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5 Things to Expect After Leaving the NICU


A premature baby is nestled in an incubator at La Paz Hospital in Madrid, Spain.
A premature baby is nestled in an incubator at La Paz Hospital in Madrid, Spain.
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Bringing home your baby from the neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, can be both exciting and terrifying. On one hand, it's an important milestone that shows your little one is healthy enough to survive without constant attention from the nurses, doctors and special equipment in the hospital's nursery. On the other, the child is now completely dependent on you, and that can be intimidating -- especially if you're feeling unsure of exactly what you need to do to protect this fragile new life.

To help you adjust to this monumental new responsibility, we've organized a list of five things to expect after leaving the NICU. We'll help you get organized for your baby's countless upcoming appointments and give you advice on what to do with jealous older siblings.