Tuesday, July 4th, 2006
Zaky Infant Pillow: Dismembered Hands to Comfort Your Baby
Hey, wait a minute. Thing? For a baby? Thingamababy? Oh, never mind.
Once you get past its creepiness, the Zaky seems quite sensible. Designed for premature babies who are cared for without direct mother contact, the pillow simulates mom’s loving hands.
It also has mom’s body odor. According to the manufacturer’s instructions, to imprint your scent, you lay the severed arm around the back of your neck for two hours, or better yet, sleep with it next to your chest.
Yamile C. Jackson made the Zaky and founded her company Zakeez after her son Zachary was born weighing 1lb 15 oz., spending five months in the hospital.
She wanted to imitate the weight, size, touch, feel and smell of a mother’s hand and forearm to reassure babies and promote better sleep. The pillow is billed as having variety of hospital-friendly features, such as containing filling which doesn’t get warm and overheat in an incubator or warmer.
The Zakeez web site is quick to point out Zaky is useful for full-term healthy babies too, but they kind of lose me when pitching it for use with older children, adults and senior citizens. Everyone wants the severed arm of a loved one coaxing them to sleep. Who knew?
Zaky is sold at PregnancyStore.com. Don’t miss the photo gallery halfway down the page showing the many possible poses for Zaky.