A Baby Shower for NICU Moms in Need

10/24/22: Hurricane Ian stole so much from the members of our community when it ripped through SWFL last month, and the families here at the House are no exception. Unfortunately, Golisano Children’s Hospital sustained significant flooding during the storm, and as a result, our families’ premature newborns had to be med-flighted to other facilities across the state.

While our families were beyond grateful to have a place to go, it was difficult on each of them to be away from Golisano and RMHC SWFL here in Fort Myers, where they all have expressed truly feels like home to them. In being scattered across the state, our families were also displaced from the family they have created amongst themselves – individuals who understand and empathize with each other’s struggles of being a NICU parent. Thankfully, our families were able to return safely to our House and have been rejoined with the community they have created here!

With babies arriving much earlier than anticipated, and dealing with the struggles of Hurricane Ian, these mothers weren’t able to have a baby shower! So, in an effort to bring about a sense of normalcy and celebrate these families (many with multiple babies in the NICU), the RMHC is hosting a baby shower for them on Saturday, October 29 at the Ronald McDonald House!

This is where you come in! We are asking anyone who would like to help these new families in the wake of disaster to please consider purchasing an item from our registry. We have seen this community come together in astounding and inspiring ways over the last few weeks! Let’s keep that momentum going for these deserving families!

Gifts can be delivered or dropped off to the Ronald McDonald House at 16100 Roserush Court, Fort Myers, FL 33908. Please have gifts to us no later than Friday, October 28th. Thank you so much for your help!

Registry Link: http://babylist.com/baby-registry-rmhc-swfl

Here is a general list if you prefer to do your shopping locally:

  • Activity center/activity jumpers
  • Baby monitors
  • Baby shoulder carriers
  • Back seat mirrors
  • Bassinets
  • Books
  • Bottle warmers
  • Burp cloths/swaddles
  • Carter’s newborn onesies 2 way zip cotton
  • Convertible car seats
  • Crib mobiles
  • Crib Sheets
  • Diaper pails
  • Diapers
  • Gift cards (baby stores, Target, Amazon, etc.)
  • Front and back facing baby carriers
  • Halo sleep sacks
  • Medicine bottle
  • Nursing covers
  • Organic crib mattresses
  • Organic wearable blankets & swaddles
  • Owlets
  • Sea dreams soother musical crib toys
  • Sterilizer or bottles
  • Wipes