Swaddling and your Babes Hips

Swaddling and your Babes Hips


There has been lots of attention in the media recently explaining the right way to swaddle your babe and the effects of not doing in properly in the development of your little ones hips. WONDERWOMAN CHILDREN took this opportunity to speak to Sarah Twomey (HHA founder) to explore exactly what this all about and how we can help spread the message.

Sarah explained that Healthy Hips Australia is not saying to stop swaddling but just to avoid swaddling over the hips and legs. She also helped WWC understand what is hip dysplasia and explained that it is when the ball and socket of the hip don’t fit together in its normal position. HHA are actively spreading awareness about the  impact of swaddling over the hips and legs and that it can contribute to a higher risk of developing hip dysplasia.

So if you are anything like most parents who love swaddling our babes, recognising its contribution to sleeping and infants, and also the research indicating that it can actually help reduce SIDS you would be happy to know that swaddling is still in – but doing it wrong is out!  No matter what you use, whether it is in a baby carrier, or sleep product you want to see your baby sleeping in a position where they have the freedom to get into the healthy “M” position, also known as the “froggy position”, where knees are higher than their bottom with their legs apart.

This positon allows the infant to find a position of comfort that creates a happy healthy hip environment for their development.

[Picture source: Victorian Paediatric Orthopaedic Network]



After learning more and more about hip dysplasia WWC wanted to learn about other risk factors and signs of hip dysplasia.

What are Risk Factors for Hip Dysplasia?

  • Family History
  • First born girls
  • Breech babies
  • Tightly swaddled babies
  • The hormone Relaxin from mother to babe during pregnancy/birth
  • High birth weight (4kg+)
  • Babies born with a foot deformity, stiff neck (torticollis) and congenital disorders

It is really important to understand that children can develop the disorder without any, one or all risk factors.

What are some of the signs Hip Dysplasia?

The treatment for Hip Dysplasia is very successful if the disorder is recognised during its early period. Your maternal health nurses and health professionals are will conduct screening processes for the disorder, but for any curious parents with any concerns here is a general list of some common signs and symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Click of clunk during hip examination
  • Uneven leg creases
  • Limited range of movement/stiff hip joint
  • Difference in leg lengths
  • Crooked buttock creases
  • Exaggerated limp
  • Dragging of leg whilst crawling
  • Knee(s) turning outwards

Where can you find support?

Alongside Healthy Hips Australia there is a very helpful supporting organisation – Hip Hip Hooray which was established by the wonderful duo Jessica and Bec. Both these girls have personally experienced hip dysplasia in their own families and created Hip Hip Hooray as a hub of information and support for parents, carers and families.

WWC also had the opportunity to speak to Bec, and it was very obvious that both girls developed Hip Hip Hooray with a genuine interest to help families and create a place where parents can share their stories and gain friendships. Hip Hip Hooray have a strong online presence and WWC were so happy to have learnt about them and to be able to share their support with you.

Want to find out more and show your support?

Healthy Hips Australia


Hip Hip Hooray


Where do we find Healthy Hip safe sleeping products?

Plum Collections have proudly created a product we have absolutely fallen in love with! Plum are a wonderful family owned organisation that are not only the proud major sponsors of our Family First Aid Community Coursers but they are also partnered with SIDS and Kids to ensure all their products meet the standards for Safe Sleeping Practises.


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The PLUM POD has been created with little babes in mind (0-3 months), providing a secure snug environment up top for bubs arms whilst giving era room down bottom for baby’s natural let and hip movement – as recommended by The International Hip Institute.

Where to buy a PLUM POD?

Did you know that PLUM provide those that attend Family First Aid with WONDERWOMAN Children a happy 30% off all PLUM products? So if were going to organise a class, be sure to book one now so you can snap up this discount!

www.plumcollections.com.au to buy your PLUM POD now!




Did you know?

WONDERWOMAN Children are the providers of Infant and Paediatric First Aid for parents in Melbourne and across Victoria, and Australia! Contact us now to learn infant and paediatric first aid!


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