How to properly kangaroo a newborn baby?
The first thing to remember is that baby kangaroo is to be a direct skin-to-skin contact. This means that between the bodies of the baby and the kangaroo there should be no obstacle. T-shirts, sheets or a towel are not recommended. However, what is worth noting, of course, from the outside you can cover yourself so as not to cool yourself or your toddler. For babies born prematurely and with low birth weight, they are also put on a hat and socks because they are particularly vulnerable to heat loss.
For kangaroo, it is best to put on a shirt with a front zip. So that you can easily and comfortably unfasten it and thus get a sufficiently large area of bare skin. Importantly, before proceeding with kangarooing do not wash thoroughly. Even more so, do not disinfect the skin with the use of disinfectants available in the hospital. Thanks to this, the child will have a chance to take over the bacterial flora that comes from the parents' skin. It will be a protection for him against more dangerous hospital bacteria.
Kangaroo can take place lying, semi-sitting or sitting (sometimes also standing). The baby should be laid when kangarooing vertically around the belly and chest of mom or dad. In this position, the baby can lean on one or the other breast and rest. A newborn's quick fall asleep during kangaroo may indicate that the newborn is quickly calming down, relaxing and feeling secure. It is a perfect moment for the kangaroo person to take advantage of the rest. Even a moment of relaxation or sleep is needed before full-time parenting begins.
In the aspect of kangaroo it is also important to it lasted a minimum of 1 hour or more. Interestingly, although the newborn benefits most from kangaroo after delivery, it can be repeated many times, preferably every day, up to about 3 months of age.
Kangaroo newborns - the most important benefits
According to specialists, kangaroo newborns has many benefits. These include, but are not limited to:
- Reduction of postpartum stress - it's a benefit for both mother and child. After a tiring birth, the toddler needs some rest and relief. He will find them in the arms of a loved one - mom or dad while kangarooing. The warmth and softness of the skin, its touch and smell will help the baby regain peace and feel safe again.
- Reducing the risk of postpartum depression - a strong bond between mother and child usually appears already during pregnancy and becomes stronger as it progresses. However, the real explosion of emotions usually occurs when the parents see their baby for the first time, they can touch and hug them. As it turns out, postpartum kangaroo has a very positive effect on the mood of the newly baked mother. By cuddling her, the woman calms down, gets used to the sight of him and learns confidence in dealing with him. Thanks to this, he believes more in his competences. This, in turn, has the effect of reducing the risk of postpartum transient mood depression, the so-called 'baby blues'.
Other benefits of neonatal kangaroo
- Beneficial effect on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems - according to the tests, due to skin-to-mother and newborn skin contact, the breathing rhythms are leveled. This stimulates the baby's respiratory and cardiovascular systems, thanks to which he has fewer episodes of breathing disorders. This is most important for premature babies who are most at risk of developing them.
- Ensuring peaceful sleep and rest after delivery - cuddling that occurs during kangaroo is the best way to put your toddler to sleep.
- We have a faster return after giving birth. Kangaroo speeds up postpartum recovery from obstetrics. Among other things, by affecting the correct contraction of the uterus muscles after delivery. And also a reduction in bleeding that may occur in the early puerperium.
- Less trouble with lactation and easier feeding. A newborn cuddling to mother's breast is a clear signal for her body to increase milk production. On the other hand, kangaroo is an incentive to learn how to suck the breast and first feed.
- Colonization of newborn skin of mother's bacterial flora. As it turns out, the advantage of kangaroo is also the transmission, by direct contact, of bacteria living on the skin of the mother to the baby's skin. Although it may seem harmful, it is really beneficial for the baby. It protects it against skin infection with more dangerous hospital microbes.
- Proper development of the nervous system and facilitation of adaptation to the ectopic environmento - studies have shown that kangaroo children calm down more easily. They later become more resistant to stress.
In summary, the kangaroo of a newborn baby by mother or father is very beneficial for both parties and should be offered by hospital staff to all young parents.