Steps to Help Avoid Hip Dysplasia in Babies

Important steps to avoid hip dysplasia in babies-please share

I recently posted on facebook a story from a brave mom who talked about her daughter’s hip dysplasia and difficult recovery. There was a tremendous response and I realized this was an area I needed to research more. I feel so blessed to have the wonderful community that has developed here at WellnessMama.com and I hope that you will help me spread the word…

Please note that I am not a doctor and I don’t play one on the internet. I’m just sharing resources that I found helpful and I encourage you to do your own research on this topic.

What is Hip Dysplasia?

According to the International Hip Dysplasia Institute:

After birth, it takes several months for the joints to stretch out naturally. Babies that have been in the breech (bottom first) position may need even more time to stretch out naturally. The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. During the first few months of life the ball is more likely to be loose within the socket because babies are naturally flexible and because the edges of the socket are made of soft cartilage like the cartilage in the ear. If the hips are forced into a stretched-out position too early, the ball is at risk of permanently deforming the edges of the cup shaped socket (hip dysplasia) or gradually slipping out of the socket altogether (hip dislocation). Hip dysplasia or dislocation in babies is not painful so this may go undetected until walking age and may also result in painful arthritis during adulthood. The risk of hip dysplasia or dislocation is greatest in the first few months of life. By six months of age, most babies have nearly doubled in size, the hips are more developed and the ligaments are stronger, so are less susceptible to developing hip dysplasia.

I knew that doctors always checked baby’s hips in the early months but didn’t realize how important this was or the potentially devastating effects of hip dysplasia. As one mom shares her first hand experience:

We had two slings for BB, one that sat her in a similar position and one that was front facing and left her legs dangling, useless, pulling her hips down, creating a pressure on those fragile joints.
I have had three children and was never advised of the dangers of carrying your baby outwards. It took a diagnosis of hip dysplasia, a six hour operation including bone grafts, a blood transfusion, and twelve weeks in a half body cast for me to learn an incredibly hard lesson.

What Causes Hip Dysplasia?

This physical therapist explains how hip dysplasia occurs:

Hip dysplasia is the abnormal formation of the hip joint. It can range from very mild, such as just having loose ligaments around the hip, to severe, where the hip is dislocating (popping out) from the hip joint. Even in its mildest form, hip dysplasia can lead to severe problems in later years of life, where the cartilage around the ball of the hip is damaged. This can end up leading to osteoarthritis and eventually, to a hip replacement in older adults. Often in the early stages of mild hip dysplasia babies and children may not even experience pain or show any symptoms whatsoever. Pediatricians do often check for hip problems in babies, and hip dysplasia is the most common hip developmental deformity in children. It is estimated by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) that 1-2 of every 1000 babies have hip dysplasia. However, many more go undiagnosed, as it may be too mild to even detect. These cases may not even present problems until later in life such as early adulthood.

This doctor (a pediatric specialist) further explains:

The way infants are positioned in the womb and in the first few months of life determine whether the hip can form properly. It has long been known that breech positioned babies are more prone to hip dysplasia. Similarly, babies whose legs are forced straight either by swaddling or dangling also have an increased risk of hip dysplasia. Straightening the legs places a lever-like force on the femur, encouraging the hip to pop out of the socket.

The first signs of hip dysplasia are clicking or popping of the hip joint, followed by sway back and/or limitation in range of motion of the joint. Typically pain does not occur for many years, often beginning in adolescence and persisting and worsening as the person ages. Hip dysplasia leads to degeneration of the joint, which can be incredibly painful and crippling.

And the International Hip Dysplasia Institute presents the following statistics:

The exact cause(s) are not known. However it is widely believed that hip dysplasia is developmental. This is because hip dysplasia is known to develop around the time of birth, after birth, or even during childhood. This is also why hip dysplasia is often referred to as developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH).

It is currently believed that infants are prone to hip dysplasia for the following reasons:

Hip dysplasia is approximately 30 times more likely when there is a family history.

Genetics plays a role, but is not a direct cause of hip dysplasia.

  • If a child has DDH, the risk of another child having it is 6% ( 1 in 17 )
  • If a parent has DDH, the risk of a child having it is 12% ( 1 in 8 )
  • If a parent and a child have DDH, the risk of a subsequent child having DDH is 36% ( 1 in 3 )

This means that up to 1 out of 10 newborn infants will have some hip instability if a parent or sibling already has hip dysplasia.”

What Can Parents Do?

Unfortunately, some cases of hip dysplasia are present at birth and can’t be prevented. The International Hip Dysplasia Institute explains that many cases can be made worse by improper swaddling or baby wearing.

I wear my babies often and my last little one was born breech, so this was an issue I wanted to research and take steps to help prevent.

Turns out that simple things like baby wearing, swaddling and car seats can affect baby’s proper health development.

From this physical therapists’ article:

So how does this affect baby wearing? If a baby is diagnosed with even a mild case of hip dysplasia, the International Hip Dysplasia Institute recommends proper baby wearing that supports the baby’s hips in a V form, not using crotch danglers that may lead to further complications and degeneration of the hip. As stated earlier, many cases of hip dysplasia are undiagnosed. If our children are diagnosed with a problem, do we not do everything we can to help them overcome their problem and give them every chance to live life to the fullest? What if your baby or child has a very mild form of hip dysplasia that is not yet known? The possibility of developing problems later in life is great. As I said earlier, prevention is key. After talking with colleagues that specialize in pediatric physical therapy, and reading posts by several chiropractors and doctors, proper baby wearing will promote proper growth and development of the hip joint. Proper baby wearing places the baby or child’s hips in that V-Form I mentioned, with their knees higher than their bottom. It supports the hips and keeps the ball of the hip tight into the socket. So I ask you, do we wait to hear of our children’s pain and problems later in life or do we take steps now to give our children the steps to maximize their potential. I know where I stand.

Choosing a Safe Baby Carrier

I personally love wearing baby in a sling or carrier as it allows me to safely have baby near me and still be able to walk, clean house, etc. Once I mastered nursing in a sling, I was able to get much more done! That being said, it was also very important to me to choose slings that support baby’s hips correctly, especially for my last daughter who was breech.

From my research, baby wearing itself is not the problem, only using an improper carrier. In fact, it seems that proper baby wearing can help promote proper development of the baby’s hips.

The International Hip Dysplasia Institute offers the following advice for choosing baby carriers (photo source):

Proper baby wearing to protect hips

The main idea is to choose a sling that supports the legs, taking the pressure off of the hips. It is better to avoid carriers that just support the crotch, leaving the legs to hang down and dangle in an un-natural position.

As this illustrates (photo source):

Healthy baby wearing techniques for hip stability

Slings I have personally tried that support baby’s leg and hips in this way are:

There are definitely others that will work, these are just the only ones I have tried. My favorite is probably the Ergo after 3 months and the Moby before then. Carriers like the Baby Bjorn and other crotch supporting slings don’t provide this same benefit.

Choosing a Safe Car Seat

From what I can tell, most car seats are wide enough to be safe for little ones, though I did measure and choose the widest one I could find when choosing ours.

The important thing is to look at how much space there is between where baby’s knees will be so that baby has room to spread his or her legs in the frog-like position (photo source):

Choosing a correct car seat to protect babys hips

Proper Swaddling for Hip Health

I had no idea until I started researching that swaddling can also cause problems for baby’s hips if done incorrectly. Luckily, my kids didn’t like being swaddled much, so I didn’t do this wrong very often, but there is a specific way to safely swaddle a baby. I now use large muslin blankets that breathe more easily and that provide enough room to swaddle baby the correct way (these are my favorites).

This video explains the proper way to swaddle baby:

Signs to Watch For

This article provides some good basic info on signs to watch for to make sure your little one isn’t showing signs of hip dysplasia. In short, you should check baby (and have doctor check baby) for any signs of:

  • “Asymmetry– Asymmetrical buttock creases can suggest hip dysplasia in infants but, like a hip click, an ultrasound or x-ray study will need to be done to determine whether the hips are normal or not. Find out more about Asymmetry.
  • Hip Click– Hip clicks or pops can sometimes suggest hip dysplasia but a snapping sound can occur in normal hips from developing ligaments in and around the hip joint. More about Hip Clicks.
  • Limited Range of Motion– Parents may have difficulty diapering because the hips can’t fully spread.
  • Pain– Pain is normally not present in infants and young children with hip dysplasia, but pain is the most common symptom of hip dysplasia during adolescence or as a young adult.
  • Swayback– A painless but exaggerated waddling limp or leg length discrepancy are the most common findings after learning to walk. If both hips are dislocated, then limping with marked swayback may become noticeable after the child starts walking.”

Did you know about the risks of hip dysplasia? Do you follow any of these steps? Please help spread the word…and share below!

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  1. Thanks for your article, I have a 2-month old and have been wondering how safe carriers and slings are. We have a Moby and a Bjorn, but I’ve been using the Bjorn much more just because it is more convenient. So far we’ve been using it inward-facing only, but my baby has a strong neck and I’ve been thinking of putting him outward facing so he can see more. Do you think it’s best to avoid this, or to avoid this carrier completely?

    • IMO, I would avoid it all together. It’s bad for their hips either way and forward-facing isn’t recommended either because babies can have a sensory overload from everything in front of them. As adults, we can shut out things we don’t want to see but babies don’t have that ability and that’s why you’ll find that sometimes babies get cranky when facing out-their brains are trying to process way too much!

      • Thanks for your response Richelle. I had asked my pediatrician if using the Bjorn was ok and she said yes, but I think I’ll stick with the Moby now.

      • Richelle, it is not bad for their hips either way, as you state. Narrow based carrier (NBC) *can* exacerbate pre-existing hip issues but have not been shown to cause them. This is a key difference. When looking to use NBCs, you would need to look at your child, if they have any hip concerns, and what is the optimal positioning or best practices recommendations. Then each parent need to weight the pros and cons to each choice and make the best one for their family and situation.

        Lara, at 2 months baby likely doesn’t have the upper trunk control necessary to properly maintain optimal positioning in a Forward Facing Out (FFO) position. Most manufacturers and best practices find that baby’s are more developmentally ready for FFO closer to 4-6 mo. If you choose to do FFO around that time, be sure to watch for signs of overstimulation (like excitedly kicking or turning their head from side to side, these are often mistaken for signs of enjoyment rather than overstimulation but it is the young infants way to try to move away from all that is happening) and be sure to turn baby back to an inward position if they do become overstimulated or if they fall asleep.

    • We recently got a kiwipeewee baby carrier and it has solved the problem for us. Basically it is like a bjorn but it has a seat underneath the baby that supports it under its bum. So we can face our son ourward or inward and in both positions he is supported under his bum. Our son only likes to face outward so now we can do that without risking his joint health at all.

      • where did you buy the carrier? my son was diagnosed with it today

  2. fab post x

  3. Great post! Yes, we need to spread the word.

  4. Thank you so much Katie. I work as a labor and mother-baby nurse and never realized this. (Although intuitively I always “cringe” a little when I see babies legs dangling in forward carry positions-it just doesn’t seem “right.”) I’m also happy to say that I’ve always swaddled in the square position with the legs flexed. Even with breech babies and their straight sticking-up legs I gently pull them into place with their knees flexed when wrapping them. It just seems like the right thing to do.
    Now I will ask my moms if they plan on wearing their babies and discuss this issue and the types of slings that are best. I see the car seats all the time at discharge and will notice the room allowed the babies’ legs and discuss that with the parents too.

    • Thank you so much for reading…. I wish I had nurses like you when I had mine 🙂

  5. Great article! I knew about the carriers (in particular, the baby bjorn, which is terrible for babies hips!!), but I love the info for car seats & swaddling as well. A lot of women continue to use the bjorn carriers (& others like it) thinking it’s not really an issue, but it really is, & I love how you pointed out that it may go undetected with no symptoms as a baby, but that it can cause terrible pain & other side effects when they get older. People who are using the wrong car seats, carriers, etc. reeeally should consider the long-term effects of this. I used a baby bjorn after my son was born (this was before I knew about the effects it could have), however, luckily I never pulled his legs through. He was always swaddled, & as soon as I learned about this I threw that one out & got a better carrier. Anyway, thanks again for the great article!

  6. I work with newborns in an ICU. Thank you for this! I’ll be extra careful when I swaddle to help prevent dysplasia.
    As an aside, when I babywear my nephews, I love my Moby wrap! I bought mine used from Craigslist.

  7. Thanks this helps so much!

  8. Katie,
    Thank you for the article!
    I wonder if hiking baby carriers are dangerous as well.
    I bought one for my husband. And seems like the baby’s legs are not in proper position. They bend a bit but dangling still. ( and my son is 6,5 month so I wonder if its still safe or we should wait more)
    I could not find a single article about the hiking back pack carriers.
    Please if you ll see something – share !
    Thank you

  9. My baby was breech and my pediatrician sent us for an ultrasound, which determined one hip looked different from the other. We were then sent for an x-ray which came out perfectly fine! Yay! Just gotta go back and make sure in 3 months. My doctor said that it’s normal to do the ultrasound for breech babies now just as a precaution because of the high rate and how important it is to catch it early…but that not everyone knows this.

  10. I am a big fan of the sleepy wrap (like the moby) and also of my pouch sling. I didn’t know about the car seat risk, but we use a big car seat so no problem there.

  11. I was born with dislocated hips! I think it took my mum’s obstetrician all of 10 seconds to identify it too, which is probably fortunate. I ended up in a body cast for several months, but everything turned out fine (at least, I assume it did 😀 I’m not very flexible in the legs, but I’ve never had much of a problem with them apart from that!).

    I do find it interesting about the carriers etc. though! I never realised that (although I never really used them much with my kids… think I tried with #1 but it was too awkward to get him into and out of it, and ME into it (not a great design), so I’m glad I never persevered with it!

  12. Thank you very much for this article! I’ve wondered if cloth diapers are bad for hips, since babies can’t put their legs together when they’re wearing them, but it looks like the diapers actually encourage the proper position.

    • I’ve been wondering this too. Curious what she will say?

  13. Thanks for posting this.

    I was not diagnosed with hip dysplasia until I found myself needing a hip replacement at the ripe ol’ age of 43 after living with horrible pain for over 20 years. After learning my diagnosis, I had my young children checked and thankfully, they are fine.

  14. My daughter was born with one shallow hip socket and one ‘no’ hipsocket. It was not discovered until she was almost 1 – she started walking when she was 8 months old. She had a very cute ‘waddle’. Dr. said she had been in pain probably since before birth and though that was just ‘part of life’. She still has a very high pain tollerance (age 41). We were told it was/could be passed down in family. We know of three in our family. She had an awesome Dr. and was put in a “spica” cast (frog legs) from age 1 to age 2, then a plastic brace for what was supposed to be six months but she ‘walked it off’ before then. Her granddaughter was born one month ago – Dr’s were very careful to check her hips. Have never heard about it happening after birth………. interesting.

    • We were also told that girls with this genetic affliction are born without hip sockets and boys with the genetic affliction are born with twisted feet. That
      ‘was’ 40 years ago……

  15. Wonderful info. I have a 3.5 year old son and a 6 month old daughter. My daughter was diagnosed with hdd at 5 weeks old and spent the next 5 months in a pavlik harness for treatment. I am great fun that my pediatrician diagnosed it early enough that the pavlik harness was an option for her. We now monitor her hip development closely with an orthopedic doctor and she will be monitored until she is in her teens. As a parent who was been/is going through hdd I am a huge advocate of proper swaddling and baby carriers.

  16. Thanks for the information.
    Can you list a few car seats that fall into each category? Without a baby (one on the way though!) it’s difficult to determine tight vs not!
    Thanks!

  17. Thank you so much for writing this article and bringing awareness to a not very well known issue. My son recently received a late diagnosis of hip dysplasia at 18 months. He had no risk factors other than being first born, but Dr’s believe he was born with it because of how underdeveloped his hips were. In his case, both hips were completely dislocated and our only tell was that he was still toddling from side to side when he had been walking for a few months. We are not completely done yet, but are hoping his next surgery will fully correct the problem. If it does he will have endured 3 different painful, invasive surgeries, 14 weeks in waist to toe casts, months in braces after the casts and months of physical therapy until he is walking again. Even then, it is a developmental condition and will need to be monitored for years while he grows and we will not know for quite some time if we are in the clear. It’s something we had no idea about, but can seemingly affect almost anyone so I genuinely appreciate the information coming from someone not personally affected. Thank you!

    • You are welcome, and thanks for reading! I hope your son has a speedy recovery…

    • I know this was posted a while ago, but I’m looking for help from someone who’s been through it. My now 18 month old has always had this cute waddle… We say he walks like a cowboy. We have home visits with a special ed teacher and OT due to potential sensory processing disorder, and I brought up his walk. I totally thought she would just say it’s normal. The bow legs are fairly normal, but she talked to the physical therapist and showed her video of him walking. His knee points out, which was of concern. I have an appointment with an orthopedist in 2 weeks, but I went to Google to see if I could look for an idea of what may be going on. The only knee problem that popped up is knock-knees, which is knees touching. So I looked up hip problems because I figured hip alignment could cause the knees to do weird things. Of course hip dysplasia popped up, and now I’m feeling sick to my stomach thinking about what it would be like if that’s the problem. It would be in both sides because he doesn’t limp – he waddles and doesn’t like me to put his hips wide and down for diaper changes. Does anyone have video of their double hip dysplasia toddler walking so I can compare? Or if someone does respond, maybe I could try to get a video of him and post it for pthers’ input. The OT didn’t say what the problem could possibly be, so now I’m wondering for 2 weeks, worrying about how this will go. One thing I think that’s in our favor is that he walked in the “normal” time frame – a matter of days after turning one.
      Any input is greatly appreciated!

      • It could be hip dysplasia. My daughter was born with it and it went undiagnosed until she was one, despite having a ultrasound done. She wasn’t walking and at 2 years old is still not walking by herself. She does waddle with help and can’t stand alone unless she is holding something. She has double hip dysplasia and has just completed one year of treatment involving a hip spica and brace. Is one leg seem longer than the other? Even though my daughter has double dysplasia one is worse than the other so the leg seems a little longer. Plus when she has her diaper changed her hips go wide by them selfs, in a way that her cousin who has normal hips does not.

  18. I thought I definitely wanted a Moby but I’ve heard it can be a little warm for a mom and baby (we live in Houston and summer can last till…November, ugh)–I already have an Ergo for my 1 week old, but he’s still a bit little for it (I don’t have the insert). I am intrigued by the Mei Tai! That Infantino one seems to be popular and at a great price and an easier and cooler option for someone like my parents or husband to use. Just wanted to say I love the blog and I love that you and Mark Sisson promote healthy hip development through baby wearing. 🙂 My husband will almost agree to anything if I say y’all back it up!! 😉

  19. Hey thanks for the shout out! (I’m the pediatric specialist!)

  20. My oldest son was born with hip dysplasia. It was tramatic to have my baby wear the splint they put him in for 8 weeks. It interfered with breast feeding and skin on skin contact. He also developed a terrible rash around all the places the splint was in contact with his skin. It breaks my heart and makes me cringe every time I think of that time. But I am grateful it was caught and he has had no other issues since. Better then surgery. Perhaps they are doing a better job of splints now, 10 years later.

    What is interesting is that no one discussed the issues of car seats or baby carriers with us once the splint was removed. I had no idea!

    If anyone does read this who has a baby in a splint, one tip I can offer is to line the splint with cottony panty liners to make the babies skin more comfortable. You will have to change the liners every time you change the diaper, which will be costly and wasteful, but worth the comfort for your baby.

  21. I am worried now. I used a ‘snugglie’ baby carrier where legs dangle. Didn’t use it much, but it was a life saver when my older daughter had a soccer tournament in Traverse City when the baby was 3 months old. I notice when she dangled, her legs would turn a pinkish color and it worried me and I would take her out. When she was littlier, she would cry when the hubby changed her diaper and lifted her hips up. .He thought he wasn’t being gentle enough. I hope she is okay. She is 13 months now and starting to walk. It looks like she waddles, but I thought all babies walked like that. I will have to see when she gets proficient. My oldest (12), I had no clue of any of this. I hope she is okay too. I feel like the more I learn, the more I did wrong!

    • If you have been taking her to regular doctor checkups she should be fine. They always check for dysplasia, and if it were a concern they would bring it up. I could make a list 10 miles long of all the stuff I wish I knew or did differently with my kids… I think every mom does 😉

  22. Dear Katie, I just wanted to thank you and congratulate you on your blog. It is always an excellent resource for me. You do a wonderful job of researching and write your information well. My children are all in their mid-teens now but I find your site very helpful in finding natural or ‘safe’ ways to care better for my day care children. Thankyou, Sian

  23. My daughter was diagnosed with HD at birth. She was in the Pavlic Harness until 6 months old… Several ultrasounds and 6 months later and her hips looked great… Great movement and so forth the Specialist and Radiologist stated.. She is now almost 8 months old and has not seemed to have any problems, and is even trying to stand/walk.. I took her to the pediatric orthopedist two days ago for a checkup and had an X-ray done and the X-Ray showed that the cartilage has not yet started to turn into bone as much as it should due to her age according to the Dr. Im so upset 🙁 ….We were given the pavlic harness to wear once again, and she is having a really tough time this go around…the first several ultrasounds that were done did not show improvement (only so slightly), but on the 6 month one All of a sudden everything looked great… The Dr. said that her development of the hips were just a little slow in delay of growth, but that we could do away with the harness for now…. So now 2 months later the cartilage is not turning into bone…. Why??? Has this happened to anyone else…. Im about to have a meltdown… I am so sad for my sweet baby… Please help me..

  24. My daughter was diagnosed with congenital hip dysplasia as a three month old. I was devastated!!! we were told she had a severe case. We were told hers was genetic (Something she will later have to watch for with her children). She had surgery at 5 months old and then remained in a half body cast for an additional 12 weeks (with a cast change in between) her diagnosis included a minimum of three surgeries and years of physical therapy. Praise God tho because when she came out of the cast she only needed a brace and 8 weeks of therapy. The surgery was a huge success. she is now 7 years old and the most active pain free child we have in the house.

    • If you don’t mind me asking, what were your daughters symptoms as a three month old? I’m concerned my almost 4 month old son may have hip dysplagia.

  25. Hi, Katie! I have found such a connection to your blog. (You had me when I found out your parents are hard-of-hearing; I am a sign language interpreter.) As the mom of 17- and 19-year-old boys, I wish I’d had this info when I was pregnant. I had hip dysplasia and had 2 osteotomies at 3 and 8 years of age at a Shriners’ Hospital. I had a total hip replacement when I was 36. I’d always assumed that what happened to me was an anomaly. I was blissfully ignorant when my babies were babies, and thankfully, they are fine. You can bet I’ll pay close attention if ever I am blessed with grandchildren.

  26. Swaddle! It works! I have found that most of the negative discussion about swaddling revolved around fear that the tightness of a swaddle could possibly cause joint problems. There may be some evidence into this, however swaddling is really effective in helping babies to sleep because it mimics the environment of the womb. It has been used throughout history because it works. They really do need to be held tightly. It’s what they have been used to for 9 months! The snugness of a swaddle calms them. There are many options out there but I have used swaddles from http://www.sleepingbaby.com My LO loves his Zipadee-Zip! I recommend you try swaddling. Trust me a your baby will tell you when they no longer want to be swaddled and need to be transitioned out of it. I hope this helps!

  27. Thank you so much for your helpful posts! After all the research you did on car seats for your children/babies I wondering which ones you recommend.

      • Thank you! I look forward to your posts! =)

  28. Thank you Katie for posting this! This was such helpful information for me! Last year when I was learning about hip dysplasia, your description of the large, breathable muslin blankets helped me to find the Zipadee-Zip. He legs are able to move around freely and I don’t fear of putting him at risk for hip dysplasia. Glad to have found this great option, and thanks for the tip as my son loves it!

    • We ended up going with the Diono for all of ours, it was the best option I could find for low-chemical and hip safe.

  29. I am a mother of 5 month old girl..At four month I noticed that my little one has uneven buttock creases and we are planning to go to a doctor to confirm whether she has hip dysplasia or not… I am so much worried about that now…I used to hold my baby in upright position since she I was 3 moth old…I suspect whether that position affected my child or not..I need help ..Pls help me…plsss

  30. It is so scary to think that I could cause my baby to have hip problems, if I swaddle him incorrectly. I think with my next baby I will just use the Zipadee-Zip from the start, instead of just to transition from the swaddle. It just seems safer to me.

  31. Thank you for the i information!! My daughter is diagnosed with hip dysplasia had a surgery and now in brace… Hoping that she be able to walk soon!!!

  32. My son is 3 months and he’s fine with being in the Moby wrap for a few minutes or if he’s tired. I loves looking around. I’ve been looking up different positions. The hip hold looks ok to me, but I can’t find anything on it to say whether it’s a good position for children. Have you come across any research about the hip hold? He’s 15 lbs btw. Thanks!

  33. I have a baby who is 14 months old and was diagnosed with a hip dislocation and we took her to the hospital and they wore her a p. O. P for 2months,after which it was removed and checked that the born has gone into position and we were told to go for review after 4weeks only to be told that the hip has moved away from the normal position. What can I do now?

  34. I swaddled for a bit and then switched to a zipadee-zip. It worked better for us, because it’s easier and our son loved it. It’s great that there are so many options these day, if swaddling feels too risky.

  35. I was super afraid of using swaddle blankets at first but it just helped my son actually sleep. I found that around 3 months old, he was big enough for me to switch him to the Zipadee-Zip. Its wingspan shape gives him mobility and my fear of his hips being negatively impacted went away.

  36. thanks for this article, i just want to share my story here, when my baby was 6 weeks, i told by her doctor that her right hip is clicking , she also had uneven creases on that leg, they send us to a hospital children and the specialist also confirmed the clicking, he told us we need ultrasound to make sure everything is fine, it was very stressful and i was crying for 3 weeks, day and nights.finally we had the ultrasound and everything was normal, at her 8 month X-ray also everything was normal, Thanks God .

  37. Hi! Wondering if you have ever heard of or tried the boba wrap? And what you think of that one? I’m trying to find a good one that will also support head for my three week old and then a good one for down the road.. Thanks for any help!!

    • I have not tried it, but I have seen it, and I think it would be appropriately supportive.

  38. Hi wellness mama! I know this doesn’t have anything to so with wraps.. But wondering what your take in baby walkers, bouncers and door bouncers are? Do you think they help aid in babies to learn to stand and walk or inhibit, and other ways to help them?… Thanks for any advise in this area 🙂 !!

    • The jury seems to still be out somewhat, but there is some evidence that they can be harmful to the hips as well because they lead to unnatural posture.

      • Thanks! One other question I’ve been trying to research and find out is if it is ok to let your infant sleep in a swing or carseat? Or even just to sit in a swing for a while? Some places are saying no and some say it’s fine..

  39. Hi! I recently saw that there is an ergo baby carrier where you can put baby in front of you but facing outward so there back is on your front side?? Wondering if that’s even a good position for baby to be?? Thankyou in advance for any tips 🙂 trying to find a good carrier. Also…. Not sure where to post this but I tried on your recipe for pesto linguini and it won’t let me… My question is what some of the ingredients are… It looknlike some are missing from the recipe .. Just wondering so I can make it 😉

    • I have seen these carriers (I think you mean the 360 version) and it looks like it still supports the baby’s legs properly in the outward-facing position (rather than allowing them to dangle). They don’t recommend using the outward facing position until the baby is over a certain age, too, which I think is safer.

      • Ok Thankyou!! Is that ok on mom or dads body? Like your back? Do you ever carry that way or just the normal facing you on the front or on your back?…

        • My kids don’t seem to like the “piggyback” carry position, so we usually just carry in front.

  40. Hi wellness mama, I knkw jve asked quite a few questions on this post but wanna get the right carrier that will last my little guy the longest and good long day use… Hiking… Etc.. Have you heard of the Tula or Lillebaby??

  41. My baby girl is suffering from hip dysplasia, she is 2.25 years old. We judge it few months earlier. He right leg is dislocated. Doctor suggest us surgery of hip. your information is very helpful to understand causes and preventions of this disease. I really appreciate your concern.

  42. Have you tried or heard of the solly wrap? I guess it’s similar to Moby but lighter weight material so it doesn’t get as hot to wear.

  43. Question: what are good ways to hold/ carry baby gor long periods, when they don’t want to be put down or in carrier? My baby has colic and i have to hold her all the time. Thank you