NICU Bedding

The mission of The Preemie Project NICU Bedding Program is to create a comfortable, non-sterile environment for families in Iowa NICUs with donations of soft colorful sheets for the infants beds.  Initially, infants in the NICU are very critically ill.  As a result, most of the caregiving activities are performed by nursing staff. Being able to choose the sheets for their infant’s bed is often the first and only caregiving act parents are able to perform.

How can you help?

You can help by sewing and donating bedding to help our NICU families create a homelike atmosphere in their baby’s hospital room.

Flat Sheets

Use 1 yard of bright, colorful cotton or flannel; finish the edge by serging around the entire piece

If you do not own a serger, finish the edge by folding the edge over less then 1/4 inch.  Iron.  Fold the edge over a second time, less than 1/4 inch. Iron.  Sew around.

Do not cut the fabric to square it.  The entire yard of fabric is needed to fit the bed. Finished size of a flat sheet should be about 35 inches x 41 inches.

Fitted Sheets

Use bright, colorful cotton or flannel prints. Find our pattern here.  Brightly colored fun prints are best for  fitted sheets.

Fleece Pads

Use a 22in X 30in piece of solid color fleece. Serge, or overlay/overcast stitch around edges to keep it from stretching. Here is a great video on how to do a serged edge using your sewing machine. That’s it!

NOTE: 10/29/17 Please use only solid color fleece. We have enough patterned fleece pads to last 2 years.

Crafting Guidelines

  • Cottons or Flannels are acceptable for flat and fitted sheets.  Cottons are preferred because they last 2 to 3 times longer than flannel. The flannel pills and fades badly after just a few washes in the hospital laundry.
  • DO NOT use pale colors. They will fade to white within one or two washes. Bright, bold colors will stand up to the harsh hospital laundry best.
  • If using flannel fabric, many reds and black patterns will bleed and are not recommended.

Third Hand Smoke Policy

In accordance with hospital policies, we cannot accept items from smoking homes to be donated to hospitalized infants. Research has proven that tobacco and tobacco smoke clings to furniture, clothes, walls. This is called “third hand smoke”. “Third hand smoke” cannot be adequately washed out of fabrics and thus raises the risks for many illness in children. Please see the March of Dimes website for more information.

Page updated 11/25/17