NICU Advice by Happy Family Blog

NICU Advice 

Bailey came at 36 weeks as well. At the time it felt like the worst thing in the world, but in the end it was such a blessing. We got the best training from the nurses. We called it mommy and daddy boot camp.  I wanted write this post because I remember feeling like a failure and all alone.  My best friend who I was luck enough to get pregnant with was in the room next to us with her full term daughter.  I reached out to an acquaintance who I knew had twins who were in the NICU.  She provided me with the best support and advice.   We learned great tips. 

  • Celebrate every milestone – Feeding tubes out, moving into a new crib. 
  • Take lots of pictures – At first when seeing all the tubes taking photos was the last thing on my mind, but I am so happy we did.  I love looking back at the photos to see just how far she has come.
  • Embrace the schedule – Bailey was on a schedule when we got home and can sleep through anything. 
  • Ask lots of questions
  • Leave the hospital and don’t feel like you need to be in the NICU all day and night – we were so fortunate to have a hospital that let us stay there for the two weeks that Bailey was in the NICU.  It was easy to want to stay in the hospital 24/7.  We were allowed to see Bailey every 3 hours and the first day I thought we will go everytime even in the middle of the night.  Your son/daughter are in the best care possible use this time to get some sleep because when you get home you will most likely not have a team of professionals helping you.  
  • Breast feeding/pumping – Bailey and I were not very successful with bfing so I pumped like it was my job.  I know it is not for everyone, but it provided me with sanity.  It was one thing I could do that the nurses could not.  I highly recommend a hands free pumping bra. You can get them in amazon. Gives you the opportunity to be hands free while pumping. And a nursing bra. If you continue pumping after I would also recommend an AC adaptor so you can plug you pump in while in the car. I wear a hooter hider while my husband drives. It got to the point where I felt trapped in the house because I was exclusively pumping and had to be home to pump every 3 hours. 

3 thoughts on “NICU Advice 

  1. Yes, yes, yes! Take pictures! For a while I couldn’t look at the pictures of my daughter with the tubes sticking out of her and the IV in her head. Her head! But she is 4 now and I love looking at those pix, not only because they were here first baby pix but because I realize what a tough girl I gave birth to.

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