Thoughts and Helpful Tips
Please let us know what you think of the site and our range of premature baby clothing.
If there is something you think we could add to our range to make your life easier let us know (night feeds don’t count!!)
Helpful tips for those who have been thrown in at the deep end of having a premature baby were invaluable for my husband and me.
If you have anything you would like to share from your experience feel free to contact us and we will add the comments to the site or an article to our blog. We’d love to hear from you about your experiences so we can help others in the same situation.
Here are a few tips that we found useful when we first found ourselevs in this situation…
Top Tips for Parents of Premature Babies
Giving birth to a premature baby, whether it was expected or not, is a real shock for the majority of parents. The UK has the highest rate of premature births in the whole of Europe, and whilst the support and care available for premature babies and their parents has improved dramatically in recent years, many parents still feel isolated in regarding to how they can care for their tiny bundle of joy and still enjoy the moments every parent looks forward to experiencing in those first few weeks.
Here we uncover just a selection of tips that can help parents from all walks of life get through this difficult time…
Exercise Your Parenting Skills
Whilst being away from your newborn as they receive specialist treatment may leave you feeling anxious, exercising your parenting skills where possible while your baby is getting back to full health helps many parents take the reins during this stressful time.
Your baby will be small and very fragile, however, exercising your role as a parent whilst the nurses take care of your baby’s needs can give helpless parents purpose. If you cannot physically comfort your baby, talking to him or her will provide lots of reassurance. You can also leave a small swatch of clothing that has been next to your skin and carries your scent in the incubator if the medical team looking after baby permits you to do so.
Work With The Medical Professionals
You may feel a bit like a spare part while your baby is receiving medical care in the neonatal unit, but by working with the doctors, nurses and support staff you can stay informed and increase the level of care that you are giving your baby as he or she grows stronger.
The medical professionals looking after your baby will be well-versed in providing not only support for your baby but support for you during this daunting period. As your baby’s health goes from strength to strength you can increase interaction with your baby. Kangaroo care is great for consolidating that bond, and the skin to skin contact will encourage your baby’s development and stimulate milk production to ensure you get back on track as you leave the unit and return home as a family.
Don’t Go Through It Alone
Getting to know other parents that are in or have been in your situation will enable you to get the support you need when it comes to the ups and downs of having a premature baby. As well as becoming familiar with the parents of other children in the neonatal unit, there are also various forums online to ensure you don’t have to go through it alone.
The one reason we started this site…get proper clothes for your premature baby! We found it such a trial even finding one place we could go for all of our premature baby clothing needs, let alone finding real quality clothing that was “fit for purpose”. That’s why we started Dinki Dreams, so please do use this site!