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Sometimes it’s best to forget the tech, go for the touch ala kangaroo care

Baby robot just wants a hug
Hugging baby robot time traveling Terminators

There are literally a million tech ways to solve problems with a child, but there’s not really a good substitute for just holding them. I’m pretty sure a lot of the tech geek community has issues touching anything, and this is just something they’ve got to get over for the sake of You 2.0.

I’ve been reading some pieces on Kangaroo care, post-caesarian father skin to skin contact, and a few things involving incubator experiments, and even babies wrapped in terrible towels (I was trying to figure out the name for swaddling on that one, it’s late, don’t judge).

Short of it is there are substitutes of technology that work somewhat, but it’s much easier to just give your kid some skin to touch, dribble on, and explode massively. So if you’re looking into baby-hugging tech, look elsewhere for answers. The tech doesn’t exist yet as far as I can tell.

Plus do you even want to consider allowing You 2.0 to fall early victim to our future robot overlords? Nah. Embracing technology at an early age is acceptable, a technology that embraces still needs some working unless I’m missing things.

I guess if you want to invest in something that can regular body heat, provide your pheromones, voice, smell, etc. more power to you, but don’t be surprised when you find out there’re bonding and trust issues later on. Or maybe not.

I’ve looked at many solutions to human-driven actions lately, doesn’t seem like replacing or even substituting skin to skin is a reasonable attempt at the moment. Silly human needs. Maybe we’ll have robomommy and robodaddy someday, although I still will question the wiseness of handing one’s precious diaper destroyer into the hands of a T-850 for any reason except to escape robot exterminators from the future.

I guess if you’re in a situation where you can’t give your kiddo to someone to hold while you can’t hold them, or if the baby is excessively needy requiring so much kangaroo care that your mental health is being negatively affected, there’re times when these musings are completely useless.

Eh, I won’t get on anyone’s case if they wanted to make a robo hugger. I might be wrong, or it might work perfectly in cases where the parents aren’t capable of giving skin to skin on a regular basis and they don’t want strangers or others taking up their child.

Or maybe I’m just a bit too creeped out by images from The Matrix to move on rationally. I’m not a doctor or professional baby whisperer, I just play one on the net.

Paul King

Paul King lives in Nashville Tennessee with his wife, two daughters and cats. He writes for Pocketables, theITBaby, and is an IT consultant along with doing tech support for a film production company.