Did you know that children can have hip dysplasia? This is when children are born with the hip out of the socket or the bones of the hip joint are not aligned correctly. This prevents the hip joint from working properly and causes the joint to wear out faster. Surprisingly, 2-3 out of every 1000 babies will need treatment. If it is caught early, it is easy to treat. However, many cases go undetected until later in life when the individual experiences pain, early onset arthritis or even hip replacement (hip dysplasia accounts for 10% of all hip replacements).
An advocate and founder of the International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI), Dan Whitney, a.k.a Larry the Cable Guy, and his wife had a son who was diagnosed with the condition at birth. Unfortunately, there wasn't much information about it available at that time. They wanted a resource to help other parents with children having this condition and have established the IHDI website.
Recently, there has been a connection made between tight swaddling like a cocoon and hip dysplasia after birth. Even though there are many benefits to swaddling a baby, it is important to allow the legs to move freely for proper hip development. For safe swaddling tips, visit the IHDI site HERE.
Halo SleepSack Swaddle is the "original wearable blanket" and is the "hip healthy" way to swaddle as it is tight on the upper half of baby while allowing free movement of the lower half. The SleepSack Swaddle is made from soft cotton and can be used in a variety of ways. The first is a full swaddle with the arms in. You can also swaddle with baby's arms out for more movement and finally, you can transition to a SleepSack wearable blanket. Another great feather is the inverted zipper which allows for easy diaper change. I also like the embroidery "Back is Best" on all SleepSacks reminding caregivers to put babies to sleep on their back.
I used SleepSacks on my girls and it provided me with a sense of comfort that they were warm enough at night because they didn't kick the covers off. I also didn't worry that they would be come tangled in or covered up by a blanket. I wish they had the SleepSack Swaddle when my girls were little because there is a lot of value in swaddling.
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Disclosure: I was provided with a Halo SleepSack Swaddle in exchange for this post. As always, his post contains my honest opinions.