Hospital receives 500 tiny onesies

04:23, Jan 22 2013
Wellington Hospital onesie
BEST DRESSED: Young mum Amy holds her prematurely born son Henry, who is dressed in one of 500 special onesies delivered to Wellington Hospital today.

A special delivery of tiny onesies arrived at Wellington Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit today.

Baby Henry, who was born premature on New Year's Day, modelled a size 00000 stretch and grow, complete with an embroidered picture of the children's hospital mascot Hospi the lion.

His Wellington mum Amy, who did not want her last name published, said having a supply of clothes that fit premature babies was a big deal for parents who are trying to cope with the unexpected arrival of their child.

"There was no warning that he was coming early so it was all a big shock for him to arrive on the 1st. So the last couple of weeks have been quite busy - being in here as much as we can.''

She was grateful to those who had donated clothes and blankets to the unit, which parents can pick from a cupboard. Henry is now 36 weeks and has graduated from an incubator to a plastic cot. It is hoped he will go home before he's 40 weeks. 

The 500 cream stretch and grows were gifted by Wellington Hospitals and Health Foundation. 

Charge nurse manager Rosemary Escott hoped the supply of onesies would last the year, because they would go through the wash frequently.

"The thing is, when you have about 40 babies you change their beds once or twice a day.

''It's really important to have clothes that fit and be able to celebrate the baby regardless of what size the baby is."

Hospital volunteer service manager Trish Lee said the onesies would bolster the supply of baby clothes that come from generous people. 

"We have many volunteers who knit, sew and quilt clothing and blankets for the unit.''

Larger sizes of the Hospi onesies will be available for $20 in the foundation's gift shop in Wellington Hospital.

Contact Bronwyn Torrie
Health reporter
Email: bronwyn.torrie@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @brontorrie

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