When Jaxlee was in the NICU we received the most amazing gift! This gift was not of much material value, however to this day I still remember how much comfort it brought me. I wanted to share some gift ideas here in the event you know someone now or in the future that could be blessed by these thoughtful gestures.
1. Who would have thought a Build-A-Bear Teddy would be such a priceless item? My friend brought to the hospital a voice recorder from Build-A-Bear and Jonny & I recorded a personalized message to Jaxlee. The voice recorder was then put into a Build-A-Bear Teddy (the hypoallergenic bear they offer) and placed in Jaxlee's little bed. I asked the nurses to play the recording for Jaxlee when we were not able to be with her. She got to hear our voices and hear how much she was loved by her mom & dad. This made my heart feel a little more at ease when we had to say goodbye each day.
2. After I visited Jax in the NICU for the first time, I asked the nurses if I could have the blanket she had been wrapped in all day. I wanted to take it back to my room so I could sleep with it & smell it. I then gave the nurses a blanket that had my body scent on it & asked them to wrap Jax up in that specific blanket so Jaxlee could smell me when I was not there. I would recommend an organic cotton blanket similar to these ones here!
3. This adorable bundle of baby care products is the perfect gift for any mom & baby! This set includes a gentle all over wash, daily protective balm, and soothing oil all formulated with gentle ingredients for baby's delicate skin. These products do not contain ingredients like phenoxyethanol, fragrance, dimethicone, BHA, petrolatum, methylparaben (and the list could go on and on) which are found in the Johnson & Johnson (and other well known baby lines) products commonly used in hospitals, containing known harmful ingredients and carcinogens.
4. When I was pregnant with Jax, I was introduced to essential oils. I purchased a handful of oils specifically to bring to the hospital with me to help with labor, delivery, & postpartum. I had no idea how helpful they would be. It became a joke with the NICU Dr.'s & nurses that I was "the oil lady."
My top 5 oils for a new mama & baby are...
Fennel: As an exclusive pumping mom, I needed my milk to come in & I needed to be able to produce milk without the natural triggers of a newborn. Every time I pumped I would put Fennel on my breasts & let me tell you the milk was flowing!! There was no shortage in my milk supply for Jax.
Clary Sage: Once I was in active labor, I put Clary Sage on my ankles & feet. This oil is known to promote regular and consistent contractions which help speed up the labor and delivery process. It is also known as an anesthetic, helping reduce pain. After my delivery, I put it on my cold packs & pads for my lady parts (contains healing properties as well).
Frankensense: Because Frankincense is known for its healing power, I would put a drop on Jaxlee's head every single day (and continued long after she was discharged). The fragrance of this oil also uplifts spirits, as you can imagine we all needed during this time.
Thieves: Nothing can set you or your baby back like a sickness can. Thieves is an all in one antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-infectious essential oil. I would make sure to put it on my feet & Jaxlees feet (diluted with Jojoba oil) to ward off any germs that maybe passed around.
Lavender: I mentioned in my earlier post, how the NICU unit smelled. During my time there I needed something to relax and calm me. Lavender was my secret weapon, the smell alone can take you to a place of emotional & physical balance. This was also soothing for Jax as well.
The best part about these oils are they are not only valuable for the duration of the NICU stay, they are vital and useful once mama & baby get home!