Preemie hats make a wonderful gift for parents of new preemies, and knitting or crocheting preemie hats is a good way to keep hands busy when moms-to-be find themselves on bedrest. Not only can even the smallest and sickest of preemies wear hats, but most NICUs gladly accept donated preemie hats to give to their babies.
Baby blankets are a must for preemies, both in the NICU and at home. For the smallest preemies, we spread baby blankets, quilts, and afghans over isolettes as a pretty way to individualize beds while providing dark, quiet, and privacy. As preemies grow, we wrap them in blankets to keep them warm - especially during the transition from a heated isolette to an open crib.