so easy to use and of course they are super cute!

One lucky Mama Report reader will win a Halo SleepSack Swaddle! (p.s. let me know if I missed out not having one of these for my babies!)

 

Comments

  1. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  2. I would love to win this for my little man!

  3. A.J. Corrigan says:

    Thank you so much for hosting this amazing giveaway!

    If I win this contest I will be absolutely ecstatic!!! :)

    -AJ

  4. Cass Stahl says:

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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