Spending time in the NICU can be stressful, overwhelming and very emotional. When looking at spending time in the NICU during the holidays, all of those feelings and emotions can be extremely amplified!
Having a baby in the NICU brings a disruption to family traditions, holiday plans and holiday cheer.
Many parents imagine their child’s first Christmas to be one of joy and peace. Many parents get a photo of their child on Santa’s lap, spend quality time cuddling their baby next to a tree full of beautiful twinkling lights, hold their newborn as their baby’s first Christmas ornament is hung on the tree and/or are surrounded by loved ones as they celebrate the magical holiday. However, families who have a baby in the NICU for their first Christmas often find themselves torn as to how to celebrate the holiday, especially if there are other siblings in the family.
Questions that often overwhelm NICU parents:
Patient+Family Care recognizes that this time of year can be very challenging and wants to help provide some tips to help families that have a baby in the NICU during the Christmas holiday so that this time of year can still feel cheerful.
We know that no matter what, this time of year will be difficult and bring many emotions, but there are ways to help brighten the season! Read on to find our list of helpful hints and tips, and you can also follow our Pinterest Board titled “Celebrating Winter/Christmas” in the NICU for even more ways to make this holiday season special.
Find ways to make the NICU space festive! You can help make the environment more comfortable and joyful if you bring in some Christmas décor.
While you are visiting your baby, take advantage of having down time to get some of your holiday tasks checked off your list
Find ways to bring your holiday traditions into the hospital.
Because of the added stress, it is going to be very important for you to find ways to take care of YOURSELF and find ways to relax a little.
Just because your baby is in the hospital, doesn’t mean their first Christmas should be any less celebrated and recognized. Find ways to help commemorate this special first!
Because this time of year will likely bring more stress, don’t be afraid to ask others for help. Many family and friends will WANT to help, especially with this being the season for giving.
While you can read our tips and hints, and find many more resources on line, we know that this time of year can still be stressful and traumatic. However, really try to take time this holiday season to create a list of the many blessings you can be thankful for this Christmas. Also, start looking forward to the next year! This is a great time to create your new years’ resolutions and your hopes for your baby in the coming year!
FOR ALL OF THE FAMILIES THAT WILL BE SPENDING THIS HOLIDAY IN THE HOSPITAL, PLEASE KNOW PATIENT+FAMILY CARE, ALONG WITH MANY OTHER FAMILY SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS, WILL BE THINKING OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! WE HOPE YOU FIND STRENGTH, PEACE AND HAPPINESS AMONG THE CHAOS OF WHAT YOU HAVE TO ENDURE. WE WISH YOU A HAPPY, HEALTHY WONDERFUL HOLIDAY!