What we love!

This is a list of our favorites... things we can't do without, organizations that have helped us out tremendously, and our recommendations. We have not been compensated for our opinions but share them in hopes that others will have the same luck and success we have.

Medical
Perinatal Center at Swedish
501 E Hampden Ave
5th Floor (use West Elevators)
Englewood, CO 80113
303-788-8550

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children Denver Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU)
Presbyterian / St. Luke's Medical Center
1719 E. 19th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
303-839-7390
 
AirLife Denver Neonatal Transport

Obstetrix / Pediatrix Medical Group of Colorado

Greenwood Pediatrics
10901 W. Toller Dr. #101
Littleton, CO 80127 USA
303-973-3200

Non-Profit Organizations
There With Care
Based in Boulder, CO this non-profit assists families going through medical crises. For us, they provided our car seats and baby essentials when we were leaving the NICU. They can do everything from meal care packages to lawn mowing and more. It truly is amazing the assistance that is provided. We went into the hospital with literally a rattle for our babies, not knowing what the outcome would be - and we were astonished at the support we found.

March of Dimes
We like to think of March of Dimes as the big picture advocacy organization aimed at helping improve prematurity rates and delivering healthy babies. Some hospitals have great March of Dimes relationships; our did not. They also manage the March for Babies, a yearly walk and fundraiser that is very popular amongst preemie parents. March of Dimes played a major role in bringing surfactant, nitric oxide, and many other crucial treatments to the table that helped improve our babies' outcome in the NICU.

Infant Products and Equipment for Preemie Twins

Amazon Mom / Amazon Prime Membership
To start, I highly recommend considering this program. Time is money and Amazon Prime is an amazing program that has saved us lots of time and money. First, you get a three month trial membership where you get 20% off Subscribe and Save items, free two-day shipping, and $3.99 overnight shipping. The prices and availability of products on Amazon beat most of the stores and you don't have to worry about leaving the house. When the three month trial is up, you are converted to the full Prime Membership and get all of the above, plus benefits for four people in your household, streaming digital movie and television content, a free Kindle download from the lending library monthly, and more. The membership pays for itself in just the instant streaming if you are on Netflix or if you calculate shipping or S&S savings alone. Do it, join Prime. You'll thank me later.


FEEDING & DIAPERING

Pampers Swaddlers
We are big fans of these diapers. Pampers have been the go-to diaper since the NICU when the micro-preemie diapers were the size of a credit card and still way to big for our 1lb 11oz twins. The cheapest way to get these is to do Amazon Prime's Subscribe and Save, which will send the largest possible box out automatically on a schedule that you set for around $37. Who has time to go shopping when you have two working parents and are on baby quarantine? **Make sure to get Swaddlers vs the Baby Dry, they are a much better product and worth the extra money.

Dr. Brown's Bottles

Dr. Brown's Preemie Nipples

Dr. Brown's Formula Mixing Pitcher
We make 1000 cc's of formula at a time for the twins, and store it in this pitcher in the fridge. It's a life saver! It mixes Similac Neosure well, doesn't leak and is super easy to clean.

Similac Neosure
We get cases from our doctor and from eBay rather than paying $16+ per can. The twins are currently going through a can every other day. Make sure to sign up for Similac Strong Moms to get coupons, though infrequently, for $5 off. If you're in the NICU ask the nurses or social workers for a Multiples Program Form.

The Baby Bullet
We make our own baby food using this system. I think it works pretty well for twins. We have the steamer also but find that it's too small for steaming the quantities we need. There are other systems available and I'm sure they have their pros and cons but for us, the Bullet has been wonderful.

Lawn Countertop Drying Rack
I got this as a gift from my sister for my baby shower and I absolutely LOVE it. I love it so much I bought a second set. It is hands down the best organizer for bottles, etc. Get the Stem and Twig to store nipples, pacifiers, and other parts. There's also the Winter Grass if you want a smaller Lawn.

Munchkin Deluxe Dishwasher Basket
We have three and this is great to sanitize all the small parts for the Dr. Brown's Bottles in the dishwasher.

Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser
Attach this to your diaper bag and use for dirty diapers or clothing.

EQUIPMENT & TOYS

Snuza Go Movement Monitors
Portable and pager sized, these monitors clip onto the babies' diapers and can go wherever they go. When one baby was diagnosed with reflux and needed an elevated mattress, we couldn't use the Angelcare we received. This was the perfect alternative.

Fisher Price Soothe & Glow Seahorse
We have pink and blue, one for each baby. They love them because they play songs for several minutes along with calming water noises. It's enough to put me to sleep (although it doesn't take much).

Fisher Price Discover 'n Grow Kick and Play Piano Gym
The babies love this. There are several modes and adaptations you can make as they grow.

LeapFrog MyPal Scout & Violet
These dogs can be programmed with a computer to say your child's name and favorite foods, colors, etc and sing their favorite songs. Each baby has a different assortment of programming and it is amazing. They are easy to use and can entertain for hours. When Cousin Giblet visited, she loved Violet so much we had to order one just for her.

The Manhattan Toy Winkel
These colorful plastic loop balls are just perfect for infant and babies' hands. They are lightweight and have a rattle in the center box.

Lots of Links
Who would have thought that these links could entertain babies for hours? Well, they entertain my babies and we have dozens of them scattered around the house. They are super affordable too.

James's Cuddly aka Freddy T. Frog


Other Resources
Supplemental Social Security (SSI)

Benefits For Children With Disabilities - Social Security

DDRC - Early Intervention Jefferson County

Advanced Patient Advocacy
This organization helped us apply for SSI while the babies were in the hospital.









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