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Bringing a Preemie Home from the NICU? 8 Must Haves for the Home

March 24, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NurseryMusts #CollectiveBias and this post also contains affiliate links.Bringing home a baby from the NICU? Here are 8 things you'll need to make life easier.So I have had my share of premature babies, too many one person can handle. I have found that being prepared is most helpful for when you finally get to bring them home from the NICU. I’ve compiled a list of things that are so helpful to make that transition from hospital to home so much easier.

1. Diaper GenieThe design has changed recently and it’s much more user friendly. You don’t need to twist any bags any more or even touch the thing! We share a room with our micro-preemie so having some sort of bin was essential, this just happens to be a luxury bin and it keeps me by the baby rather than running diapers to the trash outside. I grabbed mine from Target because what can’t we find at Target?Bringing home a baby from the NICU? Here are 8 things you'll need to make life easier.2. A smart pulse oximeter monitor – So our son has had the most complications as far as lung issues and so having a monitor that we could rely on was very important to me. They can be a bit pricey but they include 3 sizes of socks so the monitor grows with them. It has been a game changer in how we react to my sons needs.

3. Leather Moccasins – or any soft soled shoe that will make walking and crawling a breeze. They stay on their little feet while they are on the go and having some natural movement in the feet while learning to walk is something that will make them learn that much faster.Bringing home a baby from the NICU? Here are 8 things you'll need to make life easier.4. Good Bottles – Your child may have been prescribed a certain bottle or nipple requirement in the NICU but coming home and having them grow, they need to adapt. I have found that with the Playtex Nursers, they make a tired mom grateful for Drop-In Liners. I still wash the bottles obviously, but if I find that infamous one that’s been under the bed for months, I can just throw away the liner and I’ve got a whole new bottle.  5. A Snuggle/Travel Bed – In the NICU they have snugglers for the babies and it can be intimidating for them to come home to a wide open crib. These give the children the same type of comfort while in their own new bed and you can even travel with it. Bringing home a baby from the NICU? Here are 8 things you'll need to make life easier.6. Black and White Mobile – My son had ROP (Retinopathy of Prematurity) surgery on Christmas day. That was a rough day but thankfully I can still help strengthen his eyesight by giving him stimulating things to look at. He has restricted peripheral vision that he can never get back but this at least helps him to focus more and strengthen his retinas.Bringing home a baby from the NICU? Here are 8 things you'll need to make life easier.7. A Smart Changing Pad This is where life gets fancy. A new company has these changing pads that can record your weight, tell you how much they ate, weigh the diapers, etc. It’s all kept track in their app and to use the app you don’t even need to have the changing pad, it’s just an added bonus of not having to constantly go into the doc, especially during RSV season, and do weight checks. Those can now happen over the phone.

8. Love and Attention – Most of all, this is what these babies need. They’ve been in the hospital and all they want is their family. The nurses, no doubt, try to make up for this but it’s really about being present and learning about your child’s needs. No one knows them better than you and it’s important to be there every time you can.Bringing home a baby from the NICU? Here are 8 things you'll need to make life easier.So have you had a preemie? Let me know what your go to product was and check out the features of the new Diaper Genie here.

 

2 thoughts on “Bringing a Preemie Home from the NICU? 8 Must Haves for the Home

    1. Gloria-Ann

      I stayed away from baby powders due to the power in the air around my daughter. You really can live without them but if you feel you can not put powder in hand well away from baby and carefully place on your babies bottom.shaking powder on baby on put it in their already troubled lungs. Good luck with you blessing. My daughter is now 26 years old with no real health issues.

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