TortleLogo_TM~ I wrote this post on behalf of Tortle and will receive a product in exchange for sharing this information. My opinions are strictly my own! ~

I’m sure you’ve seen it or maybe even experienced it in your own family— plagiocephaly, also known as flat head syndrome.

This condition (the flattening of baby’s skull) and torticollis (unbalanced neck muscles) effects one out of every two babies. Now THAT is a lot!

Awareness has increased since 1992, the year when new parents were first encouraged to place their sleeping babies on their backs to combat SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). While SIDS has decreased by 50%, there has been an increase in the number of babies developing flat head syndrome.


“By incorporating some simple repositioning strategies, parents can help prevent the development of plagiocephaly” says Dr. Jane Scott, Pediatrician, Board Certified Neonatologist.

Here are a few strategies share by Dr. Scott:

Correct Positioning is imperative; we suggest you reposition your baby’s head every 2-3 hours during your waking hours. Encourage the infant to turn their head in the opposite direction from the preferred side.

In addition, try the following:

  • Feeding – alternate the arm in which the infant is held for both the bottle and breast feeding.
  • Diaper Changes – stand on the opposite side of the changing table each time to encourage baby to turn their head to a different side in order to see you.
  • Sleeping – Place baby’s head at opposite ends of the crib on alternate nights. Baby can wear their Tortle for optimal alignment during any supervised sleep time throughout the day.
  • Tummy Time – The more time baby can spend playing with supervision on their tummy, the better. Get down on the floor at baby’s eye level, and play stimulating games during tummy time. While most babies are resistant to tummy time at first, it should become more enjoyable as they become more familiar with the position. Starting tummy time when your infant is very young will help with this.
  • Travel – Make sure baby is wearing their Tortle while riding in car seats, strollers, etc., and switch the side of the support roll from time to time.

Dr. Scott whose specialty is pediatrics and neonatology is recognized as an expert in the areas of Plagiocephaly and Torticollis. In her nearly 30 years as a practicing physician Dr. Scott has counseled and educated parents to help prevent as well as treat the many problems associated with Flathead Syndrome.

In 2012 she introduced Tortle, an FDA-cleared patented Class 1 medical device which provides parents a cost effective and simple solution to prevent the Syndrome in babies 0-6 months of age. The Tortle, a lightweight knit beanie promotes proper head and neck movement, which is essential for appropriate development.



The Tortle is a lightweight knit beanie that helps prevent and treat Flathead Syndrome. 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 “tail” of the Tortle can be positioned on either side to keep baby’s head from flattening out.

More than a million babies each year will be diagnosed with Flathead Syndrome in the USA alone. This number has increased over 600% since 1992, and affects nearly 48% of all babies 0-6 months old. This is largely a consequence of the combination of lifestyle changes in families and because babies now sleep on their backs. If not corrected in early infancy, expensive and unpleasant treatment options can sometimes follow.

Luckily, prevention is a better option, not to mention a cheaper one and that’s why thankfully we now have Tortle.


You can now find Tortle at carries three Tortle designs; Blue Elephant, Pink Flowers and Solid White. The Tortle beanies are available in medium and large sizes at a suggested retail price of $19.99.



Follow Tortle and Dr. Scott on Facebook and Twitter. As well as Pinterest for more news and info about Tortle and flat head syndrome.

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1 Winner will be chosen at random at the end of the entry period 02/13/14 from all valid entries. Prize consists of one Tortle Baby Beanie (color of your choice) provided by Tortle.

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