Your The Zaky HUG®

Everyone needs a HUG.  Hugs increase oxytocin, melatonin, and serotonin, the hormones for feelings of connection, bonding, safety, trust, relaxation, happiness, and that support falling and staying asleep.

The Zaky HUG® is arguably the most sophisticated, versatile, and loving gift that calms them and keeps you connected by touch.

Our nurturing touch and scent lead them to quiet sleep; that's when their brain grows.
The Zaky HUG
® promotes zero-separation, attachment, a sense of security, and sleep which are needed for neuroprotection and the development of sensory systems like touch, motion, position, smell and taste, hearing, emotion, social learning, and memory.

Independent research suggests that babies with The Zaky HUG® experienced significant improvement in self-regulation (sleep, neuroprotection) and reduced apnea, bradycardia, and pain indicators.

The Zaky HUG® has touched over a million families in homes and hospitals globally and continues to be the preferred gift for newborns and children of every size, medical condition, and developmental stage.

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Evidence shows that touch leads babies to quiet sleep; that’s when the brain develops.  Sensory systems that require sleep for normal development include touch, motion, position, smell and taste, hearing, seeing, emotion, social learning, and memory.

Your nurturing touch changes everything, from the newborn's brain to the adult's heart. Above all, touch best communicates your love for each other and keeps you calm and connected.

The Zaky HUG® is engineered to ergonomically mimic your touch’s firmness, weight, softness, warmth, shape, and scent, so your baby feels loved and sleeps when you are not holding them.

Click here to learn about the benefits of using the Zaky HUG® for NICU babies participating in independent clinical studies.

By providing a positive sensory experience, family-integrated care, relaxation, and nonpharmacologic pain management, The Zaky HUG® is the preferred intervention for babies. That’s why The Zaky HUG® has been used and loved in homes and hospitals for almost two decades. 

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How to use The Zaky HUG®

The Zaky HUG® is ergonomically crafted to absorb your scent and engineered to extend the power of your touch.

We ergonomically engineered The Zaky HUG® to increase your baby’s sense of security and provide the optimum surroundings for relaxation, so they sleep in their own space, as recommended by the experts.


WORK IT: Extend the power of your touch and adjust the filling for positioning, nesting, soothing, providing boundaries, containment, and your scent, and see how it becomes their favorite calming item for quiet times for years to come.

SELECT THE WEIGHT: Place less than 10-15% of the baby’s weight over their body unless otherwise recommended by your healthcare team. Each hand of The Zaky HUG® weighs 1.1 lbs. (500 gr), so adjust the filling as needed.

WARM IT: against your skin, in the dryer for a couple of minutes, or a towel/blanket warmer.

SCENT IT: Place The Zaky HUG® behind your neck or on the chest for an hour or more.

SKIN-TO-SKIN CARE, KANGAROO CARE, SKIN-TO-SKIN CONTACT: Use it as a neck roll to scent and warm it while holding your baby. Leave The Zaky HUG® with your baby after the Kangaroo Care session to keep them calm. Use The Zaky ZAK® (sold separately) to hold your baby for safety, comfort, and evidence-based practice.

WASH.DRY.STORE.TRANSPORT in the organic cotton wash bag that came with your purchase, preferably avoiding artificial scents and harsh chemicals.

SCIENCE: Click here to learn about the groundbreaking results on self-regulation, family-centered care, pain management, and calming effects of The Zaky HUG®. 

SAFE TO SLEEP: Use The Zaky HUG® to provide nurturing and predictable surroundings that soothe them to sleep. Follow the American Academy of Pediatrics ABCs for Safe Sleep: Remove The Zaky HUG® after the baby is asleep, so they sleep ALONE, positioned on their BACK, and in their CRIB. Always use them under the supervision of an adult.

GROWING WITH THE ZAKY HUG®:  Babies love the weight, soothing touch, and your scent, making it their favorite aid to fall asleep even as they grow. We have customers that, after 12 years, still use them at night for comfort. Nothing replaces being comforted by you, and The Zaky HUGs® are there to extend the power of your touch.