- Talk with your nurse so you can decide together the best time to bring siblings to see and spend time with your baby.
- Talk with the baby’s siblings before the visit. Explain to them the hospital rules and some of the things they might see and hear while they are visiting the hospital.
- Make an appointment with a Child Life Specialist to meet the sibling before their visit so they can help explain about the NICU or the death of a sibling.
- Child Life is here to give you kid-friendly words and books that you can borrow to help talk with your child about their sibling.
- Ask your Child Life Specialist if the playroom is open for siblings.
- Ask Child Life for items like books, rattles, mobiles and/or sound machines that can help comfort your baby.
- Ask Child Life about projects like handprint molds and canvas prints that can be done with your baby and entire family as memory/keepsake items to take home.
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