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Old 02-27-2013, 04:41 PM   #1
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Gift ideas for NICU parents

A friend has a premie in the NICU and may not be coming home for another month! What gift suggestions do you all have to give her to let her know I'm thinking of her? Some ideas I've come up with:

- snacks, chocolates, trailmix, fruit
- hand lotion
- crossword puzzles, magazines, etc.
- nail polish
- gas cards
- breastmilk bags

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Old 02-27-2013, 05:08 PM   #2
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Dollar bills for snack/drink machines
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:59 PM   #3
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Dollar bills for snack/drink machines
That's one that I was going to suggest.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:15 PM   #4
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A good friend of mine had 24 weekers twin. I sent a blanket for each parent (it's usually cold in NICU), crossword puzzles, pens, markers, paper, markers, colors, color books, and tape. The mama would color and draw things and then tape it to the incubator.
I also sent a gift certificate to their favorite place to eat and movie tickets.
Every year on the twins' birthday, I send the boys' a gift and the parents a gift certificate to eat and movie tickets... Sometimes parents forget they need together time.
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:29 AM   #5
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Re: Gift ideas for NICU parents

I think anything you do will be appreciated, very thoughtful of you. We were there for a long time too and after a couple of weeks people stopped visiting as often or offering to help. Maybe do 1/2 now and 1/2 later just so she knows you still remember her. I was a wreck the whole time DS was in and I couldn't be my normal bubbly self to friends and family but I just didn't have anything else to give at that point. Don't take offense if she's not as warm as you'd expect. Everyone handles it different... I internalized everything.

Also I think my favorite thing that was given was a tote bag. I had to pack a lot of stuff for the day at the hospital and it was really nice to have a new bag.

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Re: Gift ideas for NICU parents

Anytime people brought us food (especially healthy food), it was a total blessing. So nice to have something healthy to eat for dinner that we didn't have to prepare, and I had a whole countertop of snacks that I could grab before we headed to the hospital each day.

And yes, visitors definitely peter off as the weeks go by, so letting them know that you're still around and care is very much appreciated!
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Re: Gift ideas for NICU parents

Gas cards, gift cards to restaurants near the NICU, hand santizer, bottled water, and one of these signs http://www.itsapreemiething.com/stor...stop-sign.html

Also, try to find out if there is a massage therapist in the hospital and, if so, buy her a massage.
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Re: Gift ideas for NICU parents

I know this is an older thread now, but I figure someone else might see it too and enjoy the input.

When were in the NICU (which wasn't terribly long, at only two weeks), I desperately wanted lotion (unscented) and some boobie supplies. Pumping tore me UP (I had blisters!). If you're close enough to know that they're having issues with sore tatas, I'd highly recommend Medela nipple shells (they have air circulation, so it helps with thrush too), and I adored Earth Mama Angel Baby's nipple butter. Lansinoh makes these hot/cold gel packs that were awesome for engorgement too.
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These are really great ideas! I have never even thought about what a premie parent must go through during that time :/
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Gas cards, gift cards to restaurants near the NICU, hand santizer, bottled water, and one of these signs http://www.itsapreemiething.com/stor...stop-sign.html

Also, try to find out if there is a massage therapist in the hospital and, if so, buy her a massage.
This-gas and restaurant cards saved us.
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