My new neighbor had her baby girl almost 3 months early and I ache for her as I recall the constant longing to hold, nurture and nourish my boys as soon as they were born. Her baby girl has been in an incubator on breathing and feeding support since July. Olive is thankfully due to come home next month and we are all keeping our fingers crossed.
I am a huge fan of baby wearing and wore Jasper so often that my Mother-in-Law called him little marsupial baby. I loved the Moby Wrap and the Ergo, wonderful carriers that were part of my dress code for 2 years.
Actually, Kangaroo Care is a therapy used for preemies.
Preemies don’t have the body regulatory systems of full-term babies. They lose body heat quickly, making them vulnerable to illness. But when a baby is carried close to the mother’s chest, her body actually senses the baby’s temperature and the breast temperature rises 2 degrees in a matter of minutes. Amazing!
Also, premature infants cannot regulate their breathing, but when carried chest-to-chest with a parent or caregiver, they match their breathing to their parents’. When your baby has been contained for 3 months in a plastic incubator, holding her as much as possible will be a wonderful needed bonding experience.
So, for my neighbor’s baby shower today, I have made a representation of what I hope for her and her little Olive in the very near future.
can also be purchased here in my store 🙂 Koala Mama Jingle Toy