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I just got off the phone with my dh and I am very upset. I just need to freak out a little bit here, I hope that's okay. And I would like some advice on the diapering front also.<br><br>
My son is 10 months and has been pulling up for a little while. He has also been crawling for a couple of months. He has a very unique crawl where he uses one foot and one knee. I wasn't worried because I know kids crawl in lots of different ways and it seemed to give him extra control for sitting back.<br><br>
Apparently my daycare provider has been concerned by how he is crawling and standing (feet turned out), and they asked a physical therapist who comes to work with another child her opinion. She thinks there might be a problem also and suggested that we not cloth diaper or sling (at least not as much) because that could be contributing to the problem.<br><br>
I know we need to talk about this more and get our doctor's opinion but it makes me unbelievable sad to think that things I think are so good for him could have done him harm. Has anyone else had this experience with any of your children?<br><br>
Right now we are using some fairly unbleached prefolds and bummi SWW covers during the day and fuzzi bunz at night. Does anyone have any suggestion of trimmer diapers I could use?<br><br>
Anyway thanks for listening (reading).
 

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Oh dear -- that has to be so upsetting. I'm not a PT expert, but I highly doubt carrying your baby in a sling or using cloth diapers affects your baby's ability to walk. Billions of babies over the course of history have done just fine being carried in a sling while wearing a cloth diaper.<br><br>
For a super trim fitting diaper, I think a Happy Heiny (narrower crotch than an FB) with one or two hemp inserts is nearly as trim as a disposable. You might have to change more often, but it might be worth it for your peace of mind.<br><br>
If it makes you feel better, my sister's DDd baby crawled funny, and no one told her it was the diapers!
 

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I'm no expert, but I know that many parents have been told by their child's doctor to USE cloth diapers on their child to IMPROVE their hip development.<br>
I would not worry about normal CDing or slinging being the cause of anything physically wrong with your child.
 

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My first wasn't in cloth until she was 9 mos old and she crawled with one foot and one knee. She also favored one leg when she started walking. She runs and jumps and hops with the best of them now. We ended up xray-ing one hip, but everything was fine.
 

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Emily crawls like that too. She is naked most of the time, so I don't think it is from bulk.<br><br>
For good hip development, they need to have their legs up, not dangling, when very small and in the sling.... the kangaroo carry is what it is often called. Anyway, the sling is good for their hip development, from my understanding. The carriers that dangle their legs and do not form the back in to the proper C curve are not good for hips.<br><br>
I think many babies crawl with one leg and one foot. My son started doing that just before he walked, and he crawled normal prior to that. He is 10 years old now and has never had a hip problem.<br><br>
I would ask a pediatrition just to help you feel better. I am willing to bet that it is perfectly normal.<br><br>
NAK - Teri
 

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My friend's DD crawled just like that and she was exclusively sposie diapered. And not carried in a sling.
 

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Dont listen to that woman. Using cloth diapers or a sling does not cause anything like that! My son has been walking since 9 months. If you are worried then take your son to a specialist.
 

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When your baby is born, and for several months afterward, your pediatrician regularly checks the development of the hip joint during office visits. My daughter had a "hip click" during this check. We were sent to a pediatric orthopedist to have her evaluated for a dislocated hip joint (congenital hip dysplasia). In this disease, the top of the thighbone does not fit securely into the hip socket.<br><br>
The normal hip joint is like a ball that fits snugly into a cup. In DDH, the hip socket develops abnormally and is often wide and shallow, somewhat like a saucer. The ball, like the head of the thighbone, may move loosely within the saucer, may be easily pushed out of the saucer altogether, or may not fit into the saucer at all.<br><br>
The primary treatment for this problem is a hip brace that holds the infant's legs in a splayed position. Here's an attempt at a link: <a href="http://my.webmd.com/NR/internal.asp?GUID=" target="_blank">http://my.webmd.com/NR/internal.asp?GUID=</a>{5111A82A-F76A-4601-918F-2ECF75B8AA50}#zm2210<br><br>
This harness holds the child in the optimal position for hip development. Notice how similar this position is to the hip riding, kangaroo carry, and (aw crud, what's the name of the carry where the baby faces your body and is right in front of you). I was told by the nurse in the pediatric orthopedist office that there are several medical studies of cultures where babies are carried in the hip carry position during the majority of their day (in a sling, I might add!). There were absolutely zero instances of hip dysplasia in that culture. Conversely, in the Alaskan Eskimo culture, where babies are papoosed to the front of the mother, legs forced straight down, the rate of hip dysplasia is much higher than average.<br><br>
Sorry for the dissertation. I just wanted to let you know that cloth diapers and slings are good for your baby in yet another way. My info for hip dysplasia came from WebMD.com, but there are lots of other great sources of information.<br><br>
In case you're wondering, DD's hip still clicks at 5 months, but the ultrasound showed a nice solid hip joint at 2 months so she was officially given the thumbs up. We hip sling all the time and I fully believe it makes her hip even stronger.<br><br>
My advice, ask a pediatrician you can trust. If you don't have one, get a referral to a pediatric orthopedist. In the meantime, do what feels right to you. Good luck and don't worry! No one told your child what crawling is supposed to look like!
 

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Yes...and I'm one of them lol. I had been told something similar by a "concerned" mother in a playgroup several years back and questioned my pediatrician about it - my ped basically laughed it off and said No Way <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
Also if it helps any....all of my kids were walking fine by 12 months of age (Matthew and Emily were actually walking at 9 1/2 and 10 months) - and each one of them had their own unique "crawl". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Well that is just a load of bull ******! total bull ******! If anything a sling will IMPROVE hip health not make it worse. And I seriously doubt unless you are triple diapering and using duct tape on your baby, that his diaper has anything to do with it either.<br><br>
I have been told by our ped that almost all babies are bowlegged and walk/stand/crawl 'funny' from the start, but the more they do it the more it straightens out and that it is TOTALLY normal. If you have gone to your well baby checks (and I am sure you have) your Dr would have checked the hips each time, if they see nothing wrong then I am sure there isn't anything now. And if on the off chance there is a problem, your sling, your diapers, and YOU didn't do ANYTHING to cause it THAT I am sure of. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I am sure nothing is wrong, some babies just stand weird for a while, mine is 11 months and still does funny things! ~
 

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Yeah I just wanted to add that I would be very mad at my daycare provider for that! Its not her place to be asking someone to diagnose your child.
 

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My son started with that crawl and hasn't changed it in four months! We just started CD'ing a month or so ago and I just got my sling last week.<br><br>
I asked the ped about it at our last visit and she said it was just fine.<br><br>
It was nice she was concerned but I think she should have asked you it if was ok for the PT to look at your son first.
 

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Ds was Frank breach so he was at risk for hip problems when we told our Chiropractor we are Cding he said it would help with hip improvement!
 

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My ped (former ped) told me at Kaelles 1 year visit that she was extremly bowlegged and that we needed to see a orthoped asap. He then went on to tell me that my diapers were rather bulky and "we should probably start supporting the diaper industry". I was in shock but too upset to think I had caused some damage to my child to come back with any good comments. I did manage to tell him I was sure I could find a trimmer option then prefolds within the cd market (and support some wahm instead of the diaper industry).<br>
The ortho said ya she is bowlegged most babies are at this age. When I went on to tell him what my dr said about cd he laughed and said when will we ever get through to them. He mentioned that he recommends cloth (even wrapping babies with hip problems in three prefolds!!! to keep hips in alignment).<br><br>
find a dr you trust and figure it out, but if it makes you feel better I know a baby who crawls the same way and is in sposies.<br>
Just my experience.<br>
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Although she may have meant well, she was out of line. A physical therapist may know her job, but she really shouldn't be diagnosing. A trusted pediatrician should do that. I'm sure that if your pediatrician suspected a problem, you would have known about it by now. Children do all sort of different things to get around, all unique. Not until they are 2 or 3 do knock knees, bowed legs and those sorts of things either remain or diasappear. I agree also that slings are way better than those front carriers for the hips and back. If you are concerned, use it for the side or hip carry, it'll keep his legs a little less turned out.<br>
Hang in there mama your son is lucky to have you and that you care enough to do your very best for him.
 

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It may comfort you to know that in Australia double terry nappies are recommended for babies with hip dysplasia. This is because the bulk of the nappies and the tightness with which it is pinned across the hips hold them in the correct anatomical position.<br><br>
Double nappies are often the only treatment for those babies with a less severe problem - often the hip brace can be avoided altogether.<br><br>
So I would not imagine that your babies diapers are the cause of the problem at all. In fact if he has any sort of a problem there, you may benefit from doubling your prefolds up.
 

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I don't think cloth diapers are the cause. People have been cd'd for centuries without problems (dh was cd'd and is the greatest in every single sport he tries<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> )<br>
I asked my physiotherapist what she thought of the sling, and she told me that like for any other thing, moderation is the key: time in the sling in different positions, time sitting in a chair, time on the stomach and time on the back,... Any of these positions can cause problems if keeped for too long.<br>
Don't worry about your baby crawling in a strange way, I've seen babies crawl like that and then walk and run without any problems.
 

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Thank you all for your supportive replies. It didn't make alot of sense to me that CDing and slinging could cause hip problems, just intuitively it didn't seem right. So it nice to hear that I am not crazy.<br><br>
I personally don't believe that the PT was qualified to give a diagnosis, much less prescribe a solution. I think too many people are unfamiliar with CDs and it is easy to say -- that diaper is too bulky, that MUST be the problem. I know my daycare provider mean the absolute best (she is my SIL and loves my DS to pieces) but I wish she could have discussed any concerns with us (perferably both of us at the same time) first before asking someone else to assess him. Probably I overreacted at bit but it is devastating to think that I could have inadvertantly harmed DS. Anyway I will be making an appointment with a DO in our family doctor's practice today to get a real diagnosis.<br><br>
I will let you all know what I find out. Thanks again for all your support. I feel much better today.
 

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HI...<br>
Just want to share our experience.<br>
I think that unless the pt knows your son she is qualified to give her opinion.<br>
My dd is now 25 months and didn't walk until she was 19 months.<br>
We saw a pt every week for a year and it really helped. NOT ONCE did the pt suggest that the cloth diapers or sling was hindering her progress. In fact I asked her about it once and she just laughed, and told me it wasn't causing her delay.<br><br>
Kids are all built differently and all dvelop differently.<br>
If you need reassurance from a medical professional that KNOWS your son go for it... but I wouldn't worry too much.<br><br>
Don't you just love all the unsolicited advice??
 

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ALL 4 of my kids crawled like that, and my oldest niece (DN wore huggies) ... so Maybe you should get another opinion
 
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