My good friends welcomed their little girl a little earlier than expected, at about 29 weeks gestation. They live in the north of Quebec, so baby was airlifted to the closest NICU, in a Quebec city hospital. Baby is doing pretty well, but they expect to be there for a month or two until she gets strong enough to go home.
A friend is giving them a place to stay while they’re there, so they’re not stuck in the hospital or a hotel. Since they have an address there for a couple of months, I want to send them a care package to help them feel a little better while they’re away from home and going through all the hospital stress.
I just don’t know what sort of things would be helpful. I’ll send candy and a happy card, but I’d like to try and cover some things they might need. I know I can ask them if they need anything, but they’re the sort of people who would say no even if they did, and in their current state of mind they really have no clue anyway. I don’t want to give them anything extra to think about, you know? They didn’t bring any of their baby gear, but I guess none of that’s really necessary while the kiddo’s in the hospital anyway, right? Blankets, preemie clothes, that sort of thing?
Dopers who have been through this: is there anything that you can think of that might be a welcome sight for new, first-time parents spending hours on end in a NICU with their little one, in a city far from home?