What is a Kangaroo Care top? Why is it great for mums?

What is a Kangaroo Care top? Why is it great for mums?

Kangaroo Care Camisole for hands free carrying                                      

What is Kangaroo Care Clothing?

Imagine having something to wear during your first few months as a new mum that is soft and breathable with gentle stretch to support to your body as it recovers from carrying and birthing your baby.  A top that's breastfeeding friendly, but isn't something that's been your maternitywear staple for the last few months.  But perhaps most special of all, a garment that enables hands free kangaroo care, which meets babywearing safety guidelines, with your baby from birth to 3-4 months.  

Kangaroo Care is the popular parenting method of carrying your baby in skin to skin contact every day which has incredible benefits for their cognitive, physical and emotional development.  It is known to support the initiation and continuation of breastfeeding, regulate baby's temperature, heart rate and respiration thus aiding growth, and it can reduce stress and the symptoms of PND.

The Vija Design Kangaroo Care Clothing Collection is a unique range of products for parents.  Created by utility fashion designer, Vivianne Brault, they offer easy every day style, discreet breastfeeding access, comfortable support for post-natal bodies, and secure skin to skin carrying for babies up to 15lbs.

Why Vija Design?

Vija Design's clothing is a highly regarded brand across Canada and the USA.  The range is ethically made in Canada from sustainably grown cotton with just a touch of elastane to provide support and maintain the shape.  Now available in the UK it has become popular amongst mums who want to combine the nurturing benefits of skin to skin carrying and breastfeeding with the versatility of a multifacted, fashionable top that looks and feels good too.

Many mums find they reach for their Vija tops over all other clothes while their baby is young, not only for its unique carrying facility but also due to the gentle postnatal support, easy breastfeeding and breathable material.  Each garment has added value through it's versatility and ease of wearing paired with smart or casual outfits, in any setting.  Enjoyment of your top doesn't need to end when baby has outgrown the carrying guidelines. Mums still enjoy wearing the tops as the easy, discreet access for breastfeeding makes them the perfect solution for feeding when out and about.

Which style and size is right for me?

Selecting a style, or styles to wear is very much down to individual choice, the beautiful tailoring makes them comfortable and easy to wear whatever your shape or size. However, it is worth considering how fitted the style is, some garments work better for mums with larger breasts and these are highlight in the style guide.  Vija Design has a detailed measurement chart which we recommend you refer to when purchasing, however, we also have included our UK sizing guide which is based on our own experiences fitting UK customers.  In general the dress sizes will be a great match for the size you need but we suggest that taller women and those with a broader physique across the shoulders and upper back should consider selecting the next size up if they are in between sizes.

STYLE GUIDE

KANGAROO TUBE - £24.99

Kangaroo Tube (Halter Neck Vest) for Kangaroo Care

A halter neck style vest that is perfect for your 'babymoon'. Take time to rest with your baby on the sofa, or out in the garden, they will be warm and cosy against your skin within the simple pouch of the Kangaroo Tube vest.  This garment is not meant for hands free carrying, place your hand on your baby for support at all times when moving around.

Available in 4 sizes, see the measurement chart on the product page for more details but here is our newest UK sizing guidance.

XS-S = 6-8  M-L = 10-12  XL = 14-16 XXL = 18+

 

SHORT SLEEVED LADIES T-SHIRT (long sleeved style also available)

 

The ultimate all-in-one carrying and breastfeeding top cleverly designed to incorporate three secure layers of support for hands free carrying up to 15lbs.  Rouched side seams define the wearer's outline in flattering contours whilst offering gentle support to post-natal bodies.  This is a fitted style t-shirt and we recommend customers choose the next size up if they fall in between sizes or are over 5' 7".  It should fit comfortably across your back, bust and shoulders but should feel snug. There is space within the crossover layers to accommodate your baby as they grow. Comes in six colours including black, plum, pink, jade, cobalt, lagoon blue.  See the measurement chart on the product page for more details but here is our newest UK sizing guidance.

  XS = 6,   S = 8,   M = 10-12,   L = 14-16,   XL = 18-20,   XXL = 22-24.

 

CAMISOLE AND CUMMERBUND SET

 

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This two piece ensemble is our most versatile design.  The sleeveless cross over camisole makes an elegant addition to any wardrobe and can be easily layered up for cooler days.  It provides easy breastfeeding access and is more accomodating of larger breasted women than our more fitted styles.  Baby can be worn in the camisole on it's own but we recommend keeping a hand on baby for extra support when moving around.  Paired with the cummerbund, the set provides three layers of support making hands free kangaroo care easy and secure.  The cummerbund can be be worn on its own as a belly or breastband, it works well under other clothes for discretion when breastfeeding and it can be used for kangaroo care when seated or reclined.  Check out  'Ten Ways to Wear your Camisole and Cummerband' for more inspiration.

Available in seven colours, black, charcoal, white, plum, pink, jade, lagoon blue.  See the measurement chart on the product page for more details but here is our newest UK sizing guidance.

  XS = 6,   S = 8,   M = 10-12,   L = 14-16,   XL = 18-20,   XXL = 22-24.

WRAP TOP

 The wrap top creates effortless style and it's sleeveless design is perfect for the summer months.  It's longer length and generous wrap layers make it the most accomodating design in the range creating a stylish contour on all frames from the most petite to larger sized ladies. It should fit comfortably but snugly across your back, bust and shoulders.  A firm favourite with mums who want to wrap their babies but find longer sling styles cumbersome, the wrap layers securely pass round the baby who is also supported within the inner most layer of the vest top.  Nursing access is easy and discreet making this a great choice for the busy breastfeeding mum.

Four colours are currently available, black (with contrast stitching), plum, pink and white. See the measurement chart on the product page for more details but here is our newest UK sizing guidance.

  XS = 6,   S = 8,   M = 10-12,   L = 14-16,   XL = 18-20,   XXL = 22-24.

MEN'S T-SHIRT

 Designed to help dads enjoy hands free skin to skin contact with their babies this is a fitted t-shirt with three secure layers of support for babies up to 15lbs.  Breastfeeding access within the design makes this a great option for both dads and mums. Choose the size based on the usual t-shirt size of the wearer, but bear in mind it's fitted style, when in doubt chose the next size up. As with the ladies styles it should fit comfortably across your back, bust and shoulders but should feel snug. There is space within the crossover layers to accommodate your baby as they grow.  Available in black and light grey.

Nicole Hastie

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