This May, our NICU families are encouraged to participate in a Kangaroo-a-Thon
contest promoting the benefits of Kangaroo Care. Kangaroo Care encourages
families to hold their infants with skin-to-skin contact. Named after
baby kangaroos that are carried in their mother’s pouch, infants
are held on their parent’s chest to promote growth, feeding, vital
signs and bonding.
Studies have shown Kangaroo Care helps infants:
- Lessen stress and crying
- Improve brain growth
- Improve parent-baby bonding
- Prepare to breastfeed sooner
- Increase and enhance breastfeeding
- Improve weight gain.
Since skin-to-skin contact benefits all newborns, all families are encouraged
to participate in Kangaroo Care using the same methods we use in our NICU.
Our experts make these recommendations when practicing skin-to-skin contact at home:
- Sit in a dark and quiet room
- Keep the baby in a diaper
- Place the baby on your bare chest
- Place a blanket on the back of the baby
- Make sure the baby’s face can be seen and is uncovered