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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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!