Care for your baby
As a partner in your baby's care, you are welcome to participate in morning rounds at your baby's bedside. Rounds are when the medical staff come to the bedside to check on your baby's progress. Please ask the nurse or doctor to explain if you have any concerns about your baby's care. Feel free to write down your questions and the doctor's or nurse's answers.
Clean your hands. Take off all rings, watches and jewelry before coming into the NICU. Clean your hands up to your elbows with soap and warm water or use alcohol foam hand rubs found at each bedside
Before entering the NICU, let staff know if you have signs of a cold, flu, or an infectious illness.Hand expression.
Many babies can successfully breastfeed. Ask your nurse how you can start hand expressing in the first 6 hours or as soon as possible.
Your baby's identification bracelet. Your baby should have it on at all times. If it is missing, please ask the nurse to get a new one.
Keep your baby safe. Ask staff for help when moving your baby from the cot, crib or overhead warmer. Always stay with your baby during weighing or bathing. Keep the side rails up and latched or incubator doors closed.
Alarms and monitors. Allow the alarm on your baby's medical equipment to beep. This helps staff know to check your baby.
Safe sleep practices.
Ask your baby's nurse about "safe sleep" practices that apply to your baby's stage.