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The Science Behind

The science behind the power of your touch:

Your touch is really powerful. After reviewing over 600 scientific papers on the effects of human touch on babies, the Canadian Association of Pediatric Health Centers (CAPHC) concluded that the power of your touch is undeniable.

Science clearly supports that caregiver touch has a powerful effect on babies’ brains and bodies, optimizing healthy growth and development, both in the short and long term” (CAPHC)

The benefits are multiple: sleep, growth and weight gain, memory, problem solving, social skills....and so on. Science is learning quickly what your intuition has known all along! 

Learn more about this in our blog.

The science behind quiet sleep: 

Your touch provides the physical and emotional support needed for your baby to reach quiet sleep, that’s when the brain develops systems for life: from problem solving to social to athletic skills.

The National Sleep Foundation says that during quiet sleep “...important hormones are released for growth and development.” Some experts say that it is during that type of “... sleep that deeper section of the brain develops further, making deep connections within the brain.”

The science behind skin to skin:

Skin to skin is the type of touch that offers the most benefits to babies, according to WHO.

This technique maximizes the surface of baby skin exposed to caregiver touch; making magic happens! Practice it as frequently as possible for at least 60 min at a time- the length of a full baby sleep cycle. 12 weeks after your baby’s due date, she won't need as much warmth. She’ll have her own way of saying “mommy, daddy...let’s put some clothes on.” ;)

The science behind our products:

Created by a PhD in ergonomics engineering and mother, after 3 years of research and development. (Read our moving story)

  • The Zaky ZAK carefully designed for caregivers to provide skin-to-skin care to ANY baby. Hospital staffs trust it even the most vulnerable babies because the simplicity of its design meet the most complex situations.
      • The Zaky HUG ergonomically designed to mimic your arm’s firmness, weight, touch, warmth, and scent to communicate to your baby that you are still there even if you are apart. Materials were selected so the surface absorbs your scent and stays warm. The filling never gets hot so you are safe that your baby won't perspire or overheat because of it. An independent study funded by Georgia College entitled: Neuroprotective Core Measure 2: Partnering with Families – Effects of a Weighted Maternally-Scented Parental Simulation Device on Premature Infants in Neonatal Intensive Care, concluded, among other benefits, that "Neuroprotective care using a weighted maternally-scented parental simulation device [The Zaky HUG] resulted in increased physiologic stability of premature and early term infants through the promotion of self-regulation seen by reduction of stressful behaviors, and decreased apnea, and bradycardia." This research, together with those about Kangaroo Care, sheds light to the possibility that apnea/bradycardia may be preventable.
  • The Zaky ZEN Prepares your skin for the smoothest touch. Free of sulfates, toxic chemicals, fillers, parabens, dyes and synthetic fragrances. Unscented so your baby feels his favorite scent: yours. Or naturally scented so your baby develops memory structures with subtle scents. Regularly check our blog to learn more about babies sense of smell!.