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NICU Babies: Tiny Miracles

by Violet on January 4, 2013

This past September I was accepted into a volunteer program at a local hospital to become an NICU Cuddler. This means that after extensive training and orientation, I am able to hold tiny babies in the neonatal intensive care unit. This is by far the most satisfying volunteer work I have ever done and I am so impressed by the staff who take such wonderful, compassionate care of the babies and their families. Today’s exhibit addresses the specific needs of babies in the NICU.

NICU Babies: Tiny Miracles

In the NICU, babies are hooked up to an assortment of tubes, wires, and monitors which makes dressing them a tricky proposition. Itty Bitty Me Shoppe solves this with bright pieces like vests which allows for access while still looking sweet.

preemie smock

Having a baby in the NICU can be extremely frightening and stressful for parents. Miracle Bebe created a journal/baby book specifically for this situation. Along with places for pictures and reflections, it also includes sections like conversion charts, feeding records, and even a NICU dictionary.

preemie baby book

With so much out of a parent’s control, sometimes the only decision that can be made is what the baby will wear. Lined with soft flannel for sensitive skin, Azalea Street Designs offers super cute onesies sized for micro-preemies.

micropreemie heart outfit

When babies are too fragile to even be held, they can continue to bond with parents through scent. Heaven Scent Blankets are meant to be worn next to the parents’ skin, then placed in the baby’s isolette. They come as a pair so your baby never need be without one.

mother's scent blanket

Maintaining body temperature is a big job for little babies, so hats are a must-have. ColorWorks Gift Shop can crochet hats for the smallest of preemies. Choose from 20 yarn colors and 5 embellishments for the perfect look.

preemie hat

The constant stimulation of the NICU can put stress on a wee one who needs to focus energy on growing. Often a quilt like this one from Dolce Dreams is laid over the top of the isolette to keep out noise and light. This one can be personalized with a name and date, too.

baby girl quilt

Finally, Nicu Needles sells products with all profit going towards creating handmade items for NICU babies. It all began when a hospital dress code changed and nurses had old scrubs lying around. They began sewing them into quilts, then branched out into creating purses like this showstopper!

don't be blue purse

Happy Stalking!
Curator V.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nathalie January 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Having had one of my sons in NICU for a day, I can appreciate this post :). Thank you so much for sharing one of my custom baby quilts, I am honored!

Happy New Year,
Nathalie

2 Elizabeth January 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Thank you so much for sharing my preemie baby line! The birth of my own preemie daughter inspired me to create Itty Bitty Me. Having a baby in the NICU is not easy, so having support really matters a lot. :)

3 Barbara January 4, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Terrific. I love the idea of the Heaven Scent Blankets.

4 Julie B. January 4, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Congrats on your new volunteer job; how satisfying it must be. I used to volunteer in a children’s cancer ward, and I met the most amazing families. I especially love the Heaven Scent blankets . And that sweet baby in the hat!!

5 Brianna January 6, 2013 at 5:59 am

thank you for this post! Pinning it for later, I never know what to get friends who have babies in the NICU and now I do!!!

6 Rebekah January 10, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Thank you so much for featuring my heaven scent blankets. They were born of the tragedy of having our son at 28 weeks….12 weeks early. With a large brain bleed, there was not much I could do to bond with him. These blankets helped heal not only my son, but my heart as well. My son is now a very healthy and happy 2 1/2 year old. We are blessed to have our miracle in our life and I pray for other parents going through such a horrific time.

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