When I talk with other families about traveling with young kids, many of them tell me they won’t travel because they are afraid it will disrupt their baby’s sleep routine. Some of them have specific routines that are hard to replicate other places. We’ve traveled the world with a baby and we’ve picked up a few tricks.

One way that we’ve had success with baby sleep while traveling is that we follow a bedtime routine that incorporates SleepSacks. They are easy to pack and don’t take up nearly as much room as a full blanket. When we change his diaper and put our son into his jammies, we slip on a SleepSack so he’s ready for bed. Then I usually nurse him one last time, pop the binky in his mouth and I’m able to set him in his bassinet or crib while he drifts off to sleep.

HALO has a new design of SleepSacks available and they sent me one to review. Here’s what I thought:

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What I Like:

  • The elephant print is super cute!
  • The fleece is a night weight for chilly nights.
  • The zipper is easy to use.
  • My baby doesn’t freeze when I do diaper changes since he can stay partly in the SleepSack.
  • The “Back is Best” logo on the front, just to remind caregivers.

What I Don’t Like:

  • The sizing is tricky. My 3.5 month old is too tall for the size Small SleepSacks but the size Medium was really big.
  • It doesn’t wash up very well. I like to invest in baby products that I can give to another family after we’re done and I’m not sure it will be in nice enough condition to pass along after a few months of wear.

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What I like most about our HALO SleepSack is that I feel like I’m keeping my baby safe while he sleeps. I love using my cute blankets when he’s in the stroller, in his swing or anywhere where I’m keeping my eye on him, but I get a bit nervous at nap time or at night. The fleece is the right thickness for our house in Winter so I don’t worry about him being cold. I’m also able to clip my son’s pacifier right to the SleepSack so it’s always nearby and not pulling on his clothing.

HALO’s Safe Sleep Tips

ALWAYS

  • 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 snugly and is covered with only a tight-fitting crib sheet.
  • Remove all blankets, comforters 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.
  • Room share, but don’t bed share. Bed sharing can put a child at risk of suffocation.
READ  Hawaii Packing List for Flying with Babies and Toddlers

NEVER

  • Never put your baby to sleep on any soft surface (adult beds, sofas, chairs, water beds, quilts, sheep skins etc.)
  • 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.

Here’s a link to these safe sleep tips on the HALO website. Stay connected to HALO on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

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Marcie writes the family travel blog Marcie in Mommyland. When she's not traveling the world, she's home in Seattle with her husband and two little boys.

11 Comments

  1. Great advise.
    Getting into a routine is hard to start but worth it in the end for mum and baby x

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      Yes, starting the routine can be tough, but it’s so worth it in the end! My oldest is (usually) a fantastic sleeper, so I’m hoping my youngest will follow suit!

  2. Elizabeth Doren Reply

    You aren’t kidding about the sizing. I bought a medium for my 3 month and she was swimming. Otherwise I like my Halo. I’d recommend.

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      I know, right? I’ve tried a lot of sleep sacks, but I keep coming back to HALO.

  3. I agree with sizing as well. I bought a large for my 6 month old, but they were over a year old before it ever would have fit them! Traveling with kids is hard, thanks for sharing some tips!

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      Yes, the sizing is a bit wonky. I feel like my son outgrew the small so quickly but the medium is pretty huge (and my son is quite large.)

  4. Traveling can absolutely make bed time… we struggle every time we’re away, and then for a few nights after we get home. Hoping some of your tips will make this easier on my kiddos (and me!).

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      Yes, sometimes there’s quite a transition! And each trip is a different experience. This last trip, both my kiddos were up at 3:30am crying for different reasons, so you just never know!

  5. The Gifted Gabber Reply

    My firstborn would ONLY sleep in sleep sacks. We had to load up on tons of them because she had horrible acid reflux and we often had to change her sleep sacks multiple times a night due to massive spit up. But, good gravy, those things were a life saver with her! And, yes, having them did help with the consistency of bedtime when we were traveling. – Amy @ http://thegiftedgabber.com

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      Yes! My firstborn went through so many sleep sacks because he spit up a lot, too! That’s why I always suggest people get a few. My youngest lives in them all morning, too, while I rush around to get my 3yo ready!

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