“He’s not doing anything and it’s not very interesting”
This was the response I got when I asked a parent why was he tapping on the incubator.
*Head desk* and breathe.
I managed to resist the urge to ask exactly what he expected a preemie baby to do apart from sleep and occasionally have a bit of a wriggle and cry if we were lucky. Instead I suggested that sharp noises were likely to make little one unsettled and if he waited a bit baby would probably wake up and have a bit of a look around.
It’s easy to forget that not everyone comes across babies regularly or at all before they have their own, healthy or otherwise. Some people have never changed a nappy and are petrified of doing it on a big bouncing full term baby never mind a tiny sick one.
They can’t believe how draining and time consuming looking after something so small and innocent-looking can be.