5 must-haves for the cardiac ICU

1. Fisher price soothing snuggapuppy

If the fact that this little gem has a big red heart on it isn’t enough to sell you, this sweet stuffed animal vibrates and plays soothing music. For just under $10, it’s perfect for when your little one can’t be held during their post-op recovery. I’d turn this on in my son’s hospital bed and he would settle right out. Bring extra batteries, just in case.

2. Side-snap onesies

Easy-on-and-off, these are a must-have clothing item for the CICU. Simple enough to navigate around wires and easy enough for doctors to gain access if needed.

3. Blankets, blankets, and more blankets

There’s nothing home-like about hospital grade blankets. Bring in some soft, warm blankets that feel and smell like home that your baby can cuddle up with. Don’t forget about receiving blankets. You can also use these to make your little one’s crib, and they’re perfect for a simple swaddle.

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4. Hats

It can get a little chilly in the ICU. Bring along a few knit hats to keep your little one toasty. And really, is there anything cuter than a baby in a knit hat?


5. Notebook & pen

There’s lots of information thrown at you every day, all day. Keep a notebook and a pen handy to jot things down. Take notes during rounds, and write down any questions that you want to ask. This can be a very stressful time, and it’s easy to forget things.

This isn’t an exhaustive list – and of course, you’ll want to bring things for yourself too!

Stay strong.

Attending ICU Rounds

ICU rounds becomes just another part of your new hospital life and can be one of the single-most important parts of your day. It’s where you can find comfort and reassurance that there’s a team in-place caring for your child and where you can learn  what the plan for the day is.

Watch this video to hear more about why attending rounds in the ICU is important when parenting a child with congenital heart disease.