While a trip to the NICU isn’t in anyone’s plans when they think about becoming a mom, it happens. My recent experience with NICU has made me realize that perhaps I can share some tips to help other moms be better prepared.
If you’re dealing with this situation and have a little one in the NICU and want to know what you should bring, then continue reading for some tips on what to pack when you’re heading to be with your newborn in the NICU.
What should I bring to the NICU?
For starters, it’s important that you start being a part of your newborn’s care plan as soon as you’re well enough. Don’t forget to take care of your body as you just gave birth so your health is just as important as this newborn baby in the NICU.
Once you’ve taken the time to get your own health set after giving birth, it’s time to start thinking about what you should bring to the NICU. Here are some packing tips that will help you survive this part of parenting a baby in the NICU.
Writing Paper and Pen
You’ll be given a lot of information about your baby during this time in the NICU. Make sure you bring a pad of paper and a pen to jot down notes that the doctors share during their visits with you. This is important and a crucial step because you may not remember everything the staff tells you during your busy day in the NICU.
Make sure to bring an insulated water cup that allows you to stay hydrated. This is extremely important if you plan to breastfeed your baby. It’s important that you maintain proper hydration levels to be able to produce milk for your NICU baby and keep your health up during this part of parenthood.
Comfy Pillows & Blankets
If you plan on spending long hours in the NICU with your newborn then you’re going to want to feel comfortable. Anything you can do to make the situation more comfortable will help reduce the anxiety you’ll feel while watching your baby in the NICU. A boppy pillow, comfy blanket, and similar items will work to provide something soft to lean against while you’re tending to your NICU baby.
Consider packing a bathrobe that’s comfortable large so that you can provide your NICU baby with some skin to skin contact without showing the NICU your entire body. A soft bathrobe that’s easily placed over your clothes to ensure you can give your newborn some skin to skin contact will keep things modest and provide your baby the comfort they need during their time in the NICU.
These are just some of my basic tips on what to bring to the NICU. Often times our little one is rushed to the NICU so fast that we don’t have time to pack, so this list may help you provide some ideas to your partner as they head off to help get supplies while you stay with your newborn in the NICU. Regardless of whether you had a heads up that your baby may end up in NICU or not, it’s important to maintain a level of comfortability so that you can keep your mental health strong during this difficult time.