Babies are often described as fetus' living outside the womb for the first 12 months of life and there's a very good reason for that. In terms of neurological development humans are born 12 months earlier than other animals.
Kangaroo care refers to the way Joeys are born prematurely and have to attach to their mother's teat inside her pouch in order to survive. And there they stay for the first nine months of life. There are so many benefits of Kangaroo care - even for full term babies.
It keeps your baby at the perfect temperature
During skin-to-skin contact your chest will warm up if your baby is too cold and cool down if your baby is too warm.
It promotes strong hormone production
Hormones aren't just good for milk production, they are also responsible for making sure you feel good! And skin-to-skin contact ensures that prolactin and oxytocin are in good supply.
Your baby will learn to breastfeed more quickly
Breastfeeding is a learning cuve for babies and their mothers alike. A baby who is settled and secure is in the best learning place possible for successful breastfeeding.
Feeds will be more frequent
Due to the small size of a baby's stomach, frequent feeds are extremely important, especially in the early weeks. Close contact ensures that your baby will wake regularly to feed, if for no other reason than smelling the milk.
It helps brain development
Babies brain development relies on skin-to-skin contact and eye contact to form the correct brain pathyways.
It helps alleviate colic
Babies with colic sleep better and cry less when Kangaroo care is performed.
Kangaroo Care and Premature Babies
Kangaroo care is even more important for premature babies. In addition to all the benefits to full term babies, skin-to-skin contact can:
- help your baby to gain weight faster
- improves your baby’s metabolism
- eliminate or lessen your baby’s anxiety
- help increase your baby’s immune system
And in general, skin-to-skin contact increases premature babies rate of survival.
Kangaroo Care and Your Hug-a-Bub
The hug-a-bub wrap carrier in the heart-to-heart position is uniquely suited to kangaroo care.
- The wrap allows skin-to-skin contact for as much as the day as you would like, while still giving the freedom for you to do whatever you need to do - even cooking dinner or toddler wrangling!
- The wrap promotes frequent breastfeeding and you can even breastfeed your baby while they are still in the wrap.
- Because the hug-a-bub is a wrap it is designed to fit all babies - from the tiniest of premature babies.
- As weight is distributed across your body, the wrap is very comfortable and you can take advantage of as much skin-to-skin snuggle time as you like
- In addition to skin-to-skin contact, the wrap allows for as much touching, kissing and snuggling as you like -even when your baby is asleep.
What is your favourite part about babywearing? In what way did you find it helped you the most?