Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Child Care: Safe Sleep with Halo SleepSack

#BabyLove I'm a proud stage auntie of two adorable newborn nephews, Yvo and Liam, so I was especially moved to attend the product launch of Halo SleepSack Philippines. I'm very glad and I look forward to sharing the advocacy of Baby's Safe and Sound Sleep. Safe Sleep is something very close to my heart. Foremost, I'm super extra vigilant in ensuring safe and sound sleep. Because when Chase, my 7-year old son, was 3-month old, I had a scary experience during his bedtime.

Halo SleepSack Philippines
Coming from the launch, now wiser, we realize that perhaps Chase had a near-SIDS experience. Bravely, let me go through that night. I spent my maternity leave periods in my parents' home. As I was without a nanny then, and recovering from a C-Section, that specific night, I suddenly had a deeper sleep than usual. As a practice and perceived convenience, I was bed-sharing with him (Aha! No! Not recommended!). From my sleep, around midnight, I jerked, and checked on him, and felt that he's not moving as much. Yes, perhaps I was in daze from my sleep. We had a night light on, so I couldn't really see clearly. Later in the hospital they asked me of his color, and if he's chest was moving, we all couldn't tell. I just felt that he's limp. To my panic, I awakened everyone, my parents and brother. We tried waking him, shaking him even, touching his toes...I don't actually remember what we did! He just wouldn't open his eyes. Overwhelmed with panic, and fear, we rushed him to the hospital. Without the presence of mind, when asked at the hospital, we couldn't really answer them sensibly. They took him for a chest x-ray, and was told that he was in a "deep sleep". Praise God he's okay. After a while, we thought that it was embarrassing how we all reacted during that time. We didn't even mention it to my sister, and to our neighbors, it was only later, years after that we pass it off as a funny story, but in my heart, there's always a shadow of fear lingering every time, all the time.
Toddler Chase
Our near-SIDS experience is without a doubt a traumatic experience that fills me with fear, fuels my paranoia and obsessive compulsiveness. Even today, in the middle of the night, I check on him, making sure that he's chest is moving up and down, not labored on his breathing. Call it weird, funny, there were times for the past year that I tried waking him up just to be sure. Safe sleep first, sound sleep second. Hah. I am very well-read on baby care, etc. with my reverence to the What to Expect book series, I am well aware of SIDS or Crib Death, which is an unexpected death of a baby, 1-12 months of age, usually in his sleep. All this time, afraid to event think about it, we regarded it as an "unexplained deep sleep". Until recently when I joined the launch of Halo SleepSack Philippines, that Ives of Halo Philippines, pointed out that what the ER staff called "deep sleep", which we all decided to believe, is in fact a symptom of SIDS. Oh my. Indeed, Praise God!

Ms. Ives of Halo Philippines. nd Sleep Safety Awareness Campaign. HALO's commitment to safety goes beyond its products. The brand is also interested in helping to educate parents about safety for their children.

Safe Sleep Tips:

 One of the most important decisions you will make as a new parent is where and how you place your baby to sleep. If you follow these safe sleep rules, you will help protect your baby from SIDS, suffocation and accidents during sleep. 

  •  Always place your baby to sleep on his back. 
  • Use a crib that meets current safety standards with a firm mattress that fits snuggly and is covered only with a tight-fitting sheet. 
  • Remove all soft bedding and toys from your baby's sleep area (loose blankets, bumpers, pillows and positioners. 
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using a wearable blanket instead of loose blankets.
  • Never place your baby to sleep on a sofa, recliner, armchair, or on top of any soft surface (adult beds, waterbeds, pillows, cushions, comforters and sheepskins). 
  • Never dress your baby too warmly for sleep; keep room temperature at 20-22 degrees Celcius. 
  • Do not use wedges or positioners to prop your baby up or keep him on his back.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends placing your baby's separate, safe sleep space near your bed to help you protect him and make breastfeeding easier. This is called room sharing.
Safety of SleepSack is in the details.
SleepSack's Safety is in the details. Likely the only time your baby is left unattended for a long period is during sleep. And yet this is the time when your baby is most at risk of SIDS. That's why at HALO, safety is more than just a state of mind. It's our mission and core reason for being. We pay close attention to the details and take great care to ensure all aspects of our products are the safest they can be for your precious little one. 
Halo SleepSack highlights on functionality with colorful designs and prints to boot. 
SleepSack also comes with a design for Safe Swaddling Made Easy. Read more about Safe Swaddling here.
There's a SleepSack for your toddlers and big kids too. 
Every night, I offer all my worries to God, for Him to keep us through the night, and to bless us with the gift of another day. 

I support Safe Sleep. Share these helpful Safe Sleep Guidelines. Please click on my badge, or Halo SleepSack Ph Official Site for more details. For the peace of mind and Sweet Dreams all through the night, Halo SleepSack is a must-have! ^_^ 

HALO is dedicated to creating a healthier and safer sleeping environment for adults and children. Founder William Schmid began researching sleeping environments after he lost a daughter to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Since 1994, he and his company have worked to develop products such as the HALO® SleepSack® wearable blanket that encourage safe sleeping as well as bring peace of mind to parents. Today, the HALO SleepSack is the #1 trusted choice of hospitals in the U.S.A. and Canada. A percentage of sales are donated to First Candle/SIDS Alliance and the Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths to fund ongoing SIDS research, education and family support.

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