Hip-Healthy Baby Slings

Hip-Healthy Baby Slings

Hip dysplasia is an instability, dislocation, or shallowness of the hip socket which can occur in infancy. Slings, which support your baby in an ergonomic position, can help with optimal development of the hip joint and the International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI) reviews products which encourage healthy hip development. Find out more about Oscha's "hip healthy" slings.
The International Hip Dysplasia Institute acknowledges Oscha Woven Wraps, Ring Slings, Baby Cairis and Coorie as “hip-healthy baby carriers (when used as directed). This means that our slings provide the correct support to your child's hips, which encourages the normal hip joint development that is especially important during the child's first 6 months.
different types of Oscha slings approved by the Hip Dysplasia Association
Woven Wrap, Ring Sling, Cairis, Coorie

The IHDI has reviewed the Oscha products that are suitable for babies under 6 months as the risk of hip dysplasia or dislocation is greatest in the first few months of life. By six months of age, most babies have nearly doubled in size, the hips are more developed and the ligaments are stronger, so are less susceptible to developing hip dysplasia.

IHDI supports proper babywearing with the hips in the M-position as a method to encourage healthy hip development. Our Coorie and Toddler Cairis also hold the hips in this position as recommended by the IHDI but as these products are for use with older babies, they are not eligible to be tested for 'hip healthy' positioning.

infographic on optimal hip positioning in a sling

A little information about healthy hip positioning:

If you would like to read more about Hip Dysplasia and baby carriers, you may want to read our blog post about how your sling can help with healthy hip development and Dr Rosie Knowles' blog post about 'Busting some Hip- Healthy Myths'. Rosie is a qualified GP and an experienced Sling Consultant. On her website, she explores Hip Dysplasia in detail and recommends different styles of carriers for healthy hips.

You can explore the International Hip Dysplasia website to read more about hip healthy positioning and the research around preventing hip dysplasia.