Today is National Kangaroo Care Day. We think the practice of snuggling with your new little baby is just the best! We wanted to share some benefits and highlights with you today.
When a mother is kangarooing, the infant typically snuggles into the breast and falls asleep within a few minutes. The breasts themselves have been shown to change in temperature to accommodate a baby body's changing temperature needs. In other words, the breast can help better regulates an infant's body temperature and conserves a baby's calories.
The extra sleep that the infant gets snuggling with mom and the assistance in regulating body temperature helps the baby conserve energy and redirects calorie expenditures toward growth and weight gain. Being positioned on mom also helps to stabilize the infant's respiratory and heart rates. Finally, research has also shown that kangaroo care results in positive effects on brain development.Kangaroo care may help your baby:
- Stay warm
- Keep his heart and breathing regular
- Gain weight
- Spend more time in deep sleep
- Spend more time being quiet and less time crying when he’s awake
- Reduce your stress level
- Help build your confidence to take care of your baby
- Give the close connection you have been looking forward to
- Help with breastfeeding
The ability to do Kangaroo Care will be a definite highlight day in your NICU journey. Recording these moments and other highlights from the NICU will be appreciated for years to come. We think these milestone cards are a great way to capture this wonderful moment.
For more information please visit the March of Dimes.