Cuski for full term and prems

Along with the Original Cuski comforters/bamboo muslin Swandoodles for full term babies and toddlers, Cuski also have award-winning, NHS-approved ‘Cuski Miniboo’ which are helping premature babies and parents in the UK, and all over the world.

Cuski create a range of unique award winning products to help the 88,000+ premature babies born annually in the UK alone, who spend their first days and weeks and sometimes months inside an incubator rather than skin to skin with their mother.

Their range of Cuski Miniboos (a small soft anti-bacterial bamboo bonding aid) was immediately embraced by the whole neonatal team at the RVI, Newcastle. They noticed benefits straight away for babies and parents. They discovered it helped with breastfeeding, milk flow, soothing babies when lines are being put in, lowering blood pressure and helping parents and siblings/ twins cope with the separation and keeping the bond. For this reason Miniboos have their own NHS protocol/guidelines for use with the neonatal units.

As Suzy Cannizzo, founder of Cuski, explains: “The mother keeps one Cuski Miniboo on her person to pick up all those lovely mummy smells and then – in an ongoing process - places it next to baby in the incubator, swapping it for the second Cuski Miniboo which the baby has had with them.”

Sister Claire Ellerby who works on the Special Care Baby Unit at Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary, introduced the Cuski Miniboo bonding aid initiative and guidelines to her unit and found it helped provide a connection between babies and their families via the powerful sense of smell. She also confirmed it helped greatly with their milk supply when expressing at home or breastfeeding. It can also be used with twins that have been separated.

Cuski Miniboo has won countless awards. It was chosen as one of the best eight practice initiatives in the UK by UNICEF and was also a finalist down to five nationally in the UK, for the Child Health Category with the RCNI awards. Cuski Miniboo is also NHS approved, made of washable bamboo rayon fibre with temperature regulating and antibacterial properties. Cuski Miniboos retail at £25 for a twin pack in a range of colours. After the age of three months, babies graduate to full-size Cuskis/Cuskiboos, £17.99. Miniboos are available in stores nationwide, but we are always looking to take on new retail accounts as parents always need spare Miniboos/Cuskis!

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Recently Cuski has taken premature care to another level with Claire’s Nest & Claire’s Clinical Nest, a small nest with wide straps, which goes inside the incubator and prevents flailing and gives a swaddling effect when babies cannot be swaddled. Cuski spent a lot of time with the Neonatal team at the RVI, Newcastle designing the perfect nest for babies in incubators. Claire’s Clinical Nest has boundaries that can be folded up or down to facilitate procedures, tubing and nappy changes.

“Claire’s Nest has safe soft boundaries to keep the baby stable and help provide a secure, cuddled and comfortable environment to sleep and grow in,” explains Sister Claire Ellerby, who helped to design the nest, which is named after her.

Available in four sizes, Claire’s Nest is made of ultra soft-combed cotton, and can be washed at temperatures up to 90 degrees C, dries on cool. Claire’s Nest is available to hospitals at £22.50 plus VAT, and retail at £39.99 from If you are a member of the medical team on NICU or SCBU and wish to purchase for your units, please contact and they will send you all the relevant information.

Cuski are now a part of developmental care undertaken in more and more units across the country and international with Claire’s Nest and Cuski Miniboo making a valuable contribution to the health and wellbeing of parents and babies born prematurely.

Just a handful of units using Miniboos & Cuski Claire’s Nests: The Royal Free, London, Alder Hey Children’s, Birmingham Children’s, Liverpool Women’s, The Royal London, Birmingham Women’s, Lister Hospital, GOSH, London, Glasgow Children’s Hospital, JCUH, Middlesbrough, The Portland, London plus 155 more units, along with children’s hospitals in Portugal, Israel, NZ, Bulgaria, India

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