Consider the following before you bring home your baby:
Choose your pediatrician . Find a pediatrician with experience in caring for premature infants. Invite your pediatrician to the hospital to meet your NICU team and to create a smooth transition.
Schedule your baby's first checkup . Schedule your baby's first visit to the pediatrician within two days of leaving the NICU. Also schedule appointments with any specialists, if needed. If you receive papers or discharge instructions related to caring for your preemie when you leave the hospital, be sure to take them to your baby’s first pediatrician visit.
Get some hands-on practice . Ask your NICU team to let you practice feeding and bathing your baby, giving medications, and using any special equipment before you bring your baby home.
Learn CPR . It is important training for all parents, and can give you peace of mind.
Take good notes . Writing down all instructions your doctor and NICU team give you about how often and how much to feed your baby, and any other specific care instructions, will help you feel more confident in caring for your baby.
Get your NICU department's phone number . Keep it by your home phones and store it in your mobile phone, too.