Healthy Families, DCF Encourage Floridians to Give Gift of Safe Sleep

For Immediate Release:
December 19, 2014

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Healthy Families, DCF Encourage Floridians to Give Gift of Safe Sleep
Holiday initiative ends Dec. 26

TALLAHASSEE – Healthy Families Florida and the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) have partnered with HALO® to encourage Floridians to give the gift of safe sleep and potentially save a life this holiday season.

“These families want to keep their children safe, but often lack the ability to provide items like cribs and infant sleep sacks for their babies,” said Healthy Families Florida Executive Director Carol McNally. “We want all babies to sleep right, sleep tight and sleep safe.”

Members of the community can donate a discounted HALO® SleepSack® to a family in need during the month of December by visiting A $10 donation will provide one SleepSack® Swaddle to a baby in need. Donated SleepSacks® will be distributed to parents of newborns through Healthy Families Florida. The promotion ends December 26.

“Unsafe sleep is a leading cause of preventable infant death in our state. Since 2013, more than 150 children have died due to unsafe sleep,” DCF Secretary Mike Carroll said.  “We are proud to be a part of a partnership that educates parents and provides resources that could potentially save the lives of precious babies.”

The HALO® SleepSacks® Swaddle replaces loose blankets in the crib that can cover a baby’s face and interfere with breathing. Over 1,300 hospitals nationally use it to model a safer way to sleep. Since 2005, the American Academy of Pediatrics has suggested the use of wearable blankets. HALO® founder Bill Schmid and his wife Cathy lost their first born to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).  From this tragedy, HALO® and its mission were born.  For more than 20 years the company has been dedicated to putting the health, safety and well-being of babies first. 

The safest way for babies to sleep is Alone, on their Backs, in a Crib. For more information on the HALO® SleepSack® holiday promotion, visit:

PSAs, high-resolution images for download and additional tips on safe sleep are available at