The Zaky ZAK (previously known as Kangaroo Zak) is the award-winning ergonomic device for skin to skin contact and kangaroo care from birth until 3 months until due date.
Designed by Yamile Jackson, a native of Colombia living in Texas, a PhD in ergonomics engineering and [kangaroo] mother of Zachary.
It is ergonomically designed for the golden hour at delivery, Operating Room, then in NICU, and all other hospital units, caregiving facilities, and homes to hold one, two, or three babies weighing up to 12 lbs.
Cotton is washable 30+ times inside the wash bag that is included. Wash every 2-4 sessions or when soiled.
Parents wear it with nothing underneath for skin to skin; all others that do not have consent from the parents to do skin to skin then they wear the ZAK over the clothes.
It is soft, breathable, stretchy and strapless top made with natural fibers that wraps around the torso of the adult (it is unisex) and closes on the side with an adjustable zipper.
It provides safe, comfortable, hands-free kangaroo (skin-to-skin) sessions while sitting, reclined. Keep your hands over the baby while walking or standing.
The zippers are quiet and allow for a perfect fit and to partially open the ZAK for interventions, breastfeeding, and allow the baby to move while awake.
It supports standing and sitting transfer and allows for full access to the baby in an instant, quietly, and with minimal disruption.
The Zaky ZAK is used in hospitals since 2010 to support preemies and full term newborns up to 12 lbs in hospitals and thousands of homes globally. Holds one, two, or three babies securely without sliding.
Please consult with your healthcare provider about doing Kangaroo Care, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, WHO, UNICEF, etc.
Sizing is determined by the circumference of the chest of the parent under the armpit. Adjust for size of baby and how many babies will be held.The Zaky ZAK will stretch to contain the baby.
MANUFACTURER SUGGESTED AGE:
Adults of any size, and babies from birth at any gestational age, up to 12 lbs.
It is the only ergonomic device designed to hold babies in any unit of the hospital
Ergonomically designed for babies (and parents) of any size, medical condition, or developmental stage that has green light to hold the baby.
Babywearing strapless top for skin-to-skin contact/kangaroo care with a warm natural, antiallergenic fabric.
Features that facilitate skin to skin for Golden Hours (at delivery or Operating Room) - 2 hours is recommended for those moms that want to feed exclusively by breastfeed the baby.
Skin-to-skin contact from the baby's head to toes, prevents air-drafts that disturb the baby.
Washable 30+ times inside the laundry bag that is included. Wash every 2-4 sessions or when soiled.
Follows the same laundry protocol used for other cotton clothing.
Made from natural fibers, soft, safe, breathable and non-restricting fabrics for ultimate comfort and support
Recommended by Kangaroo Care and Skin-to-Skin Professionals globally
Ideal for adults that need help holding the weight of the baby and that may fall asleep while holding
Zippers are quiet, can be partially opened, they are extremely safe, and operate with minimum disruption to the baby.
Zipper can be partially opened for breastfeeding, pumping, perform interventions, or allow the baby to move and explore while awake (unless is medically necessary to keep the baby still)
May be worn alone as the fabric is soft and thick providing full coverage to the breasts, or with an open sweater or shirt if it is cold.
Moms, dads, and anyone authorized by the parents hold skin to skin.
Others (volunteer cuddlers, and staff) keep the clothes on. Reduces swaddling and increases warmth and positive sensorial stimulation of babies.
In emergency by any adult if incubators lose power.
Provides proper containment, and when used in the correct size, it helps prevent unplanned extubations of babies in intensive care during kangaroo care.