In 1991, Bill Schmid and his wife Cathy suffered an unspeakable tragedy when they lost their infant daughter, Haley, to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), which is the sudden, unexplained death of a seemingly healthy infant up to an age of one year. After the loss of his daughter, Bill began an exhaustive review of the latest medical research and health recommendations for creating a safe sleep environment for babies to help ensure other families would not have to endure the same tragedy.
As a professional engineer, Bill devoted himself to finding new and creative ways to address sleep environment risks, which are primarily centered around loose bedding. Bedding can accidentally cover a baby’s face and interfere with breathing. With these risks in mind, Bill formed HALO Innovations and created the HALO SleepSack Wearable Blanket, which is intended to eliminate the likelihood that a baby can get entangled with clothing and loose bedding during sleep. The SleepSack wearable blanket is sleeveless and is worn over pajamas or a bodysuit to take the place of loose blankets. Since its launch, the HALO SleepSack brand has become the nation’s bestselling wearable blanket for babies and is widely used by hospitals nationwide.
To fulfill our mission, we listen, re-think, and use smart innovation to develop safer and better products for babies and children. This is most evident in the development of our Bassinest Swivel Sleeper for the hospital and at home. This revolutionary bassinet moves to allow parents to sleep close to their baby, while still maintaining a safe sleep environment for their child, reducing the risks associated with bed-sharing.