This post is written in conjunction with Pampers, all opinions are my own.
This September, Pampers announced a new and innovative diaper — a diaper that can help change lives. It’s the new Pampers Swaddlers Size P-3 diaper, the smallest preemie diaper yet at 40% smaller than the average newborn diaper. It can fit babies born in the second trimester who weigh approximately 1 pound or (500 grams). This new preemie diaper is the fruit of more than 10,000 hours of research and development; so much love was poured into making it. Pampers consulted doctors, NICU nurses and parents in an effort to make the best diaper for these NICU miracle babies.
When I heard about this diaper I immediately thought of my friend’s sweet daughter Victoria. Victoria was born at 24 weeks. Can you even imagine? At 24 weeks I was just processing the gender of my baby and starting to think of names and make plans. I remember being so scared for my friend as I heard of her early delivery and nothing prepared me for the photos of this tiny precious girl. She was so incredibly little, delicate and fragile. So many precautions had to be made as her skin was beyond tender. Victoria spent 114 days in the NICU and now, 2 years later, is a beautiful and happy little girl.
I personally have also experienced the NICU with my youngest daughter, who spent 3 days in the NICU and they were some of the longest days of my life. She was not a preemie but was born with a hole in her lung and it was terrifying. After she was born they put her on my chest and she let out a small cry and then she didn’t make any more noise. My maternal instinct kicked in and I knew something was wrong. Looking through photos from my delivery I can see how blue she got even though at first she was nice and pink. Each breath was causing more problems as her chest filled with air making it hard for her lungs to expand. I don’t even remember them giving her oxygen as I held her but there it is in a photo. My husband didn’t get to hold her for 24 hours and everything about her delivery was just wrong. She was born and then I was all alone in a dim room. They did not know what was wrong so they rushed her out and I sent my husband with them. I went from holding my baby to being alone and frightened. The next time I held her she was attached to a bunch of tubes and it was very difficult, she cried the whole time because of the pain from her chest tube and it broke my heart. I had a glimpse of what NICU is like but thankfully I had a very brief journey with a happy ending and her quick healing.
To celebrate this new diaper, Pampers has created this fantastic video. Warning -grab tissues!
They also teamed up with March of Dimes to celebrate the essential touches of love that help preemies grow and develop and help form those initial bonds with their parents and caregivers. They also teamed up with March of Dimes to raise funds for premature babies. From now until World Prematurity Day (November 17) Pampers wants you to join in celebrating those ever important touches of love. You are invited to share photos and memories of the #touchesoflove your baby experienced from parents, caregivers and nurses using #touchesoflove on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and tag @Pampers. Every share will result in a donation to March of Dimes, so share often!
Additionally, Pampers gave me the opportunity to give back to some current NICU families and it was a wonderful experience. I reached out to moms I know who did the long NICU road and asked them to write encouraging letters to moms who are in the NICU trenches right now. I learned of a family in Indiana who had just delivered a baby at 27 weeks (a friend of one of the former NICU moms I reached out to) and I was able to gift her too. I surprised her with the stroller from her registry as well as a NICU survival kit I put together based on the suggestions of these moms. I also put together several other care packages to be delivered by nurses to some local NICU moms. I am so grateful to Pampers for allowing me to help these moms at such a stressful time!