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The Kangaroo Zak™ is the only innovative device ergonomically designed with the sole objective of facilitating safe, prolonged, and effective kangaroo care sessions in the hospital from birth until 3 months of age.
It provides comfort, proper positioning, and sense of security to the baby, virtually eliminates the risk of accidental falls and slipping that causes dislodging of medical equipment. It also facilitates immediate access to the baby in case of emergency and it is the only device in the market that facilitates hands-free holding regardless of the size of the baby. .
During this continuous contact the baby (and parent) can reach deep sleep necessary to heal, grow and develop the brain.
The Kangaroo Zak™ (KZ) is a soft, breathable, stretchy and strapless top made with natural fibers that wraps around the torso of the adult and closes on the side with a zipper.
Two adjustable sizes are available: Size 1 adjusts to Small / Medium / Large (size of the mother's blouse) Size 2 adjusts to XL / 2XL / 3XL.
The Kangaroo Zak is patented and successfully incorporates ergonomic principles with the philosophy of the Kangaroo Care Method to provide the most effective environment/habitat for the baby and for the parent so that the sessions are safe and prolonged and the benefits and results maximized.
Made for babies in the hospital (babies at home can only use the Kangaroo Zak with the proper training and instructions from the professional): NICU, Post-Partum.
Results achieved by the consistent use of the Kangaroo Zak to facilitate Kangaroo Care:
The Kangaroo Zak ™ was designed by Yamile Jackson, a PhD in ergonomics and human factors engineering and a kangaroo mother herself. Since 2010 she is certified as a Kangaroo Caregiver Professional and is an instructor for the Kangaroo Care Certification Course offered by the United States Institute for Kangaroo Care.
Please note that the mom in these instructions has a brown Kangaroo Zak to be discreet for the pictures but disregard it and do not use anything under the Kangaroo Zak.
|To wear the Kangaroo Zak (KZ) opening the zipper|
|1. Open the KZ.
Decide if you want the zipper up or turn it around and zip it down depending on your needs and preference
|2. In this example we are zipping it up. Wrap it around the parent's torso.
Nurse can assist if parent is on a wheel chair or on a bed.
|3. Select the size that is comfortable for the parent and close the zipper. The KZ will stretch to fit the size of the baby||4. Close the zipper all the way||5. Parent is ready to start Kangaroo Care.|
To transfer the baby (Sitting or Standing)
|1. Lower the Kangaroo Zak to expose the chest||2. transfer the baby and place the baby in proper kangaroo position before covering him/her|| 3. Lift the Kangaroo Zak over the baby (securing the correct Kangaroo Position) covering up to the lobule of the ears
||4. You can always see the position of the baby by the contour of the baby's body. Effective Quality Control.||5. Once the baby is positioned and secured, enjoy your session.|
Transfer the baby standing reduces transfer time/distance & exposure time
|1. Wear the Kangaroo Zak. Lean over the baby and lift him towards the chest with both hands. Place the baby over the Kangaroo Zak(to minimize mother's exposure of breasts).||2. Make sure the baby is in the correct Kangaroo Position and lower the KZ and lift it covering the baby. Nurses or therapists need to help with any medical equipment.||3.Cover the baby up to the ear lobe securing the baby in place.||4. Once the baby is safe inside the KZ with the zipper fully closed, then the parent can sit down with the help of the hands.|
In Case of Emergency
Loss of Power to Incubators
| The Kangaroo Zaks are a must-have devices in the NICU's Emergency Kit.
In case of emergency, the staff wear the Kangaroo Zak to kangaroo the babies and still have hands-free to help other babies or do other tasks.
|IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF THE BABY FROM KANGAROO CARE:
You may lower the Kangaroo Zak and release the baby immediately.
|IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF THE BABY FROM KANGAROO CARE:
Or, you may also open the zipper and release the baby in less than 2 seconds.
|Resting / Sleeping during Kangaroo Care Sessions
IMPORTANT: We do not recommend parents sleeping without using the Kangaroo Zak because of the risks of accidental falling or sipping down dislodging any equipment. Kangaroo Zak must be fully closed and baby fully covered before the parent can sleep.
|1. Parents naturally want to sleep while in Kangaroo Care. Make sure the zipper is fully closed and the baby is in proper kangaroo position.||2. Parents can recline and sleep or relax while in Kangaroo Care.
The safety, proper position, contaiment, and boundaries are provided by the Kangaroo Zak.
|3. Parents can place the hands on the baby.||4. Check the position of by looking at the countour of the baby through the Kangaroo Zak.|
|For warmth if needed, place a blanket (included free with each Kangaroo Zak) on top of the Kangaroo Zak™ or around the shoulders of the parent
Stabilize the mom's head with The Zaky™ while she scents it.
|Since the mom has her hands free, she can interact with other family members/staff.
The KZ holds babies of any size even if the NICU does not have recliners.
Also, parents can read, knit, watch movies, text, work on the computer/tablet/phone, because they can use their hands while holding.
|Scent The Zaky by placing it on the skin of the parent. Leave The Zaky(s) with the baby when the Kangaroo Care session ends.||Fathers use the Kangaroo Zak and feel more comfortable holding the baby, thus holding more often and for prolonged time.
By design the shoulders of the parents are exposed so the parent can cover or not depending on his/her own temperature and of the NICU's.
|The Kangaroo Zak is also ideal for postpartum. It virtually eliminates the risk of accidental falls when used properly.||Every baby that qualifies for Kangaroo Care can be held hands-free with the Kangaroo Zak.||The Kangaroo Zak is the only ergonomic device for kangaroo care that is centered on the family and that guarantees prolonged sessions.||Rule of Thumb: preemies kangaroo for 6 months. and full-term for 3 months.
Parents should kangaroo at least 80% of the time they are in the NICU.
|Hold multiples safely with the Kangaroo Zak. This mother is
scenting The Zakys to leave with the babies after the Kangaroo Care session is over.
|Full-term babies kangaroo for 3 months. The Kangaroo Zak is made specifically for babies in the hospital and staff must teach the parents before the baby's discharge on how to kangaroo at home.||The Kangaroo Zak holds the babies in place so the medical equipment is not dislodged. We do not recommend tying or securing the equipment with strings or hooks as it prolonges the access time to the baby in case of emergency.
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Only two sizes are needed to fit 95 percentile of the NICU moms.
To select the proper size and its adjustment, the Kangaroo Care professional must consider your size and that of the baby and assist with proper fitting. The Zangaroo Zak must fit snug to provide boundaries but not so snug as to compromise the baby’s respiratory effort.
Rule of Thumb: use the mother's for the current size of her blouse (the Kangaroo Zak will stretch to fit the size of the baby). For the father is the comparable size of the woman's. Adjust as necessary.
Kangaroo Zak™ adjusts to 3 sizes as follows:
- Size 1 adjusts to fit S/M/L
- Size 2adjusts to fit XL/2XL/3XL
Contact us if you need smaller or bigger sizes: We have them available in non-adjustable (closed with a stitch with no zippers) sizes from XS to 6XL.
|Skin to Skin contact instructional video (subtitles in English)
Institute of Neonatology, Belgrade, Serbia
This Institute uses the Zaky and Kangaroo Zak as Standard of Care
|Since that video was produced, the Institute of Neonatology of Serbia uses the Kangaroo Zaks to hold every baby including multiples.|
Kangaroo Zak is the best choice for standard of Kangaroo Care in Post-partum units globally.
It is ergonomically made by a Kangaroo Mother that is certified in Kangaroo Care and has a PhD in ergonomics engineering.
As with the Zaky, the baby comes first: s/he is positioned well, and then and only then, secured with the Kangaroo Zak. As opposed to "stuffing" the baby down and over-handling/stimulation to provide the correct kangaroo care positioning.
It is made specifically for parents to hold the babies skin-to-skin during hospitalization (NICU and Post-partum), regardless of size or medical condition (as long as the baby is stable enough to be moved to/from the parent).
It is easy to use, comfortable, easy to transfer and to access the baby at any time, requires minimal training time for the nurse and the parent, so you can spend the time teaching about Kangaroo Care and its benefits.
By having only one layer of fabric over the baby, it creates a comfortable and constant containment with no excess fabric, pressure points or creases.
It eliminates the risk of dropping the baby during Kangaroo Care Sessions, and facilitates a safe transfer. With supervision, parents can rest and even sleep knowing that the baby is secure and well positioned. For added comfort, warm the Kangaroo Zak in the blanket warmer or the dryer for a couple of minutes before wearing it.
May be used to kangaroo multiples - select the correct size depending on the mother and the size of the babies.
Depending on the parent's preference and the temperature of the hospital, it may be used by itself, with a hospital gown or open shirt/blouse/sweater. A blanket may be used over the Kangaroo Zak if needed.
Hospitals only have to stock 2 sizes that fit 6 different sizes of parent (Size 1 adjusts to S/M/L, and Size 2 adjusts to XL/2XL/3XL). To select the proper Size and its adjustment, the medical professional must consider your size and that of the baby and assist with proper fitting. The Kangaroo Zak must fit snug to provide boundaries but not so snug as to compromise the baby’s respiratory effort.
Parents easily learn from the healthcare professional how to do the standing transfer safely and alone.