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Hospital Range for preemies and newborns

Caring for babies in a hospital environment, who have life saving IV-tubes and cannulae attached to them can be difficult and time consuming as well as painful for the child. When using regular baby wear, these wires have to be removed by trained medical staff before changing.Our hospital range has a fully opening design that takes these essential tubes and wires into account.

Using our hospital range will mean that parents themselves can perform simple everyday tasks like changing their child’s clothes or nappies, thus bonding with and actively caring for their child. This not only frees up the hospital staff’s time, but has also been proven to speed up the baby’s recovery. (Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto)

Our award winning, smart design practically eliminates the risk of preventable infection. Every time a cannulae or other device is removed from a baby and then re-attached, the risk of infection grows. Our designs minimise this risk.

  • Folding mitts prevent baby’s from hurting themselves with their own sharp nails, and stops them from accidentally removing or fiddling with vital medical equipment.
  • Designed in collaboration with NICU staff.
  • Made using a super soft bamboo/organic cotton mix.
  • All items are available in five different ribbon- and label colors.

Very few seams Ÿ| No irritating labels inside |Ÿ Smart adjustable sizes for longer usage.         Contact us to see this range

NICU and Newborn Clothing

Kangaroo Zak. Practice safe, effective and comfortable skin-to-skin and prevent infant fall

Monash Children’s Hospital Melbourne NICU is currently implementing Kangaroo Zak as a part of their safe and effective kangaroo care practise and infant fall prevention.

Kangaroo Zak provides the baby with the correct positioning, comfort and a sense of security while effectively removing the risk of slips and falls, and medical equipment to become displaced. It provides immediate access to the baby in an emergency and is the only device that allows the parents to hold babies of any size without using the hands.

Kangaroo Zak is made with natural fibres for a soft, strapless, thin, stretchy and breathable sleep belt that covers the parent’s torso and closes on a selected size with a zipper. There are no added layers, pouch, uneven wrap pressure, buttons or Velcro. The material is thin and light in colour so you can see positioning and fluids for maximum safety. Wear a front open gown over if extra warmth is required, still allowing quick emergency release. Some procedures can still take place by pulling or folding Kangaroo Zak up or down. Expressing and breastfeeding can also still take place. For optimal colostrum collection use Primo-Lacto.

Part of our extensive range of kangaroo care and evidenced based developmental care products, Kangaroo Zak gives the baby safe continuous skin-to-skin contact with the parent and promotes the deep sleep required for growth, development and healing of the brain. It provides a family-centred approach to developmental care for premature babies. Kangaroo Zak is available in two adjustable sizes, making six size options.

Size 1 adjusts to Small / Medium / Large. Size 2 adjusts to XL / 2XL / 3XL. Smaller size is available upon request.

Hospitals that use Kangaroo Zak for skin-to-skin include Loma Linda Children’s Hospital, Mayo Clinics, Albany Regional Medical Center, Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Wake Forest and Brenner in North Carolina, REX Healthcare, Monash Health Melbourne and many more!
Developmental care tool Kangaroo Zak is used in over 400 hospitals in more than 50 countries.
Breast-Warmers, the safe self-warming breastfeeding aid, can be worn for breast comfort and easily removed from Kangaroo Zak before placing baby skin-to-skin.

An Ergonomic Approach to NICU Kangaroo Care

Kangaroo Zak is designed for hospitalised babies in NICU and post-partum. It can only be used at home with adequate training and professional instruction.
The consistent use of the Kangaroo Zak can achieve the following results:

  • Support physiological stability and neurobehavioral organisation of preterm infants
  • Relieve maternal and infant stress
  • Support family centred developmental care
  • Improve outcome of maternal breastfeeding
  • Achieve all the advantages of Kangaroo Care in a safe, consistent and effective way

“Best Practice is Kangaroo Care as soon as possible, for as long as possible, and as uninterrupted as possible”  Nyqvist et al., 2010, May Acta Paediatrica

Kangaroo Care Sessions

Who can be kangarooed: If the baby is in condition to be moved or lifted to be weighed, s/he can be transferred to Kangaroo Care.

Time of holding: No less than one hour per session, and there is no maximum time – the more the better. Since a complete sleep cycle is one hour, it is NOT recommended that the babies are held on kangaroo if the parent cannot hold for at least that long (especially for small preemies as it may cause reverse effects). The stress of the transfer only is outweighed if the baby is held for at least one sleep cycle.

Rule of thumb: preemies are “Kangarooed” for 6 months and full-term babies within one minute from birth until the first feeding and as much as possible for 3 months.
Ideally it starts with Birth Kangaroo Care Birth Kangaroo Care Competency Checklist by the USIKC (United States Institute of Kangaroo Care)
To maximize effectiveness of Kangaroo Care sessions, parents and caregivers must have some basic knowledge and understanding of the practise. 

What parents need to know before holding baby Kangaroo Care: Learn the benefits of Kangaroo Care and to distinguish signs of stability of the baby and warning signs of instability (to stop the kangaroo session). Learn how to wear the Kangaroo Zak for standing and sitting transfer.
Kangaroo Zak can be opened just enough to allow the baby to sniff and explore the mother’s breasts, for breastfeeding/pumping, and numerous medical interventions while holding. Know that they may do the transfer alone, but ONLY after the training and approval of a medical professional.
Wear the Kangaroo Zak without anything underneath, with the zippers to the side.  Over it, wear comfortable clothing that easily opens in the front or a hospital gown. Remove jewellery that might come in contact with the baby. Refrain from using powder, lotion or perfume on the chest before doing skin-to-skin care. The baby needs to feel the parent’s natural scent.

More Resources

1. World Health Organisation Kangaroo Mother Care: A Systematic Review of Barriers and Enablers
2. Kangaroo Zak Research Results published in Newborn & Infant Nursing Reviews, Standard of Care
3. Reducing Premature Infants’ Length of Stay and Improving Parents’ Mental Health Outcomes With the Creating Opportunities for
4. Parent Empowerment (COPE) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Program, A Randomized, Controlled Trial
5. For Finance Departments; Cost Model Evaluation of Kangaroo Care NICU Impacts – Jul17 Update
6. Safe criteria and procedure for kangaroo care with intubated preterm infants. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs.
7. Twenty-year Follow-up of Kangaroo Mother Care American Academy of Pediatrics, Dec 2017
8. Skin-to-skin care in preterm infants receiving respiratory support: Royal Women’s Hospital VIC Australia
9. World Health Organisation and UNICEF Baby Friendly USA (BFHI) Guideline 2016   Includes Kangaroo Care
10. Results and Video Interview of a Kangaroo Care Implementation Quality Improvement Project in 4 hospitals in Portugal. The Sobreviver Project (Survive)
11. Recommendations for involving the family in developmental care of the NICU baby Journal of Perinatology September 2015
12. Hospitals can save money by Reducing Premature Infants’ Length of Stay and Improving Parents’ Mental Health Outcomes With the Creating Opportunities for Parent Empowerment (COPE) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Program: A Randomized, Controlled Trial Paediatrics October 2006


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