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5 Uses for a Baby Blanket Outside the Crib

no blanket required

no blanket required

Your preemie is about to be discharged. Perhaps she’s breathing on her own. Maybe she needs oxygen to support her lungs, either through a  cannula or a trach. You look around her nursery for one final safety check. Your eyes fall upon the one smothering item which still eludes your careful planning: the blanket.

Children’s safety organizations recommend putting your baby to sleep on her back, without anything in the crib: no bumpers, no toys (especially stuffies), and no blankets. However, the lovely pictures you’ve seen in parental magazines and the bed sets you purchased include these items of risk. Premature children are at a higher risk for SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, than other babies.

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Healthy Breathing: 5 Tips for Managing Respiratory Symptoms


Many of us have experienced the paralyzing fear that comes as we watch our child struggle to take a breath. You've probably been there many times. There isn't much that has frightened me more than my son's breathing. The fear began during his NICU … [Continue reading]

Why Giving is Genius

Water Stop

It’s that time of year – from public radio to your place of worship to non-profit organizations across the country, all have begun or are gearing up for the giving season. From telethons to texting campaigns, special events and direct mail, we are … [Continue reading]

Preemies vs. Statistics


When too many numbers get jumbled in my head, it's overwhelming. Even on a good day. I came this close to failing my mandatory college statistics class.  I would tell you what this close means in percentages, but herein lies my point, I'm that bad at … [Continue reading]

2014 NICU Heroes Awards Finalists, Pt 1

Nurse Natalie with Bella

The outstanding care neonatal professionals give to NICU families is recognized and applauded each year during the NICU Heroes Awards, presented by Mead Johnson Nutrition and Hand to Hold, a national nonprofit Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) … [Continue reading]