Tips For Safe Wrapping For Healthy Hips
Wrapping, or swaddling, is a tried and tested technique with lots of advocates, but most parents have never practiced it until their little bundle of joy is wriggling, and often crying, in front of them. Done right, wrapping comforts both babies and parents alike. With a host of other benefits, its no wonder most parents LOVE to swaddle their babies for as long as possible.
How we learn to swaddle our baby, and what products we use is more important than most realise. If a product is available to buy we assume it's safe, especially when it's for a baby.
There is significant research linking swaddling to developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) with particular reference to cocoon-like products. Warnings pop up in the media every few years, which sparks fear and worry amongst new parents, but the 2-minute clips just leave most feeling frustrated and confused.
Tips for safe wrapping for healthy hips:
- Take the time to learn the different methods to swaddle safely using a cloth wrap and practice, practice, practice. See the International Hip Dysplasia Institute video for demonstration:
- Make sure the hips and legs are free to move into a healthy hip position. [Image Source: Victorian Paediatric Orthopaedic Network]
- When using a commercial swaddle or sleeping bag look for those that provide ample room for the hips and legs. The International Hip Dysplasia Institute have a list of Hip-Healthy Products.
Here is a sneak peek of the Australian sleep products currently on that list:
Written: June 2016
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