Firsts, Our Journey Of Firsts From The NICU

Disclosure: This is a sponsored campaign in collaboration with Pampers. However, all experiences and opinions are always 100% my own as this post is written by me in its entirety.

Old school mamas will tell you that the type of diaper you use on your baby doesn’t matter, so long as the baby is covered up. I am a bit old school and new school in the diaper area. With J-bird, 18 years ago, we tried everything – cheap, expensive, and in-between. He had an issue with all of them, leaks, rashes, itchiness. Diapers have really come a long way since then, including the in and out softness of them.

With the girls, things have been a bit different. I gave birth to the girls at the same hospital, 19 months apart. While Em came home right away, Preemie, who was born at just 30 weeks and 2 days, quickly become a short-term resident of the NICU, spending approximately 8 of the first weeks of her life. What I hadn’t noticed with Em, I quickly did with Preemie – Pampers Swaddlers was the #1 diaper of choice for my hospital, as it is for hospitals all over North America. The first diaper my little Preemie 3lb 13oz baby girl wore then, and still wears now is the Pampers Swaddlers diaper.

Allow me to rewind for a brief moment. My OB will only delivery his patients at this particular hospital. I am not even kidding. There is a sign in his office that says if you go to any other hospital (even the sister hospital) he will not attend to your delivery. So if he trusts this hospital that much, who am I to argue over what kind of diaper they think is best for my newborn. For everything there is a reason.

AB in bubble nicu

Pampers Swaddlers have a blanket-like softness that wrapped around Preemie’s tiny little body like a glove. For weeks all she was wearing was a Swaddlers diaper – no clothes, not even a onesie.  During her NICU stay her diapers were changed, at a minimum, every four hours, sooner if the color wetness indicator alerted that she was wet – which I was grateful for because having to unnecessarily open the incubator was not ideal for her health and growth. With her skin still so soft and sensitive, it was important to use a diaper that would pull the wetness and mess (and boy were there some messy ones) from her skin so as not to irritate it. Pampers Swaddlers have an absorb away liner which does exactly that, helping to prevent diaper rashes in Preemie.

AB wearing Pampers Swaddlers diaper firsts

One of my girlfriends recently had a baby, and like me she started all over again, with her other youngest leaving high school this year. She told me she’s been using Pampers Swaddlers for a while but her little one was quickly outgrowing the sizes. Needless to say I made sure to let her know that Swaddlers are now available through size 6, thanks to mamas who expressed concerns about not being able to continue using Swaddlers through the diaper years. Pampers listened and delivered because they want to be with you and your baby through your journey of FIRSTS.

Quotes from Mamas friends and party attendees on favorites “Firsts”:

Jen from Diary of a Working Mom: The first time my first born intentionally smiled at me I almost burst into tears. She was around 6 weeks old and it had been rough up to that point…then during a 5am diaper change she looked right at me and smiled. I was like, “thank God someone was really in there!!”. Suddenly I was totally fine with being up at 5am. Maybe it happened at 4-5 weeks? I can’t remember – I was very sleep deprived, I just KNOW it happened!


Lara from Run Stroller Run: The first time C2 walked! I was not around for a lot of firsts because it always seemed to happen while at work, but I was home when he took his first steps. I was such a proud mama!


Mommy Mafia recalls fondly hearing her little boys first word “ball”, which was Jen’s youngest 2nd word after “uh-oh” which just happened to be my Preemies first word.

I want to share with you the video that my friends and I watched during our Pampers Firsts party, but please before you hit play, go grab a box of tissues!

So what did you think????? Did it make you reminisce on your baby’s firsts? I have watched it repeatedly and I shed tears each time. We’ve been through so many firsts that are special and so different with each child. Check out the social media recap post for pictures from the #PampersFirsts Journey viewing party I hosted.

I created a quick “firsts” video of Preemie using pictures from my computer and Facebook gallery on the website…check it out:

Lara from Run Stroller Run was so excited to see mine, that she created a Journey of Firsts too:

If you head on over to you can create and share your own journey of Firsts! Pampers has developed a micro-site that will allow you to upload images of your baby from your computer or pick from your Facebook gallery and create a :15 second video to share out with friends on Twitter or Facebook. The video will highlight the baby photos and all their first milestone moments.

Visit the Pampers Swaddlers Website, follow Pampers on Twitter and Facebook. Look for my party social shares by searching #PampersFirsts! Let Pampers know what you think about their Pampers Swaddlers diapers by filling out this quick review at

Disclosure: This is a sponsored campaign in collaboration with Pampers. However, all opinions expressed are my own. I received product samples like the ones mentioned above, with additional compensation for hosting a Pampers First Viewing Party. Regardless, I only share products that I truly believe in and use for my family, that I feel will be a good fit for you the reader. *Based on sales data. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Mama E

Multitasking mama to 3 living in Miami. Blogging about parenting, lifestyle, cooking and traveling. Covering everything from diapers to dorm rooms. Ask me anything, I've done it all.

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