Hey, froggy position is best!

Did you know that some baby carriers are ‘healthier’ for baby’s hip development than others?  The International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI) sets this out really clearly in the following link:  LINK

Mindy had a mild form of hip dysplasia, discovered at about 6 weeks, and needed to spend 14 weeks in a Pavlik Harness, so this topic is of particular interest to me!

The IHDI say that, after a long time tucked away in the womb, if the hips are forced into a stretched-out position too early, the ball is at risk of permanently deforming resulting in hip dysplasia or even hip dislocation – scary!

The most unhealthy position for baby is when the legs are extended with straight knees and the legs brought together, which is effectively the opposite of the foetal position.  When babies are carried, they recommend that the hips should be spread apart with the thighs supported and the knees bent.

So, when choosing a baby carrier make sure it puts baby into the froggy position (technical term!) – also creating the perfect gap under baby’s bottom for your BIG Pocket!