The Zaky Pillow

The Zaky Pillow

In some ways, the challenges of a preemie are also challenges for the parents. For instance, most premature babies begin their lives in the neonatal intensive care unit (or NICU) with an incubator that helps them stay clean and warm. While this physical barrier between you and your infant is quite necessary, not being able to touch your little baby after he enters the world can interfere with growth and bonding on both sides: your baby may feel a lack of security, and your inability to physically soothe him can be very upsetting.

 

Instead of accepting this distress as a given, one mother has developed an ingenious product to help your budding relationship with your baby in the NICU. It's called the Zaky Pillow, and it's a pretty straightforward design: a partially filled, soft, anti-allergenic pillow in the shape of a hand that provides just enough weight and just the right shape to keep baby feeling secure and supported in the fetal position.

Sure, it's not your own hand, but this washable polyester wonder can be used in an incubator, and since the untreated fabric will pick up your scent when you keep it next to you, it's an ideal way to soothe and connect to your infant. You'll have no problem bending and curling the Zaky to support any position, and it will fit nicely into a crib or stroller once baby graduates from the NICU. With its incredibly safe and clever design, this is the helping hand you need in the first weeks and beyond, and the perfect accompaniment to some other superior preemie products.