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Hip Dysplasia, What is it and how to prevent it?

If you are pregnant or have just given birth, I am sure you have heard all about swaddling. The most amazing benefit of swaddling is that it can soothe a fussy or colicky baby. Swaddling can also help keep baby warm during the first few days until his internal thermostat can kick in. Your baby just spent 9 months in a very snug, warm and cozy place and swaddling is a great way to replicate the same feeling for baby outside of the protection of the womb. In my experience, swaddling can almost immediately quiet a cranky baby and in turn cranky parents. However, swaddling your baby too tightly can cause Hip Dysplasia. But what is Hip Dysplasia and how do you prevent it? I recently came across this video, which explains both…

If you can’t view the above video, here is one of the methods described in text:

  1. If using a square cloth, fold back one corner creating a straight edge.
  2. Place the baby on the cloth so that the top of the fabric is at shoulder level. If using a rectangular cloth, the baby’s shoulders will be placed at the top of the long side.
  3. Bring the left arm down. Wrap the cloth over the arm and chest. Tuck under the right side of the baby.
  4. Bring the right arm down and wrap the cloth over the baby’s arm and chest.
  5. Tuck the cloth under the left side of the baby. The weight of the baby will hold the cloth firmly in place.
  6. Twist or fold the bottom end of the cloth and tuck behind the baby, ensuring that both legs are bent up and out

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Using a receiving blanket only works for the first few weeks because the baby outgrows them so quickly and are the easiest swaddle for them to wiggle out of. For a much easier method of swaddling I suggest using a miracle blanket or a sleep sac by Halo. For more information on proper swaddling and the Miracle blanket see our post entitled “The importance of swaddling”

Happy swaddling everyone!