When I found out I was pregnant, I downloaded a pregnancy app on my phone and began tracking our little beans growth obsessively. I perused baby development websites, memorized milestones, and counted down the days to hitting my second trimester. 13 weeks meant I could breathe a sigh of relief knowing that miscarriage probabilities were far less likely in our journey ahead. In my experience, I worried more at the beginning of my pregnancy, before my bump appeared and the little kicks and nudges became familiar friends. Unlike many preemie mamas, I didn’t show any signs of an unhealthy pregnancy; in fact, my biggest concern was how painful delivery would be. Some women have problems getting pregnant, some women experience early miscarriage(s), and others like me have problems staying pregnant.
This year in honor of World Prematurity Day, I joined forces with Carters in a nationwide initiative to surprise and delight NICU mamas with pieces from their new preemie line. Carters provided slogan-ed onesies, I hand-wrote notes of encouragement and understanding for each mama, and the Northside NICU granted us access to deliver goodies and chat with the daytime nurses. As the days lead up to our delivery, I reflected on our time at Northside, crossing my fingers that I’d run into some of Channing’s scrub-wearing super heroes.
Take a peak at our delivery:
When Channing was in the NICU, preemie clothes were hard to find and Carters were the only outfits small enough for us to consider. I remember the day we first dressed her, the soft pink layette looked so small in my hands and so big on her body. Now Carters offers two different preemie sizes, up to 5 pounds, and up to 6 pounds, making it easier for the tiniest of babies to have a better fit. Bonus, drying the outfits on high heat (not recommended by Carter’s) will help shrink the outfits for the little bitties.
Carters new preemie line has curated 17 new styles with the unique needs of NICU babies in mind. Plastic snaps have replaced metal for x-rays, easy access closures have been added at the arms, and encouraging messages like, “I may look small but I dream BIG” and “this is my fight shirt” are printed on baby onesies. It’s no surprise that Carter’s Senior Brand Marketing Director is a preemie mama herself, they knocked this line out of the park!
This blog post is a #sponsored post; however, all thoughts are my own.