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The Academy of Pediatrics and the Surgeon General are encouraging moms to practice skin-to-skin immediately after birth and throughout the post partum period. Learn these myths to ensure mom and baby receive all the benefits!

  1. Kangaroo Care (KC) and Skin-to-Skin Contact are two different things.
    Not Necessarily. KC is the formal practice of Skin-to-Skin Contact where baby is wearing only a diaper, positioned vertically on mom’s chest, allowing for full bare chest to bare chest contact and nerve stimulation. Skin-to-Skin contact is a more colloquial term for the practice, but it can mean various Skin-to-Skin positions (ie: baby breastfeeding in moms arms, cheek to chest or belly to belly, none of which deliver the benefits of the practice).

  2. Any amount of time spent Skin-to-Skin delivers physiologic benefits.
    False. Baby needs to be held for an uninterrupted 60 minutes to elicit a hormonal cascade delivering all the physical benefits KC offers.

  3. Kangaroo Care is only for premature babies.
    False. It was initially utilized as a life saving practice for preterm infants but there are over 160 research studies on the full-term newborn that documents the need and benefits of KC. It is promoted as an “Essential element of newborn care to save and improve all newborn lives” by UNICEF, Save The Children and World Health organizations.

  4. Skin-to-skin’s only benefit is bonding.
    False. Research has shown bonding is one of many benefits that are received by mom and baby, including accelerated brain development, less colic and crying, better eating and sleeping, improved weight gain and a stronger immune system. (Learn all the benefits here.)

  5. Kangaroo Care only works when a biological mother provides benefits to her baby.
    False. KC can be achieved by any human-to-human touch that triggers nerve stimulation on the front of the chest. This includes dads, grandparents, siblings and adoptive parents.

  6. Skin-to-Skin’s is only important immediately following birth.
    False. Skin-to-Skin is encouraged immediately after birth, throughout the hospital stay, and well after discharge. Families are encouraged to practice Skin-to-Skin for an uninterrupted 60 minutes during the first 12 weeks and beyond. The Academy of Pediatrics recommends Skin-to-Skin be given as long as possible and as frequently as possible during the post partum period, which is typically defined as the first 3 months of life.

  7. Kangaroo Care can only be performed in bed.
    False. Baby can be held in KC while mom is up on her feet and moving around so long as they are secure, supported, and in the correct KC position.

  8. Skin-to-skin contact is only for moms that plan to/are breastfeeding.
    False. All moms can practice skin-to-skin, regardless of their choice to breastfeed. The benefits received while holding baby in KC occur independently of breastfeeding. The beneficial hormonal cascade does not occur while breastfeeding.

  9. Swaddling a baby immediately after birth is more conducive to keeping baby warm and calm than in comparison to skin-to-skin contact.
    False. When mom holds her baby skin to skin the first hour following birth, the mother and baby exchange sensory information that stimulates and elicits “baby” behavior: rooting and searching for the breast, staying calm, breathing more naturally, staying warm, maintaining their body temperature and blood sugar levels. Babies that are swaddled immediately after birth have a more difficult time seeking out the breast. Furthermore, the mother begins to regulate her babies temperature within minutes of being on her skin.

  10. Kangaroo Care only provides benefits to baby.
    False. Mom receives benefits from Kangaroo Care, too! The same hormonal cascade that is activated in baby’s body, also occurs in mom’s body delivering benefits that include: faster recovery from vaginal/c-section delivery, increased milk production, reduction of stress hormone and less risk for postpartum depression.

See how the NüRoo Pocket provides coverage and mobility to mom’s practicing skin-to-skin.

28 Responses to “Top 10 Myths of Kangaroo Care”

  1. Bill Z Walton

    Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular post! It’s the little changes which will make the largest changes. Many thanks for sharing!|

  2. Meghan

    I’m hoping Nuroo will consider making a shirt for plus size mammas!! There are thousands of us with large breasts who wear XXL & bigger, especially while nursing. Please email me & let me know.

  3. Daniela, NuRoo Co-Founder

    Hi Meghan, we just launched a XXL NuRoo Pocket fitting size 20-24. It will be available on our website in the coming days, but please email me if you’re hoping for one sooner! They are at the warehouse as i write this :) Thanks so much for your interest and support!

  4. Elyssa

    Seems like a good idea except the pocket seems to take away from the actual skin to skin contact? Seems like the research presented was saying baby skin to adult skin, no clothing between.

  5. Rita

    I never knew what this was, but practiced this over 28 years ago! It works, and it’s amazing how calm I felt. I put the baby inside my shirt and went about my day.

  6. Kristi

    Will the NuRoo have more color choices? I see that you only offer sales in US through Babies R Us and only two colors (black and Teal). I’ve been admiring the other colors on your advertisement pictures, but can’t seem to find them anywhere? I like the blue or lavender. Please help :)
    Thank you

  7. Audrey

    Yes, please! I really want one of these, but need a size 22. Where and when will the larger sizes be available?

  8. Daniela, NuRoo Co-Founder

    The pocket hits baby at the diaper line, so there’s full skin-to-skin contact where it counts! The c-afferent nerves stimulated during skin-to-skin are located between the collar bone and sternum.

  9. Daniela, NuRoo Co-Founder

    Hi Kristi – We’d love to have more color choices in the future but for right now, the 3/4 sleeve is available in black and teal. The vented, short sleeve version is coming in new colors, but not until early fall.

  10. Daniela, NuRoo Co-Founder

    We ran into a hurdle updating the website to reflect new sizes but hope to have that revised in the coming days. In the mean time, plus sizes ARE available. Email hello@nuroobaby.com to place an order… We apologize for any confusion!

  11. B Ortiz

    I have a sizing question … On the nuroobaby site, there is a size M. At other places, it states M/L. I tried one on at a store, labeled M/L, at it felt good. Later, I decided to order one; the item I received was labeled just M, and feels a bit sung in the breasts and across the back, this is with no baby inserted… Was there a sizing shift during the manufacturing ?

  12. admin

    Hi there, Thanks so much for writing in. Yes, you are correct. After receiving feedback from consumers following our first round of production, we tweaked the fit and updated the title. The result is now a true size Medium as opposed to M/L. We apologize for any confusion. If there’s anything we can do to help, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly at hello@nuroobaby.com.

  13. Carrie

    Please please please offer more colors and be sure to include XXL when you do. I am so excited about using this product myself, and gifting it too, but the lack of color choices is frustrating. Consider more pastels and brights with mix & match belts. Thank you.

  14. Sara

    Hi, I only wear organic cotton and hemp. Will you be making nuroo in organic fabric? Please? Thanks!

  15. admin

    Hi Sara,

    Thanks so much for reaching out! We do have plans for an organic cotton version of the Pocket, however we have found the organic fibers to be difficult when it comes to providing the amount of support and memory that the shirt needs to keep baby in a safe and optimal position. We won’t give up. Stay tuned!

  16. MommaMo

    How does this work with a bra, is wearing one encouraged, discouraged, acceptable?

  17. Monica

    I had a 34 weeker 12 days ago and kangaroo care really help with my milk supply(i was producing 4 oz right after i seen him for the first time in the nice, and got to do KC), and every time my LO was skin to skin he would regulate his breathing, O2 stats would regulate and his heart rate would become more stable along with his temp! I’m still practicing this at home with him now just because we both love it so much!

  18. Meggie Ross

    Can you clarify your statement in myth #1? “Skin-to-Skin contact is a more colloquial term for the practice, but it can mean various Skin-to-Skin positions (ie: baby breastfeeding in moms arms, cheek to chest or belly to belly, none of which deliver the benefits of the practice)” I wasn’t aware the research made a distinction. We encourage any form of skin to skin contact – often before, during and after breastfeeding.

  19. J.

    What size would you recommend for an E cup? I haven’t given birth yet and would like to get the proper size. I expect to go up a cup size when my milk comes in…

  20. admin

    Hi there,

    We so apologize for the delay in responding. Somehow this comment eluded us! Sizing on the Pocket really is very dependent on your overall body, not just on the size of your chest. So things like where the shoulder seams hit, the size of your waist, etc all really are important to the fit. We discourage going up a size from your natural size because the shirt is designed to grow with you and baby via the stretch in our fabric. The closure on the inside panel of the Pocket, on the left side, should come all the way across and shut easily. If not, then you know you need to go up a size. Are you near one of our retailers? Our suggestion is to go to a store, start with the medium size and then go up or down based on the fit. If you aren’t near a retailer, you can always order directly from our site and order a few sizes and return what doesn’t work for you! Sorry for such a long answer but the the fit is so specific to each person, it’s not a quick answer!

  21. Anouk

    Kangaroo care is the best way to bond with your baby and the best cure for premie and birth trauma. Hope to find a NüRoo pocket that is organic or natural.

  22. Sarah

    I found #1 & 2 especially informative. I’ve heard of Kangaroo Care, but I did not know a lot about its specifics.

  23. Kay

    I have encountered all of these myths in my work. I think that number 6 is one of the one I hear most: Skin-to-Skin’s is only important immediately following birth. I encourage families to put baby skin to skin for at least the first 6-8 weeks postpartum, and even beyond that.

  24. Darla Burns

    I am a huge advocate for kangaroo care and talk about it when I train postpartum doulas. I was also really impressed with Nils Bergman’s research on Kangaroo Care and believe that the Nuroo product is extremely helpful to promote skin-to-skin to not only NICU babies, but for all babies and mamas!

  25. admin

    Thanks for the question! We discourage you wearing a bra as anything in between your skin and baby’s skin can get in the way of stimulation of the c-afferent nerve, which is responsible for the hormonal cascade that delivers all the great benefits!


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