Things You’ll Need:
- Premature Baby Car Seat
- Baby Nurse
- Alarm Clock
- Premature Baby Formula
- Network with other parents of preemies
Your preemie has already passed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) benchmarks to get to the point they are ready to go home. Only 12% of babies are born prematurely, and they do face more risk factors or respiratory infections because of having been on a ventilator. Let’s get some practical tips to make the homecoming of your infant. First off, let’s get the appropriate carseat to bring baby home. Premature babies do not tolerate convertible toddler car seats, because they get too bunch up, and have a harder time breathing. You can find premature infant carseats online. You’ve had time to prepare, so you probably already have this ready.
You’ve had to wait longer for your infant to come home, and you will have to have help the first few days at home. Hiring a baby nurse would be advisable, but if finances are tight, have a helpful parent or family member. This is a crucial time for your preemie, having someone there adds extra security in case of an emergency and also allows for you to get some much need sleep.
Because your baby is a preemie, he may not have the lusty cry to awake you to let you know he’s hungry. You will need to feed him every 3 – 4 around the clock, and wake him during the night to feed him. If you’ve been able to pump your breasts while your preemie was in the hospital then you will be giving him the optimal nutrition he requires. There are formulas made for premature babies now,such as Enfamil brand. These will help him gain adequate weight.
You will have picked in advance the pediatrician for your infant. Find a Doctor you are comfortable with, and contact him/her within a few days returning home. Because your preemie was on a ventilator, he is at more risk for respiratory infections. Be sure to have no smoking around your preemie. Also, keep a fan circulating air in your preemie’s room, because it’s been proven in the last 2 years, that this helps maintain a stable temperature in your baby’s room, reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. (SIDS)
Connect with Support Group Network or try to connect with other parents who have premature babies that are older than yours. This will give you the confidence that your baby will thrive and be strong also. They also will be able to give you personal tips they’ve learned to aid with raising their preemie.