Hip dysplasia and baby carriers

What is hip dysplasia?

It’s a general instability, or looseness, of the hip joint. It’s not painful for the baby or child but can cause problems later on in life therefore it’s recommended to see a paediatric orthopedist to check if your baby needs treatment. The Pavlik Harness is used to treat hips dysplasia as it is specially designed to gently position your baby’s hips so they are aligned in the joint, and to keep the hip joint secure.

It’s important during the early stages of hip development in the first few months after birth that your baby’s legs and hips are positioned correctly, especially during swaddling and baby wearing.

Baby wearing has many benefits, but again it’s important to remember about the safe positioning of the hips and legs. The Spread Squat position – also known as the M-Position, or Jockey Position – is recommended with the thighs spread around the mother’s or father’s torso and the hips bent so the knees are slightly higher than the buttocks or at the level of the buttocks with the thighs supported.

So the big question is which carrier to choose…  Remember my original review of Mia Mily Hipster? It was a while ago and I still like the carrier, even more so now that the International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI) acknowledges the MiaMily Hipster 3D Baby Carrier as a “hip-healthy” product when used as directed. IHDI supports proper baby wearing with the hips in the M-position as a method to encourage healthy hip development. Very often you’ll hear me say, the legs should be in a “froggie” position. You can read more about the condition on IHDI website and check if the Hipster is on their Hip-Healthy Products list, but I assure you, it is.

 

Babywearing IDHI

Image credit IHDI

 

Enough talking, it’s always easier if you can see it for yourself… MiaMily has put this short video together which explains hips dysplasia and proper positioning when baby wearing.

 

 

For newborns I highly recommend soft stretchy wrap around carriers, but once your baby has stronger neck and back muscles I find Mia Mily Hipster very comfortable for both the baby and myself. Here are a few pictures to show you the colours. I think they are great for mums and dads too.

 

Just remember about the “froggy” position in any carrier. Happy baby wearing!

Marta

 

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