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

Are You Scared to Try for #2? Me Too.

When I was younger, people’s chosen family sizes always intrigued me. Why do they have that many (or few) kids? Why is there such a large age gap between those two children? Why am I 15 years old and dissecting other people’s family size? Of course now I know that most family sizes aren’t chosen, […]

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 […]

Red Flags Aren’t Always Red

As difficult as it is to hear that your child has some sort of developmental delays, it’s also a relief to get some answers. I’m not crazy after all! But then again, shouldn’t I have noticed these red flags sooner? The problem is, the red flags aren’t always red. When my twins turned seven, my husband and […]

Bonding with Your NICU Baby at Home

by Dr. Lisa Michelle Noll, Pediatric psychologist at Texas Children’s Hospital When we are pregnant, we dream of the first minutes and hours after birth, holding, kissing, and caring for our newborn baby. Attaching to and bonding with our newborn baby seems natural, not something we need to prepare for, but just rather something that happens […]

This Road We Call Preemie Life

During the 29 weeks I was pregnant with my preemie, I tried to go for as many walks as I could. Those walks helped me feel so much better mentally, as well as physically. As I walked I would lovingly rub my growing belly, the weather growing colder as fall turned into winter, daydreaming about […]