With my baby due in a couple months, it is time I refresh myself (and all of you!) on the basics of swaddling! There are two aspects to swaddling safely: 1) Avoiding suffocation and 2) Preventing Hip Dysplasia.
Hip Dysplasia is one of the most common conditions among newborn babies, affecting about 1% of North American newborns (about 75,000 per year). According to a recent survey conducted by HALO Innovations, 82% of parents choose to swaddle, and swaddling improperly can lead to Hip Dysplasia or dislocation. Treatment ranges from wearing a harness or brace to undergoing surgery. These condistions can get worse with age and are linked to early adult arthritis and hip-replacement surgery.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging Pediatricians to watch for signs of hip dysplasia and dislocation and to warn parents not to extend their baby’s frog-like legs straight when swaddling. There’s a temptation to stretch the legs out and that needs to be resisted. They need to be able to straighten themselves out naturally and gradually. Parents should allow for room in the swaddle – or sleepsack – for baby to bend at the hips.
Dr. Charles Price, Director of the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, has recorded the following video about Hip Dysplasia and how to swaddle safely.
I generously received the 100% Organic Cotton SleepSack® Swaddle The SleepSack® Swaddle replaces loose blankets in the crib that can cover your baby’s face and interfere with breathing. Used in hospitals nationwide, the Halo SleepSack Swaddle is the #1 choice of hospitals. Made of 100% certified organically-grown cotton, the fabric is free of chemical dyes, softeners and finishes.
In addition to being safer and eco-friendly, it helps babies sleep better, too. Its adjustable swaddle wrap immobilizes your baby's arms to prevent the "moro" or startle reflex. And, it's the only adjustable swaddle that allows for swaddling arms in, or arms out for an easy and gentle transition to the SleepSack wearable blanket when it's time to stop swaddling. The SleepSack wearable blanket is the only product that carries the gold seals from leading SIDS organizations and is approved as "Hip Healthy" by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. A portion of every sale goes to First Candle/SIDS Alliance and The Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths.
My OpinionI am a huge fan of swaddling - it was the only thing that saved us with our first son! It really helps babies sleep and feel snug like they did in the womb!
I love the reminder from HALO about swaddling your baby's legs carefully so to avoid Hip Dysplasia! It is something new parents might not think about!
Most of all, I love that there is an organic cotton version of their SleepSack! I love knowing that my baby is not only super snug and comfortable, but has only pure, organic cotton against their sensitive skin!
I recommend SleepSack Swaddles for all new babies! Keep them snug and their skin safe with the Organic Cotton SleepSack Swaddle!
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