Thursday, December 15, 2011

Barbie NICU

It's been a while since I posted what we've been up to. Never fear we haven't given up on the NICU families. The Stranded family bags continue to be an amazing moment of peace for the families that are transported in a hurry. As some of you know I  have started working closely with the March of Dimes NICU family support attending and helping with different events that they do. One of the things that always concerns the staff and families is how the siblings of the babies don't really understand what is happening with their baby. So pooling a bunch of Danya's Barbie toys, I was able to create a Barbie NICU where the siblings can interact with the "babies" and to open discussion between parents and the kids.
This desk and table was part of a vintage Barbie vet clinic. I changed out the cork board to something more NICU including some graduate photos.
Using some ziplock disposable containers I was able to cut out holes and make some isolettes.

There are also a couple of transition babies in cribs getting ready to head home. ;)
Or some cuties under warmers from the Barbie Baby doctor set.
I found the baby scale on ebay and instantly needed to have it.

As you can see it was a big hit at the Baby shower. The kids took it apart and played with it for quite a while. I was fun seeing them really excited about what their baby is doing.