Finally, we’ve reached the end of our patterns for the NICU. This item was my very favorite of all the cool little gadgets and things they had there.
The nurses used this little beanbag for everything and Atticus loved the thing. It’s main purpose is to sit on top of the babies feet, with the arms of the beanbag pushing the babies legs into proper position instead of splayed out to the sides. As we’ve discussed, gravity is very hard on these little bodies that still belong in the womb. Their little legs get pushed open which can cause a lot of harm on their hips and knees and lead to further problems as they develop. This beanbag pushes their legs closed just as they’d be if they were still gestating.
They also frequently just drape this over the baby’s whole body. Atticus just LOVED this. It offers just enough pressure to make the babies feel safe and bundled up and cozy without getting in the way too much. Atti got to sleep with the beanbag way before he had matured enough for it to be safe actually bundling him up.
It also serves as an extra set of hands inside the little isolette. I saw it used to prop up his oxygen tubes or set next to his face to hold the pacifier in place. It’s the greatest little thing ever.
To make the baby beanbag, cut two pieces of the pattern piece. I didn’t include a seam allowance in the pattern because it wouldn’t fit on my paper that way, so I just traced the pattern onto the fabric and then cut about 1/4″ outside the lines. It was also handy being able to just sew right on by traced line when I was going around so many curves. Sew the pieces right sides together leaving a gap between the arms, and turn right side out. These will have to be washed and sterilized constantly, so the best filling to use is the plastic pellets you find in the doll aisle. Each beanbag should be filled about halfway full, which should take about a full bag of pellets. Sew shut thoroughly.
That’s it! If I was unclear about any of these patterns, please email me at tresa at tresaedmunds dot com and I’ll walk you through it.