Kangaroo care is a way for you to hold and touch your baby that involves skin-to-skin contact. It gets its name from the way a kangaroo would hold her baby in her pouch. This skin-to-skin holding method is used with newborns (most often preterm babies).

Tanya Cahill, MD, a neonatologist at Cincinnati Children's, states there are many benefits to this skin-to-skin contact for both babies and parents such as:

  • More stable heart rates and breathing patterns
  • Better sleep
  • Improved bonding
  • Breastfeeding moms tend to have a better milk supply