Bonding in the NICU is a struggle, but one easy way to connect, particularly when you can't be holding your little one for any reason, is to read aloud to him or her. Babies know their parents voices, so hearing you reading will comfort and connect you both.
Are you worried you'll sound foolish or weird reading to your little baby in the NICU? Believe me - don't worry about it! There are a million weirder things that go on in the NICU every day - reading to your baby is not one of them.
Why is it a good idea for NICU parents to read to their babies while still in the NICU?
- Your baby knows your voice, so this is something ONLY you can do.
- It's a beautiful thing to do for your baby on days when you can't hold your baby
- It makes a nice ritual, a tradition, to read the same book every time you visit
- You can record yourself reading a whole bunch of books and leave the recorder for the nurses to play to your baby when you're not there
These are my personal favorites - it was REALLY difficult to limit it to 75! They are easy to read, have inspiring messages, address wonderful subjects, and are just plain fun. Every one of these books can be purchased on Amazon.com, and a collection of 5-10 would make an incredible gift to any NICU family! Enjoy!
Perfect for Preemies
Stories for Siblings
Fun to Read Rhyming Books
Adoption & Gay Parenting
Spirituality & Religious
Inspiring and Hopeful Stories
Last but not least... introduce baby to poetry!
Did you read aloud to your baby in the NICU? What books would YOU recommend?