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UK's leading Kangaroo Care Range for mums and dads

Enjoy daily skin to skin contact (recommended by the World Health Organisation)  knowing your baby is optimally positioned in our unique clothing.   Packed with specialist features ensuring maximum comfort and support for you and your baby.  Ideal to wear all day for a casual look and perfect for discreet breastfeeding. With patented inner panels to carry your baby skin to skin.

Created by Canadian Fashion Designer Vivianne Brault. Inspired by her own experience of Kangaroo Care with her premature baby, she developed the garments in collaboration with neonatal care specialists, nurses and paediatricians.  Ethically made in super soft Oekotex certified cotton jersey. 

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Why Skin to Skin Contact Matters

Skin to Skin contact for an hour or more a day can boost your baby's development, protect and enhance their growth and overall health and deepen the attachment between parent and baby.  Read more in our blogs. 

Using skin to skin contact to care for newborns, known as Kangaroo Care was developed by Edgar Rey in 1978 in Bogota Columbia and was originally designed to allow mothers of Low Birth Weight babies to care for them in the absence of incubators. 20 years of research has now shown that skin to skin contact hugely benefits all babies and continues to improve outcomes for those born prematurely.

For Baby

  • Accelerates Brain Growth
    • Accelerates brain growth and supports early cognitive development

      Accelerates brain growth and supports early cognitive development

      Skin to skin contact facilitates the development of critical neural pathways through stimulation of the amygdala, accelerating brain growth during the critical early months of cognitive development. Skin to skin contact of 60 minutes or more extends the newborn's period of quiet sleep which helps improves organisational patterns in the brain.  Synaptic responses to early stress and trauma can shape the way a child responds to emotional stress later in life.  Skin to skin contact reduce the impact of early stress.

  • Promotes bonding and makes babies happy
    • Promotes bonding and makes babies happy

      Promotes bonding, helping babies feel happier and cry less

      Skin to skin contact helps babies and parents form deep attachments to each other which gives babies crucial feelings of security and belonging. Babies given 20-30 minutes of skin to skin contact show lower levels of stress hormones (cortisol and adrenalin) and increased levels of oxytocin which promotes relaxation and a sense of well being.  Stress can affect a baby's ability to fight infection, digest nutrients and sleep well.  Regular skin to skin sessions soothe babies, they cry less and are less agitated.  Their response to pain sensation is also reduced. 

  • Regulates heart rate and breathing

    • Regulates heart rate and breathing

      Regulates heart rate and breathing

      Babies can synchronise their breathing and heart rate with their parent when held in skin to skin contact. This helps their developing systems learn to self regulate resulting in a more regular and stable pattern of heart beat rate and breathing. Babies, particularly those born prematurely can suffer episodes of sporadic breathing or slow heart rate problems.  These are reduced by up to 75% through skin to skin contact.

  • Healthy Body Temperature

    • Healthy Body Temperature

      Helps baby regulate their body temperature

      It is essential to keep babies warm.  Newborn babies can easily lose too much heat from their bodies putting them at risk of low blood sugars, respiratory distress and loss of body fat which affects growth.  A baby's body temperature stabilises while being held skin to skin.  The mother's body can adapt its surface temperature by several degrees within just seconds to instinctively to warm or cool baby as needed.  Fathers can warm babies but may need to leave baby's head uncovered to ensure they do not overheat.

  • Helps to get breastfeeding started
    • Helps to get breastfeeding started

      Encourages the initiation and continuation of breastfeeding

      When babies are held in skin to skin contact in the first hour after they are born they will root and suckle at the breast initiating their first feed, they are twice as likely to breastfeed in this time than babies who are swaddled.  The familiar scent from the mother's breast triggers feeding behaviours in the baby and contact with their mother's skin helps them locate and attach to the breast.  Rates of breastfeeding are higher in babies given regular skin to skin and they are more likely to breastfeed for longer.

  • Improves digestion and weight gain
    • Improves digestion and weight gain

      Improves digestion and encourages weight gain

      The reduction of cortisol in babies during skin to skin contact allows better absorption and digestion of nutrients while reducing gastro-intestinal problems. Thermoregulation during skin to skin contact means the baby can more easily maintain the natural layer of fat they are born with which can help them maintain birth weight and ensures better weight gain.  Vagal nerve stimulation during skin to skin contact and suckling promotes the healthy maturation of the baby's gut.  After just one hour of skin to skin the child's digestive system is restored and balanced for optimum performance.

  • Helps babies sleep better
    • Helps babies sleep better

      Supports good sleep cycles for brain development

      Body contact with the parent is crucial for healthy brain development in newborns.  Deep sleep in regular cycles is essential for the development and maturation of brain function in infants. During skin to skin babies fall asleep more easily and reach a deep natural and beneficial sleep state called 'quiet sleep'.  Maintaining this for an hour or more supports cognitive development through the creation and organisation of neural pathways.

  • Strengthens immune system
    • Strengthens immune system

      Strengthens baby's immunity and reduces infection risk

      Being in contact with mother's or father's skin increases hydration of babies skin providing a protective barrier against harmful bacteria that can enter baby's skin.  Exposure to the mother's colonised skin bacteria stimulates the baby's immune system, this helps prepare the baby's body to fight off other pathogens from their wider environment.  When the baby assimilates the mother's natural flora through their skin the mother's body can then respond to pathogens from the baby's saliva and produce antibodies in her breastmilk for the baby. 

For Mum & Dad

  • Promotes well-being and attachment
    • Promotes well being and attachment

      Promotes psychological well-being and supports healthy long term attachment

      Prolonged body contact is essential for normal brain development in babies but it also has positive effects on the adult's brain.  The increase in oxytocin levels creates sense of trust, affection and well being which helps mother to be loving and responsive towards her baby. Parents who enjoy regular skin to skin contact will become more sensitive and aware of their baby's needs and will feel more confident about her/his parenting skills.   

  • Improves milk production
    • Improves Milk Production

      Improves milk production and supports breastfeeding behaviours

      Mothers who experience skin to skin contact soon after baby is born are more likely to continue exclusive breastfeeding when they come back home.  The increase of oxytocin and maternal prolactin in the first hours after birth is known to increase milk production in the long term.  Stimulation of the breast releases prolactin which triggers the production of milk and babies who are held skin to skin will more easily suckle and root for the breast.  Mothers experiencing breastfeeding difficulties report significant improvement by practicing skin to skin for a period of at least 1 hour, 1-2 times a day.

  • Lessens the symptoms of PND and anxiety

    • Reduces symptoms of Post Natal Depression and Anxiety

      Lessens the symptoms and severity of post natal depression and anxiety

      Skin to skin contact with baby increases maternal oxytocin levels and lowers levels of adrenalin and cortisol.  It can help restore hormonal levels and reduce the risk of postnatal depression and anxiety.  Where mothers do suffer symptoms of anxiety or depression regular skin to skin contact promotes a sense of well being and supports healthy attachment with their baby.  Mums and dads report that skin to skin contact increases their confidence in themselves as parents.

  • Reduces post-natal recovery time
    • Reduces post natal recovery time

      Reduces post-natal recovery time in mothers

      When mothers hold their newborns skin to skin their bodies release higher levels of oxytocin which reduces blood pressure, lowers levels of cortisol (stress hormone) and reduces postnatal bleeding supporting better, faster recovery.

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