Tortle? I have to admit that I didn’t know what a Tortle was until I was asked to review one for my readers. Now I can say that this item addresses an issue that is surprisingly more common than you would think.
First – What is a Tortle? Basically it is a comfortable beanie type hat that helps prevent early stages of flat head syndrome (plagiocephaly and torticollis). It works by gently deflecting your baby’s head when lying on their back. Think of a baby placed on their back for hours a day, it would make sense that the back of the head would mold to the flat surface of the mattress. And since the “back to sleep” program is so widely promoted as being the safest position for a baby to sleep, it is also understandable that flat head syndrome has increased by 600% (since 1992).
“Every baby is at risk of positional plagiocephaly or torticollis (flat head syndrome), and over 40% of them develop the condition to some degree. Almost half! And it’s preventable. Dr. Jane is here to help you give your infant the best head start. Learn how to keep your baby safe and naturally beautiful.”
To use the Tortle, simply place the beanie on the baby, align the support roll behind one ear then switch sides (of the support roll) at each feeding. The Tortle is most effective when worn by newborns ages birth to 5/6 months since of course this group spends far more time sleeping.
To learn more about Tortle, please visit Dr. Jane’s website.
Colton didn’t seem to notice the beanie and it didn’t bother him at all. He was still able to move his head as needed.
The Tortle is available in three sizes:
Small fits most newborn-2 months / 5-10 lbs
Medium fits most 2-4 months / 10-15 lbs
Large fits most 4-6 months / 15-20 lbs
The Torlte is not intended for overnight use. It is rated as an FDA-cleared Class I medical device. Made from 95% cotton and 5% spandex.
Disclosure: I received the above item to use in my review. My opinions are my own and may differ from yours.
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