You are the most important member of your baby’s care team. We encourage you to use our parent checklist to become involved in your baby’s care and to monitor your baby’s milestones. This form tracks your baby’s progression from admission to discharge.
Development by Gestational Age
Click on your baby's gestational age to learn more about sensory and motor development at that age. These resources will help you learn what milestones to look for and learn what you as a parent can do to enhance your baby’s growth and development.
Over 35 Weeks:
Skin-to-Skin Holding for Parents
Skin-to-skin contact has many benefits for babies and parents. Watch this video to learn more about skin-to-skin in the NICU — it has many benefits and helpful tips for holding and nurturing your baby.
It's not too early to start preparing to take your baby home. Discharge classes are taught on Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. Plan to attend one class at any time during your baby's stay. We encourage parents to not wait until the last minute, because it is hard to predict when your baby will be ready to go home. We also request all parents watch our CPR video in preparation for taking your baby home. The video is available to watch at the bedside — please ask your nurse to view the video.
Each baby receives a car seat test when they are nearing discharge to ensure they can breathe well in their car seat for the ride home. You will need to bring in your car seat a day or two before discharge — please ask your nurse about when specifically to bring your car seat.
This presentation about discharge from the NICU summarizes key things to keep in mind as you prepare for life together at home. Most of this information is also found in your Intermountain Living and Learning booklet, “A Guide to Caring for your Newborn.”
Additional Patient Resources
The Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides care to babies who are premature, critically ill, or have other conditions requiring special care. Learn what to expect when your baby is at the NICU:
Breast milk provides the best nutrition for growth and development of all babies, whether they are full-term or premature. Learn more about the anticipated path you and your baby will take toward breastfeeding while your baby is in the NICU:
Motherhood can bring on intense and unexpected feelings, both happy and sad. Many new moms go through "baby blues," characterized by mood swings, irritability, crying spells, or anxiety that most often fades within a week or two. However, for some new moms, the symptoms are more intense or don't go away, which are signs of an illness called postpartum depression. Learn more about postpartum depression, and how to get help with it:
Premature and sick babies are easily stressed and over-stimulated. They need quiet environments and rest in order to heal and grow. We ask you to keep the well-being of your baby and other babies and their families in mind by following our NICU Family Participation Guidelines:
Here are additional parental resources you may find useful:
Living and Learning Together: Ready Reference
Living and Learning Together: A Guide to Breastfeeding
Living and Learning: A Guide to Caring for your Newborn
Living and Learning: A Guide to Caring for Yourself After the Birth of a Baby