NICU Blog

Mental Health Matters for NICU Parents

When you have a baby in the NICU, stress is unavoidable.

There will be days that you feel worried, anxious, fearful, and overwhelmed. That’s completely normal, but that doesn’t mean you should try to handle these feelings alone. And it may leave you wondering, is the NICU impacting my mental health?

How to Ride the NICU Roller Coaster

The NICU experience is often compared to a roller coaster ride, and it’s easy to understand why!

There are ups and downs, twists and turns, and it’s thrilling, exhilarating, and terrifying all at the same time. (And that’s just a typical Tuesday morning!!)

6 Ways to Protect Your Preemie from RSV
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a common respiratory virus that generally causes mild, cold-like symptoms in healthy adults and children, but it can be deadly for infants, especially preemies.
A NICU Guide for Friends and Family

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!

10 Fun NICU Photo Ideas
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.
Every Tiny Thing is Celebrating NICU Awareness Month!
There are a lot of great things to celebrate in September, but my favorite is NICU Awareness Month! We take this month to honor all those precious NICU warriors, their incredible families, and the tireless nurses, doctors, and specialists that care for them, and we hope you’ll join in on the fun.
10 Adorable Ideas to Decorate Your NICU Space

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.

A Letter to Parents from a NICU Nurse
I come into your life at a tough time, as you face one of the biggest challenges you’ve ever faced. I see your fear, hope, worry, joy, and tireless devotion to your child. I’m there to hold your hand on the hard days when your baby takes a step backwards, and I’ll be by your side to cheer and celebrate every new milestone.
The Essential NICU Homecoming Checklist
NICU babies often require things beyond the basic baby checklist, so we’ve prepared a thorough, NICU-friendly checklist to ensure you have everything on hand to welcome your sweet little one home!
The Top 3 Mistakes NICU Parents Make (and How to Avoid Them)

When your baby is in the NICU, it can feel like you’ve entered a whole new world!

There are all these medical terms you don’t know, equipment you’ve never seen before, and lots of challenges you never imagined facing…

Here’s the great news: You’re doing an AWESOME job!!

This is all new, and you’re handling it like a seasoned pro- but that doesn’t mean there’s not a little room for improvement, right?

Top 10 SWEETEST Books for Your NICU Baby
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??)!
Benefits of a NICU Graduate Photoshoot
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.”
7 Ways to Stay Positive After a Setback in the NICU

Some days in the NICU are wonderful- your baby makes progress, has a special first, or meets an amazing new milestone.

Those days are easy to celebrate, but what about the days that aren’t so great?

The days when your baby takes a step back or faces an unforeseen challenge can be devastating for NICU parents even though setbacks are COMPLETELY normal!

3 Reasons Our NICU Journal is Better Than a Basic Baby Book
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! 
Letter from a NICU baby on Father’s Day

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!

The Ultimate Checklist: What to Pack in Your NICU Bag
To help keep you comfortable and content during those long hours in the NICU, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of EVERYTHING you need in your NICU bag!
12 Ways to Support a NICU Family

Friends and family members want to help, but they’re often unsure about what they can do to lighten your load which leads to the inevitable question, “What can I do to help?”

This well-intentioned question isn’t meant to add any stress, and yet, it puts the burden on you to ask for what you need. And you don’t need anything else on your to-do list!

7 Special Ways to Care for Your Baby in the NICU
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.
5 Easy Ways to Say Thank You to Your NICU Nurse
There are so many ways to show your nurses how much you appreciate them- and never underestimate the power of a simple, “Thank you for taking such wonderful care of my baby.”
Letter to a NICU Mom on Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you incredible NICU mamas!!!

Whether you’re celebrating your first Mother’s Day or you’ve been a mom for many years, Mother’s Day in the NICU can feel very different from the special day you imagined- but I don’t want you to be discouraged.

Even though this isn’t exactly the beginning you imagined...

How Every Tiny Thing is Helping One Family’s NICU Fundraising Dreams Come True
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!