There is no better place to be than in the arms of mom or dad. No wonder parents like to carry their baby – that way, they can provide their baby love and security. A baby carrier can be helpful if you don’t want to carry your child on your arm all day. But not every baby carrier is automatically a good one.
After birth, the baby hip is not finished developing yet, which is why it is extremely sensitive in the first six months of life. It is very malleable, especially in the period between 0 and 18 months. If the hip does not develop properly, there is a chance for the baby to end up having a hip dysplasia; in that case, the femoral head and the acetabulum do not fit together well. In rare cases, the acetabulum is so badly developed that it can’t keep the femoral head in place. What follows is a dislocation of the hip.
A deformation of the hip in childhood can be prevented. A certified ergonomic baby carrier supporting the child's anatomy is crucial. It’s important that the infant is positioned in the carrier with its legs spread apart and the knees at navel height. This position is called spread-squat position and correlates to the baby’s natural position in the womb. In this position, the thigh bones work optimally with the hip bones on the acetabular cups.
On the contrary, carrying the baby in a position in which it’s facing the front with its feet hanging down can delay hip development and damage it. "When the thighs are stretched, the acetabulum is strained at its most sensitive and weakest point. The cartilaginous part of the unripe acetabulum gives in: Consequently, it deforms and gets dysplastic", says Prof. Dr. med. Robert Rödl.
In conclusion, that means: If a baby carrier allows the baby to sit in the spread-squat-position, it is most likely an ergonomically correct one, which will support the proper development of the hip.
And that, again, is the base for a long, painless life.