HALO® BassiNest Flex endorsed by The Lullaby Trust during Safer Sleep Week
The new BassiNest Flex from HALO® is a portable, safe and affordable sleep solution for babies. The launch comes as The Lullaby Trust raises awareness of Sudden Infant Death Sydnrome (SIDS) through Safer Sleep Week. This year’s theme is co-sleeping.
A survey of more than 3,400 new parents by The Lullaby Trust found 90 per cent of new parents co-sleep with their baby at some point, with more than 40% admitting they’d fallen asleep with their baby on a sofa or armchair, increasing the risk of SIDS 50 fold.
The BassiNest Flex allows parents to be close to their baby at all times during the day, be it bedside, in the kitchen or in the living room, thanks to its portable design. At only 6.9kg it is half the weight of it’s BassiNest Swivel Sleeper cousin.
Designed for babies aged 0-5 months (or up to 9kg), the BassiNest Flex can be quickly assembled and disassembled without any tools. The lightweight nature of the bassinet means that it can easily be moved from room to room, ensuring safe sleep for baby at all times. The height can even be adjusted depending on who is caring for baby.
Since launching in the UK, HALO® has worked in partnership with The Lullaby Trust, to champion the charity’s safer sleep advice and help all families give their babies the best possible start in life.
HALO® was founded in 1991 by Bill Schmid who lost his firstborn to SIDS and who then made it his life’s mission to ensure another family wouldn’t have to experience the same tragedy. Using his expertise as a professional engineer, he designed America’s first wearable baby blanket (the SleepSack® Sleeping Bag). Since then, the sleeping bag has become the number one choice with American hospitals (1,700 in total).
Safer Sleep Advice
- It is important to make sure that your baby’s room is a comfortable temperature – not too hot or too cold. The chance of SIDS is higher in babies who get too hot. Try to keep the room temperature between 16 -20°C.
- Always put your baby on their back for every sleep, day and night, as the chance of SIDS is particularly high for babies who are sometimes placed on their front or side.
- If you or your partner smokes while you’re pregnant or after your baby is born, the risk of SIDS is greatly increased.
- Give your baby a clear, safe sleep space, in the same room as you.
- With so many products on the market, it can be easy to get confused about what babies should sleep in or on. Remember, the safest mattresses for your baby are firm and flat and protected by a waterproof cover.
- Breastfeeding lowers the risk of SIDS. Breastfeeding for at least 2 months halves the risk of SIDS but the longer you can continue the more protection it will give your baby.
- Some parents choose to share a bed (also known as co-sleeping) with their babies. It is important for you to know how to do this safely and that there are some circumstances in which bed-sharing with your baby can be very dangerous.
- Babies are at higher risk of SIDS if they have their heads covered, so it is safest to keep baby’s cot clear of any items such as bumpers, toys and loose bedding. Unnecessary items in a baby’s cot can also increase the risk of accidents.
For more information about SIDS and safer sleeping advice, head to lullabytrust.org.uk