To help natural hip development during swaddling:
- Position your baby with their hips bent and knees apart; a bit like a frog.
- Allow room around the hips for movement.
- Wrap the upper body firmly but not tightly. Consider swaddling the arms only.
- Stop swaddling once your baby is rolling (anywhere from 3-6 months of age).
- Wrap your baby's legs tight and straight down or pressed together. At this stage in life, the hip joint can be loosened in the straight-legged position.
- Use sleep sacks and pouches that tighten around the thigh.
Diamond – secure the arms individually. Twist the bottom of the wrap loosely so the legs are free to move within a sack, and tuck under your baby.
Square – secure the arms individually. Fold up the bottom of the wrap loosely over the chest, to create a pouch for free leg movement, then tuck under your baby.
Sleep sack or pouch – select those designed for free leg movement (such as the inbetweenie™).