Life changes ,literally changes when u become a mom . All that life of a carefree woman vanishes all of sudden and then u sit there breastfeeding the little one for hours together, praying god to grant that little nap u haven’t had in days or months like in my case.
It was a time when i preferred staying home than carry him around along with the baggage rather luggage. But today i see so many moms with all that baby wearing slings , harnasses happily walking around. I am jealous. Y did i not know this?? No i belong to the same era as u smart moms. maybe i was drowned in my books or just ignorant.
The mobility baby wearing gives.. is such a relief. Believe me.
However thats not the reason of this blog.
When i saw so many people embracing so many baby carrying accessories , I remembered reading during my MBBS about baby carrying and a pediatric hip condition (DDH). But i was not very sure about the relationship. So did some searching and this is what i found.
This is to introduce all you moms to be and new moms to something called developmental dysplasia of hip (DDH).I will try my best to keep it simple.
This is a simple diagram showing the hip joint. It is a ball and socket joint.
DDH is a condition in which the surfaces ( ball and socket) which form the hip joint become loose and can lead to improper development of joint. The infants in first few months are more vulnerable due to their natural flexibility and also the joint surfaces are partially soft yet.
So the main aim is to position the baby such that the ball remains in socket , so that socket develops normally and fully.
The first born child, the female child , the child born with breech presentation, or positive family history have more chances of DDH.
And u know how our moms used to carry us ( in India and few other countries ), yes on their hips , with us clinging on to them.Thank them for the same, that positioning reduces the chances of DDH.
The safe position is when the hips fall apart to the side with hips and knees bent.
The unhealthy position/increased risk is is where the hips and knees are straight and both legs kept together.
With all the baby wearing slings, baby harnesses and car seats which we are using today , the child is bound to spend some time in there. So we should carefully position the baby during such times.
The recommended position for baby wearing is called spread squat position/ M position / Jockey position – where thigh is spread around the mothers body, thigh supported, hips flexed ( bent ) and knee slightly above /at the level of hips.
It is also important to look for size of carriers and the baby for proper positioning of baby.
It is simple once u are familiarised but just keep an eye if u are new to parenting.
So when u carry the baby ,check for this ,
- hips are spread out
- the hips and knees are bent
- thigh is supported
Here are some of the illustrations from International hip dysplasia Institute which gives a guidance
Here the car seat in first image is not recommended because of restricted leg movement whereas the second one is better.
Here again the first baby harness is not recommended as the thigh is not supported and leg is straight , whereas second one is better where the thigh is supported, hips are apart, hip and knee bent.
Again here , first one is not recommended whereas second one is better.
Infact there are few studies showing that proper baby wearing may reduce the incidence of DDH.
Ofcourse i have touched upon very specific part of baby wearing. There maybe so many other considerations you need to make such as back support, baby safety, buckle grip etc.
There are so many experts out there and i am sure they can guide you.
Hope this is of help to u.
And for those of u who want to read the entire guidance from the International hip dysplasia Institute , the link is here