Tortle Blue Adjustable Head Repositioning Beanie
Tortle Blue Beanie
The Tortle Beanie in Pink Flowers is a simple, comfortable beanie that helps prevent and treat flat head syndrome. Tortle also helps treat early stages of flat head syndrome. Early detection and correct use of Tortle will encourage the best long term correction.
It does this by gently deflecting your baby’s head when she's sitting or lying on the back of her head, to gently move her head from side to side.
How Do I Use It?
• Put the beanie on your baby when she is lying awake (such as on the floor or in a bouncer or swing), sleeping with your supervision, or traveling in a car seat or stroller.
• Align the support roll behind one ear, then at feeding time, switch sides so she doesn’t begin to favor a position. Tortle is not intended for overnight use.
• If your baby has developed some flattening, use the Tortle to position the head preferentially to the other side. Once the flattening has improved, then return to alternating it side to side.
• The patented support roll aids in repositioning: it’s firm enough so she won’t roll over, and soft enough to encourage natural, comfortable movement.
Is It Safe?
Tortle is an FDA-cleared Class I medical device. It’s a natural way to encourage healthy head and neck motion, without any of the suffocation risks of repositioning pillows or wedges.
What Size Do I Need?
Tortle comes in three sizes:
S 0-2 months / 5-10 lbs
M 2-4 months / 10-15 lbs
L 4-6 months / 15-20 lbs
The beanie should be big enough to cover your baby’s ears. Once it no longer covers at least the tops of the ears, it’s time to move to the next larger size.
- Because one in three healthy babies will develop some degree of flat head syndrome after birth. All babies are at risk. And it’s even more common with multiple or premature births. But it’s preventable.
Positional plagiocephaly has increased 600% in the last twenty years. Current medical thinking points to two lifestyle changes as the cause:
1) In 1992 The American Academy of Pediatrics began its “Back to Sleep” program to reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). And it worked: the incidence of SIDS has plummeted by almost 40%.
2) Infants are being placed in reclining carrying devices more than ever. Families on the go keep their babies in carriers, car seats, and swings for an extended time—frequently up to 20 hours per day.
- Flat head syndrome typically occurs within the first few months of life, but the effects of skull deformation can be permanent. Beyond the cosmetic issues, there can be trouble with binocular vision and long-term developmental issues.
- Typically, once it is diagnosed, doctors will suggest reposistional therapy. If this repositional therapy is ineffective, a physician may recommend cranial orthotic therapy—a custom-fitted band or helmet, which costs thousands, and may not be covered by insurance. And even those cannot guarantee a successful result.
- Many infants already have the problem by two months of age, and all premature infants with prolonged hospital stays are at risk. Practicing good head positioning through early infancy is critical for prevention.