We have been receiving the AL Activity Kits featuing "Al Bear" for sometime, and they have really made a possitive difference. These kits which we receive from Assistance League of St. Louis really seem to break the ice with the siblings of our NICU babies.
Our parents/families are often too worried and focused on the baby in the NICU, to remember to bring along an activity or something for the sibling to concentrate on or play with. The siblings at the bedside are afraid: the NICU is a very scary place, lots of wires and alarms. Children are very aware of how the parents are feeling, anxiuos, scared, worried, and they take these feeling to heart. The activity books help occupy the siblings so the parents can visit with their babies, plus it makes them feel special and loved.
I remember one girl inparticular who couldn't beleive she could keep the coloring book, crayons and bendable toy tiger. She was so happy she couldn't stop smiling, This had really made her day.
We also give the kits to children in our waiting area when they are waiting for a family member to deliver. It is very difficult for children to wait patiently hour after hour for a family member to give birth to a baby.
These kits have been invaluable in helping siblings, parents and nursing staff have a possitive experence in our NICU and waiting area.
Review from Guidestar