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Is your baby at risk for Flat Head Syndrome? What you can do to prevent it.


Thank you to Tortle and 2 Red Hens for sponsoring this post, all opinions are my own.

Every baby is at risk of developing Flat Head Syndrome with one out of two babies being diagnosed with the syndrome. Plagiocephaly is the most common form of this syndrome among young babies. There are different types of flat head syndrome as shown in the pictures below (photo credit mimospillow):

Associated Problems of Flathead Syndrome

In recent years, clinical studies have been done to investigate what long term effects might be associated with a diagnosis of head flattening and/or torticollis. More studies are being done to get more data and information, but current literature gives evidence that infants with plagiocephaly and/or torticollis may have other associated problems such as (flatheadprevention.org):

  • A high risk for learning delays and developmental delay
  • Increased need for special services when the child reaches school age
  • Orthodontics and TMJ issues
  • Scoliosis
  • Visual disturbances including visual field defects, and astigmatism
  • auditory problems
  • Psychological/social issues

Why use the Tortle to prevent and/or treat flat head

The Tortle beanie is an FDA-cleared patented Class 1 medical device that promotes proper head and neck movement which is essential for appropriate development.  Tortle helps prevent and treat early stages of flat head syndrome: plagiocephaly (the flattening of the baby’s skull) & torticollis (unbalanced neck muscles). 

Tortle works by gently deflecting a baby’s head from side to side when they are sitting or lying on the back of their head.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends regular head repositioning of babies younger than six months.



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Holiday travels with baby:

If you will be traveling this holiday season be sure to include the Tortle as you pack your diaper bag for any overnight stays. Of course, a great diaper bag is essential too!

2 Red Hens Studio Rooster Diaper Bags are custom designed bags that give mom all the style and sass she had before she had a baby, and all the functionality she needs now that her precious little one has arrived.  Features include:

  • Interior zipper pocket, bottle holder and 2 elastic pockets
  • Convertible stroller straps
  • Attached key fob
  • Magnetic snap and button closure for easy access
  • Extra long changing pad in 2 Red Hens signature red dot pattern.

The 2 Red Hens Studio Rooster Diaper Bag is available in 5 custom designed, vintage-inspired patterns with a recommended retail price of $50: Chevron Stripes, Grey Damask, Peacock Mum, Pink Lemonade and Owl Dots.



So tell us….

Have you heard of Flathead Syndrome?  Are you or have you been concerned about this?


This post is not meant to treat or diagnose any illness, please be sure to see your Doctor for any medical advice.  Information about the Tortle provided by Tortle by Dr. Jane.  

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12 Responses to Is your baby at risk for Flat Head Syndrome? What you can do to prevent it.

  1. Jeannette Olton December 23, 2013 at 5:18 am #

    I never realized that babies need their head repositioned for as long as the first 6 months.

  2. Jeannette Olton December 23, 2013 at 5:20 am #

    I would love to have the Grey Damask Rooster diaper bag.

  3. clarissa December 23, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    there are many reasons why flat heads can develop

  4. clarissa December 23, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    I like the pink lemonade bag

  5. shelly peterson December 23, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    I like the Grey Damask Rooster Diaper Bag and I like that its water proof for easy cleaning

  6. shelly peterson December 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    I learned that there are several different types of flat head syndrome

  7. Nancy December 24, 2013 at 10:48 pm #

    I learned tummy time should start right after birth.

  8. Nancy December 24, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

    I like the blue Chevron Stripes bag.

  9. Michele P January 1, 2014 at 9:09 am #

    what a cute bag! I love the pink lemonade print!

  10. Michele P January 1, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    I learned that flat head syndrome can cause problems later in life as well-especially with binocular vision and long-term developmental issues.

  11. Christina April 4, 2015 at 8:40 pm #

    if my son about 4 months with a flat head is it to late to use?

    • Jesica H April 6, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

      I would check with your doctor. 4 months is pretty young so I would think it could be corrected but I’m not a doctor.

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