“Kangaroo care” is just as it sounds – the practice of keeping newborns close because babies develop best when they are safe and sound in their parents’ arms. When they cuddle, parents and babies co-regulate their temperature, breathing and heart rate. Nothing works better, even for the tiniest and most vulnerable premies. The results are improved bonding, better brain development, reduced stress, deeper sleep, and better immunity, just to name a few.
Unfortunately, there are times when moms and dads simply can’t embrace their baby. For these moments, there’s Hugsy! It’s a smart blanket that mimics a parent’s presence – such as their warmth, smell, and unique heartbeat. This means kangaroo care can continue any time or any place, even outside the hospital!
Designer: Sylvie Claes of Hugsy
Hugsy is a 2017 Red Dot Design Concept Award winner.