The CarePlus is a wrap-style newborn and infant carrier that hopes to promote kangaroo mother care (KMC).
India, Malawi, Nepal, Tanzania
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being
Market Suggested Retail Price
Target Users (Target Impact Group)
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
Laerdal Global Health
CarePlus is a textile garment which is mass-produced for Laerdal in China in quantities of 1000 – 5000 units per batch in order to get a low unit price.Interview with representative
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
The user can procure the CarePlus on the Laerdal Global Health website.
Distributions to Date Status
Approximately 11,000 units Interview with representative
Allows skin to skin contact (Y/N)
Allows breastfeeding (Y/N)
Material of construction
Infants under 2.5kg
The Careplus is made from high quality cotton. It is designed to be used during breastfeeding. It also has no ties on the back so it can be comfortably worn while lying down.
Laerdal provides and an instructional video. The user can contact Laerdal Global Health via phone or email online for additional assistance.
As any textile garment, it may last long if cared for and properly washed. There is no set life limit.Interview with representative
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
CarePlus is designed with a goal to help mothers in providing continuous and quality KMC to their newborns. The goal is to help save 450,000 lives a year through near-universal coverage of Kangaroo Mother Care. According to Laerdeal Heath, the CarePlus is - Safer: It feels more secure and keeps babies in correct posture. Mothers seemed to relax and did not feel the need to hold the baby. - Comfortable: Allows movement, Less fatigue for back and shoulders due to wide straps on the shoulders. - Easy to Use: Does not need an assistant. Facilitates frequent removal for breastfeeding. - Gender Neutral: The look is very acceptable for fathers to wear as well
Vetted Performance Status
CarePlus (from 2018) is independently tested by INTERTEK for compliance with the newest European safety standard for baby slings: CEN/TR 16512:2015 – Child use and care articles – Guidelines for the safety of children’s slings. Interview with representative Studies of the CarePlus show that it has potential to help increase uptake and quality of Kangaroo Mother Care.
Risks known to exist with baby carriers intended for larger babies (> 3.5 kg) in the US are at extremely low rate of occurrence and after negligent use by the wearer, are; suffocation trauma to the baby from the wearer falling onto the baby baby falling out of the baby carrier Safety warnings listed in the User Guide (attached, for 2018 version) comply with CEN/TR 16512:2015 – Child use and care articles – Guidelines for the safety of children’s slings. Interview with representative
Complementary Technical Systems
MamaBreast Breastfeeding Simulator, PreemieNatalie Preterm Simulator
Academic Research and References
Background on Kangaroo Mother Care:
Born too soon: the global action report on preterm birth. Human Rights Documents online. 2012.
Lawn, J.E., Mwansa-Kambafwile, J., Horta, B.L. Barros, F.C., and Cousens, S. (2010). ‘Kangaroo mother care’ to prevent neonatal deaths due to preterm birth complications. International Journal of Epidemiology, 39 (Suppl 1), i144-154.
Specific for Care Plus:
Compliance with regulations
CarePlus (from 2018) is independently tested for compliance with the newest European safety standard for baby slings: CEN/TR 16512:2015 – Child use and care articles – Guidelines for the safety of children’s slings. CarePlus is not a medical device, and medical device regulation does not apply. CarePlus is not intended for use in the US carrying babies, so any US-specific regulations (US CPSC) or standards (ASTM) are not pursued.Interview with representative