The idea for the Halo brand was, unfortunately, born from tragedy. Bill Schmid and his wife lost their first child to SIDS in 1991, and they wanted to do anything they could to keep other parents from going through that same ordeal. In 1994, Schmid founded the Halo brand to educate the public about the importance of safe sleeping. In 2005, the American Academy of Pediatrics officially recommended the use of wearable blankets, which paved the way for Halo to create its signature product--the Halo SleepSack.
Today, Halo's wearable blankets are trusted by hospitals across the country. It's estimated that more than 1 million new parents are introduced to the blankets each year. Halo also keeps up with the latest technological innovations and medical discoveries regarding SIDS and incorporates them into its blankets and other products. Halo has been accredited by major industry leaders, including the Home Safety Council, and has won prestigious honors like the PTPA Media Award, NAPPA Honors Product Award, and Cribsie Award. Halo works closely in tandem with child health and safety non-profits, including First Candle/SIDS Alliance, Cribs for Kids, and the CJ Foundation for SIDS.
Halo's SleepSack swaddles and wearable blankets are the company's best-known products. These products allow you to avoid loose bedding that can potentially interfere with your child's breathing. Swaddles keep babies' arms inside the blanket--ideal for newborns--while wearable blankets free up arms so that your tot can move around a little more. In addition to their safety benefits, these products also help little ones sleep more soundly because babies can't kick them off during the night. Even toddlers can use SleepSacks with the brand's Early Walker products, which have holes for feet and can transition quickly from a blanket to a cozy onesie.
Beyond wearable blankets, Halo has also made some other innovations in child safety and comfort. The brand's Bassinet Swivel Sleepers can rotate up to 360 degrees so that you can keep your baby next to you and have easy access to a fussy little one without actually sharing a bed. You'll find fitted sheets and mattress pads in several different patterns that are specifically designed to fit in Halo bassinets. Toddlers who no longer need to use wearable blankets can opt for the brand's ComfortLuxe sleepwear that is made for kids with sensitive skin.
Some of the most trustworthy baby brands are made by entrepreneurs who were parents first and foremost. In the case of Halo, the parents behind the company went through an incredibly tragic experience and then set out to find a way to keep other babies safe. By partnering so closely with medical professionals who understand SIDS, the brand has made major strides toward helping prevent further deaths. Its products might seem relatively straightforward, but they have actually been carefully designed. Products that the manufacturer chooses to make outside of its wearable blanket niche are also chosen specifically to address children's needs. For the company's commendable mission and its excellent reputation, we give Halo 5 stars out of 5.