May is #kangaroocareawarenessmonth and each week this month I’ll be sharing a piece of our journey of kangaroo care, why it’s important and how our @joeyband_by_sleepbelt played a major part in it.
When the girls finally came home from the NICU seven weeks later they weren’t even full term - they were still itty bitty at 35 weeks! With a toddler at home too it was a whirlwind. I think the only upside was that the twins just spent 99% of the time sleeping. It was a literal cycle of eat, sleep, poop, repeat.
The twins and I had gotten into such a great routine that we kept it up when we were home and yes - that included kangaroo Care! Doing skin to skin at home had so many more upsides. A comfier place to sit, endless snacking, Netflix on a tv screen instead of an iPad. Skin to skin time at home also led to breastfeeding.
I hadn’t had success breastfeeding my first and I often wonder if I would’ve gone down the same path if it hadn’t spent so much time doing kangaroo care. It wasn’t an immediate transition but being home and cuddled up without clothes on all the time made it a fairly easy one. Most importantly my Joeyband helped me breastfeed in public. I could have the girls sitting upwards or laying on my lap, wrapped in the Joeyband and have two hands to help wherever needed.
Kangaroo care at home helped keep my stress and anxiety down. Bringing home preemies is such a relief but also absolutely terrifying. I felt like I had had too easy of a NICU journey with them and spent every day waiting for something to finally go wrong. But when anxiety crept up I could grab the girls, settle them into the Joeyband and feel my stress melt away.
We’re nearing 11 months later and we STILL use our band (though, as you can see in the photos, they got too big and we needed a new size Sleepbelt!) Don’t forget - if you or someone you know needs a Joeyband you can use BEING15 and save!