Hand to Hold's Official Blog: Written by Parents for Parents

Why Do We Track Developmental Milestones?

We measure early childhood in milestones – the first smile, first step, that very first word. Parents are encouraged to track what their baby can do, but sometimes this can cause anxiety and frustration when you feel your child is not making strides in development compared to others. • • • • • • • Listen to NICU Now, Hand to […]

Your First Experience with Pediatric Therapy: What Can I Expect?

Your baby is home from the hospital, everyday life is returning to a new “normal,” and you’re seeing positive changes in your child each day. However, you may still have concerns about their growth and development as a NICU baby. Every child’s development is dynamic and different problems may arise at any time. Upon further […]

Meet the Professional: What Does a Neonatal Therapist Do?

When a baby is born premature or with special health care needs, they require immediate, intensive care. With all the medical interventions and monitoring it’s easy to start seeing your baby as a patient, instead of the little person that they are. But we know that what we do in the NICU has long-term impact. As […]

Meet the Professional: What Does an Occupational Therapist Do?

Raising a kid with special health and developmental needs can seem daunting. Often we come home from the NICU with a list of follow-up appointments to make, screenings to do and specialists to see. In honor of Occupational Therapy Month, we spoke with Rebecca Pokluda, MOTR/L, Clinic Director and Owner of KidWorks Therapy Services, to answer […]

Navigating the NICU as a Family: Connecting Siblings with NICU Babies

Sibling love is a tough journey for any family and even harder when you have a baby in the NICU. Learning to manage your own emotions, as well as the guilt and stress that comes with having a medically fragile child, can come at a large cost. When you add siblings into the mix, the […]