Special Care Baby Unit Parent Packs

We are proud to support the SCBUs (Special Care Baby Unit) at West Cumberland Hospital and The Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle with our fantastic Parent Support Bags!

Each family that is admitted to the unit with their baby receives one of the bags, which we know help the families a great deal. Each bag includes:

  • A pair of Miniboos  (thank you to Cuski  for their support and personalisation!) – These are incredible little things. Made from bamboo they are specially designed for premature babies in incubators. One of the miniboos stays with baby, the other is with mum, put inside her top. Every few hours the miniboos are swapped. This means baby can smell mum, and mum can smell baby. Not only is this incredibly comforting to the baby, but it helps to stimulate the production of mum’s milk. Then, mum can express milk (using the machine we donated to the ward a while ago!) and the baby can be fed from their mum! Amazing!!
  • A Team Evie water bottle – The staff will continually tell mum to drink plenty of water while she is expressing milk, so we thought having a bottle on hand would help!
  • A Jomanda Sheep  (thank you to Jomanda for their support!) – A beautiful cuddly lamb, perfect for being held by tiny fingers, and a fitting animal due to Evie’s best cuddly friend being a lamb!
  • A pair of premature baby socks (thanks to Babyprem for their support!) – One thing a parent preparing for their child’s birth will not be ready for if their child is born early is how tiny their feet are! We have included a couple of pairs of tiny socks so the babies can have lovely toasty feet!
  • A Team Evie notebook – We know from our experience how handy having a pen and paper available is when you are in hospital with your child. Writing endless lists and writing down what you want to ask the doctor…hopefully having the notepad will reduce a little of the stress…
  • An Adult Colouring Book and Felt Tip Pens -Parents who have a child in SCBU spend hours sat beside their incubator or cot, and it is a very worrying time. Providing these resources to help distract and calm parents has been advised by Bliss and we are proud to include them in our Parent Bags!