The Story and the Science Behind the PerfectNoggin

The PerfectNoggin started in Boston as a custom molded foam block we called the “cup” that was clinically shown to reduce head asymmetry significantly better than the traditional treatment recommendations of repositioning and physical therapy. The cup required weekly contouring by a licensed orthotist and this created hardship for many families. We set out to create a more user-friendly design, and the result was the most extensively studied product of its kind, the PlagioCradle. The new design added a torso support for better head-neck-torso alignment, and incorporated a patented system of removable layers that permitted parents to adjust the fit as the infant's head grew.  The PlagioCradle was successfully used for over a decade to maintain and improve head shapes in thousands of infants throughout New England, and the clinical benefits are documented in multiple peer-reviewed scientific investigations (referenced below). 


The PerfectNoggin incorporates all the best features of its parent product, the PlagioCradle, but in a more ergonomic design. As a testimony to its effectiveness, a smaller version of the PerfectNoggin is currently used in a number of pediatric intensive care units around the United States to offset deformational head shape changes that commonly occur in premature infants. Quite simply, the PerfectNoggin is the most ergonomic and clinically effective sleep surface available to maintain a natural head shape in your infant. But don’t just take our word for it- let the evidence and the results convince you.   

1. Rogers GF, Miller J, Mulliken JB. Comparison of a modifiable cranial cup versus repositioning and cervical stretching for the early correction of deformational posterior plagiocephaly.  Plast Reconstr. Surg. 2008 Mar;121(3):941-7.

2. Seruya M, Oh AK, Sauerhammer TM, Taylor JH, Rogers GF. Correction of deformational plagiocephaly in early infancy using the plagiocradle orthotic. J Craniofac Surg. 2013 Mar;24(2):376-9. 

3. DeGrazia M, Giambanco D, Hamn G, Ditzel A, Tucker L, Gauvreau K. Prevention of deformational plagiocephaly in hospitalized infants   using a new orthotic device. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2015 Jan-Feb;44(1):28-41.

4. Knorr A, Gauvreau K, Porter CL, Serino E, DeGrazia M. Use of the Cranial Cup to Correct Positional Head Shape Deformities in Hospitalized Premature Infants. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2016 Jul-Aug;45(4):542-52.

5. Knorr A, Giambanco D, Staude MV, Germain M, Porter C, Serino E, Gauvreau K,DeGrazia M. Feasibility and Safety of the Preemie  Orthotic Device to Manage Deformational Plagiocephaly in Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants. Adv Neonatal Care. 2019  Jun;19(3):226-235.