NICU Journal Keeping Large

Documenting Your Child’s NICU Journey

Author: Team NICU 101
Published Date: Friday, September 15, 2017

Need some quick, easy ideas for documenting your baby’s NICU journey? Look no further.

Write It Out

Many parents find writing to be very therapeutic. Whether writing updates for loved ones or jotting down personal thoughts, these ideas can end up becoming a written version of your child’s story.

  • Facebook page
  • CaringBridge site/blog
  • Personal journal
  • Letters to your baby
  • Prayer journal

Say "Cheese!"

  • Take pictures of important firsts, milestones, and special moments. Make sure to document the date of important occasions. No milestone is too small to celebrate.
  • Document your child’s growth through “monthly” pictures.
  • Don’t forget mom and dad. Have a family member take pictures of you with your baby, or ask your nurse to snap a picture of you as a family.

Take Notes

Keeping notes can come in handy. Some parents find it helpful to keep an informal record of medications, medical procedures, or other day-to-day details.

Treasured Keepsakes

  • Keep treasured keepsakes such as first hat, first footprints, and first diaper.
  • Compile your photos into a scrapbook or have a photo book made online.

About Team NICU 101

CHKD is home to the region’s largest and most sophisticated neonatal intensive care unit, certified by the state as a subspecialty nursery. We provide intensive care for high-risk, critically-ill neonates and care for approximately 500 babies a year.