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How you and a tiny diaper can help the March of Dimes

EveryTinyThing

This is pretty cool - Pampers has made a diaper that may seem odd to the general population, but for anyone who has had a micro-preemie, you know that even the smallest diapers can be way too big. One fantastic solution is a flat diaper, and I'm super excited to learn today that Pampers has designed one! Why a flat diaper?...

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Prematurity Awareness Month Giveaway

EveryTinyThing

In honor of Prematurity Awareness Month, I’ve teamed up with some incredibly generous folks to put together an awesome preemie giveaway that you’re sure to love! With items for preemie babies and parents alike, it’s gonna be an amazing gift for one lucky winner. 

What’s Included? 

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Imagine

EveryTinyThing

Do you ever wonder what it's like to have a preemie? Do you sometimes wonder "What's the big deal?"

I wonder… Can you imagine what it’s like? The fear? Can you imagine the crushing of dreams, of life-long hopes of motherhood and family? 

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10 best Etsy Shops for Preemie Holiday Outfits

EveryTinyThing

Your first holiday with your baby should be reason to celebrate! Even when you're in the NICU. Even when your baby is a preemie and it's hard to find cute holiday outfits that fit just right. 

I spent the last week searching Etsy for cute holiday outfits for babies, and then checked to see who offers their outfits in preemie sizes. I reached out to several Etsy store owners...

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An easy way to stay connected with your NICU baby

EveryTinyThing

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 doctors talking. She’s very little, quite fragile, and even though she is receiving the absolute best care, she is still disconnected from mommy and daddy.

For her safety and wellbeing, there is no other way. Her mommy and daddy...

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20 Great Halloween Ideas for the NICU

EveryTinyThing

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 every right to enjoy every holiday you want to with your baby. So go ahead - you have permission to enjoy your baby's first Halloween!

Of course, this can only be done with a sensitivity to the realities of the NICU....

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The Best Butt Cream for Babies

EveryTinyThing

I've seen a lot of diaper rash in my 19 years of NICU nursing. People ask all the time about what diaper rash creams we use in the NICU and which ones I prefer. But the truth is, a NICU doesn't necessarily have access to all the best products, and many of the hospitals where I've worked have had pretty limited choices....

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Two Must-See Videos for NICU & Preemie Parents

EveryTinyThing

When a baby is born prematurely, it may feel impossible that your baby will make it.  If you're looking for hope & inspiration, I've got just the videos for you. 

These two videos give an honest yet beautiful glimpse into the NICU courses of two different families. They show real, honest footage of parents and babies during their NICU journeys, tastefully composed and inspiring in tone.  Grab your Kleenex!

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Prematurity Sucks

EveryTinyThing

Let's be honest - having a preemie sucks.

Don't get me wrong. I love preemies. I adore them. I enjoy caring for preemies at every stage of their young lives - from the touch and go fragility of newly born preemies, to the hard-earned celebrations for accomplishments like taking a full bottle or having no apnea during a kangaroo care time. These are wonderful feelings, and it's really incredible to be a part of helping them thrive.

But it sucks. No parent wants the stress, the worry, the separation, the anxiety. I watch parents time & again struggle through this awful experience, hoping they come out on the other side....

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