Men's Skin to Skin Kangaroo T-Shirt
Features and Videos
- HANDS FREE
- Suitable from birth
- Easy to use
- Helps maintain a stable position for baby during skin to skin contact
- Acknowledged by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute as a "hip-healthy" product when used as directed
- Soft, breathable jersey stretch cotton with Oeko-Tex certification
- Machine washable
- 96% Cotton, 4% Elastane
- Gentle on dad and baby's skin
- Unisex use with hidden openings for discreet breastfeeding
- Sporty fitted style
Men's Kangaroo T-Shirt Features
A sporty style men's t-shirt with specially designed internal support for comfortable hands free skin to skin contact with your baby.
Created with dads in mind, our patented design incorporates three layers of support for your baby enabling you to hold them securely during skin to skin contact and still have your hands free.
The International Hip Dysplasia Institute acknowledges the Men's Skin to Skin Kangaroo T-Shirt as a "hip-healthy" product when used as directed.
See our Instructional video here.
If mum decides she would like to borrow your top the internal layers also provide discreet access for breastfeeding!
VIJA DESIGN UK RETURNS POLICY
Our policy lasts 30 days. If 30 days have gone by since your purchase, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange. Faulty items are covered by a warranty for 12 months from purchase - please note if instructions are not followed on our t-shirts and small pulls appear these are not a fault and will not be exchanged or refunded.
CAN I RETURN AN ITEM?
To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same unworn condition that you received it (we understand an item maybe tried on briefly to check size). It must also be in the original packaging. Please contact before sending your item back via email@example.com. Returns address below.
Refunds (if applicable)
Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund.
If you are approved, then your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment at most within 30 days but normally much quicker.
Late or missing refunds (if applicable)
If you haven’t received a refund yet, first check your bank account again.
Then contact your credit card company, it may take some time before your refund is officially posted.
Next contact your bank. There is often some processing time before a refund is posted.
If you’ve done all of this and you still have not received your refund yet, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sale items (if applicable)
Sale items will be refunded at the sale price only.
Exchanges (if applicable)
We only replace items if they are defective - we carefully inspect all of our stock but please let us know right away if you discover a fault with the garment. If you need to exchange it for the same item, send us an email with your details to: email@example.com
HOW TO RETURN AN ITEM:
To return your product, you should mail the item to the address below using an insured, tracked service that requires a signature, with such as 'Royal Mail Signed for' to:
5 Holmer Crescent
You will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item.
Depending on where you live, the time it may take for your exchanged product to reach you, may vary. We cannot guarantee that we will receive your returned item.
What is Skin-to-Skin Contact?
Essentially it is when a parent holds their baby(ies) on their chest in direct contact with each other’s skin. Baby is usually wearing a nappy and should be placed vertically between the mother's breasts, directly on her skin. Dads may also participate with the baby placed on their chest directly on their skin. It is usually more comfortable to do skin to skin with something on to keep you warm. Our range of kangaroo care clothing enables you to enjoy skin to skin contact in comfort. See all our recent blogs to find out more about the incredible benefits enjoying skin to skin contact with your baby.
What is Kangaroo Care/Kangaroo Mother Care?
Kangaroo Care (KC) or Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) as it is also known, was developed by Edgar Rey in 1978 in Bogota Columbia and was originally designed to allow mothers of Low Birth Weight (LBW) babies to care for them in the absence of incubators.
It involves the mother holding their baby in skin to skin contact for as much of the day as possible. In some situations the mother replaces the incubator/cot entirely. The method has since then been developed to become an extremely powerful and beneficial practise for the care and development of all newborn babies whether premature, low birth weight or healthy full term.
In modern hospitals Kangaroo Care is seen as an important part of the NICU care your baby receives. All UK hospitals should follow the UNICEF/WHO guidelines which recommend parents are able to have as much skin to skin contact as they wish provided baby is stable.
How do I get the most from skin to skin contact?
Skin to Skin Contact can be practiced continuously over long periods of time or can take place intermittently (at least 60 minutes at a time is recommended to achieve the maximum benefits). Using skin to skin clothing or a kangaroo care wrap can help you hold baby in the right position for skin to skin contact making it more comfortable. With baby well supported you can relax and enjoy the interaction. Our hands free options make it easy to enjoy skin to skin contact on the go.
If possible take the opportunity to enjoy an uninterrupted hour of skin to skin contact immediately post birth and continue daily throughout your baby’s ‘fourth trimester’ the first three months after their birth. There are benefits to continuing regular skin to skin contact with your baby throughout their first year.
Which of your garments are suitable for hands free carrying?
Garments with 3 layers of support can be used hands free. These include our Classic Short Sleeved and Long Sleeved Ladies Tee, our Men's Tee, and our Crossover Camisole + Bandeau (when worn together). Items that are designed to support skin to skin contact mostly whilst seated/semi-reclined can be found in our ‘simply skin to skin’ collection.
How do I use the Kangaroo Care Garments safely?
By following the safety information inside your garment you can place your baby safely and meet the TICKS Guidelines for Safe Babywearing. We also have videos showing how to position your baby safely. Visit our 'how to use with your baby' page or our YouTube Channel to see the videos.
Which of your garments are suitable for Kangaroo Care with premature babies?
All of our garments are designed to fit well on babies of all sizes however some garments are more suited for premature babies or have specific design features to assist with preterm neonatal care. Our Prema Range is specifically designed for hospital use and has many features to assist with KMC for the smallest infants. For home use after discharge all of our garments are suitable and safe for infants of all sizes and weights up to 15lbs - 20lbs depending on the design, the most important thing is to get the right fit on the parent.
Note: For Premature Babies, Low Weight Babies and those with health problems always practice Skin-to-Skin/Kangaroo Care under the guidance of your health professional. Seek guidance to ensure safe and best practice before product use.
Can I wash my Vija Design Garment?
Yes the Vija Design Kangaroo Care Clothing Collection can be washed, full instructions are on the clothing label. Our Prema Wrap range can be washed at high temperatures are required by hospital standards.
Who Designed the VIJA range of Kangaroo Care Garments?
VIJA DESIGN garments were developed by Fashion Utility Designer Vivianne Brault who was inspired by her own experience of Kangaroo Mother Care and Skin-to-Contact with her premature baby. She developed the garments in collaboration with ergonomists and neonatal care specialists, nurses and paediatricians.
Where are your garments manufactured?
All of our garments are manufactured ethically in Canada under the close supervision of creator, Vivianne Brault. The cotton used is certified as free from harmful substances according to standard 100 by OEKO-TEX®.
I am an NHS buyer are there discounts for institutional purchasers?
We are dedicated to promoting best practice KMC in the UK for all parents and infants. As such we have exceptionally good pricing for Institutional purchases and we also offer discount schemes for parents of infants in neonatal care through our NHS partners. To purchase at the institutional rates or to join our discounting scheme please visit our NHS Buyers page.
Can VIJA garments be worn as nursing tops after my baby is too large for Kangaroo Care?
All VIJA garments have nursing access and can be worn as stylish nursing tops for as long as you choose to breastfeed.
I am a retailer is there a wholesale option to stock Vija Design Garments in my shop?
We are always happy to speak to retailers interested in stocking Vija Design (UK) garments - please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and our sales team will get back to you.
For every garment sold by Vija Design £1 is donated to Bliss for babies born premature or sick.*
* (£1 donation level is for garments purchased at full retail price, donation is reduced for % discounts applied by the same percentage. i.e. at 10% discount donation level becomes £0.90.)
Supports safe positioning during skin to skin contact
The internal support layers hold your baby in a stable upright position which makes it easier to enjoy skin to skin contact. Enjoying one hour or more skin to skin contact a day has incredible benefits for your newborn baby's development and well being
Wear as a casual top all day and easily carry baby when needed
The Vija range works as a comfortable, casual top wherever you are going and baby can be easily carried skin to skin when needed. There's no extra equipment or material to wear or carry around.
Specially designed for men
Enables you to enjoy bonding time with your baby promoting healthy attachment and supporting your role as a new dad.