What are the Best NICU Gift Ideas?

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What are the Best NICU Gift Ideas?

NICU Gift Ideas

What are the Best NICU Gift Ideas?

When a baby is in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), it can be a challenging time for both the parents and the little one. Finding the perfect gift to show your support and love can make a world of difference. Here are some unique and thoughtful NICU gift ideas:

1. Comforting Blankets and Swaddles

Soft and cozy blankets or swaddles can provide comfort to the baby during their stay in the NICU. Look for ones made from gentle and breathable materials that are suitable for premature babies. These are sometimes used as a mattress cover or to cover the incubator - it can brighten up the NICU - as well as being used during kangaroo care.

2. Hand and Footprint Keepsakes

Creating a lasting memory is a beautiful way to commemorate a baby's early weeks/months. Hand and footprint kits allow parents to capture their baby's tiny hands and feet, creating a precious keepsake. These kits often come with non-toxic ink pads and special paper to ensure a safe and mess-free experience.

Of course this won't be suitable for all babies, and should be considered when baby is a healthy weight and with approval from medical staff.

3. NICU Milestone Cards

Celebrate the small victories and milestones achieved by the baby with NICU milestone cards. These cards feature different milestones, such as "First Cuddle" or "First Clothes," and can be used to document the baby's progress. Parents can take photos of their little one with the corresponding milestone card, creating a heartwarming visual diary.

4. NICU appropriate clothing

An early arrival often takes parents by surprise, and they may have a cupboard full of newborn sized clothing, but nothing for a smaller than average baby. 

Gift the baby with clothing that is specially designed for NICU babies. Look for onesies with easy access for medical equipment and monitors, as well as soft and gentle fabrics. 

Clothing a baby is a key milestone for parents; it's an emotional experience. Receiving clothing that's too big can cause upset, especially if baby is very small and the prospect of them being a 'normal' baby seems far away.

5. Parent Care Packages

Don't forget about the parents who are going through a challenging time. Put together a care package filled with comforting items such as hand moisturiser, soothing teas, chocolate, and relaxation essentials. Including a heartfelt note of encouragement can provide much-needed support to the parents.

6. Books and Lullabies

Reading to a baby in the NICU can be a soothing and bonding experience. Choose books with monochrome illustrations and gentle rhymes that are suitable for premature babies. Additionally, lullaby CDs or music boxes can create a calming atmosphere in the NICU.

More about reading to a premature baby

7. Gift Cards

Gift cards can be a practical and thoughtful option, allowing parents to choose items that they need for their baby. Consider gift cards for baby stores, online retailers, or even local restaurants for a convenient meal during their time in the hospital.

8. Handwritten Letters of Encouragement

Words of encouragement can go a long way in providing emotional support to the parents. Take the time to write a heartfelt letter or card expressing your love, support, and admiration for their strength. These letters can be cherished and read during difficult moments, reminding the parents that they are not alone.


Choosing a unique and thoughtful gift for a baby in the NICU can make a significant impact on their journey. Whether it's a comforting blanket, a perfect-fitting onesie, or a heartfelt letter, your gesture of love and support will be deeply appreciated by the parents and the little one.