Send mummy a “care package”, anything from a drinks bottle, handcream, crossword puzzles, a Netflix account password, a voucher for a restaurant near the hospital…anything she can do to occupy her time by the incubator
Keep offering to help, even when the baby comes home. Often parents find a few days after the initial rush of helpful offers, they soon dry up, and your friend could need some extra support for months to come
Buy books for parent’s to read to their little mouse – this can promote bonding and helps baby develop, as well as being a very thoughtful gift
Comply to the NICU rules if you go for a visit – if you’re told to wash your hands, or not touch baby, it is for a good reason. Go with the flow and do as you’re instructed by parents.