By Brooke Maree
Many parents wonder if they can still use a baby carrier if their baby is in a brace and being treated for Hip Dysplasia. The short answer is usually yes! Which is great news
It’s about finding a suitable carrier style that is comfortable for you and your baby whilst they are in the brace. A woven wrap, stretchy wrap, meh dai, ring sling and wide base buckle carrier can all work.
When babywearing in the optimal and ergonomic hip healthy M position, the hips are supported at the correct angle for optimal development. Ergonomic babywearing not only acts as a preventative measure for healthy hip development in those children without any signs of Hip Dysplasia, but also continues to support babies who are in braces and the position they need to be kept in.
It’s all about finding a suitable carrier style that is comfortable for you and your baby whilst they are in the brace.
Hip Dysplasia affects roughly 1 in 100 children in Australia and is the most common musculoskeletal birth defect in the world. There are many types of brace options for treatment with it varying in the different states and territories across Australia and also specialists’ preferences.
If your baby is in any of these braces, you can still absolutely try out babywearing and have great success whilst they are being treated. Most parents find that a softer material carrier can sit snug and firmly supported around their baby and the brace.