What is the International Hip Dysplasia Institute?

Why is hip health so important for your baby?


The International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI) is a collaborative, international, not-for-profit effort to improve the health and quality of life of those affected by hip dysplasia. Their goal is to provide education to patients, families, and physicians as the most comprehensive and reliable resource for knowledge about hip dysplasia in its various forms. Its largest efforts to educate the public are through information about proper swaddling techniques and about hip-healthy baby carriers.


Hip dysplasia is defined as abnormal growth of the hips. This is more likely to occur in babies, as their joints are still developing after birth. When the legs are allowed to hang straight down, this places stress on the hip joints and the spine, leading to possible deformation of the hips.


To prevent hip dysplasia, the IHDI recommends carrying babies so that their legs are in the M-position, with the knees bent above the waist. The Bebefit baby carrier has been certified by the IHDI as a hip-healthy baby carrier. This means that you can rest assured that your baby is much less likely to develop hip dysplasia-caused problems later in life. A healthier baby means a happier you!

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