Infant sleep safety & HALO

Bill Schmid founder of HALO with baby
Founder of HALO, Bill Schmid

When HALO’s founder, Bill Schmid lost his daughter, Haley, to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), it became his mission to create innovative products that make safe sleep easier for parents and more comfortable for babies. HALO is committed to safety, which is one of the reasons why they are The #1 Trusted Choice of so many hospitals.

The most significant risk in a baby’s sleep environment is loose bedding. Bedding can accidentally cover a baby’s face and interfere with breathing. With this risk in mind, Bill founded HALO Innovations and created the HALO SleepSack Wearable Blanket, which eliminates the likelihood that a baby can get entangled in clothing or loose bedding during sleep. The SleepSack is sleeveless and is worn over a sleeper or pyjamas. Since its launch, the HALO SleepSack has become a bestseller and is widely used by hospitals.

In investigating the SIDS problem, Bill also came to the conclusion that education on safe sleep was not adequately reaching all parents.  Research has demonstrated that modeling proper safe sleep guidelines is the most critical factor in changing parents’ behaviour. Recognizing this, Bill launched an education program called the “HALO Safer Way to Sleep Hospital Modeling Program” which provides free HALO SleepSack wearable blankets, educational tools and training. To date, the HALO SleepSack Swaddle is used in over 1500 hospitals.

In addition, Halo Innovations donates a portion of all purchases of HALO products to leading infant health and safety organizations to facilitate educating parents about infant safety.  To date, more than $5.4 million has been donated in HALO’s mission to help fight Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

For more information on infant sleep safety guidelines, check out the HALO website:  https://www.halosleep.com/blog/tag/Sleep+Safety

or

Canadian Infant Safe Sleep:  http://www.infantsafesleep.ca/

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One Tiny Suitcase(Calgary) is pleased to be adding the HALO Bassinest Glide Sleeper to our rental inventory.  It glides smoothly across carpet or any other floor surface. Your little one can sleep close to you, while resting safely in his or her own separate sleep area.

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Christmas Crib Safety

Many of you will be travelling away from home this holiday season. Like me, your first concern is probably how to make sure everyone gets a good night’s sleep while on vacation! Getting my kids to sleep through the night at home was hard enough for the first few years, travelling upped my anxiety level just a bit more.

Crib safety

Whether you are staying at a hotel, renting a private vacation home or bunking in with grandma and grandpa….make sure baby’s bed meets the same standards for safety you use at home.

Here is a link from Health Canada that tells you what to look for when inspecting a crib.

Consumer Reports has a great article on tips for using a Hotel Crib or Pack n Play.

As an owner of a Baby Equipment Rental company, I can tell you that the pressure to ensure our equipment meets and exceeds current safety standards is high. Operated by parents for parents, I would recommend the services of my counterparts in other cities across the world. But as with everything, double check for yourself before you put your baby to bed!

Full Size Crib Rentals

One Tiny Suitcase has been in business for over 4 years now. In those 4 years I have set up a lot of cribs.

We choose to carry full size wooden cribs with no drop sides in our inventory. These cribs are safe, sturdy and provide an environment much like baby’s bed at home.

Calgary & Edmonton Crib Rentals

Today I had a crib delivery to do first thing in the morning. Grandma had to get to a hair appointment so the delivery had to be right on time. I arrived at her home at 10am and had delivered, assembled and tucked the sheet into the crib by 10:10am.

I’ve delivered and set up so many of our GULLIVER full size cribs in the last 4 years that I think I could do it in my sleep!

Crib Safety

I was surprised by yet another Crib recall this week. From Canada, Stork Craft is recalling over 400,000 cribs for problems with the support brackets that hold the bed base up. This is s similar problem to the one that led to recalls by Delta, Simplicity and others.

As a former Health aCrib Rentalsnd Safety Manager for an International Retailer- I know what goes into the product design, manufacturing and monitoring of Children’s products. Every aspect of the process is tracked. There are bad products on the market that are recalled for safety and quality issues. I also know that good products can be misused, improperly assembled and plain old just wear out.

My focus has always been on injury prevention and I take that part of my job, as a Baby Equipment Rental company (www.onetinysuitcase.ca) owner, very seriously. The cribs we carry in our inventory are not part of this recall. We receive regular updates about product recalls and verify our inventory is current. Each product is inspected for damage, wear and missing parts on every order.

As a Consumer or I urge you to ask questions about the safety of the products you are given when travelling. Whether that is at a 5 Star Resort or at Grandma’s house. It is easy to check if a product has been recalled. You can do an on-line search at Health Canada’s website http://209.217.71.106/PR/home-accueil-e.jsp or the Consumer Product Safety Commission http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prerel.html.

Christmas Crib Safety

Many of you will be travelling away from home this holiday season. Like me, your first concern is probably how to make sure everyone gets a good night’s sleep while on vacation! Getting my kids to sleep through the night at home was hard enough for the first few years, travelling upped my anxiety level just a bit more.

Whether you are staying at a hotel, renting a private vacation home or bunking in with grandma and grandpa….make sure baby’s bed meets the same standards for safety you use at home.

Baby Crib Safety

Baby Crib Safety

Here is a link from Health Canada that tells you what to look for when inspecting a crib http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/cons/cribs-lits_enfants-eng.php.  As you can see from an Inspection of Hotel cribs in one city in the US http://www.hotelchatter.com/story/2006/7/14/133223/752/hotels/Hotel_Cribs_Can_Be_Child_Deathtraps, not everyone is as diligent in making sure their products meet current safety standards.

I would like to say that things have changed but after a recent (2008) stay at a hotel in Banff, I found a pack n play with a gaping hole in the mesh inside our room ready to be used.

As an owner of a Baby Equipment Rental company, I can tell you that the pressure to ensure our equipment meets and exceeds current safety standards is high. Operated by parents for parents, I would recommend the services of my counterparts in other cities across the world. But as with everything, double check for yourself before you put your baby to bed!