Materials and Clothing for KMC

The care of low birth weight infants is most especially critical from birth and until the baby reaches the standard weight of a nine month old baby. While the infant is in this critical stage of development, those enrolled in the KMC program requires that skin to skin contact with the mother be undertaken soon after birth.

One way of insuring that skin to skin contact is facilitated is through the use of the KMC tube blouse for the mother and for all other family members who will be assisting in the care of the infant.

The KMC tube blouse provides the following advantages:

  • Infant is safely tucked-in without danger of falling out or sliding out of position.
  • Provides constant body warmth required by infant.
  • Infant is cradled, safe and sound, when mother is asleep at night
  • Boosts the mother's confidence to take care of a low birth weight baby.
  • Promotes mother-infant bonding.
  • Propagates sustained breastfeeding among mothers.
  • Mother need not hold on to the infant, thereby freeing her to do household chores while providing KMC.
  • Fashionable and can be used even outside the house or in the company of others.
  • Comfortable to wear, easy to put on, and washable.


How to Use the KMC Tube Blouse

1. Always use the tube blouse together with pants or skirt. Whether you use pants or skirts, make sure that these are tight around the waist so that the tube blouse can be secured properly. Have a loose over-blouse to wear to cover the baby and mother.

2. Wear tube blouse and tuck it inside your pants or skirt. Make sure that your pants or skirt is comfortably tight around the waistline.

3. Tuck in your baby inside your breast, skin to skin and chest to chest; with its head just above the tube blouse. Make sure that its legs and arms are comfortable and its head is turned either to the left or right to enable it to breath easily.

4. Put a bonnet on the baby to warm its head. Then put on an over-blouse to further protect baby from harsh light and the elements.

Sizes and Colors of Tube Blouses

  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large


  • White
  • Pink
  • Blue
  • Yellow


Bonnets come in one expandable size and all four colors.


Where to Order