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Your Preemie Is Starting Pre-School: 5 Things to Consider

Your Preemie in PKDuring our 44-day NICU stay, I used to dream of our preemie entering school, lunch pail in hand and confidently carrying his backpack. But to be honest, I wasn’t sure that day would ever come.

Fast forward four years and that day has come. Below are a few things we considered when choosing the right pre-school for him, and our family.

  1. The “howdy” factor. Does the school make you feel welcome? Do the directors and teachers share palpable enthusiasm for teaching children and are they excited about having your child, special needs and all? When we walked into our son’s preschool, I immediately felt like we were wanted, even after my additional pages that were attached to the application form under “medical history.” I figured if that didn’t scare them, we were starting off pretty well.
  2. The license. Is the school an accredited facility? [Continue reading]

Daycare and the Prematurity Factor

Daycare or Nanny?

Your preemie has been home from the NICU for some time now. You’ve watched your baby grow from a tiny preemie that could fit in the palm of your hand to a toddling one or two year old. You might have to consider daycare… or should it be a nanny? This … [Continue reading]

The Roller Coaster of Breastfeeding in the NICU

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When my daughter was born eight weeks early it was such a shock and surprise for my husband and me. I had always envisioned having a calm, peaceful birth and directly being able to breastfeed our daughter. That wasn’t our story. Bree was whisked … [Continue reading]

Feeding Your Preemie: Infant Formula 101

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Hurray! NICU discharge day is around the corner! As you prepare to take your preemie home, you walk down the infant formula aisle for the first time. The aisle is overwhelming. There are so many brands, types, and choices. Where does one begin? If … [Continue reading]

Struggling With Breastfeeding and Knowing When to Quit

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When you have a preemie and are staying in the NICU, one of the first things they talk to you about is breastfeeding.  Breastfeeding is something that I was not interested in; I had planned on formula feeding and was okay with that. After having … [Continue reading]