Safer and easier kangaroo care in the NICU

Nurturing Families

Kangaroo Care

The Kangarobe™ is a comfortable robe that a parent wears during kangaroo care (skin-to-skin care) in the NICU.

Special fasteners allow the baby’s tubes and lines to be secured more easily and safely.

The vertical window allows the nurse to check on baby without disturbing kangaroo care.

The Kangarobe’s patent-pending design allows for faster and easier set-up of kangaroo care in the NICU.

Baby’s lines can be easily secured in multiple places.

The Kangarobe™ was also made with parent’s comfort in mind. The nurse can do checks and procedures on baby via the vertical window, all while keeping the parent covered.

Clinical Study

Interim results from a study in the NICU at Stanford Children’s Hospital show that, as compared to the standard of care, parents and nurses agree that:

  • The Kangarobe™ saves time for set up of kangaroo care in the NICU.
  • The Kangarobe™ is easier to use.
  • The Kangarobe™ is more comfortable.
  • Baby’s lines and breathing tubes are more secure when using the Kangarobe™.

About Us

Dr. Ruth Ann Crystal is a board certified, Ob/Gyn physician on Adjunct Clinical Faculty at Stanford, inventor, and mentor at StartX (Stanford’s startup accelerator).

Jules Sherman is an industrial designer, Director of Biodesign at Children’s National Hospital, lecturer at Stanford’s and the University of Maryland.

The West Coast Consortium for Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP) 

UCSF-Stanford Pediatric Device Consortium

StartX, a founder community of Stanford professors and alumni

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