Ask Morgan: Is Babywearing Hip-Healthy?

Ask Morgan: Is Babywearing Hip-Healthy?

"Is babywearing safe?" "Is babywearing healthy?" "Does babywearing cause hip dysplasia?" Concerns over safety and questions about babywearing's impact on baby's development have been raised by many parents doing their due diligence over the years. Happily, as a babywearing educator, I can report to them that babywearing is safe and, in fact, promotes healthy development when baby is worn and supported properly.

Wearing baby in any carrier, including the Solly Baby Wrap, should not cause hip dysplasia or hip issues. It could potentially exacerbate a preexisting condition without proper positioning. If you are concerned, I always recommend connecting with your baby's medical professional prior to babywearing.

Your pediatrician will typically check baby's hip joints following birth or during your first pediatrician visit. Some pediatricians and specialists are well-informed about babywearing while others are not familiar with it or seem to have outdated information. You can bring the Solly Wrap with you to your appointment and show them how you will be wearing baby and/or email them a photo of what a baby looks like wrapped, so they can make an informed recommendation.

In chatting with parents, I always hear that most doctors/pediatricians/specialists are supportive of babywearing, including in a Solly Wrap. The Solly is designed to place baby in the ergonomic seated or 'M' position, which is an ideal position for babies with hip clicking, hip dysplasia or both. If you are having trouble achieving that 'M' position (think bum below knees) or just want to double-check that you're doing it right, feel free to email a photo anytime to advice@sollybaby.com. I'll be happy to do a quick fit check and send back personalized tips. We're always here to help!

The Solly Wrap and Solly Swaddle are certified through the International Hip Dysplasia Institute and recognized as hip-healthy products.

Please note: We are not medical professionals and cannot give medical advice or recommendations; we always recommend turning to your baby's healthcare provider first.

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