Did you know that 80-90% of SIDS-related deaths are due to unsafe sleep practices? October is SIDS Awareness Month, a time for all parents to reconsider safe baby sleep and to recommit to providing an ideal sleep environment.

October is SIDS Awareness Month and a Safe Sleep

 (photo credit: Lauren Kennedy for Bella Baby)

Here are a few recommended safe sleep practices from the experts:


  • Place baby to sleep on his or her back at naptime and at night time.
  • Use a crib that meets current safety standards with a firm mattress that fits snuggly and is covered with only a tight-fitting crib sheet.
  • Remove all soft bedding and toys from your baby’s sleep area (this includes loose blankets, bumpers, pillows and positioners). The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using a wearable blanket instead of loose blankets to keep your baby warm.
  • Offer a pacifier when putting baby to sleep. If breastfeeding, introduce pacifier after one month or after breastfeeding has been established.
  • Breastfeed, if possible, but when finished, put your baby back to sleep in his or her separate safe sleep area alongside your bed.


  • Never put your baby to sleep on any soft surface
  • Never dress your baby too warmly for sleep; keep room temperature 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Never allow anyone to smoke around your baby or take your baby into a room or car where someone has recently smoked.

HALO Innovations is committed to helping babies sleep as safely as possible through their SleepSack wearable blankets — in fact, the company was founded by a father who lost his own daughter to SIDS. During the month of October, HALO will donate $1 to SIDS Awareness for every new Facebook “like”.

October is SIDS Awareness Month and a Safe Sleep

HALO Innovation’s SleepSack® wearable blankets have become the standard for hospital nurseries and parents alike. In fact, 1,000 hospital nurseries use the HALO SleepSack Swaddle instead of blankets through the HALO Safer Way to Sleep Initiative. HALO Innovations also offers free Safe Sleep Practices kits to childbirth educators to help further the cause of SIDS prevention.

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Enter to Win

HALO has new MicroFleece designs (pictured above) to make baby more comfortable than ever. The new designs are available at Target.com and Amazon.com — and, to help commemorate this month, HALO is giving away one SleepSack in Micro-Fleece. Enter to win below; a winner will be chosen at random on October 31. This giveaway is only open to readers in the US and Canada.