Having a premature baby is challenging as you cannot cuddle your little one seconds after birth. However, you can still squeeze in some quality time with your preemie to make him/her feel he’s/she’s loved. These special ways will let them know that they’re special:
Feed your preemie. Feeding your preemie is encouraged so that you can spend more cuddle time with her. Since he cannot latch yet, you can feed him by giving him a bottle of milk formula or your pumped breast milk.
Kangaroo care, mama. Kangaroo care is a great bonding moment for you and your preemie. To facilitate skin to skin contact with your baby, he will be put on your bare chest, wearing only a diaper. More so, to keep you and your baby warm, blankets will be placed over you and your little one.
The power of touch. Don’t be afraid to touch your preemie. More than anything, the baby needs to feel his parent’s gentle touch. Make sure you don’t overstimulate your baby via stroking or caressing his skin. Ask his pediatrician or nurse on the proper ways to hold him to ensure his safety.
Observe your baby. Get to know your preemie even if he’s in the hospital. Follow his cues especially when he’s awake. He may be sometimes fussy but keep calm. In the process of observing him, you’ll learn what makes him happy and not. That way, you’ll know how to take care of his needs in the future.
Read or sing. Nothing beats a parent’s voice to pacify a crying baby. Make your presence felt by reading a baby book or singing a lullaby or nursery rhymes to your preemie.