Sewing to serve premature babies

San Antonio, Texas

Threads of Love

Threads of Love "Kangaroo" Squares

A "Kangaroo" Square is a miniature baby afghan that provides warmth for a critically ill premature baby and privacy for a parent as they "kangaroo." This is a therapy that places the developing premature baby on the parent's chest skin-to-skin. Experts believe it is one of the best strategies to help at-risk babies become healthy.

These 18-inch square knitted or crocheted squares are wonderful gifts to concerned parents at a difficult time. Plain acrylic 3-ply baby yarn in pastel colors is best. Keep in mind that these precious babies are extremely fragile, so it is important to use hypo-allergenic yarn. Refrain from using "fuzzy" yarns or the color yellow.

The benefits of kangaroo care include:

  • Stabilization of the baby's heart rate
  • Improved (more regular) breathing pattern
  • Improved oxygen saturation levels (an indicator of how well oxygen is being delivered to all the infant's organs and tissues)
  • Gain in sleep time
  • More rapid weight gain
  • Decreased crying
  • More successful breastfeeding episodes
  • Earlier hospital discharge

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