Take It From Me: Tortle REVIEW

April 15, 2013


Did you know that more than a million babies each year will be diagnosed with Flathead Syndrome in the USA?  Flathead Syndrome is a condition in which an infant’s head and neck become tilted to one side, creating a shortened neck muscle on one side. It can be caused by positioning in uterus or from a lack of proper head and neck movement and affects nearly 48% of all babies 0-6 months old.
Thankfully there is an excellent product out to help called Tortle.  Tortle is a simple, comfortable beanie that helps prevent and treat early stages flat head syndrome: plagiocephaly & torticollis. It makes the job of repositioning newborns safe and easy. It is recommended that all newborns wear a Tortle for the first few months of life to aid in repositioning; which supports healthy development. Tortle works 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. If left untreated, treatment is expensive and can be hard on the baby. Moreover, long term developmental delays can occur. But plagiocephaly and torticollis almost 100% preventable with repositioning, which Tortle makes easy.
Although these statistics are a little shocking, I myself have seen many cases of Flathead Syndrome and even had some minor problems of it with one of my own children.  I remember when I was told my son was showing signs of Flathead Syndrome.  I remember feeling like I had done something wrong but my doctor reassured me of how common the syndrome is becoming and that with a few changes, we could work to fixing the problem.  I was so diligent in switching his head positions so that the Flathead Syndrome would not worsen and that he wouldn't have any developmental issues or problems down the road.  So when I heard that my close friend who recently had triplets was experiencing some of the same problems with her newborns, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to give a Tortle a try.
Here is what she thought: "The Tortle is a genius idea. As soon as I saw it I wondered why no one had thought of the concept before. The hat is a comfortable knit with a cute design and fits snuggly on my babies' heads. One of my children would not tolerate the Tortle, but another one of my children gave in only after a few minutes! The Tortle definitely forced him to turn his head to the side he did not favor and which was giving him his Flathead Syndrome problems. I noticed he was more flexible with turning his head more naturally to that side after using the hat. I have to say that I really enjoyed the Tortle and think that it's a great idea!  I just wish my children enjoyed having things on their heads more so it could have been more effective."
I can totally relate to her review.  I think the idea of the Tortle is amazing!  Something so simple and yet so effective!  I also can see how some of her babies struggled to wear it though as some babies just do not enjoy wearing hats.  However, with something so important as Flathead Syndrome, I think it is always worth trying and being persistent to ensure your child development isn't hindered and that they are healthy and safe!  All in all, the Tortle seems like a great solution to such a growing problem!
A big THANK YOU to Tortle for providing me with a free Tortle hat to review.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

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