096: Essentials and Gifts for NICU Parents

The NICU is an overwhelming, scary place that feels like a world away from the rest of the world. Whether you're expecting to spend time in the NICU or it came as a surprise, it takes time to adjust to the pace and the life of the parenting in the NICU. On this episode, I share some of the items that were essential for me to keep my sanity and help me through our 109 day NICU stay. Plus, I share with you ideas for gifts to give loved ones who have a baby in the NICU.

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Episode highlights...

  • The book that saved my sanity that I think every preemie parent needs

  • Why it's a book you should never read from cover to cover

  • What to leave at the bedside so you don't miss any information your baby's medical team gives you

  • The reason I fired one of my son's doctors and why you should too if a doctor says the same thing to you

  • The impact of being involved in your baby's care on how quickly s/he grows, thrives and is discharged to come home

  • My favorite snack when my son was in the NICU, plus other ideas that are quick and easy so you don't have to leave the bedside for too long

  • How to get your nurses involved so you can capture moments in the NICU even when you're not there

  • This is true even if your NICU has a baby cam you can check in on!

  • The two essentials that kept me from going crazy when I was exclusively pumping

  • How to keep the bond strong between you and your baby even when you're away from the unit

  • 9 gift ideas if you have a friend or a family member with a baby in the NICU

The NICU is a hard place to be whether you're there for a few days, a few weeks or a few months. There are things you can get and buy to make your time in the NICU easier.

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