Posts tagged in the NICU
The Importance of Talking to your Preemie

I picked up a well worn copy of the book "Bringing Up Bebe" at the store the other day, remembering that I had enjoyed listening to the author speak on the radio not long ago.  I was curious to read more of what this American mother learned from raising a child among French culture.  

Perusing the pages, I landed on the part about talking with babies, and I was captivated...

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How Can Mindfulness Help When You Have a Preemie?

Mindfulness is a hot topic these days, gathering attention far and wide.  Big businesses such as Google recognize the value of mindfulness training, people of all faiths and walks of life are incorporating mindfulness into their daily lives as a way to find balance, to regain some calm, and lighten their load.

SO WHAT EXACTLY IS MINDFULNESS, AND WHAT DOES IT HAVE TO DO WITH THE NICU?  

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How Can You Use Smell to Bond With Your Preemie?

The sense of smell begins developing at around 22 weeks gestation, and becomes nearly mature by 29 weeks gestation. So your preemie can smell! And preemies love the smell of their mom!

When babies are still in utero, they begin smelling via the unique scent of the amniotic fluid. As they begin making their early breathing movements, amniotic fluid passes through their nasal passages and the smell of their world changes depending on what mom has eaten and inhaled. 

Moms also...

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10 Ways to Find Your Inner Strength on Your NICU Journey

If you're a preemie mom, I bet you've heard something like this:

"YOU'RE SO STRONG!"

"I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU DO IT - I COULD NEVER BE SO STRONG."

"I ADMIRE HOW WELL YOU'RE HOLDING UP!"

I also bet that you don't always love hearing this. Am I right?

Because you don't feel strong? Because you don't feel brave? Maybe because you actually feel like falling apart. Maybe it's because you don't want to have to be strong and brave as a new mom! 

To the outside world, you look amazingly resilient and brave, but inside you feel...

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The Power of Writing - How to Start a Journal for Your Preemie Journey

Want to know one of the most powerful weapons a super-preemie-mom has in her possession? 

A journal!

It's where she:

  • lets out all her overwhelming and burdensome emotions
  • figures out what she needs to do
  • tracks every bit of data she needs about her baby's every single thing
  • has all of her questions and all of the answers packed into one space
  • celebrates her strengths and the progress she & her baby are making

A journal truly is...

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20 Instagram Accounts You Should Be Following If You Have A Preemie

Instagram is my new favorite social media! Why? Because it's so much about the photos, and how can you not love all of those adorable preemies?

Through Instagram feeds, we get to welcome brand new preemies to the world, support their parents, watch them grow, and see them thrive in the months and years after their NICU days are behind them. 

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How to Decorate Your Preemie's NICU Bed With Style

"...why is it that parents don't go ahead and surround themselves with comforting things there in the NICU? Usually, it's because they're just too overwhelmed to think about it, and nobody tells them they can.  So, I'm here to tell you - YOU CAN decorate your baby's space so that it feels as good and comforting as it possibly can for you. Here's how...

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How to Create the Ultimate NICU Care Package

So, you've got a friend or loved one with a baby in the NICU, and you want to give them the best gift possible? You've come to the right place. 

Today I'm excited to share all of my favorite care packages ideas for every type of NICU parent! We'll start with the basic care package ingredients, and then look at a whole bunch of other fun ideas to make the gift super fantastic!

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Every Tiny Thing - A Special NICU Store {review}

I've been a NICU nurse for 20 years now, and over the years, every day when I'd get home from work, I'd go online to look up answers to common NICU parent concerns. I'd dream up fun and simple ways to bring parents a little joy. About 4 years ago I started taking the ideas in my head and making them into a reality. 

It all began with the idea of bringing art to the baby's NICU bedside. I wanted NICU parents to...

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