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If you swaddle in such a way that your baby doesn't have free movement of his/her hip joints, yes, it can negatively impact hip development. My daughter was born with hip dyslasia, so I did read up on it a bit. I can't remember where I saw this information, but I read that cultures that practice intensive swaddling (like Mongolia) have a higher rate of infant hip dysplasia. Their bones are still pretty soft, and movement of the hip joint is how that joint gets shaped properly. I'm sure many people swaddle for large chunks of the day without problems, but it definitely would increase the risk.
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