Hugsy: Bonding in a heartbeat
All babies develop best when they are safe and sound in their parents’ arms. During skin-to-skin cuddling sessions, known as kangaroo care, parent and baby co-regulate their temperature, breathing and heart rate. Nothing works better, even for prematurely born babies who are cared for in an incubator. Its benefits are proven: improved bonding, better brain development, reduced stress, deeper sleep, and better immunity, just to name a few.
Hugsy makes the benefits of a mother’s or father’s embrace last longer, to provide comfort to babies even when their parents cannot be nearby. The Hugsy Pouch, a snug kangaroo care blanket, captures a parent’s warmth and scent, while the Hugsy Heartbeat records and plays back their unique and familiar heartbeat. Hugsy has won several design awards and is currently being used in Dutch hospitals during clinical trials.