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Graham’s Gift Guide

We hope you like the products we recommend!  So you know, Graham’s Foundation does not receive any compensation for any click throughs or sales from any of these items.  There are suggestions from our preemie parents staff members for preemie parents – and we want this list to grow!  Send us your preemie suggestions to: blog@grahamsfoundation.org

Children’s Books

1. “I Was a Preemie” by Ali Dunn

A wonderful children’s book that shows preemies what they went through, and that they are not alone. It is great for preemies of any age but was developed specifically for younger children to help them understand their own premature start. Available on her website as well as Amazon.

2. I Needed the NICU Just Like You by Ali Dunn 

Ali writes a sweet children’s book that shows babies what they went through and that they are not alone.  Rhyming text re imagines the NICU experience as an amazing adventure.  This book is perfect for children of any age but was developed specifically for toddlers as an introduction to their own NICU experience. 

3. Supreemie by Nico Shanel

This book takes readers on a journey with a micro premature baby named Kylo. Born weighing just 1 pound 3 ounces, Kylo may be small but that doesn’t stop him from being strong. He’ll have to stay in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), which is way different from mommy’s belly until he’s big and strong enough to go home. But adventure and growth await him during his hospital stay. This story follows Kylo on his journey to grow stronger and bigger. 

It comes with a NICU Glossary that can help little ones or even relatives and family friends learn a little more about the NICU experience. 

4. I Was Small But Now I’m Tall by Jennifer Degl

I Was Small, But Now I’m Tall is an engaging book for a child who was born prematurely, telling the tale of their earliest days in life in simple terms that kids can relate to. It tells the story of a baby that was born much too early and spent many months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This premature baby, like many others, overcame the obstacles that threatened her survival and grew into a strong child.

Toys For Preemies

Some Preemies are easily overstimulated by toys that have lots of digital beeps, bells and whistles. Simple toys – aka “classic” are suggested. A few suggestions:

1. Fisher-Price Rock a Stack

It’s a classic.  Rings are bright and lightweight, but not flimsy.  Rocking base encourages curiosity. Bonus is that it’s budget friendly.

2. Fisher-Price Baby’s First blocks Shape sorter

Another classic from Fisher Price! These chunky, colorful blocks help introduce colors and shapes as babies sort, stack and drop the blocks through the slots in the bucket lid.
Fun for your little one.

3. WubbaNub

A great pacifier for babies coming out of the NICU. The medical grade, silicone pacifier is similar to the ones used in the NICU. The animal of your choice helps keep the pacifier near the baby’s mouth without using cord or clips. Plus it is easy for baby to grasp.

Preemie Clothing

1. Deluxe Pacifier Case by Silver Maple

An infant’s immune system takes 2 to 3 months to fully develop.  Premature babies have an immature system which takes longer develop and they have an increased risk of infection.  The Deluxe Paci case by Silver Maple was developed with newborn baby’s hygiene in mind.  It helps keep your pacifiers clean and sanitary which is so important for preemies.  2 Storage compartments keep clean and used pacifiers aware from each other.  Also, pacifiers aren’t lost in your diaper bag or purse, collecting lint and crumbs!

2. Evie Rae Crochet

Evie Rae Crochet specializes in knit and crocheted items for babies through adults, as well as items to fit 18 inch dolls! Evie Rae Crochet are a military spouse owned and operated business. All items are made by hand by a grandmother, granddaughter team and are packaged with care and attention to detail. We have multiple hat options available in both micro preemie and preemie sizes. Many of their preemie options are customizable in the size and colors of your choice! Plus they are always open to custom requests!

2. The Preemie Store

An amazing web store for all things preemie related.  Clothes for micros 1 lb and up. Cothes for the NICU, Preemie gear, “Do Not Touch” tags and already featured WubbaNubs among other items!

For Preemie Parents

1. Life With Grace by Jennifer Schwertfeger

“Life with Grace” is the inspirational story about how one preemie’s will to survive gave an entire family strength.  “Life with Grace” is a heartfelt memoir and helpful resource for families struggling to navigate the NICU experience. One in every eight babies born in the United States is premature, and Grace is living proof that faith can carry you through journeys that feel impossible.

2. From Hope to Joy: A Memoir of a Mother’s Determination and Her Micro Preemie’s Struggle to Beat the Odds by Jennifer Degl. 

Jennifer Degl brings her readers on an emotional roller coaster from the decision to get pregnant—and nearly dying four times during her pregnancy—to the birth of her daughter, Joy, seventeen weeks early, and this tiny baby’s fight to survive.

3. Preemies: The Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies.

The only parent reference book for preemies of its kind. Graham’s Foundation may be a bit biased on this choice as it is our reference guide and Dr. Mia Doran is not only a board member but helped develop the My Preemie app.