I’ve shared before about my oldest, Keira, having to be in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for two months and because of my own experience, I know how difficult and stressful having a child in the NICU can be. There is so much for a NICU parent to worry about, and when you are worrying about literally life and death, you do not want to be worrying about ill-fitting diapers.
Keira was actually between diaper sizes when she was born and she spent her entire time in the NICU wearing “Preemie” sized diapers meant for older gestation babies. This meant we had to fold her diapers nearly in half to get them to fit, and also avoid her umbilical stub, as otherwise they would have covered her entire tiny little body. Not the best solution for the super sensitive skin of a preemie.
Today Huggies released a new diaper for the smallest babies – Huggies Little Snugglers Nano Preemie Diapers. These diapers are meant for babies weighing less than two pounds (or 900 grams) and are designed to help protect the sensitive skin of these littlest of little ones.
When I opened the box of Huggies Little Snugglers Nano Preemie Diapers I was sent to help facilitate writing this post, I was floored. Floored. It is so easy to forget just how small and fragile preemies can be when yours is now a rambunctious 5 year old girl.
NICUs have had a need for a diaper solution specifically designed for preemies born under 2 pounds. Huggies noticed this unmet need and partnered with NICU nurses and neonatal therapists to develop the Huggies Little Snugglers Nano Preemie Diaper.
The new diaper helps fulfill Huggies’ No Baby Unhugged promise to ensure all babies get the care they need to thrive and grow. Each Huggies Little Snugglers Nano Preemie Diaper gores through a rigorous inspection process, including a 40-point hand inspection, and individual folding and hand-packaging.
One problem with having to wear an over-sized diaper on a preemie is that it makes it harder for the NICU nurses to position their little bodies – something that is done several times a day in the NICU. The Huggies Little Snugglers Nano Preemie Diaper features specially-sized fasteners and a narrow, absorbent pad that provides a flexible fit so that the baby can be comfortably positioned with arms and legs tucked in for healthy growth and development. The soft, smooth liner and gentle leg gathers provide leakage protection without irritating fragile, underdeveloped skin.
They are also super absorbent to help keep their delicate skin dry and have overlapping fasteners to give an adjustable fit that is comfortable. Plus they are hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and free of natural rubber latex so all preemie babies can enjoy the soft and gentle protection that the Huggies Little Snugglers Nano Preemie Diaper provides.
I can imagine only too well just how much of a difference these diapers will make in the daily lives of NICU staff, preemies and their parents. It is one less thing to worry about. Having looked at these tiniest of diapers close up, it is easy to see the craftmanship that goes into making them.
While nobody plans for a premature birth, knowing that all babies – regardless of size – are receiving the best care possible helps provide comfort to moms everywhere. One less thing for preemie moms to worry about.
To learn more about the wonderful work Huggies does in the NICU and for more information about Huggies No Baby Unhugged visit Huggies No Baby Unhugged.
Disclosure: This post has been brought to you by Huggies. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.