Snuggle Hearts

NICU Cheer now includes a pair of Snuggle Hearts in each of our gift-bags for families of premature/sick babies. Each delivery we do a total of 250 bags that are distributed to Melbourne five major hospital’s with tertiary level NICUs. This means we need at least 1338 hearts per year as they are given to families in pairs.

 

The Snuggle Hearts are very simple to make even with basic sewing skills. If you'd like to sew and donate some please send an email to nicucheer@gmail.com or click below for the 1 page template & instructions will be sent to you. ♥️ 

 

Mum wears one heart down her top to pick up her scent, & the other is placed on, under or near your baby in their NICU cot (check with your hospital for their guidelines on this). The Snuggle Hearts are then swapped back and forth so that mother & baby can always smell each other even when apart. The program has been introduced to help a mother’s milk come in when she is apart from her baby, while the scent of the mother also has a calming effect on the baby. ♥️

Rush University, USA: “The sense of smell is one of the earliest senses to develop...After birth, the sense of smell continues to develop, and it is one of the senses that helps the infant recognise the mother,” said Lawrence. “So having the mum’s familiar scent can really help ease an infant’s stress and discomfort.” 

Christie Lawrence, clinical nurse specialist and assistant professor in the Department of Women, Children and Family Nursing at RU. ♥️

Rush University, USA: “The sense of smell is one of the earliest senses to develop...After birth, the sense of smell continues to develop, and it is one of the senses that helps the infant recognise the mother,” said Lawrence. “So having the mum’s familiar scent can really help ease an infant’s stress and discomfort.” 

Christie Lawrence, clinical nurse specialist and assistant professor in the Department of Women, Children and Family Nursing at RU. ♥️

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