When they were younger, I struggled to explain to my preemies why they were in the hospital much longer than I was and why most of their newborn photos are taken through an isolette. I wish I would have had an adorable resource like Ali Dunn’s colorful book I was a Preemie Just Like You!
Dunn is a preemie mom of identical twins born prematurely at 28 weeks. Her story of NICU life is aimed toward younger children which make is perfect to read to toddlers. Parents could read this book to NICU siblings for a less intimidating discussion on NICU life.
“Some babies are born early, sick or just too little. They meed extra care, so they stay at the hospital.”
In Dunn’s book, a now older preemie child shares her memories of NICU. She recalls the tubes that helped her breath and the magic bed that kept her warm. She passed time dreaming of magical adventures when her family wasn’t with her.
Sometimes, she’d pretend to be a butterfly still in a cocoon. Other times, her cords helped her pretend she was a kite high in the sky.
I was a Preemie Just Like You is a perfect addition to a NICU mom gift basket, a gift for a preemie sibling or to purchase for your own preemie to read together.
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