YOUR NEWBORN CARRIER
DESIGNED FOR HANDS-FREE, SKIN-TO-SKIN CONTACT WITH BABY.
Made using our Signature Fabric, the NuRoo Pocket allows you to spend more time skin-to-skin. Designed to go on like a shirt, our carrier eliminates wrapping, tying and knotting to make babywearing a breeze. As your post partum body changes and your baby grows, the adjustable closures give you the perfect ﬁt every time. The technical properties of our fabric keep you and baby cozy, so you can spend more time skin-to-skin.
Your baby’s skin is delicate, sensitive and brand new to the elements of the outside world. In developing our signature fabric, it was of utmost importance that it be super duper soft, a difference you’re sure to feel.
We use ﬂat lock stitching to make the design feel seamless so there aren’t any big chunky, uncomfortable seams chaﬁng you and your peanut.
Our fabric is designed to create a compression ﬁt that hugs baby to your skin, recreating that womb-like, “held” feeling that soothes + supports your baby, making them feel safe + secure.
We use ﬂat lock stitching to make the design feel seamless so there aren’t any big chunky, uncomfortable seams chaﬁng you and your peanut.
BREATHABLE + MOISTURE
Thanks to those postpartum hormones, you’re running warm, no matter the season. Our breathable, moisture-wicking fabric keeps you and baby cool and dry. You’ll naturally build heat wearing baby skin-to-skin, but the moisture is pulled out and released from the fabric, so your carrier won’t feel sweaty or wet.
4 WAY STRETCHThe ﬁrst and only skin-to-skin carrier to adhere to ASTM sling/carrier standards, passing retention testing up to 45 pounds. The wearer is hands free and can be up and on their feet. A great parting gift to send home with mom + baby, encouraging ongoing skin-to-skin contact.
The beneﬁts of skin to skin contact, for both mom + baby, are truly remarkable. In fact, the beneﬁts are so important for your little one’s development, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends daily skin-to-skin sessions throughout the ﬁrst three months of your baby’s life. To receive all the beneﬁts, mom + baby need to stay skin-to-skin for 60 uninterrupted minutes. Mom life is a busy life, and ﬁnding 60 minutes to lay in bed or on the couch, cuddled skin-to-skin is diﬃcult to do! Not to mention, if you have other children to care for. We designed the Pocket so that you and your baby can receive all the beneﬁts of skin-to-skin contact and be up and on your feet, living your life as you do!
FEATURES YOU’RE SURE TO LOVE
+ USE IT RIGHT FROM BIRTH
You can use this the day your baby is born, so be sure to wash and pack it in your hospital bag. The Pocket supports the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and is approved for use in the NICU with pre-term infants and twins, while seated.
+ EASE OF USE
With new babies, there is a lot going on and a lot to ﬁgure out. That’s why our Pocket is so easy to use. It goes on like a shirt – no wrapping, tying, or knotting involved – which makes putting baby in and taking baby out a cinch. Check out the instructions for more info on how to wear.
+ HANDS FREE CARRIER
The Pocket is the ﬁrst and only skin-to-skin carrier to adhere to the sling/carrier standards, passing retention testing up to 45 pounds. Baby is securely snuggled against your skin, giving you the comfort to be hands free. Even if you’re not on the go, think of your newfound freedom… even something as simple as eating a bowl of cereal is now achieviable!
+ SUPPORTS HEALTHY HIP DEVELOPMENT
The Pocket has been acknowledged as a “hip healthy” product by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, meaning that baby is in the proper M position making it ergonomic, and safe for baby’s hips.
+ CUSTOM FIT
The Pocket is adjustable to accommodate your growing baby and changing body. You create a custom ﬁt every time to safely and comfortably accommodate baby’s growth and your body’s unique contours. Sold in 4 sizes ﬁtting size 0-26, our size chart will help you to choose which is right for you.
THE NAKED TRUTH
HOW SKIN TO SKIN WORKS
Over 40 years of research has proven that in the early months of life, Skin-to-Skin contact, also referred to as Kangaroo Care, creates remarkable benefits for you and your baby. Full chest-to-chest contact between mom (or partner, grandparent, even sibling!) and baby is crucial when practicing skin-to-skin, as this is the location of the C-Afferent Nerve. When stimulated, it results in all of the physiological benefits that Skin-to-Skin offers.
The outer layer of our skin, over the front of our chest, is especially sensitive and powerful. It’s packed with nerve fibers that release hormones which eliminate stress responses in the brain and body. These extremely sensitive nerves, coined C-Afferent Nerves, respond only to pleasing human touch. When the nerves are stimulated, it sends a message of pleasure directly to the brain. In response, the brain produces oxytocin which initiates a hormonal cascade delivering the following:
Skin-to-Skin contact is a multi-sensory experience. Holding baby on your skin increases the development of essential neural pathways, which accelerates brain maturation. In addition, research shows that kangaroo’ed babies spend more time in quiet sleep, which enhances organizational patterns in the brain and decreases baby’s stress responses.
REDUCES CRYING / STRESS
The direct connection with your skin during Kangaroo Care soothes baby so much that babies’ cortisol levels (stress hormone) are measurably lowered after only 20 minutes of being held Skin-to-Skin. And, remarkably, their pain is reduced when held Skin-to-Skin. As a result, babies who experience regular Kangaroo Care often cry less and appear less agitated.
Maintaining body temperature is essential for young infants who do not yet have the skills to keep themselves warm. Nature takes care of that through a process known as thermoregulation. Within minutes of being held Skin-to-Skin, the mother’s breasts automatically adjust to cool baby down or warm him up, in response to what baby needs. And if you have twins, mom’s breasts can act independently to take care of multiple babies at once.
QUALITY OF SLEEP
Development of mature brain function in infants depends on the quality of their sleep cycling. During Kangaroo Care, most infants fall asleep easily, and achieve what is called “Quiet Sleep”, a natural deep sleep for 60 minutes or more. This is important, because research points to Quiet Sleep as one of the most beneficial for accelerating brain patterning and maturation.
Baby’s immune system is stimulated when placed Skin-to-Skin. Mom’s mature immune system passes antibodies through her skin and breast milk to baby. Being on mom’s skin also increases baby’s skin hydration, which provides a protective barrier from harmful bacteria entering baby’s skin.
DIGESTION & WEIGHT GAIN
Kangaroo Care reduces cortisol + somatostatin in babies, allowing for better absorption and digestion of nutrients, while lessening gastrointestinal problems. With a reduction of these hormones, their bodies preserve brown fat (healthy fat babies are born with), helping to maintain birth weight and keep a warm body temperature. As a result, baby’s body does not have to burn its own fat stores to stay warm, resulting in better weight gain. After just one hour of Skin-to-Skin, the infant’s digestive system is restored to the right balance for optimal GI function.
HEART RATE & BREATHING
Simply put, through Kangaroo Care, baby’s body learns to self-regulate, resulting in a regular and stable heart beat and breathing pattern. 75% of sporadic breathing and slow heart rate episodes are reduced through Skin-to-Skin.
Studies have shown that newborns held Skin-to-Skin immediately after birth are TWICE AS LIKELY to breastfeed within the first hour than swaddled newborns. 60 minutes of Skin-to-Skin increases feeding frequency and raises prolactin levels in mom, a hormone critical for maintaining an adequate milk supply.
Reduces risk of
Kangaroo Care increases the levels of maternal oxytocin, which serves to restore mom’s pre-pregnancy hormonal levels and reduce the risk of postpartum depression, a condition that effects one in seven mothers in the United States.
Studies have shown that moms who practice Kangaroo Care from the start are more likely to continue exclusive breastfeeding when they bring baby home. The surge in maternal oxytocin and prolactin levels in the early hours after birth appear to have long-term effects in increased milk production. Moms who experience breastfeeding difficulties are likely to see near-immediate improvements by practicing Kangaroo Care for at least 60 minutes per session, 1-2 times a day.
Increased levels of maternal oxytocin are released while mom is holding baby in Kangaroo Care, which in turn…
- + Reduces blood pressure
- + Lowers cortisol levels (stress hormone)
- + Reduces postpartum bleeding
- + Increases pain tolerance
PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL BEING
The increased levels of maternal oxytocin, a natural hormone that creates a “relaxation and well-being” response, aids in mom responding with nurturing and affectionate behaviors toward her baby. Mom is more sensitive and aware of her baby’s needs and feels more confident about her parenting skills.
1. GO TOPLESS
Mom should be completely topless (not even a bra like above), semi-reclined, with baby wearing only diaper.
2. CHEST TO CHEST
Place baby in a vertical position directly against your bare chest, with their shoulders resting on or above your breasts to stimulate both of your c-affarent nerves.
3. LOOK + LISTEN
Turn baby’s head to one side and always keep their face visible + kissable.
HERE’S OUR MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED
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BABY SEEMS TO BE SITTING VERY LOW IN THE POCKET, HOW CAN I POSITION HER HIGHER?
Place baby high on your shoulder when positioning them into the carrier, so that they settle in on your chest. Their head should be resting right at or just beneath your collar bone. Often, parents will start with baby in this position leaving them sitting too low. It takes a few tries to get it right and baby may not be used to being held vertically so give them a chance to settle in before giving up. They may fuss at first, but happily settle.
CAN I BREASTFEED WHILE WEARING IT?
You sure can! With some practice, you and baby will quickly figure out your favorite position. Try nursing in the NüRoo Pocket while seated first. Lift your breast and guide baby to latch. The wide interior pocket provides plenty of room to angle baby to either side.
CAN I WEAR BABY FORWARD FACING?
No, Baby should always be chest to chest with mom in the NüRoo Pocket. This is where all the advantages of Skin-to-skin happen. When used as a carrier, baby should still be held in the vertical position facing mom with their legs frogged or in the M position.
HOW MUCH WEIGHT CAN THE CARRIER SUPPORT?
The Pocket meets Sling Carrier Standards and is recommended to be used for babies up to 25 lbs. Developmentally, around 4-5 months of age, your baby will start to become more curious about their environment and ready to transition to a soft structured carrier.
HOW DO I KNOW MY SIZE WHEN PREGNANT?
Sizing is based on your pre-pregnancy bust and dress size. Check out our size chart on the shop page to find your best fit.
CAN THIS BE WORN WITH TWINS? MULTIPLES?
You can use the pocket for coverage while practicing skin-to-skin with twins or triplets so long as they fit ‘visible and kissable’ in the neckline and you are seated. It is not recommended that you be on your feet with more than one baby in the NüRoo Pocket.
I”M AN ADOPTIVE PARENT, ARE SKIN-TO-SKIN + THE POCKET STILL BENEFICIAL FOR ME AND MY BABY?
Absolutely! Full chest-to-chest contact between you and baby is the only thing required to stimulate the c-afferent nerves. When stimulated, a hormonal cascade delivers all the physiological benefits that skin-to-skin offers. It’s a wonderful way for all parents to bond with your baby as it increases levels of oxytocin in both the baby and the wearer, creating a “relaxation and well-being” response. This aids mom (or dad) in responding with nurturing and affectionate behaviors towards baby, they become more sensitive and aware of baby’s needs, and leads to feeling more confident about parenting skills!
CAN I USE THE POCKET WITH MY PREEMIE IN THE NICU?
Yes! The Pocket supports the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and is approved for use in the NICU with pre-term infants. When your baby is stable and free of any intervention, meaning lines or tubes, you can wear the Pocket with baby and be up and on your feet, hands free. If your preemie is not yet free of lines or tubes, you can still wear the Pocket, but would want to do so while seated. In this case, you’d put the Pocket on, position baby properly on your chest for skin to skin contact and instead of putting baby in the internal pocket, you’d simply pull the inside panel over baby, then secure the outside panel across your body to keep baby secure and supported.
IS THERE A MINIMUM WEIGHT BABY MUST BE TO USE THE CARRIER?
We’re proud to say that even the smallest of babies are safely worn in the Pocket. As soon as your little one is cleared for skin-to-skin contact, you may begin using the Pocket. If your baby is in the NICU and tethered to lines and tubes, you need not place them inside the interior pocket as you will only be practicing skin-to-skin while seated. You can simply wrap and secure the two outer panels around you and baby for coverage. Once they have outgrown the need for monitors, you are ready to use the shirt as a carrier and should always place baby in the interior pocket when wearing them!
SHOULD MY BABY BE CLOTHED OR ONLY IN A DIAPER WHEN IN THE POCKET?
If you are wearing the Pocket for skin to skin contact, baby should be wearing only a diaper. If you’re using the Pocket simply as a hands free carrier, baby can certainly have clothes on! Because of the snug fit of the shirt, and to prevent overheating, baby should only have one layer of clothing on while in the Pocket. However, you could throw a sweater or jacket over the Pocket if you’d like some extra warmth. Just make sure baby is always visible and kissable and you’re good to go!