The Miniboo® concept is now being used throughout the UK as part of developmental care within the NICU/SCBU.
Miniboo® is an infant comforter that was created to bring comfort and security to babies, by stimulating the baby’s awareness of mother/father’s unique scent.
They are a useful bonding aid to compliment Family Centred Care, Kangaroo Care and Breastfeeding, within the neonatal unit.
Miniboos are a smaller version of a Cuski® specifically designed for use with preterm babies. They are made from 100% bamboo rayon fibre that is absorbent, eco-friendly and has anti-bacterial properties. Voted Best Practice Initiative by Unicef Baby Friendly International Conference 2015, taking neonatal care to the next level. Used as part of the developmental care programme on the NICU or SCBU in UK hospitals.
Our NHS protocol is available on request
• The Miniboos will need to be scented by the parents and baby prior to use.
• To scent a Miniboo for parents it should be placed in the incubator or cot near to the baby. This is beneficial for breastfeeding mums who can then take the Miniboo home with them for use during expression. Provision of a photo and being able to smell their baby’s unique scent can help stimulate milk production during times of separation.
• To scent a Miniboo for the baby it should be placed against the skin of the parents. Breastfeeding mums can place the Miniboo into their bra or near their breasts. The scent of mum and her breast milk will then be transferred on to the Miniboo. This can soothe, calm and comfort the baby. Fathers are also encouraged to use the Miniboos.
Studies suggest a baby’s ability to smell their mother is one of the most important steps in learning recognition.
Miniboo® is kept with the mother/father to pick up on her/his smell, so that when it is given to baby, he or she will automatically detect the mothers/fathers scent, creating a comforting, soothing environment for the baby and the reassurance parents need during the time they are apart.
Miniboo® also absorbs baby’s unique scent to help stimulate milk production during times of separation.
Recent testimonials from midwives have shown that Miniboo® calms baby when they are away from mum by lowering their heart rate, as well as reducing blood pressure.
Helps keep baby calm when undertaking uncomfortable medical procedures.
When with mum, Miniboo® encourages the let-down of milk making it an excellent way to improve breast feeding.
Miniboo® is used widely in Neonatal Units & Special Care Baby Units across the United Kingdom and beyond. It is now an essential element of any developmental care plan provided on these units.
Miniboo has proved invaluable for multiple births where siblings have been separated.
The only baby comforters to have their own NHS protocol/guidelines.
Miniboo® helps to encourage the bonding process when parents are not able to hold their child.
Miniboo® is machine washable and retains its comforting softness, wash after wash.
Miniboo® is made from 100% bamboo rayon fibre which is ultra absorbent, anti-bacterial and, importantly, eco-friendly. (Bamboo is highly sustainable and grows organically without the need for harmful chemical pesticides or fertilizers. It has a very short growth cycle, is easily cultivated and is totally bio-degradable. Additionally, when growing bamboo, it produces about 35% more oxygen than normal trees.)
Suitable from birth.
Adheres to all safety regulations required
Dimensions: length 19.5cm
Please note, in most units plush toys are NOT allowed in incubators, Miniboos and Cuskiboos ARE allowed.
Available in cream, blue, pink and mint
We can add your charity/trust/unit logo label to each Miniboo. Minimum quantity required for this service
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Claire’s Nest – Designed, inspired and created by Claire (Neonatal Sister) & Cuski Baby Ltd
This nest has been specifically designed by Sister Claire Ellerby and the neonatal team at the RVI, Newcastle and created by Cuski. These are a part of developmental care used across the UK and beyond on the NICU/SCBU.
The nests provide the security and boundaries for premature babies that are missing when they are born early. Being born so early leaves the babies vulnerable to external stimuli that can impact on their development. Helps to prevent flailing. They are used to mimic the safety of the womb and to support development.
Provides the optimum environment to contain and support the position of the baby, helping to facilitate normal physical development.
Designed and constructed with safe boundaries and comfort to aid physiological stability and support positive neurodevelopmental outcomes.
The baby is comfortably contained within the nest design by two soft but firm boundaries, positioned around the body and head of the baby.
We advise a temperature is taken prior to placing the baby in the nest and then rechecked within an hour, and adjust incubator accordingly.
The nests provide the security and boundaries for premature babies that are lost or flail when they are born early. Being born so early leaves the babies vulnerable to external stimuli that can impact on their development. They are used to mimic the safety of the womb and to support development.
Two wide straps on either side of the nest are used to provide security and help support the normal flexed posture experienced while in the womb.
In tests Claire’s Nests passed 90 degrees wash, ideally recommend wash up to 70 degrees.
Use only cool dry setting to keep nests in shape! Save our planet
Available in 4 sizes.
Extra small. For babies <900g
Small. For babies of 800-1350g
Medium. For babies of 1300-2250g
Large. For babies > 2250g
Made from ultra soft combed cotton, ethically manufactured in Turkey.
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Ultra soft anti-bacterial bamboo muslins used inside nests, incubators, rolled positioners, kangaroo care and assisted bathing.
Cuski positioner – Bertie
Cuski have developed the Bertie Positioning Aid to be used in conjunction with Claire’s Nest. Bertie positioned individualises the support provided for the baby in several different positions.
Bertie is filled with special Polyethylene PE beads that can be hot washed, are supplied with wash bags and are available batches of 12’s.
Available May 2017