FACT OR FICTION
There are a lot of rumors and false information circulating about baby carriers.
Take the quiz to find the truth to some common myths.
BabyBjörn baby carriers and other "crotch dangler" type carriers are unsafe for babies.The Truth
There is no medical evidence linking carriers like BabyBjörn to any type of physical or psychological harm. It’s just the opposite – baby carrying, whether it be in a BabyBjörn or another brand’s carrier – has only positive benefits – increased bonding and closeness with baby.
If you use a BabyBjörn baby carrier you can cause spine damage to your baby or put your baby at risk for spine damage.The Truth
Ask your physician – baby carriers provide the correct support needed for infant’s spines. Even when babies are in the facing out position, he/she has the correct ergonomic support, with no risk of spine damage.
Babies carried in certain types of baby carriers (especially where the baby is facing forward) are at risk for excessive genital pressure and damage.The Truth
A recent study concluded that the amount of “pressure” placed on a child’s body when carried is minimal and perfectly safe. There is no medical evidence to suggest that being carried in any type of baby carrier has any adverse effects on the development of the genitalia.
Baby carriers like BabyBjörn are safe but only if the baby is facing in toward the parent.The Truth
Once a child is old enough to hold up his or her own head (around 4 months of age), a baby can be safely carried facing out toward the world. They love the opportunity to look around and experience their surroundings while being held close to mom or dad.
A baby with hip dysplasia can wear the Pavlik harness while being held in a BabyBjörn baby carrier.The Truth
If your child does have hip dysplasia and requires treatment via the Pavlik harness, you can still use a baby carrier like BabyBjörn for baby wearing.
Babies should never be carried facing outward because it can cause overstimulation and undue pressure on a child’s spine and hips.The Truth
Quite the contrary. Once babies are old enough to hold up their heads and their necks are strong enough (around 4-6 months), they can be safely carried facing outward. There is no evidence and no medical cases linking any type of physical damage or psychological distress to a child from a carrier like a BabyBjörn.
Studies and medical research exist that connect hip dysplasia, spine development problems and genital deformation to baby carriers like BabyBjörn?The Truth
The articles and opinions that suggest that baby carriers aren’t safe are based on personal opinion and observation. None of that information is fact-based and there is no medical evidence of any health or emotional distress caused by a carrier like a BabyBjörn.
Tight swaddling is linked to hip dysplasia.The Truth
The only medically documented carrying method that has been linked to aggravating hip dysplasia is swaddling where the legs are tightly bound and cannot move. Babies cannot develop hip dysplasia from being carried in a soft infant carrier.
A baby can get hip dysplasia from a carrier that doesn’t keep legs in a 90-degree position.The Truth
If your child has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia, and is in treatment, only then is the 90-degree position critical. The important consideration is keeping baby’s hips abducted and free to move.
There are baby carriers on the market known to cause or contribute to hip dysplasia.The Truth
There is no evidence that any baby carrier, BabyBjörn or others, cause a child’s hips to develop improperly. While this rumor is spread online, there is no medical evidence, studies, documented cases or doctor’s statements to support this claim.
Hip dysplasia is a condition that develops before birth not after.The Truth
Developmental dysplasia of the hip is a congenital (present, but not always detectable, at birth) condition of the hip joint.
Baby carriers often referred to as “crotch danglers” can cause, hip, spine and genital damage to my baby.The Truth
There is no evidence that infant carriers cause a child’s spine, hips, or genitals to develop improperly. And “crotch dangler” isn’t a very fair term since for over 35 years babies have been carried happily and safely in this type of carrier. No medical evidence or even anecdotal proof exists linking baby carriers to any type of physical damage. Specifically, BabyBjörn has collaborated with medical experts since the company was founded in 1961 and does not launch a baby carrier without approval from leading pediatricians and extensive evaluation by test institutes. You are guaranteed that BabyBjörn baby carriers are completely safe and properly designed to meet the unique physical needs of your baby.