Letter from Director International Hip Dysplasia Institute

January 31, 2017 Alina Ilyevsky Topa-Top alkin.ga@gmail.com Dear Ms. Ilyevsky: The International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI) acknowledges the Topa-Top Ring Sling, Top Tai Carrier, Baby Top, and Quick Top as”hip-healthy” products effective January 24, 2017. The IHDI recognizes that Topa-Top has developed products that consider the importance of healthy hip development during infancy. This is especially important during the early stages of […]

Thinking beyond the front pack: considerations in choosing a baby carrier

Note: This post was originally posted years ago using the “crotch dangler” language which I have since come to understand is derisive …thus the edited title and URL. We all grow and learn!! “Narrow Based Carrier” or “Front Pack” are more appropriate terms for this carrier type. It’s no secret that I love babywearing…but hate […]

Infant Carriers and Spinal Stress

by Rochelle L. Casses, D.C. UPDATE: This article was written in the 1990s when the all of the popular upright baby-carrier designs had the harmful characteristics described below. Today, several new and improved upright carrier designs are available. The gold standard for carrying your baby should be your own arms. In other words, an upright […]

Carrying a baby facing forwards is ‘cruel, stressful and terrifying’, claims Australian expert

Mothers who carry their babies facing forwards are cruel and selfish, according to a leading child health expert. She said the same accusations could be applied to those who take babies out in pushchairs which face away from the parent. Cathrine Fowler, a professor of child and family health nursing, claimed youngsters are frightened if […]

Dr. Kirkilionis – “A baby wants to be carried”: considerations when buying a baby carrier or baby sling

Considerations When Buying a Baby Carrier or Baby Sling When judging different baby carriers, baby slings, baby packs, baby tubes, and kangaroo carriers, we prefer carriers that allow baby to sit up straight and face toward the baby-wearer’s chest. The residue of harmful chemicals is certainly the first deciding factor, and research on this topic […]

Carrying babies facing away from the parents body – is this truly positive for a baby?

Dr. Evelin Kirkilionis, Forschungsgruppe Verhaltensbiologie des Menschen (FVM), Freiburg/Germany When parents carry their baby in a sling or carrying bag, they give it nearness and security, thanks to the body contact to the care-giving person. It can realize/be aware them with practically all its senses. It can hear their heartbeat, feel their warmth, observe their […]

International Hip Displasia Institute

  Summary Statement: Babywearing is becoming increasingly popular along with the growing interest in Attachment Parenting. Proper infant hip position while babywearing is especially important because the period of time for babywearing is usually longer than baby transport. For information about baby transport, please refer to the IHDI Educational Statement regarding baby carriers, car seats, swings, walkers and […]

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