Are you bringing home a preemie baby from the NICU anytime soon? Here are some of the essential items I've needed to care for a premature baby that is finally coming home.
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So I have had my share of premature babies and I've given some advice here, and quite frankly – it's too many that one person can handle. Premature baby care can be tough if you haven't been there before.
I have also 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 Genie –
The 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? It also helps because he is on oxygen and I can't be running everywhere hooking him up to a new tank just to run a diaper out.
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 son's needs.
I've been able to look at his oxygen rate and determine if a breathing treatment has been successful or if a trip to the ER is necessary. *I'm not a medical professional. For me, it's always been better to overreact than having to worry.