Wrapping (swaddling) your baby safely – video

  • Wrapping a baby's legs too tightly can cause problems with the normal growth and development of their hips, and has been linked to a condition called developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH).

    This presentation shows parents, carers and healthcare professionals how to safely wrap babies so their hips are not restricted.

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    Key points to remember

    • Wrapping a baby can help them settle, by feeling more secure.
    • Wrapping a baby's legs too tightly has been linked to developmental dysplasia of the hip.
    • When wrapping, always remember to leave the baby's legs free to move.

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    Developed by The Royal Children's Hospital Orthopaedics department and Creative Studio. This material was funded by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. We acknowledge the input of RCH consumers and carers.

    Reviewed May 2018.

    This information is awaiting routine review. Please always seek the most recent advice from a registered and practising clinician.

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