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I finally went out and bought Dr. Sears' "The Baby Book" and was so surprised last night when I came across a blurb warning against swaddling for more than a few minutes, because it can affect hip development or something like that. The baby won't arrive for another 2-3 months, but based on all I have heard about the wonders of swaddling I was certainly planning to do it. (I intend to get a couple of Miracle Blankets and a Swaddle Me.) Aside from this boxed blurb, Dr. Sears doesn't mention swaddling one time in the entire chapter on sleep, as far as I could tell.<br><br>
This might not be the best forum, but I'm posting here for now because I'm interested in the perspective of you ECers, since I'm considering EC - though most likely not at night initially. Anyway, I did a swaddling search on MDC and there weren't any comments on the hip development issue, at least in the threads I took the time to read.<br><br>
Have any of you decided not to swaddle because of the hip issue, or because you EC at night? Have you seen/ heard warnings about the hip issue elsewhere?<br><br>
Edit - I just did a google search for swaddling and hip development, and came across an interview with Harvey Karp (Happiest Baby on the Block). He said the following:<br><br>
Concerns about swaddling — that it can restrict breathing, cause hip problems and lead to overheating — were also considered by the researchers. They found, for example, that the babies’ oxygen levels remained unchanged. As for hip joint development, Karp says this is only an issue when a baby’s legs are held in a rigid extension when swaddled. “I recommend that the arms be snug,” he adds, “but the legs have flex room.”<br><br>
Is this standard practice now - giving the legs some flex room?
 

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My youngest was swaddled almost constantly till about 4 months and then just for sleep until 8 months. Her hips are fine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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Ooops just read your edited. We left plenty of room for leg movement.<br><br>
And we're not EC'ers if that matters to you.
 

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i never swaddled any of my kids. i'm ec'ing from birth for th first time, and it does seem like swaddling would get in the way of nighttime EC. i know some people swear by swaddling, but i've never seen the point, and my DD1 who was the only one i tried it with didn't seem to like it at all. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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we swaddled dd till she was nearly a year. She needed the snugness to settle and fall asleep.<br><br>
I used a miracle blanket which I found to keep her arms snug but left room for her legs to move. She has no problems.
 

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i just swaddel the arms.<br><br>
FWIW, when my siblings and i were babies, our peds / family doctors (several in 3 towns in 2 states) all told my mom that it was very important to put us to sleep on our tummies. sleeping on the tummy helps babies keep their legs in the froggy position, which is supposed to help hip development. i guess making sure to not swaddle the legs straight is kinda the same thing.
 

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I just ordered a Miracle Blanket yesterday on the recommendation from another mother. I hope it is worth the price!
 

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A friend of mine raved about it as well - let's hope it works with our babies!
 

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i really have no opinion on swaddling.<br><br>
from a personal, "feeling" perspective, i do not find that it is always necessary, but it can be helpful for some children.<br><br>
like anything, it should be done appropriately, as what functions for the child, and in a safe manner.
 

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I only swaddle my baby for sleep so it doesn't interfere with ec, and his legs are not tightly restricted. IT's mostly just his arms that are wrapped.
 

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I swaddled all the time when my baby was a newborn, except he liked his arms out, but trunk and legs swaddled. It's difficult to swaddle legs tightly though.. intentionally or not. Anyways, my son was crawling by 6 months and walking by 9, so it in no way effected his hips. I started swaddling him again around 5-8 months as well when he was going through all the developmental changes, it was hard to get him to relax to nurse or to fall asleep.. swaddling did the trick, if only for a few minutes. That's the other thing.. I think that research might be referring to keeping your baby constantly swaddled. I usually only swaddled til he fell asleep and then was comfortable and wouldn't notice if I unwrapped. I used plain old recieving blankets instead of the special swaddle blankets, that way he could wiggle free if he so chose.
 

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Thanks for all the perspectives on swaddling - I'm reassured that it should be fine as long as the legs have some room to move.
 

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I think his statement was for extreme swaddling. in the olden days my father was swaddled like a mummy, i mean really tight. Back then it was thought that it would make the baby strait and tall.<br>
My DD would not pee in a swaddle just when i unwrapped her and offered a potty break.
 

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My baby hated being swaddled, and I saw something about it being bad for them, so we stopped doing it. She's much happier now to be free. I don't blame her--I would hate it if somebody swaddled me!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">we swaddled dd till she was nearly a year. She needed the snugness to settle and fall asleep.<br><br>
I used a miracle blanket which I found to keep her arms snug but left room for her legs to move. She has no problems.</div>
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I actually don't see the need for swaddling but that is because I do tummy sleeping from birth. The swaddling is needed these days because of the Sleep to back compaign as infants don't sleep well on their back unless we wrap something around them(which to me seems weird to do). Also I am hearing of increase infants/toddlers having 'flat heads' and I worry that if they throw up and I am sleeping they can choke (this happened to my cousin DS and to mine, I tried the back thing for the first 5 days good thing I was right there and flipped him over quickly).
 

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I never thought to swaddle - I'd hold my baby close to me and wear them in carriers, which restricted their movement and maybe was swaddle-like. I was always a little weirded out when others thought to swaddle my babies - it didn't happen often, but I usually undid the swaddling right away. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> You could swaddle with the legs in froggy position - that should avoid any hip problems if you really want to swaddle and are worried about the hips.
 

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My son never liked being swaddled. My ex did it a couple times when he was a newborn and he kicked himself free every time. I never did it and told him not to because it went against my instincts.... which were telling me he needed to be free. Also, if you co-sleep, swaddling is often not necessary.
 

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I swaddled my son when he was a baby and it worked miracles for us. I did read that Dr. Sears reccomendation, so I used to swaddle my son tightly and then open up the bottom of the swaddle so that his legs and hips were free while his upper body was still swaddled tightly. I also felt this was great for helping to keep my son from getting too hot all wrapped up in the blanket.
 
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