I opened the doors of the incubator and gently and softly sang
"Close your eyes and I'll kiss you
Tomorrow I'll miss you
Remember I'll always be true
And then while I'm away
I'll write home every day
And I'll send all my loving to you"
I looked up and there were tears in the eyes of the two nurses looking after Joseph, and a little tear slipped down my cheek too. I so wanted to hold my baby, to rock him to sleep, to really love him and cherish him properly. But he had to sleep in his plastic box.
I am delighted that FSID has changed their name to The Lullaby Trust. It's a fitting name for special babies and their parents to help communicate the importance of safe sleep, and keeping our babies as safe as we can from sudden infant death syndrome.
For our premature babies in particular, are at higher risk. It is also difficult for many of them, like Joseph, when they come home. For developmental reasons, like in the picture above, babies sleep in a variety of positions to ensure their developing bones, particularly the skull, grow correctly. When they come home, they have to get used to "back to sleep".
One thing that remains constant, is the lullaby. Sometimes a traditional one like "twinkle twinkle" sometimes a rock song slowed down, one of my favourites is "Sweet Child of Mine" which works really well as a lullaby.
Please support The Lullaby Trust in any way you can and help spread the safe sleep message.