Positioning during Kangaroo Care is just as important as positioning on the bed. Here is our 10 Point Checklist for Baby’s Safe Positioning During Kangaroo Care
- Baby is between the parent’s bare breasts, and wearing only diaper (no higher than the belly button). Socks may be worn if the room is too cold. A hat is a must for babies weighing less than 1000 grams.
- Baby is strictly vertical and skin-to-skin/chest-to-chest with the parent.
- Baby’s head and spine are mid-aligned for proper breathing and comfort.
- Legs are flexed and in frog position.
- Feet are flexed and toes facing outward.
- Arms are flexed to each side and hands are up and by the head
- Cover the baby’s back up to the bottom of the baby’s earlobe
- Head is in midline and in lateral position and face, nose and mouth are uncovered, unobstructed, and in constant view.
- Parent lowers the head and kisses the top of her baby’s head.
- Both parent and baby are being watched/ monitored during kangaroo care.
Parent is sitting up or reclined (never horizontal, or prone).