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Zaky® by Zakeez, Inc



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The Zaky® was developed by Yamile C. Jackson, PhD PE in Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineering. Yamile developed the Zaky® in 2001 for her son when she had to go home without him for 5 months because he was prematurely born weighing less than 2 lbs.

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By simulating the weight, shape, size, scent, and touch of your hand, the Zaky® offers boundaries, a soothing continual gentle pressure, and a subtle support to your baby's body. It can be scented with your own scent, it is very soft, fully washable, as well as ergonomically designed to provide company, support, and a sense of protection to your baby facilitating bonding even when you are away.

Key Benefits and Features of The Zaky (Provided by Zakeez, Inc)

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The Zaky® is recommended by mothers and family members, Neonatologists, Pediatricians, Psychologists, surgeons, obgyns, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, infant massage therapists, developmental specialists, ergonomists and has been used in NICUs since 2001.

Safe and Durable:

*Made without any chemicals, is breathable.

*Antimicrobial, tested by infectious disease control in hospitals

*Fully washable without disassembly

*100% anti-pilling extra soft micro fleece

*Lining of 100% Polyester with double seams

*Reinforced seams

*Hypo-allergenic

*Inert to fluids

*May be warmed in the laundry dryer at home for a couple of minutes.


Versatile:


* Depending on the size and the condition of the baby, the nurse or mom can select how much filling/weight to place on the hand and on top of the baby

* When a firm roll is needed (to keep the baby on his side, under legs, etc), hold the Zaky vertically with the hand on the top, (all the filling in the arm) and then fold the hand to keep the filling on the arm side and place it horizontally on the back of the baby

* Great for keeping the baby sideways while breastfeeding in bed and holding the baby on his/her side

* Small, flexible, lightweight, convenient, practical and transportable

* Safe to use in any place, including neonatal and pediatric hospital units, childcares, home, etc.

* Ideal for supporting the posture of babies in car seats


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* Great when taking care of multiple babies simultaneously

* Fantastic for early childhood development as it encourages muscle movement in a safe environment

* Great for moms-to-be, premature babies, newborns and other children


Comforting and Soothing:

* Unscented so the mom or any family member can scent it by placing it behind the neck for an hour or two, or sleeping with it on the chest for a night.

* It may be used on top, around and under the baby to provide boundaries, and it helps positioning the baby while he/she is sidelying, prone, or supine. Always keep away from the face and remove after baby is asleep in the crib.

* Babies feel reassured as if someone is touching them, which assists in their need of feeling protected

* The size and weight simulates the hand of the mother

* Parents feel as they are leaving one hand with their baby, helping them feel more involved in the care of the patient

* It assists your child care providers as the Zaky comforts the baby and reduces anxiety

* It assists with the transition to different environments as it gives something constant and reduces the baby’s shock of experiencing different lighting, scents, sounds, temperature, etc.: within the hospital, from the hospital to the house, in the car seat, from the house to someone else’s house.

GUIDELINES FOR USE:

Please consult your baby's doctor prior to use.

*Full Term Babies
*Premature Infants


PURCHASING:


The Zaky® is offered in both a left and right hand option. Consider buying one of each for optimal use. The Zaky® is available internationally. Please click here to access the store locator

Success Through Play™ comments:

The Zaky® is well designed quality product, which was developed by an Engineer mom who holds a PhD in Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineering. We were impressed to find out that the Zaky® is free of harmful chemicals, making it the ideal choice for babies who are sensitive to chemicals. The Zaky® has many features which make it versatile. It is used successfully with Premature Infants in the NICU, with healthy full term infants and with children and adults.

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The soft Zaky® can be scented with moms smell and used to comfort and soothe infants, helping to make the transition from womb to world a little easier. When positioned correctly, the Zaky® provides babies with wonderful proprioceptive and tactile input, similiar to that of swaddling, which in turn helps to calm a baby. The Zaky® promotes a sense of security and may help to calm fussy babies.

We distributed a left and right Zaky® to parents, Alan and Sheri who had recently welcomed their first baby, Eden who was born healthy and full term. They were delighted to be introduced to the Zaky® and were excited to learn how to use it optimally. We recommended to mom that she sleep with the Zaky® to scent it. Next we demonstrated several ways to use the Zaky®.

Eden was experiencing some difficulty falling asleep and Sheri was keen to see if using the Zaky® would help. Please note that the Zaky® must never be placed near a baby's face and if used in a crib, must be used for a limited time, with constant supervision and removed when baby is asleep. Premature infants in the NICU do sleep with the Zaky® which helps to position them and provides a comforting touch, however their vital signs are monitored constantly. Talk with your baby's doctor to see if the Zaky® can be used with your preemie in the NICU.

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Alan and Sheri positioned the Zaky® in Eden's crib so that it was away from her face and resting gently on her body. "Eden really loved having the soft Zaky® rest on her body and it helped her fall asleep more easily, at which time we removed it.

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Alan and Sheri used the Zaky's® to support Eden's posture when she was in her carseat, bouncer and swing, which they found to be an invaluable feature of the Zaky®. "Before the Zaky®, we tried several different products on the market to help position Eden in her car seat etc, without any success. She would routinely end up lopsided! The Zaky® on the other hand gets the job done and we love how well it supports Eden's body and in addition, holds my scent which helps to keep her calm."

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Alan and Sheri found the Zaky® to be helpful when giving Eden her nightly baby massage. "We would highly recommend this versatile product to all new parents" stated Alan and Sheri.

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6 comments:

Beth said...

Wow! The Zaky looks extremely versatile and can be used in so many ways. I hadn't heard of it until now.

Talia said...

What a brilliant invention. For a mom in a crisis to come up with a product that will help millions of babies worldwide is remarkable.

Sheila said...

We have twins who were born premature. I can't begin to describe the heartache of having to go home from the hospital without them. We joined a preemie support group and found out about the Zaky. Our twins responded really well to them and the doctors and nurses were very impressed. I can't thank Yamile enough for inventing such a wonderful product.

Regina Smith, R.N. said...

What a great review! I have worked in the NICU for almost 15 years now. We are now able to save even the tiniest infants which was not possible 15-20 years ago. The Zaky is a FANTASTIC product and together with Kangeroo Care and Infant Massage, can have a very positive effect on the prognosis of the preemie. Preemies experience negative tactile stimuli (procedures, poking, needles etc) from the moment that they are admitted to the NICU and the Zaky can really help the infant by providing a soft surface to curl up against and provide comfort when mom and dad are not around.

Lara said...

This product looks so versatile and can be used in so many ways. I think that it will really help to transition an infant from womb to world. Thank you for finding the best products for us. This really saves us time and a few headaches!!

Ingrid said...

I work in Early Intervention and we advocate using the Zaky to obtain correct positioning; it really is an outstanding product. Highly recommended.