Everybody loves an adorable baby outfit, but clothing choices can get a bit more complicated when your baby is in the NICU. Since “can I bring clothes for my baby to wear in the NICU?” is a NICU FAQ, I wanted to break it down for you in this post!
September is NICU Awareness Month, and we’re doing our part to raise awareness and understanding by creating a simple NICU primer!
Many of our Every Tiny Thing friends have experienced the NICU personally, but for those who haven’t, the terms can get a little confusing. We’re breaking down the basics to help grandparents, friends, aunts, uncles, and even expectant parents know exactly what goes on behind the doors of the NICU!
You’ve seen countless newborn photo shoots and birth announcements on social media, but traditional pictures might not always be an option for NICU families. However, that shouldn’t stop you from showing off your newborn with pride. In fact, pictures can be a great way to include family and friends in your NICU journey.
NICU parents don’t have a lot of time to search for design ideas for their little one’s space, so we’ve put together a list of 10 cute, simple ideas to make your baby’s space feel like home. Every hospital has its own rules and regulations about décor, so make sure you run ideas by your nurses before implementing them.
Reading aloud is one of the best things you can do for your NICU baby, and it’s never too early to start! Reading to your baby stimulates cognitive thinking skills, language skills, and enhances memory. In fact, studies have shown that children who were read to as newborns have larger vocabularies AND more advanced math skills (who knew??)!
I thought of the idea to photograph NICU graduates to let their story be known. The sessions are styled in a way that shows their journey of being in the NICU, all the challenges they have overcome, and how now, in the present day, they are thriving and healthy. I decided to name these unique photoshoots “The NICU Warrior Session.”
Every parent wants to remember their baby's first days, weeks and months, but most parents don’t have to keep track of nearly as many things as NICU parents! Your NICU experience is as special and extraordinary as your family, and Every Tiny Thing is so proud to offer a journal that’s designed specifically for the NICU experience. Available in English and Spanish!
You probably didn’t picture our first Father’s Day together quite like this…
I wish we could be snuggling on the sofa watching a baseball game together, or maybe going on our first hike in that cool carrier you bought for me, but we’ll have to wait just a little longer for our adventures!
When your baby is in the NICU those early days don’t always follow the story book narrative you imagined, and that can be really discouraging to parents. Instead of seeing to your baby’s every need, it can feel like you’re relegated to the sidelines, unsure of how to play an active role in your child’s care.
The Darias are on a mission to bring hope and comfort to families in the NICU by providing at least 70 NICU care packages to all of the NICU families in the Cincinnati Good Samaritan Hospital NICU- and Every Tiny Thing is so excited to help!
Every parent is proud to celebrate their child’s progress and accomplishments, but those milestones often look very different for NICU families. Instead of first smiles, first time sitting up and first steps, NICU families celebrate huge accomplishments like the first time their baby comes off the ventilator and breathes on their own.
I knew from my many years as a NICU nurse that the NICU journey is a truly unique time for families. Whether your baby is a preemie, micropreemie, or full-term baby, there are so many emotions- joy, hope, worry, excitement, frustration, and sometimes fear.