‘’WHAT DO I PACK FOR A NICU STAY?’’

You never thought you would say these words, but now suddenly your mind is racing, emotions everywhere…

We got you mom!

These are the items I wished I had in my bag with my NICU stay the first few days.

For Mom

In the beginning Mom’s items will be more important to pack.

Pumping Gear:

Clothing:

Bits and pieces:

  • SNACKS (the breastmilk making hunger is REAL) You will be running around between the NICU and pumping and waking up every 2-3 hours can be super exhausting, so having lots of fluids and snacks to keep you hydrated is very important to give you some energy to get through the day.https://www.littlelittleprem.co.za/product/milk-lactation-bars/
  • Toiletries, like shampoo, soap, toothbrush etc.
  • Maternity pads
  • Linen savers
  • Dried fruits to help avoid constipation from all the medication.
  • Chargers, multiplug and small lead(sometimes the plugs are far away from the bed)
  • Books or something to keep you busy while you pump
  • Wet wipes for down there.
  • Passport or ID (as well as a copy) and pen for registering your baby.

For Baby


Your baby will most likely not need clothes for the first few weeks of their NICU stay, as they will be in a warm incubator.
You can however pack these items for your baby for the first while in the NICU:
  • 3-4 Preemie Beanieshttps://www.littlelittleprem.co.za/product/beanie/
  • 1-2 Preemie Dummies (for nonnutritive sucking and to help develop babies sucking reflex)https://www.littlelittleprem.co.za/product-category/dummies-bottles/
  • 3-4 receiving blankets (100% cotton)
  • Cotton balls, surgical spirits for umbilical cord.
  • Bum cream (in a tube, no need to stick finger in the tub and spread germs), sensitive wet wipes
  • Fragrance free moisturizer, and soap
  • Petroleum jelly
  • 3-4 NICU Bonding hearts
    • (A person’s sense of smell is closely linked to memory throughout life, and these memories can often trigger certain emotions that provide relief. For a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), certain smells — like a mother’s — can provide comfort in more ways than one.
    • Mom places one clean fabric heart on her skin for a few hours to absorb her unique scent. When mom must leave the NICU she leaves the NICU heart near her baby in the isolate to provide comfort and continue bonding even during times of separation.)https://www.littlelittleprem.co.za/product/nicu-bonding-heart/

I hope this list helps to make the start of your journey a Little Little bit easier.

Lots of love, Little Little Prem

Ask to speak to the head of the NICU, and find out from them what they would need from you for your baby.

Each hospital has their own policies and rules and it would be best for you to consult them before baby is born if possible.

For all your Preemie essentials head to www.littlelittleprem.co.za