April 27, 2016
Written by Cat Arambulo-Antonio
Categories: Motherhood


Did you know that SIDS aka Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is one of the leading causes of death for babies from birth up to 1 year? There are up to 2,000 sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID) caused by suffocation or accidents during sleep yearly. Crazy right?!

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For most if not all moms, I’m one of those paranoid mothers who checks on my newborn baby every so often to make sure she’s breathing. I practically have my one hand stationed near her chest and my other eye peeping out from her crib to make sure that her chest is moving up and down pretty much all day & night long. There are just way too many tragic stories of babies that are suffocated by their stuff toys, blankets and even their parents rolling over them. So scary!!!

I will admit thought that during the time that I had Danielle and Asher, I did have several types of wearable blankets but more often than not, I would just let them sleep on my chest because I “used” to be such a light sleeper. During that time, I figured that being snuggled up to a warm body would help them sleep longer. But in hindsight, that was pretty risky because who knows what can happen when we’re asleep. Luckily, my two older ones turned out fine and nothing ever happened to them during our sleep.

With Alana on the other hand, I’m smarter, more paranoid and a lot wiser. You know what they say, the third times a charm! Plus, with a teenager, toddler, newborn coupled with everything else going on in my life, I am no longer a light sleeper. I’ve made it my mission to make sure that our sleep situation is at it’s safest, optimized to it’s fullest and longest capacity: We trained Alana to sleep in her crib aka co-sleeper and swaddled in her Halo sleep sack since birth.

Halo Sleepsack with Alana Antonio

So yes parents, you can sleep soundly at night because your child can literally wear their blanket. HALO is the #1 wearable blanket that is recognized all over the world. It even has the distinction of being recognized as “Hip Healthy” by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.

Here’s how it works:

Halo Sleepsack

The best thing I like about the HALO is that it comes in several variations:


The Halo Swaddle in fleece is perfect for people who live in cold climates. However, I use it in Manila at night since we like to turn up the air condition to around 18-19 degrees.

It retails for Php1550.


The Halo Swaddle in cotton is another alternative. It’s ideal for rooms with no air-conditioning. The best part about these blankets is that it makes swaddling your baby so easy!

It retails for Php1550.


The Halo Sleep Sack is another option for babies who don’t like to be swaddled. My 2 month old daughter Alana loves this!

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The Halo Sleep Sack Gift Set is the perfect bundle because you can use it as your baby progresses and their sleep preferences change. It’s a great baby shower gift and definitely a newborn essential!

It retails for Php2950.

Cat Arambulo-Antonio and Alana Antonio

This photo was taken by Ken Chua for Halo just 10 days after I delivered my baby girl, Alana! 

One of the most valuable things to any new parent (or recurring) is sleep for yourself and for your baby. Here are some safe sleep tips which can protect your baby from SIDS, accidents or suffocation during sleep:

  1. 1) Always place your baby to sleep on his back.
  2. 2) Remove all soft bedding, toys, bumpers, pillows and loose blankets from your baby’s sleep area.
  3. 3) Never place your baby to sleep on a sofa, recliner, armchair, or on top of any soft surface.
  4. 4) Use a firm mattress that fits snuggly and is covered with ONLY a tight fitting sheet.
  5. 5) Use a crib or co-sleeper that meets all current saftey standards. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends placing your baby’s separate, safe sleep space near your bed to help you protect him and make breastfeeding easier. Room sharing not bed co-sleeping!

And of course, use a wearable blanket. I highly recommend Halo Sleep Sack because it keeps your baby safe, its non-toxic & hypo-allergenic and it won’t break your wallet!

I can’t wait to share with you my other baby & mommy must haves!

Til my next post…



Halo is available at | Rustan’s Department Store | Mothercare Branches Nationwide | For more information please check out Halo Philippines Facebook | Halo Philippines Instagram

Photos by Ken Chua of Peas & Pod Photography | Make-Up by Cherry Pacheco for Inglot Cosmetics | Hair by Felicity Son

- Cat Arambulo-Antonio


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