Just thought I'd update... the ultrasound showed my daughter's left hip was completely dislocated, and her right partially. Her first few days in the harness were pretty tough. She was incredibly frustrated, screamed and cried if she was put down at all, and wouldn't sleep unless she was on my chest, and I was happy to oblige. But after four days, we went back to the ortho for follow up and were told that the ultrasound shows her hips are in the sockets. Yay! Now we wait. 3-4 months. She has to be in the harness 7/24 for now. They were able to loosen the straps a little and her legs are more comfy, and she's sleeping well and in a great mood since.
For anyone who might find this information useful, this is what I've learned in my daughter's first week of being in the Pavlik harness.
I was told she cannot wear pants or shorts or any kind of onesies with pants or shorts attached. But I did find this site which sells clothes just for hip-babies.
They have pants that are supposed to not interfere with the harness, as well as onesies that are cut nice and high at the hips.
My sister who is a doula and soon a midwife found a website for parents of babies with hip dysplasia and their Yahoo group:
I've found that the two kinds of Eco-Diapers I've tried so far won't work with the harness because of their shape and her thighs being bent up all the time, but that might just be my baby's shape and size- she's tiny even at almost ten pounds, but I'm small too so it's normal for her. 7th Generation and Naturcare aren't working for us. I'm stuck for now using Pampers Swaddlers because the way they're designed makes them work really well with the position her thighs are in. I can't buy anymore eco-diapers until I find out the shape first, because I can't be wasting money on diapers that won't work. (If anyone knows of eco-diapers that have a Swaddlers-like shape or have worked with the harness, please let me know!)
I want to switch to cloth diapers as soon as I move next week, but I cannot imagine them working with the harness because of the position her thighs are in not allowing much room... has anyone used cloth with the harness? What kind of cloth diaper?
The doc said a car seat would not be an issue, and indeed it wasn't. We have an Evenflo infant seat and she's fine in it.
As for carriers, I haven't tried any yet. But I'm looking at some today. I can't afford the Ergo or the Bjorn, but I see Infantino makes similar albeit less expensive carriers I'm going to look at. I hope they make one with lumbar support for me. My lower back hasn't been the same since my daughter was born. ETA- neither the Bjorn or Infantino carriers work because the leg holes are too small. I bought an Ergo, since that what I've seen recommended, and it has open sides. Looks like it will actually work.