Things to do with your baby when in hospital

Things to do with your baby when in hospital

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Ask the nurses about the times of daily cares/feeds and try to be there at those times when you might be able to do things for your baby such as:

  • Change nappy
  • Check temperature
  • Hold the feeding syringe /feed a bottle
  • Wipes eyes and nose
  • Offer small drops of breast milk to moisten your baby’s mouth as it gets very dry in incubator
  • Hold your baby’s hand during suctioning\Give baby a top & tail wash (in the evenings)

Other things to do with your baby when he/she is in the incubator

  • Kangaroo Care
  • Hand swaddle (if baby not well enough for kangaroo care)
  • Chat & read stories
  •  Sing songs

As your baby gets older and more alert, they will need extra stimulation such as:

  • Lots more chatting, stories and singing
  • Black & white flashcards (stuck to cot) – the physiotherapist can provide you with these or there are many downloadable versions available on the internet
  • Cot mobile – clip on ones are best for the hospital cots
  • Baby mirror – attached to cot or a standalone one for tummytime
  • Music – play music to your baby via an MP3 player connected to a wireless Bluetooth speaker. Classical music, and particularly Mozart, is understood to be very good for baby’s cognitive development

You can find other articles on surviving NICU here on the blog including:

Making the best of your time in hospital

Looking after yourself

Some tips on expressing 

Places to go for coffee/lunch near the Rotunda Hospital

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