Halo SleepSack Swaddle Review

You’ve seen the list of must-have items for your baby registry, but do you really need it?

In this post, we’re talking about the Halo SleepSack Swaddle.

Do you really need it, or not?

Let’s start with what we love and don’t love.

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What do we love?

  • This SleepSack is easy to get baby in and out.
  • The zipper zips down, no pokey zipper by the face.
  • The swaddle wings allow for baby’s arms to be in or out.
  • The muslin is breathable and perfect for combining with baby’s regular sleepwear.
  • You can put this wearable blanket on baby without worrying about suffocation.
  • There is an easy guide on the inside of one of the wings if you need help figuring it out.
  • It grow with baby and will last them for several months.
  • Easy Velcro makes for easy adjusting of the wings.

What don’t we love?

  • Honestly, not much.

Who is this for?

Babies of all ages will like this SleepSack. As you can see in our picture, our four 1/2 month old wasn’t up for having her arms tucked in, so we opted to use it with wings under her arms, leaving them free to move. There was also plenty of room for her to move and kick her legs. We love that we can put her in this blanket without worrying.

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Do you really need a Halo SleepSack on your Baby Registry?

Yes. And we believe you should register for two – the newborn and 3 to 6 month sizes. This will allow you to have both on hand (high hopes, people) when you’re ready to move up to the next size. This is especially important if your kiddo loves being swaddled.

Not sure if swaddling is for you? Check out Dr. Harvey Karp’s The Happiest Baby on The Block. You’re welcome.There are various cute patterns and styles, including a thicker wearable blanket, an early walker swaddle and a big kids SleepSack that fits up to 5T.

Halo provided us with this product to review for this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are our own.

In Her Own Sweet Time: Egg-Freezing and the New Frontiers of Family

By Rachel Lehmann-Haupt, author of In Her Own Sweet Time: Egg-Freezing and the New Frontiers of Family

It’s a few weeks before my thirty-fifth birthday and I’m staring at a shelf filled with dozens of pale-colored pamphlets with titles like Donor Insemination: A Guide for Patients, Egg Freezing, Using Donor Eggs; Adoption: A Guide for Patients; and Single Mothers by Choice.

“So you’re having trouble having a baby?” asks Dr. Mindy Schiffman, the psychotherapist sitting across the room from me.

“Yes,” I say, turning my gaze away from the pamphlets and back toward her. But then I correct myself. “Well, not exactly. I haven’t even had sex in four months. I just know that I want to have a baby.”

She looks at me quizzically; she’s clearly perplexed. I feel a warm flush of embarrassment rising on my cheeks. I wonder if she thinks I’m unhinged, if I’m the only woman who has ever shown up at her office in such a state.

It’s been four years since that day at The Cloisters when Alex and I broke up. Recently, I opened the wedding section of the New York Times and saw the announcement that he had gotten married.

“I’m still single,” I explain to Dr. Schiffman. 
I don’t want to have a baby right now, but ever since my relationship ended, the pressure has been growing to find Mr. Right. It hasn’t happened yet, and I feel it’s time to consider my options. I recently had a dream in which I was sitting at a large banquet table with my entire extended family. Even my dead grandmother was there, sitting next to my father. I was apologizing to all of them for taking so long to pass along the family genes.

07.16_Cover_Final_OutlinedI tell Dr. Schiffman about a conversation I had with a friend at a dinner party. At thirty-nine she had just become engaged to a film scout, a scion of a rich and eccentric Chicago family. She told me she loved him but was nervous about getting married. Part of her believed he might not always be in her life. But she had decided to take the plunge anyway because, she explained, she didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to have a child.

“A child is permanent,” she said. 
I was taken aback by her comment and surprised that her craving for more stability made her want to get married, not because she believed in the permanence of the institution but because she wanted to commit to having a child with someone. I have always believed that marriage is permanent as well. My parents have been together for better or for worse for more than forty years, and my family has always been my rock. But in an age when the divorce rate is so high, many people feel that love and commitment are either fleeting or incompatible, or both.

Children can seem like an answer. In a study of single women in their twenties, Harvard sociologist Kimberly DaCosta found that the romantic desire for a baby has replaced the craving for the intimacy of a relationship. Her study concluded that these women imagine the role of mother as a state of permanence and unconditional love. I think back to my friend who had a baby in her mid-twenties. Her parents were divorced only two years after she was born, and I wonder if, for her, having a baby gave her a sense of security in an age of ephemeral relationships.

I don’t know whether this is the reason I’m more focused on motherhood – and now, in a Manhattan office, talking to a doctor about freezing my eggs — but in the past few years I too have begun to feel more of a need for permanence.

What I do know as I stand teetering on the brink of “advanced maternal age” is that I need to think about how I’m going to get to where I want to be.

“You’re feathering the nest,” says Dr. Schiffman, explaining that by asking these questions I’m taking my first step toward preparing to become a mother. “I think all women your age who want to have a child should do this—even if they’re not in a relationship.”

As I talk more with Dr. Schiffman, I become increasingly aware of the many choices I have. I can become a single mother through donor insemination before I lose my fertility and before my right love comes along. Or I can wait for my love to come along, gambling that he will appear soon enough that I will still be able to become pregnant naturally. But if I’m not able, there are several reproductive technologies—including fertility drugs, in vitro fertilization—that may help. And even if I discover I can no longer conceive with my own eggs, I might be able to use a donor egg, or adopt. All these options are costly, both financially and emotionally; reproductive technology is for the privileged and the strong. Although insurance does cover some procedures, a lot of limitations and out-of-pocket expenses exist.

I’m sure my mother didn’t think about these things—she didn’t have that luxury. Society told her she had to get married by a certain age, so that’s what shaped her decision. She loved my dad, but I don’t think she spent any time worrying that he might not be the perfect fit. He was the man she loved at the right time, and that’s the life she went with. She assures me that if she had had as many choices as I do she still would have married my dad. But she’s not unlike me in her sense of self-exploration, and I often wonder if her choice was more about social convention than she claims.

 

And so here I am. I’m on firm ground in my identity and career, and I’m free to go anywhere I want. But now, just shy of my thirty-fifth birthday, this is where I’ve chosen to go: a fertility therapist’s office, where I’m staring at pamphlets about egg-freezing and single motherhood. Here I am, thinking, I might. I might become a mother.

 

Rachel Lehmann-Haupt is the author of In Her Own Sweet Time: Egg Freezing and the New Frontiers of Family [Nothing But The Truth Publishing, LLC], available now in paperback and e-book formats via Amazon and in brick-and-mortar bookstores across the country.

One of America’s premier experts on the future of family life, career timing, and the influence of science and technology on fertility and pregnancy, Lehmann-Haupt is widely credited with coining the phrase ‘DIY Mom.’ An in-demand speaker and journalist, her writing appears regularly in The New York Times MagazineVogueOGlamourWiredSelf, and more. She graduated with distinction in English literature from Kenyon College, and has a Masters in Journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley (where she apprenticed under Clay Felker, the founder of New York magazine).

Renee & Jeremy – Give It Away

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Best Pacifiers of 2015

Looking for the best pacifiers of 2015? So are we!

In our case, with three kids down and one almost done baking, we knew right away that we would be stashing a pacifier or three in our diaper bag, purse, van, kitchen and any and every other crevice. It’s been 6 years since we’ve had a kiddo that used one and there have been SO many changes to just about every product over the years that we wanted to take our time and find out what was different.

Honestly, we weren’t met with a lot of differences with pacifiers. Aside from being mostly BPA free, something that just started to trend when our now 6-year-old was baking, most of them aren’t to far from what we’d had before.

Every baby is different though, and despite the Phillips Avent Pacifier being our three boys’ favorites, we can’t be sure what to expect our new baby to like when she comes in October.

Here’s the rundown of the most popular styles and brands and our opinions on each of them.

PHILLIPS AVENT SOOTHIE PACIFIER

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This is a favorite among hospitals and I have noticed that a lot of my friends’ kids seem to like this one too.

Our boys just didn’t like this one. I am not really sure why. One of the things we noticed was the back of the pacifier isn’t curved, so when they suck on it, it seemed to lose suction and would pop out of their mouths. This was especially true when they were brand new.

The description says:

  • Sized and shaped for baby’s mouth
  • Latex free
  • Hospital grade silicone
  • Durable, one piece construction
  • Packaging may vary

While I would love to assume they are BPA free. They just don’t list it in their description.

Also, I would like to add that these pacis are a PIA for keeping off the floor with their limited abilities when it comes to pacifier clips.

THE FIRST YEARS GUMDROP PACIFIER

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The First Years wasn’t a brand I would have even glanced at years ago, but these pacifiers caught my attention for several reasons. First, they were one of very few brands to actually post photos of the actual nipple on their pacifiers. Secondly, they were the ONLY brand to have a photo of it in an actual babies mouth to show the fit AND the only to have an actual video about their product on their listings.

They went a step further…

Check out this product description:

  • Trusted by hospitals
  • One-piece, silicone design stays clear of baby’s button nose
  • Easily works with most pacifier attachers
  • Convenient two-pack so you’ll have a clean spare
  • BPA free, Latex free, Phthalate free

See that last line? Not only are they rockin’ the BPA free, they are also Latex and Phthalate free. Something that may be happening with other brands, but if it is, they sure didn’t list it.

This attention to detail was enough for us to try this pacifier out for ourselves. The shape of the paci and the nipple seemed right and worth a try AND they make room for a pacifier clip.

MAM PACIFIER

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I was hoping to find a photo of the actual nipple of this pacifier, but just like with Advent, the design is shown and not the actual nipple. I’d rather see the nipple, MAM. This is another pacifier that our boys just didn’t like. While the design of the back of the pacifier helped keep it in place in their mouth and it didn’t seem to slip out, the actual shape of the nipple is (still) weird. I don’t know if I was honestly expecting it to be different aside from being BPA free, but I was still a little shocked that they didn’t change the nipple just a little to be less flat and spoonish at the tip.

From the product description:

  • Silicone
  • Imported
  • BPA-free pacifiers
  • Curved shield allows the pacifier to sit comfortably on baby’s face
  • MAM Ultra Soft Silicone Nipple stays comfortably in baby’s mouth due to the anti-slip texture

Out of all four, this pacifier is probably our least favorite of the bunch.

PHILLIPS AVENT BPA FREE PACIFIER

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You can kind of see the shape of the nipple in this photo, which we appreciate, and while this paci has been our kiddos favorites (for all three so far), we just aren’t sold on it considering The First Years newer pacis that seem to be a little on the interesting side. We have to admit though, because this pacifier has been an ongoing favorite for our kids, we have stocked our fair share of a dozen or so of them.

So what made it a favorite? The shape. The nipple is perfectly shaped (see the tiny image by the yellow sun looking thing on the package above). The slight angle in the pacifier itself makes it easy to keep in the mouth and it doesn’t seem to pop out.

We feel as though the air vents are a major player in this paci staying in tiny mouths. This feature is enough to keep this pacifier on our best pacifiers list AND win it’s way into our diaper bag this Fall.

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Their product description:

  • BPA-Free
  • 6 air holes in shield create extra airflow for less skin irritation
  • Orthodontic, symmetrical collapsible silicone nipple
  • Security ring handle
  • Dishwasher safe and can be sterilized

In the end, we went with two different kinds of pacifiers and will let it play out to see what she actually likes best.


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