Winner Comment #79. Nikki P said...i like the mickey mouse sleep sack
In honor of Baby Safety Month and the birth of our new Baby, I wanted to let you all know about the importance of swaddling safely. There are two aspects to swaddling safely: 1) Avoiding suffocation and 2) Preventing Hip Dysplasia.
Hip Dysplasia is one of the most common conditions of newborn babies in America, affecting about 75,000 per year (1%). Treatment ranges from wearing a harness or brace to undergoing surgery. These conditions can get worse with age and are linked to early adult arthritis and hip-replacement surgery.
HALO Innovations recently completed a survey and found that about 82% of parents swaddle their children.
According to Dr. Charles Price, pediatric orthopedist at the Winnie and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and director of the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, there is a direct connection between incorrect swaddling and hip dysplasia. “Swaddling an infant has many positive effects such calming a crying baby and soothing pain in infants. Unfortunately many parents are taught to swaddle the baby’s entire body to create a tight cocoon, and this restriction of movement in the lower half of the body can lead to post-natal hip dysplasia.”
Babies usually have little frog legs that like to bend. Lots of new parents may be tempted to stretch their baby's legs out and that needs to be resisted. Babies 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.
2 tips for for safe swaddling include -
- When using a blanket wrap firmly around arms and loosely around legs so their hips can move freely
- Avoid stretching out the legs or pressing them together
We bought one for Baby Co, and I've loved having it!
It keeps his arms wrapped in nice and tight so he doesn't startle himself awake, but his legs have a lot more room. He is also a lot less bulky so feeding him is a lot easier! And he can't kick the SleepSack off at night which helps him stay warmer.
To Win - Halo Innovations is giving away a SleepSack Swaddle to one of you - winners choice of size and gender.
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