8 Meaningful Gifts for Preemie Parents
Bringing a child into the world is a wonderfully exciting and intense time filled with hopes and dreams. But when your baby comes a little earlier than expected, those hopes and dreams can be tinged with stress. Preemie babies are little warriors, and they deserve all the nurturing they can get, but so do their parents. If you're thinking about putting together a meaningful gift that lets a preemie parent know how much you care and support them during this challenging time, check out these eight ideas that are sure to do the trick.
Soft Cotton Clothes
The new parents may not have banked on having a preemie, and might not have clothes tiny enough for their little one, so some new, preemie-sized duds will likely be appreciated! Because new baby skin needs the softest materials to keep it healthy, look for 100% organic cotton (we’re partial to our bodysuit bundles which come in adorable patterns and are available in preemie sizes). You can include mitts and booties for those sweet hands and feet, and even some handmade caps to keep that downy head snug and warm.
Milestone Preemie Cards
Preemies develop at their own rate, which can make every little milestone extra special. So why not help the new parents celebrate each one of these tiny victories with milestone preemie cards. Not only do these cards serve as a memento of a precious time, but this preemie gift also acknowledges the unique challenges a newborn preemie must overcome.
Food is a timeless preemie gift for parents. There is nothing more blissfully exhausting than bringing a newborn home. But when your newborn is a preemie and those long nights involve trips to the NICU, exhaustion can reach a whole new level. With the help of a service like Meal Train, you can make sure the new parents in your life are well fed for as long as you'd like your train to go.
Snack Box Subscription
Help Mom to feel energized with a snack subscription box. You can choose her favorite snacks and make sure they get delivered to her house once a month. Those late-night nursing sessions will feel less draining with some cookies on hand. If you're considering this preemie gift, there are hundreds of options available that cater to every taste and budget.
Aromatherapy for Mom and Baby
Give the gift of rest by putting together a mother and baby aromatherapy kit. Stress can inhibit breastfeeding and healing and can make babies feel uncomfortable, so why not add an element of relaxation? Find some soothing scents like lavender and neroli essential oils. Include a book on baby massage and a soft blanket for baby, and you've got one memorable preemie gift for parents.
A Fashionable Nursing Wrap
Nursing wraps and covers have come a long way from the sack of potato looking fabric of yesteryear. You can find gorgeous textures, patterns, and colors and even have them monogrammed. Some wraps can double as a beautiful shawl for mom when she's finished with nursing or if she doesn't need privacy to nurse her child.
Fill A Book with Messages of Love
Pick up a copy of a special book like Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss, and have friends and family write loving messages of encouragement and life advice for the baby. Not only will you have a lovely children's book to gift preemie parents, but the gesture of including friends and family can create a loving heirloom that will be treasured for years to come.
A Bag Filled With Goodies for the Parents Only
Let's face it; babies get showered with tons of gifts when they enter the world. Sometimes it's fun to bring a special preemie gift just for the grownups. Buy a nice tote bag and fill it with all their favorites. You could include a celebratory bottle of wine, gift certificates to their favorite restaurant, expensive dark chocolate, flowers, a picture frame with a picture of the new family, and other more personal items.
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