The day you meet your baby is one of the most amazing days of your life. It is overwhelming. And exciting. Yet also slightly terrifying. Will they be born safely? Will they be healthy? You have wished and longed for this little person for nine long months. You have spent countless minutes imagining what they will look like. Will they have your eyes? Their Daddy’s hair colour? You have laid on the sofa in the evening and felt them tap you and kick you from inside. The bond between a mother and her unborn baby is one that is incredibly special, that ability to love someone you don’t even know yet.
I had three c-sections so I knew exactly when my babies were going to arrive. For pretty much the last eight weeks of my pregnancy I knew the date I would be meeting them which is quite a surreal thing. Every day I would look at my diary, I would cross off the days, I would count them in my head and make mini milestones to get to so it would somehow arrive quicker. We drove that same route to the hospital three times, all three times my heart beating so loudly. That same walk along the corridor, walking to meet the person that you have been thinking about every single day. Nine long months of waiting and then you meet. You wait to hear a cry, to hear that first amazing cry. And then they get placed in your arms and the love you have for this little person staring back at you with their blink, blink, blinking black eyes takes your breath away. In one small second you realise what it feels like to experience unconditional love. To feel both intense love, yet also feel utterly overwhelmed and a little bit scared too. To realise you would die for someone else, to realise that life will never be the same again, life will be incredible, life will be downright scary and life will be all that and more. I fell in love hard on that cold winters morning with my first daughter and I thought that no one could capture my heart in the way that Mads arrived into the world and stole it in a millisecond. But they could. And they did. Twice more.
I have been incredibly fortunate that my babies have all been born at full term. Even though for medical reasons my first and third c-sections were advised, there has never really been any risk of our babies being born poorly, it was about the complications with me than the babies. All three have come out crying, plump, chunky and healthy. I have had 3 big babies, with Mads being 9lb, LL being 8lb 13 and our baby boy being 9 lb 3. I know how lucky I am for that. Because of course some babies are born prematurely or tiny, or there are problems during pregnancy or birth. I have many friends who this has happened to. All three of mine lost at least 10% of their body weight in the first couple of weeks, it was almost like they weren’t meant to be that big, and they still felt tiny to me. I can’t imagine how little a premature baby must be and how fragile they must seem.
As part of the Pampers Baby Board I have learnt that, approximately 60,000 babies are born prematurely in the UK every year – that’s roughly 1 in 11 of all births. I was actually born over 5 weeks early as my Mum had preeclampsia and I was quite poorly when I was born. However advances in medical science are enabling more babies to survive. Given how delicate premature babies are, it’s understandable that they have very unique requirements, which need to be considered in every element of their care; the right sized nappy is no exception. Neonatal intensive care unit nurses have told Pampers that current preemie nappies do not fit the smallest babies. Nappies currently used are often cut and folded to size, with a wider core causing discomfort and impeding healthy development of baby’s hips and legs.
Pampers is committed to the happy, healthy development of every baby in the UK – including the tiniest ones. That’s why Pampers has designed nappies for the smallest of premature babies. Pampers is also partnering with Bliss, the largest premature charity in the UK which provides support to the tiniest little fighters and their families. Pampers has therefore developed and just launched its smallest nappy yet, the Pampers Preemie Protection Size P3 (full line-up includes sizes P1 and P2). It’s designed specifically to meet the needs of the smallest little ones, the new Size P3 nappy is three sizes smaller than a regular newborn nappy and is suitable for babies weighing as little as 1.8lb (800g).
What’s more, Pampers is partnering with the UK’s leading charity for babies born premature or sick, Bliss, to support premature babies and their families. All you have to do to get involved and help is share photos on social media of your little ones with a raised fist to celebrate the amazing fighting spirit that premature babies show every day. Pampers will be donating £1 to Bliss for every picture shared using #powerofbabies. I personally think this is a wonderful idea and a campaign I will definitely be supporting.
NB: We are working with Pampers over the course of the year, but all words and opinions are entirely my own. Pampers has loads of great advice online, check out the website for more details www.pampers.co.uk