I'm thrilled to share some incredible tips from my friend Jessica who is seriously the best NICU photographer ever. You must check out her incredible gallery of work! She generously offered to share these tips, originally shared on her website,...
What to buy for a NICU mom can be a difficult question to answer - our CEO has been a NICU nurse and parent advocate for over 20 years. She shares the most welcome and appreciated presents by NICU moms everywhere. sometimes gifts for NICU mothers can be unintentionally upsetting - make sure your gift is perfect.
Today I'd like to discuss bonding with an infant in the NICU, which is undoubtedly a challenge, particularly if you are interested in using some attachment parenting ideas. Regardless of how you intended to parent, your plans got disrupted by the NICU, and I hope to help shed some light on enhancing your bonding via attachment parenting strategies.
When your baby's first Halloween happens when you're in the NICU, you can still have a little fun, if you feel up to it. Any opportunity to smile while you're on this difficult journey is a gift, and you have...
Singing to your baby is a natural and normal thing that parents across all cultures do to nurture & bond with their babies. When everything else about the NICU is so unnatural and difficult, singing is a free, easy & natural way to stay connected with your baby. Lullabies in the NICU are calming, research backs it up.
Reading to a baby in the NICU is a very important bonding activity, and we've brought together a list of some of the very best out-loud reading books for preemies and any baby in the neonatal intensive care unit. These make the best gifts for NICU parents. Take to the NICU leave at the bedside read to your baby daily.
Doctors would not be sending your baby home if they weren’t confident it was safe, so no monitors are absolutely necessary. But most parents today want to monitor their baby. So we share some simple ways to tell which monitor is best for your preemie NICU baby after graduating from the NICU.
One NICU mom shares the routines that kept her feeling in control and sane while staying healthy. "My son, who I will refer to as “W”, was born at 29 weeks after a sudden onset of PreEclampsia and HELLP syndrome. From the time I arrived at the Emergency Department, to the time W was delivered was less than 7 hours.
Mother’s Day was the first holiday I spent outside the NICU once my son W, a former 29 weeker, was discharged following a 7 week stay. I remember waking early that morning to nurse, and sitting in the rocker in his nursery watching the sun rise and sipping a cup of hot coffee (a life saver, am I right?!) and just think
It's hard to know the best gifts to buy for a new mother who has a baby in the NICU, because not every gift right for this delicate and overwhelming situation. We have put together a gift list that fits every budget and is sure to help you find exactly the best gift for a NICU mama this Mother's Day!
Today feels eerily similar to the first several weeks being home from the NICU. In this current pandemic from COVID-19, we are all being urged to practice social distancing, to stay home and only go out to the public if and when absolutely necessary...it feels familiar, like a case of deja vu with my preemie.
With the entire world worrying about COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus), especially NICU moms and dads, it’s important to be sure everyone has a basic understanding of respiratory viruses and how they spread. Because if you don’t really understand how they get spread from one person to another, it is impossible for you to really do your best job keeping yourself and your baby safe from them.
These three meditation practices are simple, beginner ways to bring some mindfulness into your NICU experience. Easy to do for anyone - no meditation experience necessary. Parents with babies in the NICU definitely deserve any strategies available to help them reduce stress, and these are uniquely designed for the NICU
Mindfulness and meditation can help NICU parents cope with the stress and overwhelm of having a baby in the hospital. This first installment briefly covers how mindfulness may be helpful in the NICU environment, and then additional links to articles with specific exercises to use. Stress-reduction in the NICU.
While you’re experiencing the emotional high of bringing your preemie home, you can’t help but to feel panic-ridden as well. You are SO not alone. Your feelings and fears are common. It is important that you face those fears with the utmost of confidence, positivity, and strength.
Have you heard of Respiratory Syncytial (sin-SISH-Shull) Virus? It’s easier just to call it by its common name, RSV. Chances are, you’ve probably had RSV before in your life. Actually, many times! And if you have a preemie baby in your life, you’ll need to learn about this important disease.
The NICU is a journey in parenting, and as with most journeys, a little planning ahead makes for smoother sailing. So while you wait patiently (or impatiently!) for your little one to come home, rather than fret and fuss...
Here's a typical day in the NICU, with a beautiful twist: A baby girl sleeps in the NICU in a dark, warm incubator. She can hear the bubbling of her oxygen, the beep of alarms, the sound of nurses and...
So your baby is in the NICU and you’re wondering… What can I do to feel more involved in my baby’s care? If you’re like many NICU parents, you might feel as if you’re more like visitors or bystanders than parents, and that’s no good. Here are 10 ideal ways to start getting involved in your preemies daily activities.