It has only been recently that parents have learned that full-body swaddling of babies can contribute to hip displasia.
It has been a stressful transition for those who need to swaddle for both comfort and warmth, and with some of the modern style baby swaddles not conforming to the experts' advice, companies have had to re-evaluate the designs of their products.
ergoPouch has just been formally recognised for the design of its swaddles, sleeping bags & sleep suits as 'hip-healthy' by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
The sleep products are sized for babies from birth-12 months, toddlers from 12-36 months and children aged 3-6 years using natural fibres such as organic cotton, bamboo and merino.
The hard work has paid off for ergoPouch, which is the first Australian company to be acknowledged by the institute. The bell-shaped curve through the middle and bottom of each sleep bag ensures that baby's legs and hips are positioned correctly (in the 'M shape') during sleep. Baby's arms can also be in a swaddled position in the baby sizes, making the bags a versatile dual-purpose product.
"We know that hip health is especially important during the early stages of hip development in the first few months after birth so we've gone to great lengths to design baby sleep products that promote healthy hip development right from the outset", said ergoPouch founder, Alina Sack.
Babies who have already developed hip displasia can wear the brace inside the ergoCocoon, allowing for a more comfortable recovery.
There are many gorgeous fabrics, TOG rating and styles to choose from depending on your climate, season and baby's needs.